The announcement came during the UPE National Convention, held virtually in April at FIU with many of the UPE National Board members physically in attendance.
“This is the third year in a row that FIU has been selected to host the UPE National Convention,” said Peter Clarke, faculty advisor for the FIU UPE Chapter. “The extraordinary efforts of our UPE student president, vice president and members have made this possible. These students are strong leaders who continue to excel academically.”
UPE Student President Adriana Sandino and Vice President Raul Faife credit their success to their exceptional student directors and alumni advisors. The convention brings all active UPE chapters together annually to provide updates, share accomplishments and welcome newly established chapters. During the convention, the national board members also present awards to the chapters that have done outstanding work throughout the year.
“We could not do all we are doing without the continuous support from Dr. Madrigal and the UPE National Board members,” Sandino said. “We are also grateful for the unwavering support we have received from the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences and College of Engineering and Computing’s faculty, staff, our very own UPE executive board and our members. We also appreciate the greater FIU university community, especially FIU President Mark Rosenberg who is an active supporter of our annual hackathons.”
The FIU UPE Chapter will receive a $500 award. UPE members and leadership concurred that it is not the money that is important to them but knowing that FIU students can compete against students at top universities and be recognized by industry leaders like Microsoft and Google, every year.