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Mosquito Busters: The Next to Tackle Disease

Zika virus, meet your match. A pair of Florida Polytechnic University students are researching a method for eliminating mosquitoes without the use of chemicals or hurting other insects. Their weapon is an audible frequency that disturbs a fine-tuned sensory organ called scolopidia. Scolopidia are ordinarily used to detect predators like an incoming dragonfly, but a […]

Florida Poly Hosts First International Conferences

Researchers from as far away as Australia and China were represented this weekend as Florida Polytechnic University hosted its first international conferences. The 2017 International Conference on Computing and Data Analysis and International Conference on Computing and Data Analysis brought together over 40 researchers representing a dozen countries to share their research on topics including data analysis, […]

Florida Poly Seals Partnership with Fulbright Canada

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University and the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) have formed a partnership bringing new educational opportunities for students and professors. The partnership establishes Killam Fellowships, as well as a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Florida Poly – creating study abroad programs, research […]

International Agreement Opens Up Research Opportunity

Florida Polytechnic University students can develop and research green technology in one of the fastest growing countries in the world thanks to a newly signed agreement with Panjab University in India. The agreement opens up a talent exchange between the universities, allowing selected professors and students to collaborate and take advantage of world-class research facilities. […]

Hospital Network Target of Cyber Security Competition

A recent competition at Florida Polytechnic University tested students’ ability to find vulnerabilities in a hospital’s network. The Medical Offensive Security Competition was a student-led event that combined the concentrations of Health Informatics and Cyber Security. Electronic healthcare records and medical devices, like other computer systems, are vulnerable to security breaches that impact the safety […]

Students Take Home $14,500 in Prize Money

Florida Polytechnic University students earned almost $15,000 in prize money this semester with their innovative ideas and inventions. The most recent prize was through SlingShot Polk, an event presented by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. The competition is divided into three age categories: middle school; high school; and college and entrepreneurs under 30. Florida Poly […]

StrikeSense: The Next To Revolutionize Sports

Jenario Johnson has an invention he thinks is a knockout. It’s called StrikeSense, and it answers a problem the Florida Poly junior noticed in his martial arts classes. Two instructors teaching a class of 20 couldn’t accurately keep track of a student’s individual progress. StrikeSense uses an accelerometer to measure in real time the velocity and […]

Florida Poly celebrates second commencement

Editor’s Note:  View the most recent senior profiles featuring several of Florida Poly’s CLASS OF 2018 GRADUATES. LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University held its second-ever graduation during a spring commencement ceremony on campus Friday. Twenty-four students, including four who will finish courses over the summer, received degrees in either Innovation and Technology, Mechanical and Industrial […]

Integral Bee Starts New Tradition at Florida Poly

Integral Bee

Move over spellers. The math whizzes are here. Florida Poly recently hosted its first Integral Bee, a friendly competition among students to determine who can best solve the math problems known as integrals. Organizers say the inaugural competition was an outstanding success and poised to become a tradition at Florida Poly. “The students did great […]

Recap: Top Moments from the Drones #STEMTalks Event

On April 12th, Florida Polytechnic University hosted its fourth #STEMTalks of the 2016-2017 academic year. The virtual event titled, “Drones: Changing Your Perspective,” consisted of a panel of drone experts with experience in recreational, commercial and military drone use. Ryan English, president and co-founder of Tampa-based FLYMOTION Unmanned Systems, spoke about FLYMOTION’s involvement in drone […]

Students Win Big at State Competitions

Florida Poly inventions and business plans took home top prizes at recent state competitions. Ten universities from across the state were represented at the Governor’s Cup in Tallahassee from March 30-31. The Governor’s Cup is an entrepreneurial competition hosted by the Roundtable of Entrepreneurship Educators of Florida (REEF).  The top three teams received start-up funding […]

Fourth Bio Expo Wraps With Award Ceremony

An innovative idea for creating nylon from shrimp shells was among the winners of Florida Polytechnic University’s fourth Bio Expo. The Expo is one of the longest standing traditions at Florida Poly, and an introduction for new students to the university’s belief in tying all classes — including core requirements — back to science, technology, […]

Florida Poly students visit State Capitol for “Florida Poly Day”

Nearly 50 Florida Polytechnic University students and leaders filled the Florida State Capitol on Tuesday for “Florida Poly Day.” The annual event focuses on promoting the future of research and innovation at the state’s only university dedicated exclusively to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This year’s visit included one-on-one meetings with legislators to discuss the […]

Students Present Ways to Cut Emergency Room Wait Time

The wait time in an emergency room can sometimes feel like an eternity, especially if you’re in pain. So what’s the solution? Two Florida Polytechnic University students think they have the answer. It’s called MELP, or Medical Expertise Location and Performance, a play on the popular website and app, Yelp. Instead of users ranking businesses […]

Hot Topic: The Next to Reimagine Energy

Think about how much heat builds up inside an attic on a summer day. Now, convert that heat into a source of energy and you’ve got the basis for Michael Jernigan’s latest invention. It’s called “HeatRise,” and it harnesses differences in temperatures to power a light source. For Michael, a sophomore from Winter Haven studying […]

Universities rally for critical student success and research initiatives

Joined by police chiefs, mental health counselors, medical school deans, and student leaders, the Board of Governors and presidents from all 12 of Florida’s public universities came together on Wednesday to rally support for additional mental health counselors and law enforcement officers, raising the State University System’s research profile, and rewarding university performance. The rally […]

Nine Students Earn Recognition at Florida Academy of Sciences

Nine Florida Polytechnic University students took home awards for their presentations at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Florida Academy of Sciences (FAS). The annual meeting brings together students and industry professionals from across the state to present their research in a wide variety of disciplines. This year’s meeting was held from March 10-11 at […]

Jedi Academy Launches at Florida Poly

The lightsabers ignite as the setting sun paints a picturesque sky behind the Innovation, Science and Technology Building. “High block, low block, mid-block,” calls instructor Rich Ganey, as the students behind him sweep their lightsabers into each position. Minutes later, the students are paired off into sparring groups and the clack of their training lightsabers […]

Florida Poly Launches First International Conference with Panjab University in India

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University is pleased to announce its first international conference hosted in partnership with Panjab University in Chandigarh, India. The conference will take place at Panjab University April 20-22, 2017, and will bring various experts together to discuss Green Chemistry/Engineering and Technologies (GCET) for sustainable development. The purpose of the event […]

Florida Poly Foundation Hosts Second Annual Women in STEM Summit

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation held its second annual Women in STEM Summit on Tuesday, March 14, at the university’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building, celebrating women who are making their mark in STEM industries and paving the way for others. With more than 300 guests in attendance, the event featured keynote […]

Florida Poly Hosts 2017 Florida Academy of Sciences Conference

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University this weekend hosted the Florida Academy of Sciences (FAS) 2017 Annual Conference at the Innovation, Science and Technology Building. Faculty, post-doctoral research fellows, graduate and undergraduate students came together to exchange new scientific discoveries and recognize significant breakthroughs that are building the development and economy of Florida. During the […]

Recap: Top Moments from the Virtual Reality #STEMTalks Event

Florida Polytechnic University hosted its third #STEMTalks virtual event of the 2016-17 academic year on February 21 titled, “Virtual Reality: A World of Immersion.” This #STEMTalks event featured a panel of experts who are involved in different aspects of virtual reality, from gaming to flight simulation. Tyler Hopf, Creative Director at IrisVR, joined the conversation […]

Taking Off: The Next to Create a Hero

“Impossible” is a meaningless word at Florida Poly. Dorian Alberti can prove it. Back in 2008, the freshman saw the first Iron Man movie in theater. It was love at first sight. The mechanics, the action, engineering; all of it appealed to him. So he decided to make his own Iron Man suit. The Mark […]

Time Saver: The Next to Find Strength in Numbers

Seconds on the clock usually seem insignificant. But Calvin Ingram knows better. The Florida Polytechnic University junior deals in time and efficiency. It’s the basis of his study of Mechanical Engineering and Motion Intelligence. Motion intelligence examines the movement of people and objects. For example, specialists use this science to plan the flow of fans […]

Polk County Declares March 14, 2017 “Women in STEM Day”

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University has received a proclamation from the Polk County Board of County Commissioners designating March 14, 2017 as “Florida Polytechnic University Women in STEM Day.”  On that date, the university will host its second annual Women in STEM Summit, which aims to foster alignment, partnership and collaboration among university scholars […]