Patricia Garcia

Patricia Garcia ’21 majored in Interdisciplinary Engineering. Interdisciplinary students are exposed to the fundamentals of science and engineering, while also developing their skills as leaders, systems thinkers, and engineering designers through engineering leadership and business courses as well as a project-based course sequence. Rather than focusing exclusively on an existing Engineering subfield, this is a unique interdisciplinary program with broad flexibility and a student-guided focus. The core vision of the program’s design is to provide a customizable degree for students, so they may optimize their opportunities to enter the workforce, including emergent entrepreneurial businesses.

Alumna Patricia Garcia ’21 is preparing for the experience of a lifetime as the newest recipient of the Fulbright/University College London Entrepreneurship Award.

Garcia was waiting to hear back about jobs to which she had applied, after recently earning a master’s degree elsewhere, and a bit frustrated that things were not moving faster for her, “when I suddenly realize this was why my path was being cleared – I would be spending a year in London!” she said with a laugh.

The prestigious award is granted to only one person in the United States annually. Garcia will study at University College London for one year to earn her second post-graduate degree, a masters in entrepreneurship from its school of management.

At FIU, Garcia was a member of the Honors college and majored in interdisciplinary engineering and minored in business management. A self-made entrepreneur who as an FIU undergraduate created “unithrifts” – a gamified resale platform for collegiate-branded gear that allows buyers and sellers to track their environmental impact – she has the real-world credentials to make the most of this enriching international experience.

Read more at FIU News.