Florida Poly News

2019

Seeking challenges in pursuit of happiness

Female student standing outside Florida Poly building.

Florida Polytechnic University graduate student Maria Paula Gomez has been out of her comfort zone for a while, and that’s how she likes it. She left her loved ones behind in her native Argentina to take a leap of faith in herself for a better future. Gomez has family in Lakeland, Florida, and during one of her visits she found out that Florida Poly was accepting international students.

Making autonomous vehicles more secure, many attacks at a time

Male professor standing in classroom at Florida Poly.

Florida Poly researchers are using newly invented attacks to improve the security and resiliency of cyber-physical systems (CPS), such as autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and power systems.

Florida Poly students pitch Great Eight entrepreneurship ideas

Florida Poly student pitches project to panel of judges.

It was a tense afternoon of pitching innovative ideas to a panel of academic and industry experts at Florida Polytechnic University as the third annual Great Eight competition took place at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. The event mimics the popular television show “Shark Tank” where students present their concepts before a panel of judges, with the winner advancing to the prestigious statewide Governor’s Cup later this spring.

Florida Poly celebrates first Phoenix Family Day

Florida Poly students gathered at Phoenix Family Day March 16, 2019.

Florida Poly welcomed hundreds of visitors to campus Saturday, March 16, as part of its inaugural Phoenix Family Day. From food trucks to student research to kite flying, it was a day for celebrating all things Florida Poly.The festivities began with the student life showcase, which featured a collection of student-developed projects.

Florida Poly Foundation board member honored in the Philippines

Profile picture of Dr. Tolentino

Florida Polytechnic University Foundation board member and top retinal specialist Dr. Michael Tolentino was recognized in his native Philippines for his outstanding achievements in the field of medical research. Tolentino received the Excellence Award by the American Association of the Philippines during the recent annual George Washington Charity Ball in Makati City, Philippines.

Florida Poly unveils plans for state-of-the-art research building

Rendering of new Applied Research Center building on Florida Poly campus.

Florida Polytechnic University announced plans to build another iconic building on its campus that will serve as a research hub for the Central Florida region, becoming a magnet for high-tech development around the school. The 85,000 square foot Applied Research Center (ARC) will house research and teaching laboratories, student design spaces, conference rooms, and faculty offices.

A passion for numbers that transcends all possibilities

Female Florida Poly student at e-sport competition

When Florida Polytechnic University student Isabel Zimmermann was in elementary school, she never imagined her professional future would be defined by math. After all, she struggled with it.

More than just a degree for this Florida Poly alum

Florida Poly alumna standing outside of IST Building

She grew up in Chicago and went to an all-girls school specializing in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). Now, Megan Sheeran ’18 is a member of the growing community of Florida Polytechnic University alumni. Through internships as well as research opportunities with faculty, Sheeran is looking forward to the next step in her academic life – graduate school.

Florida Poly formalizes Fulbright Australia pact

Officials from Florida Polytechnic University and the Australian-American Fulbright Commission (Fulbright Australia) formalized an agreement at a ceremonial signing, March 1, at the U.S. Embassy in the Australian capital of Canberra. The agreement allows the University to begin accepting graduate students and faculty from Australia beginning in the fall of 2019.

Encouraging women’s success in STEM by example

Susan LeFrancois professor teaching in classroom.

Dr. Susan LeFrancois was one of the first faculty members at Florida Polytechnic University. She’s also an accomplished leader in industry having worked for almost a decade as the head of quality control and regulatory affairs at a gamma sterilizerin Mulberry, Florida.

Tradition continues strong with Florida Poly Pi Run

Florida Poly Pi Run

Florida Polytechnic University is ready to celebrate its 5thAnnual Florida Poly Pi Run, scheduled for Saturday, March 16. The event was created by the University’s inaugural class and it’s scheduled each year on or near National Pi Day, which is observed March 14. The race is slightly longer than a 5K, exactly 3.14 miles representing the mathematical value of Pi.

Community outreach that gives both ways

Florida Poly NSBE club student volunteer at STEM workshop

At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, half a dozen Florida Polytechnic University students found themselves at a different campus, laying out materials for younger students to use, hoping to ignite an interest in engineering and technology.

Teaching that opens the doors to healing

Dr. Green with student

Dr. Robert Green’s lessons go beyond the chemistry lab. As an African-American faculty member at Florida Polytechnic University, he makes sure he’s there for students not just to help them with chemistry equations, but also with some of life’s difficult challenges.

Not defined by labels, Florida Poly junior embraces opportunity to make a difference

Florida Poly student clapping at Presidential Ambassador Ceremony

Florida Poly junior Gabrielle Simms was raised in a place where opportunities to prosper are not abundant. And opportunities for women engineers are even fewer. “I grew up in a poor and tough neighborhood,” said Simms, from Nassau, Bahamas.

Florida Poly students hack their way to number one at statewide hackathon

Hackathon Competition

For the first time, Florida Polytechnic University won first place at the well-known HackRiddle competition, a 24-hour hackathon held annually at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Florida Poly Career and Internship Fair reaches new heights

Florida Poly Career and Internship Fair in IST commons

Florida Polytechnic University hosted its Career and Internship Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at its Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. More than 50 companies were on hand recruiting students for internships as well as career positions. The turnout of prospective employers set a new high for the annual event.

Florida Poly alumna aspires to inspire

Florida Poly Alum Keynote speaker at Society of Women Engineers

When Veronica Perez Herrera learned the Society of Women Engineers(SWE) WE Local conference was going to be held in Tampa, Florida, she knew she had to be a part of it. But what she didn’t know, was in what capacity.

Florida Poly students achieve prestigious statewide award

2019 HAYS Travel awards

Several Florida Polytechnic University graduate and undergraduate students were recognized this year with the Hays Travel Award, given by the Florida Academy of Sciences (FAS) Council. The award enables students to present their research projects at the upcoming FAS annual conference on March 9 at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

From love of computers to SGA president; the path of a successful leader

Black History Month Travis Hill

When Travis Hills came to Florida Polytechnic University as a freshman in the fall of 2015, he had his eyes on the prize: a bachelor’s degree in computer science. But he never imagined how broad his college experience would be, expanding his knowledge not only in the classroom, but also as a leader. Now, a senior and president of the Student Government Association(SGA), the prize seems even more valuable.

Florida Poly brings community together to celebrate women in science

Women In Science Day at Florida Poly

Florida Polytechnic University celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science Monday, Feb. 11, at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building on campus.

Florida Poly students help voice emotions for those who can’t

Florida Poly student showing Ogio App

Florida Polytechnic University students and a Tampa technology company are developing a mobile app that could help those with brain-based language impediments to express their emotions. This includes people with autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia, aphasia, those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke, and many other language-impaired conditions.

Florida Poly program styling students for success

Tech_Styled at Florida Poly

One of the most stressful moments for college students is interviewing with prospective employers. The question and answer session may only last a few minutes, but there’s much more that goes into to preparing for that big moment. That’s why Florida Polytechnic University is offering its students a comprehensive program to provide them with the expert advice they need in topics ranging from resume writing to understanding the power of body language. It’s all part of the Career Opportunities Developing Evolutionary Successprogram, or CODES.

Graduate student strives to achieve engineering dreams at Florida Poly

Taryn Jones Florida Poly IST commons

In no particular order, Taryn Jones is an engineer, a woman, and black. All are terms which describe what she is, but do not define her. “I want to be seen as an engineer, not necessarily as a black engineer who is also a woman,” said Jones, from Santa Teresa, New Mexico. “I’m just a person doing what I’m passionate about, and that happens to be engineering.”

Florida Poly administration and faculty union reach historic agreement

LAKELAND, Fla. – After 18 months of intense negotiations, Florida Polytechnic University announced that its administration and the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) Florida Poly chapter have signed a collective bargaining agreement. This is the first formal agreement between the University and the faculty union, which approved it unanimously on Jan. 16. “We are very […]

Mentoring students for success in the classroom and beyond

Dr. Towle with student

Dr. Bradford Towle’s office door in Florida Polytechnic University’s Innovation, Science, and Technology Building is always open. Students stop by often, many times outside his office hours. He’s there. “I like being available to them,” said Towle, who is an assistant professor of computer science.