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

My virtual internship at Nike

My virtual internship at Nike

Name: Nazmul (Naz) Huq Hometown: Miami, FL What is your major? I’m a computer science major in the College of Engineering & Computing with a certificate in Japanese through the Asian Studies Program. Where are you interning? What do you do there? I am a global...

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Interns at MITRE work on a safer world

Interns at MITRE work on a safer world

It’s rare for anyone to receive a behind-the-scenes education of how the country’s cyber operations work. But for some Panthers interning at MITRE this summer, this is their reality. A total of eight FIU students have internships with MITRE, developing their skills in...

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My virtual internship with Juneau Construction Company

My virtual internship with Juneau Construction Company

Name: Andrea Peña Yuja Hometown: Miami, Florida What is your major? Construction management Where did you intern? What was your role there? I completed my internship at Juneau Construction Company. I worked in the Preconstruction and Operations departments. How did...

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Worlds Ahead Graduates – Fall 2018

Cesar Villa-Garcia


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


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


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


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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