Florida Poly News

2018

Florida Poly Police bring cheer to pediatric patients at Lakeland hospital

Florida Poly Police department sharing gifts to children at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.

Dolls, puzzles, coloring books, race cars, balls, and games were some of the hundreds of toys that inundated the Florida Polytechnic University Police Department headquarters. The items were part of the largest annual toy drive the agency has organized for children who are spending the holiday season in a hospital room at the Lakeland Regional […]

Winter break campus services and closures

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We wish you a very pleasant winter break and holiday season. Below outlines closures and activities available throughout the winter holiday break. We look forward to seeing you back on campus on Monday, January 7, 2019. Housing  Residence Halls Saturday, Dec. 15: Residence Halls close at noon Saturday, Jan. 5: Residence Halls open for returning […]

Florida Poly students aim to reduce drowsy and distracted driving

Two students at Florida Poly sitting in front of a computer

New research by Florida Poly faculty and students has the goal of detecting and preventing the growing problem of drowsy and distracted driving, one of the main causes of car accidents and fatalities on the roads. The project, under the guidance of Dr. Kanwal Gagneja, assistant professor of computer science, uses a microcomputer, a camera, and a buzzer. The camera aims at the driver’s face to detect if they’re closing their eyes often.

3D printing technology empowers Florida Poly students’ creativity

Four students in 3D printing lab at Florida Polytechnic University

When you walk into the Florida Polytechnic University 3D Printing Laboratory, you first notice the distinct humming sound that accompanies the state-of-the-art technology. It’s the sound of plastic filament feeding through a moving brass tip, where it is melted and turned into whatever component has been designed on a nearby computer. There’s been a lot […]

Students showcase high-level game creations at largest Florida Poly Game EXPO yet

Two female Florida Poly student playing video game during the Game Expo

Screens full of monsters, wizards, fighters, spells, weapons, and even cats were at the center of the Florida Polytechnic University Game EXPO on Thursday, Nov. 29. Around 50 students presented a total of 24 games to peers, faculty, and industry leaders, featuring a wide variety of characters, interfaces, challenges and player interactions. The event was […]

Florida Poly takes part in unique national conference

Two students Florida Poly students and faculty stand in front of Google sign.

A Florida Polytechnic University contingent recently traveled to California to participate in the American Physical Society Bridge Program and National Mentoring Community (APS-BP-NMC) Conference.  Dr. Sesha Srinivasan, assistant professor of physics, accompanied students Mc Ben Joe Charles and Dominic Dodson to the conference, which was hosted jointly by Google and Stanford University. Charles, a junior […]

Rube Goldberg machines open doors to problem-solving at Florida Poly

Four Florida Poly students test their Rube Goldberg machine

Playing cards, dominoes, marbles, soda cans, and even a robotic vacuum cleaner played a key role as Florida Polytechnic University’s students tested the Rube Goldberg machines they created. These items are not often seen in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) class, but they fill several classrooms at the university’s Innovation, Science, and Technology […]

Florida Poly joins forces with Jacksonville Transportation Authority on self-driving vehicles

Illustration of autonomous vehicle technology

Florida Polytechnic University and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) announce a collaboration to enhance the development of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology in public transportation. Through a memorandum of understanding, both parties agree to work together to boost the research and application of this cutting-edge technology.

Florida Poly student gives back, aiming to empower girls around the world

Florida Poly graduate student interviewed in Napal.

To say her plate is full is an understatement. Anita Silwal, a Florida Polytechnic University graduate student, is not only in the process of earning a master’s degree in innovation and technology with a concentration in big data analytics, she’s also committed to making a difference in the lives of children in her native Nepal and here in Florida.

Florida Poly Foundation Board expands reach across the state

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors, broadening its reach to the south and southwest Florida regions. Joining the Board are Ivette A. O’Doski, a Miami-Dade native and owner of a government consulting company, and Joshua McCoy, an expert in commercial, industrial, […]

Thanksgiving holiday campus services and closures

Thanksgiving break operating hours at Florida Poly

We wish you a very pleasant Thanksgiving and want to remind you that there are no classes Wednesday, November 21-Friday, November 23.  We look forward to seeing you back on campus on Monday, November 26. Here is an outline of closures and activities available through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Native Brazilian student shares experiences studying abroad at Florida Poly

Florida Poly female student outside of wellness center.

Editor’s Note: In recognition of International Education Week 2018 (Nov. 12-16), this story is part of a series of stories highlighting international students at Florida Poly. Bianca Silva ’21 is a computer engineering major from Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil. Belo Horizonte, which means “Beautiful Horizon” in Brazilian Portuguese, is the capital city of southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. Why […]

Florida Poly celebrates International Education Week with variety of activities

Dr. Randy K. Avent prepares international dessert with students and dining staff.

In celebration of International Education Week, Florida Poly’s Dining Services team has been busy all week providing a variety of international offerings. Monday’s menu featured a South African milk tart dessert while students had Indian chicken tikki masala on Tuesday.

Army veteran now helps keep Florida Poly safe

Florida Poly police officer in front of American flag.

Florida Poly police officer Phillip Youngs always goes into a mission with a game plan to survive. He’s not easily scared, and being disciplined has been instrumental to his success in life. These are all traits he says he acquired while serving in the United States Army.

Florida Poly professor makes math meaningful for students

Florida Poly's assistant professor of mathematics Abigail Bowers in front of Innovation Science and Technology building.

Abigail Bowers knew at a young age she had a connection to math, and her passion for the power of math has not wavered. Bowers is in her third year as an assistant professor of mathematics at Florida Polytechnic University where she is committed to student success, enjoys the collaborative nature of the University and is motivated to show students the importance of math.

Florida Poly research could lead to lasting impacts on space travel

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Florida Polytechnic University researchers are exploring ways of using algae to make space travel more sustainable and energy efficient. The research project, funded by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC), focuses on using diatoms to increase the efficiency of solar cells and to also create a system to sustainably capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.

Capstone design program pairs students with dozens of regional companies in year-long projects

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One of the many ways Florida Polytechnic University fulfills its mission – to serve students and industry through excellence in education, discovery, and the application of engineering and applied sciences – is through its senior capstone design program.

From Brazil to Florida Poly: Using his passion for computer science to fulfill his purpose

Roberto Williams Batista

The idea of going back to school after spending more than two decades in the workforce can be daunting. Imagine, though, relocating your entire family to another country to do it. That’s what Roberto Williams Batista is doing as a graduate student at Florida Polytechnic University.

Creating a bridge between chess and STEM

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Dr. Muhammad Rashid compares higher education to what a blank piece of paper looks like after you hand it to an artist with a pen. For most of his life, the Florida Polytechnic University professor has marveled at how pursuing a degree can begin transforming a student from the time he or she first steps on a college campus. He’s also made it a priority to take an active role in providing opportunities through scholarships.

From ‘Monster Jamming’ to ‘Napercising’: Fitness made fun at Florida Poly

Fitness classes at Florida Poly

A fitness instructor dressed in ’80s workout attire took the lead at a Monster Jam Cardio Class at Florida Polytechnic University on Monday, Oct. 29. Students came in costumes ranging from lifeguards to anime characters and enjoyed dancing to popular songs like Rihanna’s “Disturbia” and Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” “It’s the first time we’ve offered […]

Florida Poly leads effort to stop mobile device hackers

Florida Poly faculty cybersecurity grant

Students at Florida Polytechnic University may soon be at the forefront of cybersecurity education with cutting edge curriculum focused exclusively on mobile computing security. Dr. Karim Elish, assistant professor in the computer science department, has been awarded a $70,500 grant from the Florida Center for Cybersecurity to develop an evolving course on mobile security and privacy.

A dream fulfilled

If he had it do over again, Luke Aiello ’18 wouldn’t have made any other choice. The Florida Polytechnic University graduate speaks glowingly of his four years at the University and how well it positioned him for the workforce.

Students developing innovative ways to improve mental health

Florida Polytechnic University students are developing high-tech solutions they hope will provide others with a unique way to cope with anxiety and depression, and three of their projects were finalists at the recent statewide Florida Blue Health Innovation Competition in Orlando.

Florida Poly to add Fulbright Australia to international partnerships

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University has reached an agreement with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission (Fulbright Australia) to begin accepting graduate students and professors beginning in the fall of 2019. “This is a tremendous accomplishment signifying our continued commitment to academic excellence,” said Dr. Terry Parker, Florida Poly’s provost and executive vice president. “Being able […]

Florida Poly students cracking the code to improve cybersecurity

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Florida Polytechnic University students are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to cybersecurity. Almost 20 of them sit between dozens of computers in the university’s the Cybersecurity Innovation Lab, listening to an important lesson about how to crack a password.

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