Florida Poly News

2016

Students Bring Magic To Life at MIT

The magic of Harry Potter met the hard reality of science under a class taught recently at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by three Florida Polytechnic University students. The class was part of a weekend event called Splash, which brings together high school students from all over the country for a weekend focused on learning […]

Virtually There: The Next to Pioneer a New Reality

Alec Maier is a pioneer in the truest sense of the word. The Florida Polytechnic University freshman stands among the growing group of game developers testing the limits of virtual reality. He’s already developed a bestselling game in Holopoint, an immersive archery battle that keeps players on their toes as they try to repel waves […]

Improving Life: The Next to Change Healthcare

A new app in development at Florida Polytechnic University could be a game changer for people with diabetes. The app serves as a personal assistant of sorts for diabetics by reminding them to check their blood glucose levels, providing them personalized reports to chart their habits and, perhaps most importantly, a social environment for emotional […]

Student Lands $12K Grant To Study Space Radiation

It could be decades before humans make it to the rocky surface of Mars, but Florida Polytechnic University sophomore Payton Barnwell is already working to get them there safely. Having landed a $12,000 grant through the Florida Space Research Program, Barnwell will lead a project this spring testing how to possibly protect plants, technology and explorers […]

Recap: Top 5 Moments from the Internet of Things #STEMTalks Event

Florida Polytechnic University hosted its second #STEMTalks virtual event of the 2016-17 academic year on November 17 titled, “The Internet of Things: A Future of Constant Connection.” This #STEMTalks event featured a virtual panel of experts involved with IoT, from the creation and development of devices to the adaptation of these devices into everyday life. […]

Construction of New Phoenix-shaped Wellness Center Begins at Florida Poly

Hi-res renderings: http://bit.ly/2b9MCsS LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University officially broke ground Wednesday on a new and vastly expanded, state-of-the-art wellness center on its campus in Lakeland. The need for the new wellness center became clear during this past year as attendance and usage of the University’s current wellness center soared more than 400 percent. […]

Florida Poly Introduces New Autonomous Vehicles Course in Partnership with MIT

LAKELAND, Fla. – The technology behind self-driving cars is coming to life soon at Florida Polytechnic University. A brand new course called “Autonomous Systems and Self-Driving Vehicles” starts in the Spring 2017 semester.  Dr. Dean Bushey, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel with more than 10 years of experience developing and advancing autonomous systems, will […]

Biology and Technology Combine At Expo

Plant cells and moose antlers have more in common with high-tech research than you might think. Students at Florida Polytechnic University have certainly discovered as much. The third annual Biology Integrated Outlook (Bio) Expo at Florida Poly featured many of these unlikely pairings as students in the core Biology classes presented their semester projects to […]

Printing Success: The Next to Break the Mold

Entrepreneurs will tell you it takes money to make money, especially for a start-up. But what if there was a way to create a nearly self-sustaining business? That’s the vision of Brandon Lemos, a junior studying Computer Science and Information Technology at Florida Polytechnic University. Brandon, of Fort Lauderdale, carries a reputation on campus as the […]

Florida Poly Student Work Showcased at Third Annual Biology Expo

WHAT:   Florida Polytechnic University students will showcase their work at the third annual Biology Integrated Outlook (BIO) Expo from Wednesday, November 30 to Friday, December 2, 2016 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The BIO Expo allows students, in Computer Science, Innovation and Technology, and Nanotechnology, to apply biological applications and implications to their program. […]

Cooking Perfection: The Next to Get Creative

You’ve heard of smartphones and smart cars. But how about a smart toaster? A team of Florida Polytechnic University students have developed a prototype toaster that delivers a perfectly toasted piece of bread every time. The project was creative enough to snag third place at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s recent Hackriddle. “It was an exciting end […]

Top 5 Moments from #STEMTalks on the Health Tech Revolution

Florida Polytechnic University hosted its first virtual #STEMTalks event of the 2016-17 academic year on October 19 titled, “Health Tech Revolution: How Technology is Reinventing Health Care.” This #STEMTalks event featured several prominent members of the health care industry: Dr. Robert Steele, the future Director of the Health Informatics Institute at Florida Polytechnic University; Elizabeth […]

Flying High: The Next to Evolve Technology

Research at Florida Poly is probing how to program a group of drones to respond to a single command post. For example, five drones under the direction of one pilot could fly a rigid grid pattern or fly in concentric rings around a target area. The end goal is to mount them with sensitive cameras […]

Students’ Prototype Unlocks Industry Cost Savings

An innovative project from Florida Polytechnic University students could potentially save hospitals significant investment by re-engineering a device that measures vibration, dust, noise and differences in air pressure during hospital construction projects. The existing Skanska USA inSite monitor typically costs $6,000, and in some cases more.  Florida Poly created a hardware prototype for use in […]

Florida Polytechnic University Growth Requires More Space for Research

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University President Dr. Randy K. Avent presented to the State University System Board of Governors today plans for the new university’s next major campus development – an Applied Research Center (ARC). The ARC will unite students, faculty and industry partners in the pursuit of cutting-edge research to advance technology and […]

Dr. Terry Parker Serves as Provost at Florida Polytechnic University

As Provost of Florida Polytechnic University, Dr. Terry Parker oversees all aspects of the academic experience, from recruiting students and steering curriculum, to hiring professors and securing research grants amid Florida Poly’s growth. Parker most recently served as the Provost and Executive Vice President of the Colorado School of Mines, one of the world’s leading […]

World-Changers: The Next To Give Back

“Making the world a better place” is more than a cliché for Carl-Edwin Rigaud and his twin brother, Marc-Edwin Riguad. The Florida Poly juniors grew up in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and a frequent target for natural disasters. Most recently, Hurricane Matthew swept through the country, killing more than 1,000 people. […]

Tech Leaders Discuss Entrepreneurship, Disruptive Tech at Florida Poly’s First In-Person #STEMTalks

Founder behind cutting-edge fingerprint sensor addresses University partners and students. LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University today held its first in-person #STEMTalks event titled “Disrupting Markets, One Person – or Fingerprint – at a Time,” with a keynote by Co-founder and CEO of K4Connect F. Scott Moody, one of the founders behind the fingerprint sensor […]

FDOT Announces Partnership with Florida Polytechnic University to Develop SunTrax Test Facility

Tallahassee – Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Jim Boxold today announced a long-term partnership between FDOT and Florida Polytechnic University to construct the new, state-of-the-art transportation technology testing facility, SunTrax. The creation of this facility will establish Florida as a transportation technology leader and create a high-tech hub for the research, development and testing […]

Logistically Speaking: The Next To Go Full-Time

Matt Edwards admits with a grin that he’s “a bit of a perfectionist.” So it’s not a surprise he chose a career in logistics. “If you can find a job that suits your personality, that’s what you need to pursue,” Matt says. Now in his junior year at Florida Polytechnic University, Matt, of Bartow, Fla., […]

Free Clinic’s Impact Grows with Students’ Help

A medical clinic for low-income families can serve the community more efficiently and explore new funding options thanks to the work of two Florida Polytechnic University students. The Haley Center in Winter Haven, Fla., provides free primary health care to qualified residents in Polk County. It’s a critical service in a county where an estimated […]

Florida Poly’s Board of Trustees Chairman Joins Prominent Transportation Association Hall of Fame

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees Chairman, Frank T. Martin, has been inducted in the 2016 American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Hall of Fame. The APTA Awards Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring individuals who have long and distinguished careers in the transportation industry and have made extraordinary contributions to public transportation […]

Florida Poly Employees Admitted to Leadership Programs

Two prestigious leadership development programs have selected Florida Polytechnic University employees for upcoming classes. Mary Church, assistant director of development, has been admitted to Leadership Tampa Bay. Jessica Throckmorton, government relations and external affairs coordinator, was selected for Leadership Orlando. “I am excited to be part of an elite group of leaders from the Hillsborough, […]

Founder Behind Cutting-Edge Fingerprint Technology to Speak at Florida Poly

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University is pleased to feature Co-founder and CEO of K4Connect, F. Scott Moody, as keynote speaker at its industry partnership and thought leadership event on September 30. Moody is best known as the co-founder and former chairman/CEO of AuthenTec, a leading provider of fingerprint sensor technology, which was acquired by […]

Big Picture: The Next To Expand Horizons

Tova Jones relies on more than books to gain knowledge. Sure, classroom instruction at Florida Polytechnic University has given this sophomore greater understanding of science and technology. But nothing can replace the real-world experience that comes from internships and networking. Some past events Tova has attended include a weeklong Women’s Business Enterprise National Council conference and […]