Interdisciplinary Engineering Alumni


Senior Design Project: Mechanical and Electrical Stimulation
Bioreactor for Heart Tissue Engineering


  • Senior Design Project
  • Receiving a merit scholarship
  • Neuron Programming Project
  • Finding a work/study balance

“I chose to pursue a degree in interdisciplinary engineering because I always wanted to learn more practical real-world skills that I could use outside of my professional career, that is where the business classes came in. More than that, I know that I want to own my own business one day and being able to integrate several disciplines and have them work cohesively, is going to be great preparation for that.”

 “After graduation I’m looking forward to seeing where new field will take me and what kind of job opportunities I can find. I’m also looking forward to traveling because I still want to see the world.”


Daniela Rodriguez
Senior Design Project: On the Road to Smart Cities: Preparing U.S. Cities
for the Deployment of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs)


  • Serving as a Peer Advisor in 2019
  • Being the VP of Philanthropy and Service for my sorority in 2021, this is where I organized a week of philanthropic events to raise awareness and money for the chapter’s national philanthropic organization, raising over $2000
  • Being part of Roarthon from 2019-2020, where I raised awareness and money for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
  • Working at StartUP FIU as a Student Assistant where I focused on creating workshops that foster Human-Centered Design and Social Impact (with the help of Dr.Strong)

“I chose to pursue a degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering because I was eager to explore areas that would not traditionally be found in an engineering curriculum, such as business. I have found that IDE provided me with the ability to explore my interests and exposed me to take a different approach to solving solutions with human-centered design/ design thinking, while still obtaining the technical knowledge that comes with an engineering degree.”

“After graduation, I am looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life as I will be moving to Boston, MA to work as a Interactive Consulting Analyst at Accenture.”


Jaquan Starling
Senior Design Project:Energy Grid Decision Making Under Long Term
Climate Uncertainty


  • President of Black Student Union
  • National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholar
  • Artifical Intelligence Research Fellow @ creAItivity

“Originally, I was a mechanical engineering student and as I was entering my junior year, I realized I wanted to switch. I choose Interdisciplinary Engineering because it gave me the ability to work on complex engineering problems while also keeping people at the center of who I was designing for.”

“After graduating, I look forward to finally getting a break, resting, and starting my career.”