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Ms. Emily Martinez reflects on her experience in Professor Vaida’s Lab.

Graduate Students:
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# Name  IRG My story

Mr. Dylan Jeff

Quantum Materials

I am a Honduran immigrant who moved to the United States when I was two years old. I was raised by a single mother of three who instilled in me a great sense of grit and perseverance simply by enduring the hardships that come with such a situation. I have been pursuing higher education in physics, a subject which I always admired as a child for its depth and endless amounts of application. I’d like my background to serve as an example for those who feel they’ve been pigeonholed into being a certain person due to issues they have had in the past. Through effort and persistence, one can go beyond whatever labels are placed on them by others and find themselves to be worth more than what they are led to believe.


Mr. Zuriel Caribe

Catalysis I am a first generation Latino, as well as first to attend college in my family. I began my career in culinary arts and was employed as a chef for over a decade. In 2010, I decided to pursue an academic career. I hold a bachelors degree in biology, a masters in nanotechnology and now I am currently pursuing a PhD., in material science and engineering. My career goal is to become professor in a post secondary institution, teaching and conducting research.

Undergraduate Students:

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Luis Tomar

Luis is a sophomore in MSE from Apopka, FL. He loves playing the trombone and walking his dogs. Luis is working with Professor Banerjee studying atomic layer deposition of powder catalysts.

Chritian Cabello

Christian is a senior in Physics. A son of Venezuelan immigrants, Christian was always fascinated with Physics since he was a child. He plans to pursue a PhD in plasma physics.

Emily Martinez

Emily is a sophomore in MSE. By pursuing a degree in STEM, Emily hopes to be a role model for all women and underrepresented minorities. She works with Professor Vaida

Ariel Tarrago

Ariel is a senior in Mechanical Engineering. He is working with Professor Vaida in trying to understand the ultrafast photo-induced carrier dynamics in 2D nanostructures.

Philippe Andre

Philippe is a junior in MSE from Davie, FL. He is working with Professor Liu, testing new catalysts for various automobile and industrial applications.

Favian Gonzalez

Favian is a sophomore in Physics. He is a first generation college student whose parents are from Nicaragua. He is working with Professor Khondaker on testing new quantum materials.

Hector Vazquez

Hector is a senior in Mechanical Engineering. Hector's parents are both teachers and taught him the importance of doing well in school. His interests lie in material science and its applications in technology.