April 2019 in photos: Celebrations, showcases and a Corgi


As the spring semester draws to a close, the university celebrates the fruits of its labor. Here are some of our favorite moments from April, as captured by FIU photographers Margi Rentis, Doug Garland, Carl-Frederick Francois and Eduardo Merille.

A close-up shot of an origami antenna. The mastermind of this invention, professor Stavros Georgakopoulos, integrated the principles of the ancient art of origami into the production of electronics to create the ultimate portable, space-efficient technology. This antenna is just one product of a growing culture of invention at the university, which was detailed by FIU Magazine in 2018. Photo by Doug Garland.

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Panther nation was well-represented at the 11th Annual Miami Beach Pride Parade. Photo by Carl-Frederick Francois.

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Spring commencement began Sunday, April 28. We tip our caps to our creative alumni. Photo by Carl-Frederick Francois.

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A celebration for our Student Employee of the Year, Erykah Jackson (center). Photo by Margi Rentis.

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Professor David Chang, chair of the Department of Art + Art History, critiques a painting with Victor Barbero, a senior fine arts major. This month, the Academy of Portrait and Figurative Art debuted its new studio located in Viertes Haus. FIU News wrote about the academy in 2018. Photo by Carl-Frederick Francois.

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The university presented promising startups, groundbreaking underwater research and more at eMerge Americas 2019, an international conference focused on innovative digital solutions held at Miami Beach Convention Center. Photo by Eduardo Merille.

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Newly accepted students to the College of Medicine’s class of 2023, who were on campus to learn more about the college’s curriculum, participate in a birthing simulation in the university’s SimCenter. Photo by Margi Rentis.

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Graduating senior Alexis Armengol, a biology major, is excited for commencement. So is her dog, Cooper. Photo by Margi Rentis.

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The Senior Design Project Showcase is a huge moment for graduating students of the College of Engineering & Computing. Here, they show off advanced designs, solutions to real-world problems and original ideas—a year’s worth of work—to industry experts and the university community. Photo by Margi Rentis.

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Peace out: Football head coach Butch Davis and his Panthers hosted a showcase for fans and the university community at Riccardo Silva Stadium in April. The team will resume practice in the summer. Photo by Eduardo Merille.

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