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The Office for Students with Disabilities

Our comprehensive academic support services include advocacy, academic accommodations, Assistive Technology equipment/software training, Assistive Technology Computer Lab, Learning Strategies training, and an active student organization. OSD has offices across three of FAU's campuses – Boca Raton, Davie, and Jupiter; however, disability services are available for students attending any of the six FAU campuses.

Call us or come to our office and meet with one of our staff members to find out how we can help you or to find out about volunteer opportunities.

Inspirational Owls

Diego Fernando Pava Arias 

Thomas Paine once penned these words, “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.” 

Diego Fernando Pava Arias

As a native of Colombia, Diego started his life’s journey legally blind and as a result, he learnt from an early age the virtue of determination and perseverance. These two virtues are the hallmark of his life, and in 2007, Diego took a leap of faith and left his homeland to pursue a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). After completing his Master’s degree, Diego entered the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program. In the Ph.D. program, his research was in Fourier Optics which entails laser images for photographs that can be taken up to 10 Kilometer (km) away in complete darkness. He has also published several articles and is currently working on a patent. During his tenure as a student at FAU, Diego worked as a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) in Control Systems and Electrical Lab 1.

With his Ph.D. in electoral engineering in hand, Diego is looking forward to contributing towards the advancement of engineering. Thus, it is no surprise that he is currently employed at Aventusoft, a Biomedical Engineering company that designs medical devices where he is currently working on developing a specialized heart monitor.

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