Meet the Alumni Engagement Specialist Team

"The Alumni Engagement Specialist team consists of young adult students who vigorously engage with alumni making sure to eliminate any gap between the alumni and the college. We tend to provide many opportunities for alumni to stay connected with the university. Additionally, the alumnus's contribution has played a vital role in keeping the engagement and growth towards advancement for the college-going. We are here to serve as a common platform between current students, alumni, and even parents and serve a common goal to stay connected! Our team strives to spread positivity and joy within the Panther community while making sure the right thing reaches the right person at the right place. Stay engaged! Stay connected!" - Zulfa Sultana, Annual Giving Manager 

Zulfa Sultana
Annual Giving Manager

I am originally from Bangladesh, and I have built my career in the U.S.A. from scratch with satisfying quick success in my line of work. Bangladesh is well-known for its six disciplined seasons and naturally preserved prominent rainforest - Sundarbans - with the presence of the Royal Bengal Tigers. Bangladesh is also known for its richness in food; hence, I am quite the cook. My country celebrates tons of fun festivities that involve bringing families together and is one of the top exporters to the U.S.A.

I received my master's degree in business administration in marketing and had my research paper published with CBERUK & in ResearchGate in 2019. With extensive professional hands-on experience in the business field and excellent academic results, I am currently pursuing a DBA (Doctorate of Business Administration) at the Florida Institute of Technology. While I take my work and academics seriously, I am a goofball at heart! I'm a proud Dog mom! My furbabies fill my life. I am a fan of all types of music. You can often find me humming lyrics to myself. I love to dance and enjoy bowling in my spare time. I am a big fan of diversity and proud to be multi-lingual. I am always passionate about learning new cultures and their languages.

Alumni Engagement Specialists:

Alumni Engagement Specialist

I'm Adel Siraeva, a first-year Mechanical Engineering student from Russia, now pursuing my studies in the United States. My passion for engineering ignited during my senior year of High School in New York. I am the Media Chair within AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) at Florida Tech. As part of the AIAA Panther Rocketry Team, I'm deeply involved in building, launching, and recovering high-powered rockets for the NAR Competition. In addition to my extracurricular involvement with AIAA, I'm also engaged in research at the Autonomy Lab. Here, I explore autonomous technologies in space and aerial systems, delving into optimal navigation and control. Outside of my academic endeavors, I like playing volleyball, going to the beach, reading, and talking with my family.

Alumni Engagement Specialist

I’m Annsh Trehan, pursuing my master's in mechanical engineering at Florida Tech, I am an international student from India, a country known for its vibrant cultures and timeless heritage. The best phrase to describe my country is "unity in diversity". My academic pursuit is aided by my creative thinking. I have a passion for drawing, digital art & CAD abilities. With aspirations of a future in the world of automotive design, I consistently enjoy and learn to amalgamate my engineering skills with a creative & innovative approach. Beyond my academics, I share a passion for digital editing, soccer, swimming, and dance and an unwavering love for movies, anime, and binge-worthy series. I'm also an avid reader, music lover, and literature enthusiast. I am a huge fan of FPS, RPG & open world games. Meeting new people and learning the unique qualities that everyone brings to the table is something I always look forward to. With my diverse skill set, technical expertise, and creative thinking, I'm hopeful that I'll have a bright and promising future!

Alumni Engagement Specialist

My name is Arielle Tibon and I am a proud Filipino American. I grew up in Orlando, FL, and got my B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2018. Currently, I am a 1st year doctoral student with a concentration in forensics in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida Tech. I'm interested in doing competency assessments for the legal system, especially for juveniles. I love to play video games with friends whenever I'm free. I'm also a huge fan of psychological and thriller-type anime as well.

Alumni Engagement Specialist

I am in my 4th year, double majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Literature. I am from New Jersey and am currently the President of the Florida Tech College Players and the Treasurer of Florida Tech's Society of Women Engineers. I am also a member of Florida Tech's Concert Choir. Additionally, I have directed a production of She Kills Monsters, directed and produced a production of Twisted, produced a production of Agatha Christie's Murder of the Orient Express, and run the A Capella group Players in Harmony. I can be seen in FITV's short film One Kill Per Year. When not in class, I am usually in a rehearsal, preparing for my next performance, or playing board games with my friends.

Alumni Engagement Specialist

I’m Kaitlyn Pittman, a first-year student majoring in forensic psychology. I was born and raised in the Great Lakes State, Michigan. I enjoy reading classics, especially Pride and Prejudice as well as true crime. In high school, I was the senior class vice president, school ambassador, and a member of the National Honor Society. Florida Tech is allowing me to pursue my dream career which is to become an FBI agent one day.

Alumni Engagement Specialist

My name is Lana Ammash, I was born in Beirut, Lebanon. I moved to Florida last year. I am a student-athlete, playing basketball and studying Clinical Psychology at Florida Tech. I am a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. Being a student-athlete allowed me to manage my time and focus on my main values. I joined the Model United Nations program and that allowed me to enhance my public speaking skills since I had to attend a Final Conference. In addition, I attended a leadership program at Yale that strengthened my leadership and teambuilding skills. In the future, I plan on becoming a sports psychologist. Outside of school, work, and basketball, I enjoy the beach, nature, and exploring new places with my friends.

Alumni Engagement Specialist

I am Michelle Arubi, an international student from Lagos, Nigeria. I got my B.S in Computer Science from Florida Tech in 2021 and moved to the west coast for work. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at Florida Tech, focusing on generative chatbot AI in web application development. Outside of school, my hobbies include traveling—I enjoy exploring new places and learning about different cultures—painting, reading novels, and attending concerts. In the future I hope to establish a foundation that offers computer programming classes to underprivileged youths in Nigeria.

Alumni Engagement Specialist

I'm Rashi Shah, currently in my fourth semester, pursuing a Master's in Biotechnology at Florida Tech. Gujarat, India, is where my roots lie – a place steeped in history and culture, known for its rich traditions, the stunning coastline along the Arabian Sea, and the renowned salt flats of the Little Rann of Kutch. Beyond my academic pursuits, I'm captivated by the world of cooking, sports, and dance. Whenever I'm not buried in textbooks, you'll find me experimenting in the kitchen with global recipes, grooving to the rhythm of dance, or passionately cheering on my favorite sports teams. With an innate knack for blending science and creativity, I'm on a mission to uncover innovative ways to positively impact the world of biotechnology. Oh, and a fun tidbit about me I can frame myself in sentences as a laughaholic foodie passionate about Spontaneity.

Alumni Engagement Specialist

My name is Rebekah Lucas, and I am pursuing my master's in conservation technology. I am expected to graduate in the summer of 24. I am from South Florida but completed my undergrad degree in North Carolina. While completing my undergrad, I played lacrosse while juggling to graduate early. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in chemistry and psychology in three years. Outside work hours, I enjoy exploring the outdoors as well as our oceans.

Senior Alumni Engagement Specialist

I am Tanveer Syed. I am a doctoral candidate in STEM Education at Florida Tech. I am a Bangladeshi student born and raised in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I studied for five years in England (the University of Leeds and the University of Bradford) and about two years at George Washington University when I came to the United States in 2014. I am a legally blind student researching what improvements could be made to virtual reality technology for better educational purposes for the visually impaired. I used to produce music and played county cricket for Yorkshire, and I am looking to see if I can do something in voice acting.

Alumni Engagement Specialist

My name is William Patrick Ward, also known as Will or William. I am a senior majoring in Finance at the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. Before moving to Melbourne Beach in July 2020, I spent most of my life in Hamilton, New Jersey. Outside of school and work, I am passionate about car collecting and music, and I love spending time with the people I love the most. Some facts about me are: My birthday is October 13th, I've been coming to the Melbourne Beach area since about 2001/2002 when I was very young, and I have friends and family who graduated from Florida Tech. After graduating with my Bachelor's degree in the spring of 2024, I plan on getting my M.B.A. while working at an internship or an actual job soon after.