One of our own students, Juan Pham (center), sophomore in biomedical engineering was selected for interning for the summer with the Office of congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, thanks to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Juan Pham was born in Havana, Cuba and lived with his mother, sister and grandmother in Pinar De Rio. He moved to the United States at the age of four. Growing up, Juan never had his father, so he learned on his own how to adapt to a new way of life. Learning a new language while still maintaining a cultural linkage to Cuba offered challenges. His single mother and grandfather taught him the true meaning of hard work.
Juan attends Florida International University and majors in biomedical engineering. He hopes to someday have the opportunity to create machines that enhance the human’s physiological capabilities. With a strong character, determination and a positive outlook on life, Juan aspires to someday make an impact on the world through innovation.
This is what Juan had to say for why he chose to apply for the program. “Some of the reasons why I chose to go to DC were because of the opportunities and experiences that I would get to see here. I have a chance to witness the legislative process first hand and find out the kind of work my congresswoman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is doing. I plan to also visit different hearings involving STEM research and issues and get up to date news on whats going on in the bio-technological world today. I hope to learn as much as I can as well as network and meet all kinds of different people, getting an insight through their experiences and connecting in ways to help my future.”