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Ant Inspiration Nets $20K NASA Grant

A tiny ant was the inspiration behind an idea that landed a Florida Polytechnic University Junior a $20,000 grant from NASA. The grant from the Florida Space Research Program provides Esteban Segarra and faculty advisor Dr. Bradford Towle the resources to explore autonomous capabilities for robots exploring the surface of Mars.  Esteban hit upon the […]

Conservation Expert Shares Path to Career Success

Pursuing your passion Converting your passion into a career was the topic Wednesday of a presentation by conservation specialist Dr. Tracy Fanara. Students heard over an hour Dr. Fanara’s career path as a civil engineer, from her dissertation research into protecting the Florida aquifer through intelligent landscaping, to an appearance on the Science Channel’s “Mythbusters: […]

Students Finish Second In City Planning Competition

A student-developed plan that models the city of Jacksonville’s vision for an autonomous public transportation system earned a second-place finish recently for Florida Polytechnic University. The design was one of six presented Nov. 9 at the Urban International Design Contest in Las Vegas. Teams from universities around the globe entered their vision for how new […]

From Tech Solution to Thriving Business. Students Given the Tools to Entrepreneurial Success.

It’s easy to dream big. Creating a real, marketable product from that idea is a different story. “It’s important to understand your personal goal. What do you want to create in the world?” explains Justin Heacock, Entrepreneurship Center Coordinator at Florida Polytechnic University. Giving students the tools and coaching they need to bring their ideas […]

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Hosts SunTrax Groundbreaking Ceremony

Construction of SunTrax was officially launched Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony. SunTrax, a long-term partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and Florida Polytechnic University, includes a 2.25 mile oval track on a 400-acre site in the city of Auburndale. Centrally located between Tampa and Orlando, SunTrax will be within 45 […]

Student Presents Biometric Password to NSA

Trying to keep track of a dozen passwords is an accepted part of today’s modern society. But what if your password was literally unforgettable? Florida Polytechnic University Sophomore Austin Lubetkin has a working prototype of a program that relies on eye movements while reading to secure your assets, not letters or characters. His research paper […]

Lakeland Nonprofit Gets Tech Boost From Students

  More than 1,100 elementary school students at risk of going hungry are guaranteed a meal every week thanks to the work of a small Lakeland nonprofit called KidsPack. KidsPack distributes food donations to students across three counties and the logics can be daunting — and expensive. That’s why four Florida Polytechnic University students are […]

Top Engineering Conference Chooses Florida Poly Professor for Keynote

Florida Polytechnic University Professor of Data Analytics Dr. Robert Steele delivered a keynote speech at the 8th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference (IEEE UEMCON 2017), on October 21 at Columbia University in New York. Fellow keynote speakers included other distinguished experts in analytics and computational systems […]

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Christina Drake | Florida Poly

  Florida drivers may soon be safer on the road thanks to Dr. Christina Drake, Assistant Professor of Electrical, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Florida Poly. Her research interests – which include novel materials and sensors based on meta-material-based approaches; low-cost imagers and sensors; and biologically inspired or incorporated sensors and platforms – have already […]

Student Blends Foreign Policy and STEM at Fulbright Canada

  Foreign policy melded with STEM when a Florida Polytechnic University student traveled to Canada for an exclusive program hosted by Fulbright Canada. Michael Jernigan was one of just 20 students selected from across the U.S. and Canada to participate in the Fulbright Canada Youth Institute on Canada in the World. The weeklong program in […]

Entrepreneur Shares Path From Basement to C-Suite

  Florida Polytechnic University students heard firsthand Thursday how an ambitious teenager launched a business from his parents’ basement that today processes $14 billion in credit card payments. Students hungry for advice on starting their own business got their fill as Jared Isaacman outlined for an hour the lessons he learned on the way to […]

Growing Up: Florida Poly’s Vertical Garden

Florida Poly's vertical garden.

  Technology is weaved into everything at Florida Polytechnic University — including the food. The Wellness Center on campus recently debuted a hydroponic herb garden that grows vertically on the wall behind one of the food stations. The garden was built and is maintained by Seed2Source, a Central Florida consulting firm that promotes sustainable solutions […]


Updated at 5:05 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 13 We are currently in recovery mode on campus, but want to provide an important update.  We have not had power until this morning in the IST or the Wellness Center, and we are under limited operations at this point.  STUDENTS: Please do not report to campus until Saturday […]

Florida Poly Professor Flies Into Hurricane Harvey

Florida Poly Professor Hurricane Harvey

  A Florida Polytechnic University professor had a direct impact last week on forecasting Hurricane Harvey’s devastating path through south Texas. Dr. Suleiman Alsweiss was a scientist at the Center for Satellite Applications and Research, part of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), prior to joining Florida Poly as a professor of Electrical Engineering. […]

Physics Meets Engineering for Student Eclipse Experiment

Florida Poly students

  “Downtime” isn’t a word in the vocabulary of most Florida Polytechnic University students. That was certainly the case with Damon Plyler, Nick Fauble and Blake Taunton, three students who found themselves with two empty weeks after wrapping up summer classes. Instead of taking it easy, the trio dove headfirst into a project to launch […]

Florida Poly Student Brings Research Talent to NASA

Florida Poly student interns with NASA

Getting to Mars takes more than rockets. Hundreds of people are working on the logistics of sending astronauts to the red planet, from staying fit to entertainment on the long ride. Among them is Florida Poly rising Junior Payton Barnwell, who spent the summer testing the optimal conditions to grow plants in space. It’s familiar […]

Celeste Ramirez is building worlds

Florida Poly Intern Celeste at Steamroller Studios

Celeste Ramirez is building worlds. More specifically, she’s developing the world of Deadwood, a video game in development from Steamroller Studios in Eustis, Fla. Steamroller Studios is a full-service programming, concept art and animation studio, with a team who has worked on games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, Worms W.M.D. and Deus Ex: Mankind […]

Business leaders attend I-4 Corridor Conference at Florida Poly

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson at the I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference

Tapping into the multimillion dollar market flowing through Central Florida’s I-4 Corridor was the focus of a conference Friday at Florida Polytechnic University. The I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference sponsored by CBC Saunders, Ralston & Dantzler Realty, featured panel discussions with industry experts in the areas of commercial real estate, closing deals and raising capital. It included a […]

Florida Poly Awarded Duke Energy Foundation Scholarship Grant

Florida Poly receives $50,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation for Scholarships

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation, Inc. has received a $50,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for scholarships. The funds will be directed towards the University’s competitive scholarship program to provide financial support to qualified students. The Duke Energy Foundation grants are dedicated to enhancing educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering and […]

Florida Poly senior gains real-world computer programming experience

Rhett Fitchett Badcock Furniture Student Intern

It’s said there’s an app for everything — and that includes picking out a couch. Building out this technology at Badcock Furniture & More is a team of programmers, including Florida Polytechnic University Senior Rhett Fitchett. Rhett interned over the summer as part of the web integrations team at the Mulberry, Fla., headquarters of the […]

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Visits Florida Poly

Developing the next wave of Florida’s high-tech business leaders was the focus of U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta’s visit Friday to Florida Polytechnic University. The visit included a meeting between University leadership and the Secretary to discuss Florida Poly’s unique approach to high-tech higher education, the creation of highly skilled jobs and the impact […]

What Florida Poly Can Offer Students: A Conversation with Richy

I’m Richy Truncale, admissions counselor at Florida Poly covering the greater Tampa Bay area. I’ve worked for Florida Poly since July, spending most of my time on the road visiting high schools and speaking with students about the opportunities available at Florida Poly. I visit about 10 to 12 schools a week, speaking with counselors […]

Innovative Toaster Wins Students Hackathon Prize

You’ve heard of smart phones 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 […]

Florida Polytechnic University Granted Initial Regional Accreditation

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University was granted initial regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a significant milestone the University has diligently worked toward since its founding. This decision means future Florida Poly graduates, and those who graduated earlier this year, […]

Cross-Country Trip For Men’s Health Begins

  The fourth annual Drive for Men’s Health kicked off Monday morning with a check presentation to boost scholarships at Florida Polytechnic University. South Lake Hospital in Orlando was the starting point for a cross-country trip intended to raise awareness about men’s health issues. The first stop on the drive is New Orleans, followed by […]