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University leaders begin planning for students, employees to return to campus

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information. All, I hope you’re doing well and are continuing to stay healthy during this time.  As you know, several dedicated teams have begun conversations and the necessary work to determine the best way for Florida […]

Women faculty aim to inspire next generation of female STEM leaders

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Florida Polytechnic University is working to ensure the faculty educating the world’s emerging STEM leaders are as diverse and energetic as the students they teach. For faculty members Sanna Siddiqui, Joanne Skiles, Aslihan Vuruskan, and Zahra Sadeghizadeh, the experience is personal. They are female educational leaders who have seen firsthand the challenges facing women who […]

’20 Florida Poly alum springboards to dream career in cybersecurity

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The work Bryan Urias ’20 does as an information security analyst for tech start-up JustProtect is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work. And he couldn’t be happier. “This has been amazing,” Urias said. “It’s been really cool seeing all the things I learned in school apply to the real world.” JustProtect, based […]

Internship blooms into programming career for 2020 Florida Poly grad

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Editor’s note: While COVID-19 has caused Florida Polytechnic University to shift to remote instruction through the summer and reschedule our commencement ceremony, the hard work of our graduating seniors continues. This feature is part of a series of stories highlighting and honoring our 2020 graduates. One of the first times Daniel Rentfro laid his hands […]

Florida Poly partners with Microsoft for virtual workshop series

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Florida Polytechnic University is partnering with tech giant Microsoft to offer weekly online professional development workshops for the University community this summer. The weekly series, Microsoft Mondays at Florida Poly, kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on May 18 with “Rock Your LinkedIn with Microsoft.” The workshops are free and open to everyone. They will be delivered through […]

Remote work for employees extended through the end of May

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information.   All, I hope you are staying safe and healthy as the COVID-19 crisis keeps turning almost every aspect of our lives upside down. I’ve enjoyed reading about the many ways you are rising to […]

Summer updates for Florida Poly students

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information. Students, Welcome to the Summer 2020 semester. The past several months have been challenging, and I want to make sure that you are connected with the resources and help you need to be successful in […]

Second chance leads to flourishing opportunities for 2020 Florida Poly grad

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For a long time, Joshua Santos ’20 listened to everyone else while trying to achieve the goals others had for him. As a consequence, after three years struggling to complete an engineering degree at a larger state university, his effort fell short. His passion for aerospace ran dry. “I was told for so long ‘this […]

Florida Poly recognizes employees despite COVID-19

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LAKELAND, Fla. – The COVID-19 pandemic may have forced the cancellation of in-person events, but that is not stopping leaders at Florida Polytechnic University from honoring its faculty and staff. This year, Florida Poly’s annual Ablaze ceremony became a memorable video that recognizes employees for their extraordinary contributions to the University. The award celebration has […]

Data science researchers at Florida Poly work to improve online community use

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Surfing social media and delving into digital post comments can lead web users to strange or unwanted places. Dr. Rei Sanchez-Arias, an assistant professor of data science and business analytics at Florida Polytechnic University, is working to make these digital networks more meaningful and orderly. “We live in a world of big data. There are […]

Florida Poly computer science team works to transform surgical training

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When surgeons learn to perform arthroscopic surgery on a patient’s shoulder area, navigating around the confined area and tight structures with instruments inserted through small incisions can be challenging. Adding unintuitive camera orientation and constrained motions further complicates the task. A group of faculty and student researchers at Florida Polytechnic University are working to make […]

2020 graduate ready to make impact in computer science

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Editor’s note: While the COVID-19 situation has caused Florida Polytechnic University to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester and reschedule our commencement ceremony, the hard work of our graduating seniors continues. This story is part of a series of stories highlighting and honoring our 2020 graduates.  When Michael Perez transferred to Florida Polytechnic […]

Phoenixes Rise Together

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information. Students, The Spring 2020 semester will always be remembered, but I hope it is remembered most for all that you have achieved. Graduating Seniors: Congratulations!  I look forward to congratulating you in person […]

Florida Poly hosting individual campus visits for prospective Phoenixes

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Students considering Florida Polytechnic University for their educational home this fall are now able to schedule an in-person visit to see its iconic campus up close in a safe way. Beginning on May 4, the Admissions Department will host individual visits to the Lakeland, Florida campus. Tours were among the University activities that were suspended […]

Spring 2020 Game Expo shows off student creations online

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Florida Polytechnic University students who have worked all semester developing innovative video games are getting the chance to show them off online at the annual Spring Game Expo. Florida Poly traditionally hosts fall and spring game expos on campus, but ongoing social distancing restrictions and state-mandated closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced the spring […]

Addressing campus resiliency

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information. All, When COVID-19 began forcing our country to work from home and many of our favorite businesses temporarily closed their doors, it was only a matter of time before the related financial effects […]

Florida Poly engineering students add a new dimension to dance

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A team of Florida Polytechnic University students is using technology to convert the beauty and grace of dance into an innovative, stunning work of art. Junior Jaimie Davis and 2020 master’s graduate Matthew Giallourakis are collaborating with Florida Dance Theatre to transform dancers’ movements into digital art. “We wanted to take the arts and STEM […]

Online classes to continue through Summer B term

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information. Dear Florida Poly Community, Summer B In the interest of minimizing disruption and erring on the side of caution, Florida Poly will continue with remote offerings for Summer Session B. As you are […]

2020 grad working to revolutionize high-tech crop harvesting

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Editor’s note: While the COVID-19 situation has caused Florida Polytechnic University to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester and reschedule our commencement ceremony, the hard work of our graduating seniors continues. This story is part of a series of stories highlighting and honoring our 2020 graduates.  Florida Polytechnic University senior Kendon Ricketts […]

Remote work for employees extended through May 15

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information. All, I hope you’re all staying well and have found a new normal in this challenging time we’re all in. This last month has somehow flown by as we adjusted to our quick […]

New class of Presidential Ambassadors ready to represent

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For Florida Polytechnic University freshman Benjamin Dinal, leadership is rooted in a true desire to serve others. It’s a desire he knows well. “I have always been a leader in my community,” said Dinal, a computer science major. “Whether it was becoming freshman representative for the Student Government Association or volunteering for those less fortunate, […]

Message to students on the last day of Spring 2020 classes

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit this webpage for resources and additional information. Students, Happy last day of Spring 2020 classes! As we end this semester, I ask you to please take a minute and reflect on all you have achieved this academic year. It has […]

Seniors present industry solutions in virtual Capstone Design Showcase

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While many events in the community have been canceled in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one of Florida Polytechnic University’s richest student traditions will continue in a virtual environment. The annual Capstone Design Showcase, which features the hard work of seniors challenged to solve industry problems, has shifted from a one-day event to […]

Florida Poly CARES emergency funds

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Visit our webpage for resources and additional information.   Updated April 23: The information below regarding eligibility of international students to receive CARES Act funding has been updated to reflect a change in the requirements from the US Department of Education.   […]

2020 graduate builds next generation of esports champs

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Editor’s note: While the COVID-19 situation has caused Florida Polytechnic University to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester and reschedule our commencement ceremony, the hard work of our graduating seniors continues. This story is part of a series of stories highlighting and honoring our 2020 graduates. When Matthew Santalla was a […]

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