Our masters programs position students for success, whether they plan to advance their career or further their studies. Florida Poly represents one of the most innovative investments in American public higher education and research. Our small class sizes and high-quality faculty bring industry expertise and significant research portfolios, ensuring that our students receive the foundational depth needed to grow academically and professionally.
Students who select the thesis pathway are required to abide by the timeline and guidelines in the graduate catalog and handbook. Upon entering a program at Florida Poly, you will be assigned a temporary advisor (usually the Department Chair) until an appropriate faculty member has been identified in your selected track. Students pursuing a thesis or a project will also select an advisor for those functions who will assume all related advising responsibilities.
All students writing a thesis or formal project must follow the directions provided in this manual and the guidance of their advisor, where noted. Questions on format and content should be directed to the student’s advisor.
“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 has held engineering positions in industry and holds one patent. Involved with engineering education, she was chair of the ASEE Materials Division and continues to be active in that ASEE Division. She has written in the area of materials science education and is now working on leadership and teaming activities for engineers.
”Alongside my assistant chairs, we are working with our students, faculty, and staff to make meaningful contributions in the field of data science and business analytics, and graduate students who are job-ready on day one.”
Dr. Shahram Taj is an accomplished academician, executive consultant with an expertise in business model innovation, lean and sustainable operations, strategic management, production systems design, systems optimization/simulation, and supply chain management. Taj has served as thesis advisor/reader of more than 100 graduate students at the University of Detroit Mercy, including a doctoral thesis committee at MIT. Taj joined Florida Poly in August 2016.
“The impact of data science is broad-based and there is incredible demand from a variety of disciplines in today’s market.”
Dr. Reinaldo (Rei) Sanchez-Arias joined Florida Poly in fall 2018 as an assistant professor in the Department of Data Science and Business Analytics. During his years studying for his doctorate at The University of Texas at El Paso, he was involved in research projects for the Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) in collaboration with a group at Stanford University. His expertise is in the areas of numerical optimization, development of methods and algorithms for data mining and statistical learning, and data science education.
“Our program equips you with the expertise required to innovate, lead, and succeed in today's rapidly evolving technological landscape. It opens doors to lucrative and rewarding career opportunities and empowers you to make a meaningful impact in the world of technology.”
Dr. Doga Demirel is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Florida Polytechnic University. Dr. Demirel has been co-investigator of four National Institutes of Health-funded research projects, including the design, development, and evaluation of the Virtual Operating Room Team Experience (VORTeX) in collaboration with researchers from the University of Central Arkansas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Demirel’s leading-edge research also allows students the opportunity to be immersed in high-impact projects. His expertise is in the areas of virtual surgical design and development, virtual reality, haptic applications and technology, medical simulations, and visualization.