Published: Feb 23, 2012 9:59 PM EST
Updated: Feb 23, 2012 11:24 PM EST

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - University of Miami sophomore Steven Alenberg was won over by the algae reference.
    
The engineering student from Philadelphia was one of hundreds who waited up to half a day for a ticket to hear President Barack Obama on Thursday discuss the United States' oil reliance. Obama also talked about the need to develop new energy sources and the role of today's college students in developing them.
    
One such source already under research at UM is algae. Alenberg said he was inspired to feel that by studying engineering, he was part of a mission to help the future of the country.
    
Matheb Forouzandeh, an Iranian native who grew up in Kentucky, said she had previously been torn between voting for the president and GOP candidate Ron Paul. After the speech, the UM sophomore said she'll vote for "Obama."

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