FIU College of Engineering and Computing students have unique stories. They are relentless in pursuing big ideas that will lead to better lives, and have demonstrated that they are Worlds Ahead in innovation and creativity. Read on for stories of FIU engineering and computer science students who know this first-hand. Get inspired to create your own success story or join us to give students every opportunity to pursue their dreams and be the leaders of our community.

Student Success News

FIU Intern Publishes Cybersecurity Research Paper

Anurag Akkiraju — a recent high school graduate and intern in FIU’s Cyber-Physical Systems Security Lab — had his first paper on cybersecurity published. In October 2017, his paper titled “Cybergrenade: Automated Exploitation of Local Network Machines via Single Board...

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Kyle Denney’s Internship at MIT Lincoln Lab

Kyle Denney is pursuing his master’s degree in computer engineering as a member of the Cyber-Physical Systems Security Lab at FIU. He interned at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Lab where I worked as a summer research intern in the Cyber Security Division.

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Worlds Ahead Graduates – Fall 2018

Cesar Villa-Garcia

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Degree: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

At age 10, Cesar came to the U.S. from his native Peru, and taught himself how to code and design. By middle school, he was developing websites and creating computer graphics. After graduating from Miami Dade College, he took three years off to save money and help his family financially. 

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Melody Gonzalez

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Degree: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

A single mother, Melody worked two jobs and paid for school with more than 10 scholarships, including national awards from the Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and a Google STEM Scholarship.

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Md Asif Raihan

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Degree: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering

Md Asif Raihan is guided by the words of Steve Jobs: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” It is what drove him to pursue his Ph.D. in civil engineering despite several challenges. He left his young sons behind in his native Bangladesh to pursue his dream. During his time at FIU, he worked day and night, despite several serious and persistent health issues.

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Soheil Soleimanikutanaei

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Degree: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Soheil was determined to come to the U.S. from his homeland, Iran. Arriving in a new country and not knowing anyone was difficult. After authoring more than 70 articles which have been cited over 2,600 times, he is receiving his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

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