FIYou: Ana Prado

Originally published July 5, 2023 on   Name: Ana Maria Prado Hometown: Miami, FL Are you an alumna? When did you graduate and what did you study? Yes, I graduated with a B.A. in English in 2007, an M.A. in English 2010 and my Ed.S. in teaching and learning in 2022. I’m currently a doctoral […]

StartUP alumna wins prestigious Fulbright entrepreneurship award

Originally published June 8, 2023 on Written by Irene Ferradaz   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, […]

FIU Alumni Board of Directors Elects New President and Directors

2023-24 Executive Committee
The FIU Alumni Board of Directors has formally elected Juan Carlos Alexander, Esq. ’04, to serve as president for the 2023-2024 year and inducted seven new members. Gina Duarte-Romero ’91, M.Ed. ’08, will remain on the board as the immediate past president. “I look forward to working with the rest of the board to help […]

Mom of 9 crushes coursework, throws herself into StartUP challenge

Originally published May 26, 2023 on Written by Irene Ferradaz The long-touted ideal of “work-life balance” can sometimes ring hollow. For many of us, the drive to give our all at work often competes with our desire to actively participate in family life, making it tough to find harmony between the two. For biochemistry […]

Alumna showcases interior architecture talents on new hit Netflix reality show

When interior architecture alumna Karina Perlaza MA ’19 accepted her first interior design job, she never thought it would lead to her being a part of a Netflix reality series. If you’ve been binge-watching one of Netflix’s newest hit shows, “Designing Miami,” you have gotten a look at the world of interior design by following […]

Law alumna vaults to senior counsel position at world’s leading pharmaceutical company

Published May 11,2023 on Written by Alexandra Pecharich On the same day that FIU Law earned a Top 60 ranking among the nation’s law schools from U.S. New & World Report, the university is pleased to recognize the elevation of law alumna and university trustee Chanel T. Rowe. The 2014 graduate has been named senior […]

Aspiring medical correspondent is among the first FIU students inducted into prestigious Bouchet Society

Originally published May 9, 2023 on Written by Stephanie Rendon Deidre Okeke MPH ’17 remembers the day her little brother almost lost his life due to an asthma attack. She also remembers how her father, an emergency medicine physician at the time, saved his life. It’s this memory that has driven Okeke to pursue a […]

From wanderlust to reality for hospitality students on study abroad trip

Originally published April 28, 2023 on Written by Ivonne Yee-Amor Almost 50 students are currently taking classes in the Atlantic Ocean aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Odyssey of the Seas. The two-week Hospitality at Sea study abroad program is the largest and most popular at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and is now in its […]

Engineering management program takes alumna to the next level

Originally published April 18, 2023 on Written by Monica Smith Engineers keep cities grounded, running and thriving. But, being a top-level engineer isn’t only about the nuts and bolts of engineering — it’s also about leadership. Alumna Irene Varela says FIU’s Master of Science in Engineering Management degree is the key to combining excellent engineering know-how with […]

Alumna appointed to serve as USDA Director for the Office of the Chief Scientist

Originally published on April 11, 2023 at Written by Stephanie Rendon After a nearly two-decade career in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), FIU alumna Deirdra Chester Ph.D. ’03 has taken on a new role as the department’s director for the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS). The OCS provides strategic coordination of science […]