Meet the Members

Corin Lobo
Diplomat Coordinator

Major: Computer Engineering, minor in Sustainability
Dubai, UAE

Favorite FIT Event:  Orientation. It brings so much positive college spirit. It also helps you meet new and interesting friends from allover the US and the world and gets you oriented to the US and Melbourne Florida and gives you the tools and knowledge of the opportunities available to help succeed in College.

What do you like most about Florida Tech?  The politeness and friendliness of everyone, the approachability and individual care given by the faculty and staff. Above all, I like the amazing cultural diversity and experiences that the college brings.

Dhanish Mehta

Major: Computer Science
Mumbai, India

Favorite FIT Event: International Festival

What do you like most about Florida Tech?  The diversity the college offers with students from all over the world, as well as small class sizes.

Shukun Yang

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Tsingdao, China

Favorite FIT Event:  Botanical Fest, International Festival, and Orientation week

What do you like most about Florida Tech? The professors really care about the students, as they help me plan my future and let me participate in scientific research when I was just a sophomore. I can also get personal one-to-one tutoring from the senior lab partners and the Academic Support Center. And I also enjoy the Nobel winners' speech!

Jian Ma

Major:  General Biology/Marine Biology
  Aba, Sichuan China

Favorite FIT Event: International Festival, Botanical Festival, The entire Orientation Week, New Year Festival, etc.

What do you like most about Florida Tech? The degree of freedom in study, and facilities such as the Academic Support Center and resources within the campus that help students improve themselves.

Thilip Ravindran

Major: Aeronautical Science, Minor - Aviation Environmental Science
Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Favorite FIT Event: International Festival, International Coffee Hours, & Homecoming

What do you like most about Florida Tech? The vast amount of international students in the university which gives us an opportunity to meet students from different parts of the world and also the friendly faculty members and staff who are ready and willing to help to us with a smile.

Walid Khimouzi

Major: Electrical Engineering
Bejaia, Algeria

Favorite FIT Event: Coffee Hours, International Festival, & Homecoming

What do you like most about Florida Tech?  I love Florida Tech because of its green environment, warm weather, secure surrounding, and its small size, which includes a variety of facilities. It is a great place to get to know different people from different cultures. Florida Tech's faculty, staff, and students are very friendly, helpful, and supportive.

Ramanakumar G Sankar

Major: Astronomy & Astrophysics/Mathematical Sciences
Hometown: Bangalore

Favorite FIT Event: I really like the International Festival because it shows the diversity of Florida Tech's student community. It is also a time to meet people and find new friends.

What do you like most about Florida Tech? We have a fairly small student body in Florida Tech. I really like this because you can get to know pretty much everyone on campus (and definitely in your classes). This provides a very homely atmosphere, as you can live and work with people who have become a second family.

Aaron Martes

Major: Forensic Psychology
Hometown: Santa Cruz, Aruba

Favorite FIT Event: Relay for Life Night. Everyone comes together standing up against the same thing, while having a good time and making a whole lot of new friends.

What do you like most about Florida Tech? There are two. My favorite major event is relay for life. It's a lot of fun and it is great to see so many students on our campus uniting to help fund research for a good cause, as well as all the funny situations that come with all of us staying up all night. My more frequent favorite is getting to go to surf contests with FIT's surf team. Nothing beats getting to hang out with your fellow students doing something everyone loves together, representing your school, and competing against other schools and students.

Erick (Cheng) Chen

Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hometown: Beijing, China

Favorite FIT Events: International Festival, Homecoming, Habitat for Humanity, & Techexpo.

What do you like most about Florida Tech?  My college has been so much better than I thought it would be when I first decided to attend. I love the people and the diversity in most of my classes.


Burgess Kalyaniwalla

Major:  Aviation Management with Flight Option
Hometown: Pune, India

Favorite FIT Event:  International Festival

What do you like most about Florida Tech?   Its small size which allows you to get to know your professors on a personal level. Also, the ease with which one can get involved on campus because of the large amount of organizations that exist.

Joining Greek Life was the best decision that I have made in college and I highly recommend it.

Afnan M. Islam

Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hometown: Chittagong, Bangladesh

Favorite FIT Event: Orientation! If you are a new student, it's the best time to meet other students from your class and the FIT community in general.

What do you like most about Florida Tech? The opportunities you have to get involved on campus. There are lot of organizations you can get affiliated with. Getting involved gives you a strong social network and a strong social network is very important to make college fun and memorable. I also like the location of our campus since it's close to the beach; the weather is nice most of the time.

Shardul Banait

Major: Space Sciences - Astronomy/Astrophysics
Hometown: Frankfurt, Germany/ Mumbai, India

Favorite FIT Event: Discovery Day & Organization Fair

What do you like most about Florida Tech? Opportunities: there are tons of them!

Qurat-ul-Ain Panjwani

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Favorite FIT Event: Sadly I've only spent a semester here, and did not get the opportunity to attend a lot of events. But of all the ones that I did attend, the International Festival was the best. It reflected the diverse student community that we have here at Florida Tech.

What do you like most about Florida Tech? What I like most about Florida Tech is its rigorous curriculum that ties in practical work with theory. This allows the student to get a better grasp of the subject. Also, the resources here are amazing. You name it, they have it! Whether you need help with your mathematics homework, or need someone to peer review you research paper, you will find a number of ways to do it.


David Nii Nartei Nartey

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Prampram, Accra, Ghana

Favorite FIT Event: My favorite event is the basketball games. It's fun to see everyone going to cheer the basketball teams and having the cheerleaders doing their thing.

What do you like most about Florida Tech? I like the silence. I'm not a big fan of noise so the silence of this school is the most pleasant to me.