Department of

Mechanical and Environmental Engineering

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May 2, 2022
Engineering students earn awards at prestigious statewide science conference
Three Florida Polytechnic University graduate students pursing master's degrees in engineering recently took home top honors for their research at the Florida Academy of Sciences 85th Annual Meeting. All three students are on the mechanical engineering degree track.
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Apr 20, 2022
Q&A: Leadership and grit propel first-generation grad to success
Vanessa Townsend '22 has never shied away from an opportunity to learn, grow, or lead. She will receive her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in aerospace from Florida Polytechnic University on May 8.
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Mar 11, 2022
Female leaders lauded at annual Women in STEM Awards
Three women who carved their place in male-dominated STEM fields such as engineering, data science, and technology were recognized at Florida Polytechnic University's annual Women in STEM Awards luncheon on Thursday, March 10.
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Mar 7, 2022
Capstone team designs microgravity simulation device for Florida Space Institute
A team of Florida Polytechnic University capstone students is designing a device that will help engineers at Florida Space Institute and the Hawking Center for Microgravity Research effectively perform microgravity simulations.
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Feb 23, 2022
Students shift into high gear to build Florida Poly's first solar vehicle
An interdisciplinary team of Florida Polytechnic University students is revving up to build the University's first competition-worthy solar vehicle and take on some of the biggest schools in the country.
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From the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at Florida Poly. Florida Poly providesMary Vollaro 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 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program is designed to provide a synergetic foundation in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering through broad educational experiences. Our ABET accredited Mechanical Engineering program offers concentrations in Aerospace, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing, Energy Systems and Sustainability, Operations Research, and the option of Advanced Topics in which students select any four elective courses to create their own concentration to match their interests.

The program seeks to instill an understanding of the fundamental principles of science and engineering by providing students with hands-on project-based learning experiences connecting ‘theory to practice’. The hallmark of our program is the project-based design sequence spanning all four years of the curriculum culminating with an industrial sponsored capstone project.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering degree program is designed to provide a foundational concepts, analytic techniques, modeling and simulation, and practices, policies, and societal issues associated with stewardship of the environment. Our Environmental Engineering program has close ties with FIPRI (Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute) where faculty are involved in applied research projects which will also provide opportunities for undergraduate students. Our goals are to develop our hallmark experiential learning activities of a ‘living laboratory’ around campus using real-world problems in water, storm water runoff, and sustainability to cite a few, and to engage in the ABET accreditation process.  

In our STEM education-based programs here at Florida Poly, our faculty strive to provide excellence in teaching and exciting research opportunities that will yield highly skilled graduates who have strong knowledge with the core courses in their major and who are able to apply that knowledge to design and implement solutions for arising challenges. To do that effectively in the workplace, students have many opportunities to develop their professional skills in teamwork and leadership, and oral and written communication to excel and ‘hit the ground running’ as they pursue careers in industry, government, and academia.

I am excited to be the chair of the department. Our faculty are excited about our programs, and we all look forward to the opportunity to provide highly innovative and challenging learning experiences throughout our curriculum to help all students reach their academic potential and professional goals.

Dr. Mary Vollaro
Chair, Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering


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Program and Student Outcomes

Our rigorous curriculum allows Florida Poly graduates to:

Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Meet the Faculty - Mechanical Engineering

Navindra Wijeyeratne

Navindra Wijeyeratne

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Associate Professor - 9
Assistant Professor - 9

Meet the Faculty - Environmental Engineering

Assistant Professor - 9
Visiting Instructor
Assistant Professor - 9

Supportive Environment

Many elements of Florida Poly life come together to create a rich and successful student experience.
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Florida Poly's academic success coaches are available to meet with students about many topics, including registration and academic success coaching.
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Career Development

The Office of Career Development provides comprehensive career services to students, alumni, and employers. Our highly trained staff is dedicated to helping you make your career dreams a reality.

Capstone Design Projects

Florida Poly’s Capstone Design Project is a two-semester program that provides students with the opportunity to work with real-world, open-ended, interdisciplinary challenges proposed by industrial and research project sponsors. 
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Co and Extra Curricular Activities

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. 


Innovation Labs

Our Innovation Labs give students the opportunity to test their big ideas on the same advanced equipment used in leading industrial and corporate environments.

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Internships are a central part of the educational experience at Florida Poly. Our staff helps students find available internships, reviews resume, and helps students plan their ideal career path after graduation.