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Saddle Creek Logistic Services receives inaugural Florida Poly #ChangeMaker Award

Group at Florida Poly Founders Day Breakfast

Almost 100 community and business leaders and University supporters came together to celebrate Florida Polytechnic University’s Founders Day on Friday, April 19, 2019.Even though the festivities were brought indoors by bad weather, spirits were high as Dr. Randy Avent, Florida Poly president, presented Saddle Creek Logistic Services with the University’s first annual #ChangeMaker Award.

University leaders set Florida Poly Ablaze for second straight year

Florida Poly employee winners

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University celebrated its second annual Ablaze ceremony, recognizing a dozen members of its staff and faculty for their dedication and professional contributions to the school. The event was held on Wednesday, April 17 at the Magnolia Building in Lakeland. Ablaze is a program launched in 2018 to acknowledge the commitment and […]

Q&A: Alison Hart follows passion for a challenge into the world of cybersecurity

Photo and graphics of Alison Hart soon to be graduate

Auburndale, Florida native Alison Hart ’19 has always had a passion for cybersecurity. Hart, who is majoring in computer science with a concentration in cybersecurity, is a lifelong learner who has excelled at Florida Polytechnic University as a programing teaching assistant, Presidential Ambassador, and is currently working as an information technology contractor at Badcock Home Furniture & More.

Local leaders take the helm of Florida Poly’s Foundation Board

New Foundation Board Members

The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board of Directors has elected Lakeland businesswoman Alice Hunt as its new chair. The new vice-chair is Jack Harrell III, senior vice president of marketing, sales and R&D at Harrell’s LLC in Lakeland.

Florida Poly sophomore discovering path from zero to data hero

Florida Poly student intern at Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Florida Poly student Leanne Paquin is only 18 and she’s already walking the hallways of Saddle Creek Logistics with the confidence of an expert data analyst. In reality, she’s only just beginning. Paquin is a sophomore majoring in Business Analytics, fulfilling her dream of interning at a major company she’s known her whole life.

Dozens of math whizzes compete at Florida Poly’s Integral Bee

Integral Bee Winners

Florida Polytechnic University celebrated its third Integral Bee, an annual contest to determine who is the fastest at solving math problems known as integrals. The event has become a tradition at the University with the purpose of making mathematics more approachable and enjoyable to students.

Florida Poly Game EXPO brings innovation and industry together

Florida Poly student holding up VR controllers at Game EXPO

“Pick your car, choose your color, and get ready to battle,” said Christina Thomas, one of the nearly 50 Florida Poly students who presented their online games at the university’s fifth annual Florida Poly Games EXPO on April 11.

Q&A: Vamsi Hanumanthu chases opportunity after game-changing experience at Florida Poly

Florida Poly Senior

When computer science major Saivamsi Krishna Hanumanthu ’19 left Raleigh, North Carolina, to attend college at Florida Poly, he knew he wanted to make the most of his experience. And boy has he done just that.

Florida Poly and Estonian university TalTech team up on autonomous vehicles

Photo of TalTech autonomous bus

Florida Polytechnic University and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in Estonia, are joining forces to advance the research and application of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology in Florida and Europe.

Applying effective skills in impactful ways

Florida Poly senior standing infant of Wilson and Girgenti sign.

Florida Polytechnic University senior Hans Arndt has always had an engineering mindset. He’s always been interested in knowing the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of how things work. As an intern at Wilson & Girgenti, a mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering firm with offices in Tampa, Florida, Hans is able to get hands-on experience before he leaves the classroom.

Q&A: Celeste Ramirez’s dream internship leads to her dream job

Graphic of Florida Poly student graduating in 2019

When Celeste Ramirez ’19 came to Florida Poly as a freshman in 2016 she dreamed of interning at Steamroller Studios, an animation powerhouse headquartered in her hometown of Eustis, Florida.

Florida Poly to host 5th FLPolyCon in most interactive fashion

Participants dressed up at Florida Poly Con event.

The Florida Polytechnic University campus will soon turn into a geek culture extravaganza as students expect 1,500 enthusiasts at their 5thannual FLPolyCon on Saturday, March 30, at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building in Lakeland, Florida. The all-day event is open to the public and has become a fun tradition as the University celebrates and shares […]

Florida Poly student beats odds to become EA Madden NFL champion

Florida Poly male student holding up EA Madden Champion belt.

Florida Polytechnic University student Christian Lomenzo is the new EA Madden NFL 19 Challenge champion, after surprising the sports gaming world with an incredible play in overtime that sealed his victory and a $35,000 grand prize. The nationwide competition was held at the EA headquarters in Redwood City, California, on March 15-17.

Solving today’s transportation challenges drives this Florida Poly faculty member

Female professor standing outside of Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building at Florida Polytechnic University.

Dr. Sravani Vadlamani was born in India where she recognized firsthand the importance of having an efficient transportation system. Now an assistant professor within Florida Polytechnic University’s Department of Data Science, she has already amassed a rich academic and industry background and is helping to prepare tomorrow’s transportation engineers.

Seeking challenges in pursuit of happiness

Female student standing outside Florida Poly building.

Florida Polytechnic University graduate student Maria Paula Gomez has been out of her comfort zone for a while, and that’s how she likes it. She left her loved ones behind in her native Argentina to take a leap of faith in herself for a better future. Gomez has family in Lakeland, Florida, and during one of her visits she found out that Florida Poly was accepting international students.

Making autonomous vehicles more secure, many attacks at a time

Male professor standing in classroom at Florida Poly.

Florida Poly researchers are using newly invented attacks to improve the security and resiliency of cyber-physical systems (CPS), such as autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and power systems.

Florida Poly students pitch Great Eight entrepreneurship ideas

Florida Poly student pitches project to panel of judges.

It was a tense afternoon of pitching innovative ideas to a panel of academic and industry experts at Florida Polytechnic University as the third annual Great Eight competition took place at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. The event mimics the popular television show “Shark Tank” where students present their concepts before a panel of judges, with the winner advancing to the prestigious statewide Governor’s Cup later this spring.

Florida Poly celebrates first Phoenix Family Day

Florida Poly students gathered at Phoenix Family Day March 16, 2019.

Florida Poly welcomed hundreds of visitors to campus Saturday, March 16, as part of its inaugural Phoenix Family Day. From food trucks to student research to kite flying, it was a day for celebrating all things Florida Poly.The festivities began with the student life showcase, which featured a collection of student-developed projects.

Florida Poly Foundation board member honored in the Philippines

Profile picture of Dr. Tolentino

Florida Polytechnic University Foundation board member and top retinal specialist Dr. Michael Tolentino was recognized in his native Philippines for his outstanding achievements in the field of medical research. Tolentino received the Excellence Award by the American Association of the Philippines during the recent annual George Washington Charity Ball in Makati City, Philippines.

Florida Poly unveils plans for state-of-the-art research building

Rendering of new Applied Research Center building on Florida Poly campus.

Florida Polytechnic University announced plans to build another iconic building on its campus that will serve as a research hub for the Central Florida region, becoming a magnet for high-tech development around the school. The 85,000 square foot Applied Research Center (ARC) will house research and teaching laboratories, student design spaces, conference rooms, and faculty offices.

A passion for numbers that transcends all possibilities

Female Florida Poly student at e-sport competition

When Florida Polytechnic University student Isabel Zimmermann was in elementary school, she never imagined her professional future would be defined by math. After all, she struggled with it.

More than just a degree for this Florida Poly alum

Florida Poly alumna standing outside of IST Building

She grew up in Chicago and went to an all-girls school specializing in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). Now, Megan Sheeran ’18 is a member of the growing community of Florida Polytechnic University alumni. Through internships as well as research opportunities with faculty, Sheeran is looking forward to the next step in her academic life – graduate school.

Florida Poly formalizes Fulbright Australia pact

Officials from Florida Polytechnic University and the Australian-American Fulbright Commission (Fulbright Australia) formalized an agreement at a ceremonial signing, March 1, at the U.S. Embassy in the Australian capital of Canberra. The agreement allows the University to begin accepting graduate students and faculty from Australia beginning in the fall of 2019.

Encouraging women’s success in STEM by example

Susan LeFrancois professor teaching in classroom.

Dr. Susan LeFrancois was one of the first faculty members at Florida Polytechnic University. She’s also an accomplished leader in industry having worked for almost a decade as the head of quality control and regulatory affairs at a gamma sterilizerin Mulberry, Florida.

Tradition continues strong with Florida Poly Pi Run

Florida Poly Pi Run

Florida Polytechnic University is ready to celebrate its 5thAnnual Florida Poly Pi Run, scheduled for Saturday, March 16. The event was created by the University’s inaugural class and it’s scheduled each year on or near National Pi Day, which is observed March 14. The race is slightly longer than a 5K, exactly 3.14 miles representing the mathematical value of Pi.

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