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2019 Florida Poly look back

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Florida Poly generates $289 million in annual economic impact The results of an economic impact assessment showed just how much Florida Poly contributes to the local and state economies each year. In all, the University generates more than $289 million annually in overall economic activity. The October study showed that about 61% of the economic […]

Phoenixes fly home for winter break relaxation

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Florida Polytechnic University students were eager to begin their winter break from classwork, projects, and testing this December. With plans ranging from quiet nights with family to martial arts training, Phoenixes are making the most of their winter break. Classes resume Jan. 6. McKenzie Lewis Mechanical Engineering Sophomore St. Petersburg, Florida “I like art a […]

Alum’s creativity combines art and tech

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The marriage of art and technology is shown in vivid detail in the work created by Florida Polytechnic University alumnus Austin Lubetkin ’19. His enthusiasm for both disciplines is evident in many of the projects he tackled during his final semester at the University this fall. These include stunning digital art on display in the […]

Improv comedy troupe finds its quirky niche

Florida Polytechnic University students Andrew Crosswait, left, Taryn Jones, and Ezekiel Huynh warm up during a recent meeting of student improv group The Baked Bean Bois.

The stress of classwork and the rules of everyday life are quickly replaced by zany unpredictability when the Baked Bean Bois settle in to begin their warm-up. The Florida Polytechnic University improv troupe is finding comedic release while building friendships and gaining important life skills.

Florida Poly bands together to spread joy to Lakeland pediatric patients

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A table overflowing with toy robots, dragons, princess dolls, and building blocks took center stage inside the Wellness Center on Dec. 13 at the culmination of the fourth annual holiday toy drive benefitting pediatric patients at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. “It gets better every year,” said Chief Richard Holland of the Florida Polytechnic University […]

Winter break campus services and closures

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We wish you a very pleasant winter break and holiday season. We look forward to seeing you back on campus on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The list below outlines the closures and services available at Florida Polytechnic University through the winter break. Housing Residence Halls Sunday, Dec. 15: Residence Halls close at 11 a.m. Friday, […]

Florida Poly’s FIPR Institute to donate megalodon and other fossils to local schools

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BARTOW, Fla. – Children at schools and libraries in Polk and Hillsborough counties soon will be able to uncover real, prehistoric megalodon teeth, whale vertebrae, seashells, and mollusks – all between 5 million and 24 million years old. The experience of getting to know these creatures that existed alongside mammoths, mastodons, and sabre tooth cats […]

Florida Poly Foundation Board brings student and alumni to the table

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LAKELAND, Fla. – For the first time, students and alumni will have representation on the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board of Directors. Travis Hills ’19 and senior Ryan Perez are the new members of the Foundation Board after the University’s Board of Trustees confirmed the appointments on Wednesday, Dec. 11. “It is important that we […]

Florida Poly becomes an Engineering University of Distinction

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LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University is on a path toward excellence by producing a highly skilled STEM workforce, fostering an innovation economy, and providing a return on investment to the state. This makes it an Engineering University of Distinction. Universities of Distinction is an initiative by the Florida Board of Governors to recognize and […]

Computer science team works to improve surgeries at Lakeland hospital

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A team of computer science students is working to improve the way Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center keeps tabs on critical surgical equipment. Their actions will help keep costs down while making surgery safer. “We are making a vision-tracking system for surgical tray equipment so that we can take a tray of equipment, scan it, […]

Florida Poly senior expands horizons with Canadian Fulbright fellowship

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The road to a career in video game design and programming winds through snowy Canada for one Florida Polytechnic University senior. Celeste Ramirez is studying at the University of Western Ontario this semester through the Killam Fellowship Program, which is administered by Fulbright Canada. “One of the best things about the Fulbright Program is the […]

Curriculum manager spreads joy through art at Florida Poly

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Superheroes, Muppets, bitmojis, and Disney characters recently started appearing on the windows of the Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building. At the end of the workday, Jake Morrow can often be seen quietly adding new dry-erase artwork to the windows of many faculty and staff offices. “Somebody said to me it’s like the elves and […]

Florida Poly alum improves the lives of public safety officers

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The work Zachary Weingarten ’18 does every day makes the jobs of police officers, paramedics, and firefighters easier, safer, and more efficient. As a software engineer at Motorola Solutions in Plantation, Florida, Weingarten works to help determine how the company can use technology to improve these public safety professionals’ jobs. “We deliver end-to-end solutions for […]

Students learn to launch products effectively at Innovation Speaker session

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Todd Baylis, CEO and co-founder of Qgiv, knows firsthand how business data can affect the successful launch of a product. His experiences taught him what it takes to effectively take a product to market and keep it thriving long past launch day. “We have gone through variant phases in our business,” Baylis said to a […]

Florida Poly seniors catapult to entrepreneurial reality

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A pair of Florida Polytechnic University seniors hopes their idea to ease back pain among warehouse and distribution workers improves the health of these critical employees and leads to improvements at major corporations. The Lumbar Relief Analog Exoskeleton (LRAE) is a device that assists in the repetitive motion of bending and lifting. It stores energy […]

Ping-pong dreams and brotherly love fuel Phoenix’s creativity

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Florida Polytechnic University student Joseph Patullo and his younger brother, Paul, spent many evenings in their Hollywood, Florida, home going head to head in friendly ping-pong matches over the years. That inevitably changed a couple of years ago. “Once I came to college, he had no one to play with and was kind of bummed […]

Thanksgiving holiday campus services and closures

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We wish you a very pleasant Thanksgiving and want to remind you that there are no classes Wednesday, Nov. 27 – Friday, Nov. 29. We look forward to seeing you back on campus on Monday, Dec. 2. The list below outlines closures and services available through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Game on! Students display tech talent at Florida Poly Game Expo

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The videogame designers of the future brought their A-game to the Florida Polytechnic University campus on Nov. 21 for the semi-annual Game Expo. This was the largest Game Expo the University has hosted, with about 30 games on display from Florida Poly students taking the Game Design 1 and 2 classes. Students, faculty, staff, and […]

Art meets STEM at Florida Poly architecture design showcase

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Models of grand concert halls, intimate gazebos, and avant-garde pavilions showcased the artistic talent of their designers at Pavilion with a Purpose, a semi-annual student art and architecture show held on Nov. 19 at Florida Polytechnic University. The event was the culmination of a semester-long effort to research, create, and present a pavilion design as […]

Florida Poly capstone team to design next-generation planetary rover

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A team of Florida Poly students is charging head-on into the design and construction of a real planetary rover that one day could traverse the terrain of Mars, collecting samples and providing a close-up look at places that have always been a mystery.

Florida Poly students hack their way to victory

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Hackathons are a way of life at Florida Polytechnic University. Students at the University regularly compete in – and win – hackathons throughout the region, proving their problem-solving STEM skills time and again. Two groups of Florida Poly students recently took home top honors at hackathons in architecture design, and sports and entertainment. Hackathons task […]

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.

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