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CRF lights a fire on the new Miami Tech ecosystem | FIU Magazine


The core of CRF’s efforts to produce work-ready graduates remains hiring top-notch faculty and working with industry partners to ensure a strong curriculum that meets real-world needs.

“We are asking companies to work with us so that we develop students’ basic skills in the skills needed in the region,” says Luis from CRF. “We cannot do this alone. We want to create a strong technological ecosystem with companies.

Industry giants such as security software company Kaseya and HR software company Ultimate Kronos Group, both based in South Florida, began partnering with FIU decades ago. years. Business and school leaders have come together to discuss ways to ensure a prepared workforce, and hundreds of students and graduates have since accepted internships and jobs with both companies in recognition. high-quality education and ready-to-use skills behind them. Kaseya and Kronos followed up with in-kind donations to the school and support for a variety of student activities as well as on-campus training in specialized areas.

More recent collaborations include a $2.25 million joint investment from the Knight Foundation that will enable expanded programming with national nonprofit CodePath to increase diversity in computing and engineering. FIU also powers the new SoftBank Operator School to prepare students to lead tech startups and partner with Break Through Tech to propel women and members of other underrepresented communities into tech careers.


Hugely successful graduates like 2016 Rachelle Tobkes, who within a few years earned the title of “Rockstar Engineer” among the more than 2,000 software engineers at multinational tech giant Citrix, can’t say enough about the ramp of launch she found on campus.

“FIU prepared me to become a software engineer in the real world,” says Tobkes. “FIU not only developed me for my career, but also connected me with professionals, internships and job opportunities, which played a huge role in landing and excelling in my position. current.”

Another Panther in the field: Jason Dettbarn ’00, MS ’03, founder and CEO of Miami-based Addigy Technology. After working at Motorola and elsewhere, he launched the cloud-based IT management platform for Mac users in 2014. To supplement his previous background in FIU IT, Dettbarn applied for a place in the engine of highly competitive entrepreneurship StartUP FIU to hone business skills. Soon, he raised over $9 million in venture capital to support a global expansion of his company, which now has 75 employees.

Dettbarn returned to campus frequently to hold quarterly meetings with his leadership team and mentor senior students as they completed required design projects.

“More than half of our employees come from CRF,” says Dettbarn, who picks up a handful of senior graduates at the end of each design project showcase. “It’s like going back to the wishing well and tapping into the best of Miami,” he says. “The people at CRF continue to be a big part of my journey and my success.”

#Miami Tech, here we come.