FIU Alumni Board of Directors elects new president, officers and welcomes five new board members

FIU Alumni 2024-2025 Executive Committee
The FIU Alumni Board of Directors has formally elected Sean Gazitúa ‘04 to serve as president for the 2024-2026 board years, along with new officers and five new directors. Joining the Executive Committee with President Gazitúa is Vice President Manny Niebla ‘05, Secretary Lemar White ‘06, Membership Relations Sylvia Fumero ‘91, Fund Development Barbara Yvonne […]

From startup to $2 billion empire: Alumnus founder to share ‘secrets of success’ on campus

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Originally published on January 24, 2024, on Written by Michelle Lopez Gaston Taratuta MBA ’98 is eager to share his formula for success with entrepreneurial hopefuls at a presentation, Introduction to Unicorn Entrepreneurship, aimed at developing high-potential ventures. In 2005, he founded Miami-based Internet Media Services, seizing on the explosion of internet access via mobile […]

FIU launches first-of-its-kind Center for Fraternity and Sorority Enrichment

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Originally published on January 23, 2024 on Written by Clara-Meretan Kiah Fraternities and sororities have a new home at FIU: the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Enrichment. FIU’s is the first center in Florida dedicated to enhancing fraternity and sorority members’ collegiate experience on a holistic level while building affinity that persists long beyond graduation. […]

Don’t junk it! Engineering Ph.D. starts company to repurpose building materials

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Originally written on December 4, 2024 on Written by Irene Ferradaz   Piyush Pradhananga remembers the aftermath of an earthquake that flattened his town in Nepal, one of the world’s most natural disaster-prone countries, when he was in his early 20s. Aside from the pain his family and many others suffered, something else left an […]

Student earns State Department fellowship en route to foreign service career

Originally published December 20, 2023 on Written by Todd Ellenberg Francisco “Frank” Gamez, a political science major, was born in Caracas, Venezuela and grew up in the cultural melting pot that is Miami. But it was a professional stint in Switzerland that fixed his resolve to become a diplomat – which led to a […]

Ph.D. student shares what’s cool about NASA’s Langley Research Center

Originally published December 18, 2023 on Written by David Drucker   It can cost tens of thousands of dollars to ship one pound of matter into orbit. FIU Ph.D. student Kazue Orikasa is leading cutting-edge research to help NASA get the most out of every launch. Orikasa is researching how plastics might be able […]

Business students’ ‘smart forest’ app takes first place in global challenge

Originally published on December 1, 2023 on Undergraduate and master’s degree students worldwide showcased their classroom knowledge at the 2023 AIS Software Innovation Challenge, and three FIU Business undergraduate business analytics students won first place. The virtual event tasked students with developing and presenting their software-based information systems solutions to focus on any of […]

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,” […]