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
By Gisela Valencia It was the last round of the 2016 SAE Aero Design East Competition, and mechanical engineering major Kishan Kalpoe was fighting against the wind. As the pilot using the remote control, he wanted to make sure his team's plane would make it...
Sleeping bags and pillows were strewn around classrooms in PG 6 Tech Station while a few students took a quick nap or ate breakfast as the final day of MangoHacks began. Many were tired, but they were the proud survivors of 36 hours of coding and building. The...
When Carlos Tamayo started sitting in on meetings between FIU and the City of Miami Beach, he had no idea the experience would eventually lead to a career in local government. As a doctoral candidate researching sea level rise, Tamayo was interested in the...
Worlds Ahead Graduates – Fall 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.