Jorge Dionisio Tubella

Degree: Master of Architecture

College/School: College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

Jorge Dionisio Tubella’s passion for combining computer programming with design and innovation drew him to FIU’s School of Architecture, where he knew he would receive the tools to connect the line between technology and creative work.

His motto: “push designs to the next level.” Jorge taught himself several computer programming languages, including Arduino Software, which allowed him to incorporate unique aspects into his designs, such as kinetic systems. He also taught himself basic principles in electrical and mechanical engineering and participated in robotic workshops.

In 2015, Jorge became the lead research assistant helping to operate FIU’s Robotics and Digital Fabrication Laboratory. He was also selected to attend a robotics-training program at KUKA College in Michigan to learn about large-scale robotic arms. Upon his return, he had the robots in the lab fully functioning within a week.

Jorge also leads workshops for safety and robotic operations for students and faculty. He mentors students on the technology offered in the lab and gives them a chance to work with the robots, as well as helping with research on robotic integration. Last summer, Jorge served as a mentor during a two-week camp for middle and high school students as part of the Verizon Innovation Learning Initiative, teaching the students about 3D printing.

Last year, Jorge received the American Institute of Architects Students of the Year Award, and recently he was selected for the CREST CAChE Fellowship.

After graduation, Jorge plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Architecture at FIU.

By Jennifer Lacayo
Jr. Account Manager, Office of Media Relations