Dr. Fernando Mendoza Jara studied English in OPIE in 2006 as part of the Fulbright Scholars language program. After that, he completed his masters and doctoral work in Geospatial Information Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is currently a professor at the National Agrarian University in Nicaragua.
According to Dr. Mendoza Jara, OPIE prepared him to be ready for graduate school in the English language. When he came to Ohio University, it was his first time in the United States. He started to learn about the American system here in Athens, while enjoying both the weather and the people in the community.