FIU Magazine Fall 2017


Interactive: In the path of the storm button_play
FIU’s emergency operations team safeguarded the university against Hurricane Irma.

A force of nature
Alumna Bridget Pelaez eats, sleeps and breathes disaster recovery.

Nature signals SOS
Long-term research and short-term extremes uncover the clues to survival.


Building hurricane-proof roofs
An FIU professor has patented a concrete roofing system that aims to keep homes safe from the nation’s scariest storms.

Postcard from the Keys
Ten Panthers traveled down to Big Pine Key in October to help residents rebuild their battered hometown.

Answering the call for help
The only civilian crew of its kind in the nation, the FIU-Florida Advanced Surgical Transport is an all-volunteer squad that deploys medical professionals to provide critical care after disasters.

Command performance
Elected officials visited FIU to support the South Florida community in a time of need.


From the heart
Alumni and students took action in the face of others’ despair following the devastation of the 2017 hurricane season.

A first responder’s story
A licensed clinical social worker and FIU professor discusses his experience deploying to care for disaster victims’ mental well-being.

Our man in Havana
Alumnus Hatzel Vela ’05 reported live from a coastal town in Cuba as Hurricane Irma blew through the Caribbean.

Irma’s heroes
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, many at FIU went above and beyond to care for their neighbors.

5 questions for the vice president of Facilities Management
John Cal is associate vice president for Facilities Management, so hurricane season poses special concerns for him.

Very Important Panther: Adriana Pereira-Reyes ’05
The senior director of community relations at Walmart discusses what inspires her to give back to the community in times of great need.

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