Florida Poly News

2015

Florida Poly Launches STEMStudy.com Website & App for High School Students

Florida Polytechnic University has launched STEMStudy.com, a new website designed to help high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees as they begin researching and applying for college. STEMStudy.com is a centralized source of information about the college application process. It includes articles, application checklists, videos and interactive content that can […]

Florida Poly Student Aims to Take Self-Constructed Electric Bike to the Next Level

Fascinated by magnets at an early age, Alberto Pinero Jr. was drawn to electrical engineering. “I knew it was something that I wanted to do, but I wanted something that would basically help drive that feeling,” says the Florida Polytechnic University sophomore from Kissimmee, Fla. So, as a 10th-grader, Pinero decided to build an electric […]

Citrus County Student Creates Fishing App at Florida Poly

Florida Poly student Geoffrey Ruiz, from Lecanto, and his team members created and presented a fishing app, called Identafish, at the University’s STEM Student’s BIO Expo earlier in November. The app is designed to identify and provide information on any fish caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Through this project, Florida Poly students were encouraged […]

Florida Polytechnic University’s IST Building Wins National Steel Building Award

(Chicago, IL) – The Innovation, Science and Technology Building (IST) at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Fla., has earned national recognition in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). In honor of this achievement, members of the project team will be presented with awards from the American Institute […]

Florida Poly Board Votes to Name Campus after Senator JD Alexander

The Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees voted today to name the university’s campus the John David “JD” Alexander Campus after Senator JD Alexander, Florida Poly’s founder. The naming is also subject to the approval of the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board, as required under the university’s policy of Naming of Buildings and Facilities. “Senator […]

Florida Poly Foundation Invites Donors to #BePIVOTAL on #GivingTuesday

The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation is raising money to support student scholarships and the university’s innovative mission during #GivingTuesday on December 1. #GivingTuesday is a global movement dedicated to charitable giving during the holiday season. It’s held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Funds raised by the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation […]

Florida Polytechnic University Launches STEMStudy.com and the STEM Study App

High school students starting their college journeys face a long list of important tasks like preparing for and taking SAT and ACT exams, completing college applications, applying for financial aid and scholarships and selecting the right major. For students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, there’s a new website – STEMStudy.com – […]

Technology Inspired by Nature

Dr. Melba Horton’s three biology classes (BSC1010) shared their group projects in the IST Commons November 18 and 19 in the first BIO (Biology Integrated Outlook) Expo. Groups of between two to four students presented 30 posters that summarized their class projects on innovative concepts inspired by biology. The goal was for Dr. Horton’s students […]

Top 5 Moments from the Fourth Installment of #STEMTalks, a Google+ Hangout

Florida Polytechnic University hosted #STEMTalks, a Google+ Hangout on November 12, 2015 titled, “Ask Me Anything: Chief Innovation Officer.” The Hangout featured Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer of Dell who discussed topics relating to future trends in STEM and emerging technology in computer engineering and IT. Two Florida Poly students, J. Collin Hoedtke and Kylee […]

5 Things You Should Know about Dell’s Chief Innovation Officer, Jim Stikeleather

Florida Polytechnic University is hosting #STEMTalks, a Google+ Hangout, at 7 p.m. on November 12, 2015 titled, “Ask Me Anything: Chief Innovation Officer.” The Hangout features Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer of Dell who will discuss topics relating to future trends in STEM and emerging technology in computer engineering and IT. Here are the top […]

Recap of Third Installment of #STEMTalks, a Google+ Hangout

On Thursday, October 22nd, Florida Polytechnic University hosted the third Google+ Hangout, #STEMTalks. This Google+ Hangout was the third installment of a four part series that featured a panel of technology leaders who discussed the impact of big data, super computers and all things technology. Crystal Lauderdale, the Director of Marketing and Communications at Florida […]

Florida Polytechnic University to Hire 70 Full Time Faculty

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University is hiring. The school is actively recruiting new faculty to meet the demands of an increasing student population. As a brand-new institution, having just entered its second academic year, Florida Poly offers faculty the unique opportunity to build a university from scratch and to work in a startup, academic […]

Florida Poly Foundation Raises More Than $2 Million for Scholarships and University Initiatives

The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation announced it has raised more than $2 million so far this year to support student scholarships and the University’s innovative mission. Funds were raised in part through the (BePivotal)2 challenge, a $1 million matching contribution the Foundation announced in July. Sponsorships and guest reservations to the Foundation’s annual PIVOT gala […]

Florida Poly Installs First President, Dr. Randy K. Avent

Photos and Video of the Inauguration Ceremony Dr. Randy K. Avent’s Inauguration Speech Florida Polytechnic University installed its first president, Dr. Randy K. Avent, at an inauguration ceremony Thursday morning on campus. The event honored Avent, and celebrated the university’s inaugural year achievements, including the opening of the iconic Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building; […]

Leader Who Nominated Dr. Avent for Poly President to Speak at Inauguration

The university leader who nominated Dr. Randy K. Avent for the president’s position at Florida Polytechnic University will be one of the featured speakers during Avent’s official inauguration ceremony on October 8. Dr. Blake Thompson, Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at The Ohio State University, nominated Avent in 2014 while Florida […]

7 Things You Will Learn at the Next #STEMTalks

Join Florida Polytechnic University professors and industry experts as they discuss the future of big data analytics during the next installment of #STEMTalks, a Google+ Hangout series. Big data analytics is used to discover trends, patterns and correlations using large volumes of data. Analysis of the data provides decision-makers with business intelligence that was not […]

Top 5 Moments from Part II of #STEMTalks, Google+ Hangout

Florida Polytechnic University hosted part two of a four-part Google+ Hangout series on September 22, 2015. Panelists discussed the future of autonomous vehicles, robotics and the rise of machines. Crystal Lauderdale, Director of Marketing & Communications at Florida Poly welcomed the following panelists: Dr. Dean Bushey, Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science and retired Air […]

Construction on Florida Poly’s Second Residence Hall Underway

LAKELAND, Fla. (September 23, 2015) – Florida Polytechnic University is building a second on-campus residence hall for students, scheduled to be complete by fall 2016. Jacksonville-based Vestcor Communities, Inc. will build and operate the five-story, 135,000-square-foot dormitory with 539 beds, primarily in two-bedroom, one-bath suites. Community and University officials gathered Wednesday to mark an important […]

Lakeland Private Equity Firm, Beck Kryger Capital Partners, Opens Research Lab Named in its Honor at Florida Poly

LAKELAND, Fla. (September 22, 2015) – The Beck Kryger Capital Partners Research Lab officially opened at Florida Polytechnic University thanks to a naming gift from Lakeland private equity firm Beck Kryger Capital Partners. The newly named facility houses the University’s state-of-the-art Cyber Security Lab. The Beck Kryger Capital Partners gift will support Florida Poly’s robust […]

IST Building Receives Prominent Project of the Year Award

LAKELAND, Fla. (September 16, 2015) – Florida Polytechnic University’s iconic Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building has won this year’s Global Project of the Year award from Engineering News-Record (ENR), a leading construction industry trade publication. Florida Poly’s IST Building won Best Education/Research Project and Best Specialty Contracting at the Global Construction Summit held earlier […]

The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board Announces Two New Members

LAKELAND, Fla. (September 10, 2015) – Seretha S. Tinsley and E. Blake Paul – both long-time Polk County business and civic leaders – have been named to the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board, bringing a wealth of experience in leadership, entrepreneurship and community commitment to their roles. The Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for […]

Florida Polytechnic University Names First Class of Presidential Ambassadors

LAKELAND, Fla. (September 9, 2015) – Florida Polytechnic University President Dr. Randy K. Avent has appointed 16 outstanding Inaugural Class students to serve as Presidential Ambassadors for the 2015-16 school year. Presidential Ambassadors will represent the President and Florida Poly as formal hosts at designated University events, promote the successes and vision of the University, […]

Top 7 Reasons to Watch the Google+ Hangout

Join Florida Poly professors and industry experts as we discuss the rise of machines at our next installment of #STEMTalks, a Google+ Hangout. The live, virtual event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at 7 p.m. This event will be the second hangout in a four-part series focused on robotics, specifically, the future of […]

Florida Poly Set for Second Year of Innovative Learning

More than 500 new freshmen, transfer and graduate students will join Florida Poly this fall, nearly doubling the University’s student population over its inaugural academic year. The incoming class has an average GPA of 3.9, an average ACT score of 26 and an average SAT score of 1775. “I continue to be very impressed with […]

Move-in Day at Florida Poly

Florida Polytechnic University welcomed students to Orientation Week on Wednesday Aug. 19, a series of social and academic activities that will lead up to the start of the 2015-16 school year on Monday, Aug. 24. Orientation Week is designed to introduce first-time students to staff and faculty, fellow classmates and campus life. Activities include a […]