Mercedes internship puts computer science senior on the right track
A passion for computer science and implementing technological solutions has Florida Polytechnic University rising senior John Lowery feeling right at home in his second summer internship with Mercedes-Benz Vans. He is working as a business analyst intern implementing cloud technologies into the company's everyday operation at its location in Charleston, South Carolina.
Q&A: Computer science grad to fulfill beloved promise at graduation
Mykell Spencer '23 was a collector of friends and experiences during his four years at Florida Polytechnic University. He will receive his bachelor's degree in computer science with a concentration in game development and simulation on May 7. During his time at Florida Poly, he was involved in many campus activities, including serving as chief justice of the Student Government Association, Presidential Ambassador, orientation leader, and vice president and president of the Mu Omega Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) academic honor society.
Spring Game Expo draws crowds to see latest student-created video games
Networked student-created video games took center stage at the annual Spring Game Expo at Florida Polytechnic University on Saturday, April 22. Prospective students and their families arrived on campus to check out the games, learn about the computer science major and career paths, and explore campus in an accompanying open house event.
Alum launches software development career with NASA internship
Soon after Andy Ponce '22 received his bachelor's degree in computer science last December, he packed his bags and moved to Titusville, Florida, to embrace a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the NASA Kennedy Space Center.
Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at FloridaPoly. Florida Poly provides leading-edge degree programs that prepare graduates to take on today’s fastest growing
fields. Our mission is to serve students and industry through excellence in education, discovery, and application of engineering and applied sciences.
The computer science program at Florida Poly is among the first undergraduate degrees
created at the University. The computer science program is an ABET-accredited high-quality
program focused on education and applied research. Our degrees are STEM education-based programs that yield highly skilled graduates who have
strong knowledge in the fundamentals of computer science and who are able to apply
that knowledge to design and implement solutions for arising challenges. The program
prepares students for clear and concise communication when working in a team environment
and careers in industry, government, and academia.
The department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. During their undergraduate
degree, students will join one of our many concentrations that we continuously review
and evaluate for potential adaptation or establishment. Our current concentrations are:
Big Data Analytics
Game Development and Simulation
Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
Advanced Topics (a non-concentration option where students choose 12 hours of coursework
comprised of courses in the other concentrations or electives in the field).
I am excited to be the chair of the Computer Science Department. Alongside my assistant
chair, Dr. Doga Demirel, we are working with our students, faculty, and staff to make meaningful contributions
in the field of computer science, and graduate students who are job-ready on day one.
There's more to the college experience than lectures and lab work. Florida Poly has
more than 35 student clubs that are run by students for students. Students are encouraged to pursue their passions
and explore new interests by joining a club. The activities below are a few of the
clubs that computer science students most often get involved with.
Students focus on buildingCombat, VEX,andother roboticsand entering them in competitions around the region and across the nation. The Purple
Fire Robotics teamwelcomes students of all skill levels to join.
Members of the Media Club work to provide students with the equipment to discover and explore current and emerging forms of media, including video production, game development,
and audio production.
Facilities and Resources
The Simulation, Instruction, and Multimedia (SIM) Lab is one of the most dynamic and hands-on labs on campus. It supports students across
all majors as they undertake complex, innovative projects. Wearable computers, media
production, game development, and simulated environments regularly take shape in the
lab, which features a multisensory communications center continually updated with
new technologies. Tomorrow’s digital obsessions take shape here, with augmented reality
and virtual reality – and Florida Poly students – playing a starring role.
Innovation, Science, and Technology Building
4700 Research Way
Lakeland, FL 33805