Senior design experience leads grad to be named ‘rockstar’ engineer

Photo of Rachelle Tobkes FIU SCIS Alumni

Rachelle Tobkes graduated from FIU in 2016 and through Senior Design, she was hired to work for Citrix, a multinational software company providing workspace and cloud computing technologies. She was voted Citrix’s 2019 Rockstar Engineer for her innovation, deliverables, and collaboration. She played a vital role in prototyping the company’s main product, Citrix Workspace, which is a technology that enhances employee productivity in organizations by having all apps and files in one single location. Tobkes is mentoring a current senior design group who’s working on a two-factor authentication app using facial recognition to verify a user’s identity.

In order to graduate from the College of Engineering & Computing, seniors design innovative projects to create practical solutions for industry problems through a course called Senior Design Project. For her project, Rachelle Tobkes, now a computer science alumna, developed a web application for listing and renting office spaces.

The idea for the app, called HyperDesk, came from a Miami-based digital and interactive agency. It was one of the suggested projects offered through the Senior Design course. Tobkes wanted to convert the idea into a reality.

Read more and watch a video about Rachelle’s experience at Citrix at FIU News.