Entries by Brandie Thomas

Alban Delamarre

Doctoral student Alban Delamarre and FIU alumnus Dr. Jaeson Clayborn recently received a $10,000 grant from National Geographic for their work on a virtual reality game designed to promote butterfly and forest conservation. And it all started because of basketball. “I was playing on Jaeson’s team, and we started talking about our respective work,” says […]

Valentina Dargam

Valentina Dargam has always been interested in medicine and projects that could help improve a person’s quality of life. She drew closer to turning those interests into reality when she and undergraduate Biomedical Engineering student Maria Camila Giraldo recently won second place at the 2019 Florida Blue Health Innovation Pitch Competition. Valentina and Maria presented […]

Sunanda Guha

As an undergraduate, Sunanda Guha developed a passion for research in computer science. Her passion has evolved, and now she is fully immersed in the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning. She recently received a prestigious travel grant to attend the Device-free Human Sensing Workshop at the 6th ACM International Conference on Systems for […]

Etinosa Oghogho

Etinosa Oghogho has a passion for helping people and a passion for public health. Those dual passions recently landed her an internship at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva.  “It was a great experience at the WHO, and I believe it has undoubtedly helped to […]

Rosa Cromartie

Rosa Cromartie’s interest in science dates all the way back to elementary school, when she was dissecting animals in science class. “My science and math courses had always been my favorite classes during my primary and secondary education,” Rosa says. “I became interested in chemistry when I got to high school.”  Rosa went on to […]

Aaron Hogan

“Tropical forests are the lungs of the planet,” says 3rd-year biology doctoral student Aaron Hogan, explaining that tropical forests exchange the majority of atmospheric carbon dioxide and oxygen annually. It’s one of the many fascinating facts that drew Aaron to study tropical forests. Aaron, a native of Breckenridge, Colorado, first became interested in biology, especially […]

Hassan Eldeeb

Hassan Eldeeb has been interested in green energy since his undergraduate days. His undergraduate and master’s degrees are in the field of electric power and machine engineering, and his master’s thesis was about the integration and operation of large-scale photovoltaic panels into the medium voltage electricity grid. He has always believed that research should have […]

Sana Nasim

Even though biological systems and engineering are two paths that seem to lead in different directions, Sana Nasim has always envisioned pursuing a career in the two fields. In Pakistan, where Sana was born and raised, she says the study of highly specialized engineering fields is uncommon. Even rarer are women in these fields. Sana’s […]

Joshua Raji

Biology was Joshua Raji’s best subject when he was growing up. It was his favorite subject, and he was good at it. He suspects that he may have inherited his passion for biology from his mother. “My mum is a science teacher,” he says. “I guess it rubbed off on me.” Joshua’s passion for biology […]

Darwin Aquino

Classical music is not as big of a tradition in the Dominican Republic as it is in some other locations, and opportunities for young musicians are limited there. “But when you have a passion about something, life sends you the way,” says Darwin Aquino, an FIU graduate who was recently named Conductor in Residence for […]