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

Manuel Losada’s Internship at Rockwell Collins

Manuel Losada’s Internship at Rockwell Collins

Manuel worked as a systems engineer for the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Department. As a systems engineer, he mainly interfaced between the technicians who brought my design to life and the customer (government) who required information such...

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Alexand Gibson’s Internship at Northrop Grumman Aerospace

Alexand Gibson’s Internship at Northrop Grumman Aerospace

Alexand Gibson interned with the System Integration Test & Evaluation (SIT&E) team at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Space Park, Redondo Beach, California. Space Park is a historic location for space technology where rocket engines, lasers and advanced...

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FIU Engineering Student Lands an Internship at MIT

FIU Engineering Student Lands an Internship at MIT

This past summer, Manuel Garcia, an FIU engineering student, got the opportunity of a lifetime. He always dreamed of going to MIT so when a friend told him about a summer internship program, he applied. Out of 600 students who applied, 36 were accepted. Garcia was...

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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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