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Cutting-edge research at Florida Poly aims to save babies’ lives

ECG Research Florida Poly

Faculty and student researchers at Florida Polytechnic University are developing a breakthrough method that would result in more accurate maternal and fetal electro-cardiogram (ECG) signals, so that babies can be properly treated for cardiac defects diagnosed before birth.

Against all odds, driven to be the exception

Hispanic Heritage Month Kevin Ordonez

As a new state university focused exclusively on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Florida Poly seemed like the perfect fit for senior Kevin Ordoñez’s high-tech ambitions. Ordoñez became a part of the inaugural group of students who came to the university in 2014. Suddenly, he found plenty of motivation around him. 

Build, learn, give: the principles of Florida Poly Purple Fire Robotics Club

Florida Poly Purple Fire Robotics Club

Florida Poly’s Purple Fire Robotics Club is one of the largest student organizations on campus with approximately 45 active members. They’re all inspired by robots, but students don’t have to be experts in robotics to join the club. Joseph Patullo, a sophomore in computer engineering and vice president of the club, said while many students are fascinated by robots, they feel intimidated to join because they’ve never built one. So, learning becomes the engine that makes the Purple Fire Robotics Club successful.

Florida Polytechnic University establishes Advanced Mobility Institute

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Florida Polytechnic University announced the creation of its Advanced Mobility Institute (AMI), a university-affiliated technology research center focused on the development and testing of autonomous vehicle (AV) related technology. AMI is not only unique to the state, but also one of the largest university centers specialized on the narrow area of testing and verification of AV technology in the country.

Three values and a baby; the makings of this mechanical engineer

Hispanic Heritage Month

Alieth Rodríguez walks the hallways of Florida Polytechnic University knowing she’s different than the students around her. She’s a female studying mechanical engineering, Latina, and in her thirties. There’s also nothing common about the baby stroller she pushes from class to class.

Orlando Tech Association and Orlando Magic host Florida Poly

At the request of the Orlando Regional Tech Association, Florida Polytechnic University President Randy K. Avent had the opportunity to share with area leaders the importance of partnering with the university. The Orlando Magic provided the venue by opening up its Innovation Lab at its corporate headquarters for the August 2018 event. Avent touched upon […]

Florida Poly Foundation announces new board members

Jack Harrell

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation announces the appointment of four new board members. Phillipa Greenberg, Jack Harrell, III, Michael B. Lawley, and Marlene O’Toole bring solid industry, entrepreneurial and technological expertise to its Board of Directors. Phillipa Greenberg is an early pioneer in commercializing computation. In 2016, she founded Next Machine, a […]

Photos: Annual event connects students with community resources

Community Resource Fair

At Florida Poly, college life is about much more than going to class and studying for exams. Students are encouraged to get involved on campus, and in the community to make the most of their college experience. A well-rounded college experience also includes getting involved with on-campus clubs and organizations and investing in the community […]

An ‘ultimate’ Florida Poly experience

Ultimate Frisbee Team

At this years’ “Club Row” event, going on today and tomorrow, Sept. 12 and 13, more than 40 clubs have displays set up to showcase the way fellow students can participate. One of the clubs participating in the ongoing event is the Florida Poly Ultimate Frisbee Club — otherwise known as the “Florida Poly Mutants.”

Top Tampa tech company strengthens connection with Florida Poly

Jack Berlin CEO Accusoft

Accusoft, a leading document and imaging software company based in Tampa, Florida, has solidified its partnership with Florida Polytechnic University through a gift of an endowed scholarship to help talented students with a financial need to pursue their dreams of a high-tech career. “I tell people all the time the most exciting thing to happen to the tech community in this area is Florida Poly, and I’ve said that at meetings and will continue to say that,” said Jack Berlin, Accusoft’s founder and chief executive officer.

Florida Poly students showcase their work at regional technology conference

For the first time, students from Florida Polytechnic University showcased their creations at the fourth annual OrlandoiX conference, on Aug. 17-18 in Winter Park, Florida. The event is billed as the Southeast’s largest gathering of creators in virtual and augmented reality, video games, and digital entertainment. It has also drawn industry giants such as Microsoft, […]

A look back at Purple Fire Week

Florida Polytechnic University students celebrated the first full week of classes with Purple Fire Week from Aug. 25 -30. The annual five-day spirit-themed event included a number of activities aimed at bringing together new and returning students as they immerse themselves in college life.

Top 5 things to enjoy in Lakeland as a college student

Lakeland Florida

The new academic year is finally here! The excitement of new challenges fills the air as hundreds of new students arrive on campus to get their college life started. There will be plenty of study time, research projects, clubs, and student meetings in between classes. But as busy as college days may be, there should […]

Already a pilot, Florida Poly freshman now a Phoenix

Florida Poly Freshman

In less than a year, the Florida Polytechnic University freshman has earned his pilot’s license, received a scholarship from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) Foundation to attend Florida Poly and started his undergraduate career. Rosamond joined about 400 other freshmen at Florida Poly as the fall 2018 semester began this past Wednesday.

Here it is. The official Florida Poly Mobile app.

Florida Poly Mobile

The wait is over. Florida Polytechnic University will launch its official Florida Poly Mobile app just in time for the start of a new academic year. The app is designed to provide students, faculty, staff, and the general community with everything they need to know about the university in the palm of their hand.

Florida Poly welcomes back students in its most internationally diverse year

Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, greets incoming students during Move-In Day, Sunday, Aug. 19.

Florida Polytechnic University is now home to students from 24 countries and five continents, making this year its most diverse international student body to date. They are part of around 400 students joining Florida Poly in this new academic year, looking to become part of the next generation of high-tech leaders. The countries include Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, China, and India, among many others.

Fulbright program taking off at Florida Poly

Fulbright Scholarship

A pair of Florida Polytechnic University students are headed to Canada as part of the university’s partnership with Fulbright Canada. Bobby Acacio (left) will study abroad this fall at the University of Victoria while Ecieno Carmona will head to the University of Alberta in the spring.

Students have more options to ‘refuel’ at Florida Poly

When it comes to dining options, Florida Polytechnic University students now have more places to go on campus. The beginning of the 2018-19 academic year will also usher in a new era in dining options with the addition of Einstein Bros. Bagels and Tú Taco at the Wellness Center.

Algae expert presents at Florida Poly on rapidly growing industry

Dr. Ira Levine visited Florida Poly on August 13 to talk with students and employees about developing curriculum related to the growing and utilization of algae. Levine is the president and board chair of the Algae Foundation.

Television show on autonomous vehicles to feature Florida Poly

Senior director of special projects, Dr. Rahul Razdan, was a guest on the latest “In Focus with Allison Walker Torres” television show, recorded on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Florida Poly receives national award for procurement excellence

Florida Polytechnic University has been awarded the prestigious 23rd Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2018 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI). The annual award recognizes innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership in the procurement function of public and non-profit organizations. Organizations are selected based upon an arduous review and examination against […]

University statement regarding mental health services

As you know, we tragically and unexpectedly lost a member of our community last week. Kevin was a dear friend to many of our students and he will be terribly missed by all.  We believe that Kevin’s family needs to be respected and allowed to grieve in peace.

Florida Poly receives Duke Energy Foundation grant

Duke Energy Give 25K Scholarship

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will provide financial support for up to 50 high achieving students who have the goal of graduating with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degree. The grant will be administered through the Florida Poly […]

Police activity on campus

We are saddened to announce that we have lost a member of our community. Police officials have confirmed the body found on campus August 1, 2018 was that of a Florida Poly student who died by suicide. Next of kin has been notified.

Saddle Creek Logistics Services and Florida Poly – Partners in success

Saddle Creek Logistics Services

A thriving business that relies on innovation and technology and a growing STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) university would seem like a perfect match, and that’s certainly the case with Saddle Creek Logistics Services and Florida Polytechnic University. In addition to its financial impact on Florida Poly– which totals more than $1 million and […]

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