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Florida Poly ranked #1 in the US for lowest out-of-state tuition

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Florida Polytechnic University has been recognized for having the lowest out-of-state tuition among American colleges and universities by the website ValueColleges.

Microsoft recruiter teaches Florida Poly students to use social tools for professional success

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Students had the chance to ask a Microsoft recruiter everything they ever wondered about job hunting in today’s evolving tech market during a workshop at Florida Polytechnic University on Nov. 12. Microsoft recruiter Amy Arnold spoke to a room of about 30 students about how to build a strong profile on the social platform LinkedIn […]

Nanotechnology for disease diagnosis and treatment earns Florida Poly professor international award

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Dr. Ajeet Kaushik is determined to make detecting and treating diseases easy, accessible, and precise through the use of nanomaterials for biosensing and medicine. His extensive work and resolute desire to improve the delivery of healthcare has earned Kaushik the prestigious Universal Scientific Education Research Network (USERN) Prize.

Florida Poly students reflect on military service this Veterans Day

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The modern Florida Polytechnic University campus surrounded by sprawling farmland in Lakeland, Florida, is far removed from the submarines and military bases where one group of student veterans were stationed prior to enrollment.

Harvard professor emeritus joins Florida Poly as new trustee

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Florida Polytechnic University’s Board of Trustees can now count on valuable Harvard wisdom from its new trustee, Dr. Earl Sasser. Florida’s Board of Governors appointed the Harvard Business School professor emeritus recently to serve as a trustee effective immediately.

Changes to special fees, fines and charges regulation

LAKELAND, Fla. – Regulation FPU-4.003 Special Fees, Fines and Charges is being revised to reflect a change to the convenience charge that the University’s payment processor charges to students. Currently, the regulation sets the convenience fee at 2.3% of the transaction amount on each web-originated financial transaction when the payment is made by credit card, […]

Florida Poly students make connections through radio

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From the lawn outside the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, a group of Florida Polytechnic University students make contact and build connections with people across town, across the country, and around the world. Radio Frequency (RF), a committee of the Florida Poly chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is dedicated to bringing as many students as possible into the world of amateur radio.

Determination breeds success for Florida Poly alumna

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When Alieth Rodríguez ’18 pauses to looks at the life she is building for herself and her family, she’s proud of the sacrifices and hard work it took to earn a bachelor’s degree from Florida Polytechnic University and begin her promising engineering career.

Research at Florida Poly’s FIPR Institute to produce new sources of critical elements in U.S.

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New research at the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute (FIPR), a research entity within Florida Polytechnic University, could produce new sources of rare earth elements in the U.S. The research is a result of a new collaboration with Critical Materials Corporation (CMC), based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Florida Poly student and movie buff shares best horror films for Halloween fright

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This Halloween, Florida Poly senior Robert White will be spending his night watching horror movies and hoping they scare the wits out of him. As something of a connoisseur of scary movies and movies in general, the films have a high bar to clear.

Florida Poly hosts spooky, fun events this Halloween week

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Students can find a break from classes and studying this week with multiple Halloween-themed events that will provide a fun and friendly atmosphere on campus. “We believe that by establishing a fun atmosphere we are preparing each student to be successful in their career choice as well as their personal lives,” said Jimmy Surin, student […]

Professor focuses on the future with $100,000 gift to Florida Poly

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Dr. Muhammad Rashid knows from experience what a difference education can mean in a person’s life. As a first-generation college graduate, he sees his own struggles and concerns reflected in many of the students he encounters at Florida Polytechnic University, where he is professor and chair of the electrical and computer engineering department

Green science and technology take center stage at international conference

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A group of international scientists and scholars gathered at Florida Polytechnic University on Oct. 24 for the third annual USA-India Roundtable Conference and Workshop on Green Chemistry, Engineering and Technologies (GCET) to share ideas on the next generation of green and sustainable technologies. The conference is a joint effort of Florida Poly, Panjab University in Chandigarh, India, and Florida-based Molekule Inc.

Sophomore finds the right fit at Florida Poly

Amelia Wood transferred to Florida Polytechnic University in January 2019 from the University of Central Florida. The mechanical engineering major said Florida Poly’s tight-knit community of students and easily accessible professors have transformed her college experience.

Before choosing Florida Polytechnic University as the best place to work toward her degree in mechanical engineering, Ameila Wood began her studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Students celebrate LGBTQIA+ history and diversity

Jordyn Gardinal, treasurer of the Florida Polytechnic University Diversity Club, arranges a table of favors and prizes during the club’s LGBTQIA+ trivia night on Oct. 15.

The Diversity Club at Florida Polytechnic University has turned its focus to the LGBTQIA+ community this October with a host of events to have fun, celebrate the community, and educate their peers on gender and romantic diversity. “We are celebrating the rich diversity of all different types of people in the whole spectrum of gender, […]

New liberal studies certificate to boost student success

Dr. Wylie Lenz, chair of the department of arts, humanities, and social sciences at Florida Polytechnic University, said he is excited the University is offering students a new applied liberal studies certificate. The certificate will provide students with a stronger base in communications, critical thinking, and other “soft skills” desired by employers.

Florida Polytechnic University is launching a new applied liberal studies certificate to augment its 100% STEM-focused degree programs and provide students with a means to gain the “soft skills” employers are after. Soft skills are defined as a combination of people skills, social and communication skills, as well as social and emotional intelligence, among others.

Florida Poly welcomes Phoenix families to campus

On Saturday, October 19 students and parents of Florida Poly came together for Phoenix Family Day.

Proud students showed off the Florida Polytechnic University campus to their families and relaxed at the fall Phoenix Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 19. “I am impressed by how friendly everyone is here and how concerned everyone is with the needs of students,” said Greg Giordano, who was on campus visiting his son, freshman computer science major Joseph Giordano. “It seems like they really care.”

Florida Poly forges new partnerships with Caribbean nation

A delegation from the St. Lucia Ministry of Education visits with Florida Polytechnic University representatives to discuss opportunities for educational and professional partnerships on Oct. 3.

Opportunities for professional and educational collaboration took center stage recently during a visit from a St. Lucia Ministry of Education delegation to Florida Polytechnic University.

Speaker encourages students to innovate with purpose

Kevin Adams, chief operating officer of WaterBrick International, talks with Florida Polytechnic University students about the development and growth of his company, which produces durable, interlocking containers for water, food, and other storage needs. He was the featured guest at the University’s monthly Innovation Speaker Series.

The need for developing and recovering communities to have a safe, durable way to transport and store water without adding to a buildup of trash was the spark that led to the creation of WaterBrick International. The company produces durable, interlocking containers to store water, food, and other materials.

‘Community table’ builds friendships through food and conversation

Academic success coach Carolina Barrios created the community table to foster engagement within the Florida Polytechnic University community. The table inside the Wellness Center dining hall allows students to show they are open to having a conversation.

Students who want to meet new people, make friends, or just share something about their day now have an easy way to do it. A new “community table” inside the Wellness Center’s dining hall serves as an avenue for people to connect and start a conversation on campus. Freshman Kolby Dutcher is excited about the […]

Florida Poly generates $289 million in annual economic impact

Florida Polytechnic University creates more than $289 million in overall economic activity resulting from the school, according to a new study by renowned economist Dr. Rick Harper.

Florida Polytechnic University generates more than $289 million annually in overall economic activity resulting from the school, according to a new economic impact assessment by renowned Florida economist Dr. Rick Harper. This includes more than $161 million in gross domestic product (GDP) to the local and state economy each year. More than $72 million of this GDP impact occurs in Polk County.

Students help improve turtle rehab through 3D printing technology

Kim Titterington, founder of educational rescue and rehabilitation nonprofit group Swamp Girl Adventures, displays 3D-printed turtle shells provided by Florida Polytechnic University students. The shells were used to educate wildlife rehabilitators about ways to treat injured turtles and tortoises.

Despite the natural armor that protects Florida’s turtles and tortoises from injuries, the sturdy creatures are far from indestructible. Vehicles, other animals, and simple bad luck can cause cracks in their shells that if left untreated can mean death.

Florida Poly to boost autonomous vehicle research with new NSF funded simulation facility

Student research assistant James Holland works with assistant professor of electrical engineering Dr. Arman Sargolzaei on autonomous vehicle technology research. Florida Polytechnic University will have a new simulation facility for real-time testing of this technology, thanks to a new National Science Foundation grant.

Florida Polytechnic University will soon have a new simulation facility on campus dedicated to the testing and verification of autonomous vehicle technology in real-time. The National Science Foundation awarded the University a $350,000 grant that enables the development of a large-scale Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) simulation facility for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

Florida Poly employees thrive in job-improvement course

Florida Polytechnic University faculty and staff attend a Six Sigma Green Belt course to sharpen problem solving and process improvement skills.

When Zaira Medina-Rodriguez was given the opportunity to enroll in a professional development course that promised to not only improve her job performance, but also boost her resume and make her a better overall employee, she jumped at the idea. Florida Polytechnic University offers the Lean Six Sigma process improvement training certification courses to employees […]

Students embrace career opportunities at Florida Poly

Senior Osaki Pokima prepares himself for life after college by attending the many career events and opportunities Florida Polytechnic University offers its students throughout the academic year.

Senior Osaki Pokima is making sure he doesn’t miss out on making that one professional connection that could set the trajectory for his entire career. The Florida Polytechnic University computer science major has been attending University-hosted and supported career and internship events since his sophomore year as he works to network, learn, and plan for […]

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