International Excellence: How the Pathway to Philanthropist Program can Change Lives

Greek mythology teaches that Prometheus took fire from the gods to hand to civilization and that made possible the transformative innovations we have today. Though Rahul Mittal ’21 hasn’t taken fire from Mount Olympus, he is providing a gift to Panthers that will be life changing. Mittal’s connections to FIU run deep. He was a […]

First-generation college grads give their families a sneak peek at their caps and gowns

Originally published on November 8, 2023 on Written by Clara-Meretan Kiah   A truly special moment in the journey of a first-generation college student is when their family sees them dressed in graduation regalia for the first time. It signifies the culmination of both a student’s hard work as well as the sacrifice and […]

Meet a new crop of superstars: young alumni who are crushing it

Originally published on September 15, 2023 on   After months of anticipation, the FIU Alumni 5 Under 35 recipients have been announced. The 5 Under 35 recipients exemplify FIU’s core values. “FIU is committed to engaging Panthers with their alma mater and recognizing them for their achievements and contributions in their professions and communities,” […]

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 […]

Haitian Alumna Dedicates Career to Serving and Elevating her Community

Haiti has faced numerous trials and tribulations. Four unforgiving tropical cyclones in 2008, a devastating earthquake in 2010, and political turmoil are just some of the difficulties the country has faced in the last 20 years. However, despite hardships, Florida International University graduates like Anne Michaelle Roche MIB ’21 have persevered and given back to […]

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 […]

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 […]

FIU Alumni Launches Inaugural PantHER Series Webinar

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus argued that “character is destiny.” If that is true, defining one’s character and destiny is a daunting task for students and young alumni, especially as they enter the professional world. However, through role models and stories of resilience, students and alumni become inspired and empowered, helping develop their character that will […]