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Florida Poly student chases million-dollar math dream

Light skinned male student writing math equation on a white board.

For 19 years, both novice and renowned mathematicians from all over the world have tried their hand at solving seven of mathematics’ most difficult problems, each of which comes with monumental bragging rights and a $1 million prize from the prestigious Clay Mathematics Institute. Only one of these problems, which collectively are known as the […]

Florida Poly grad ignites new career with Honeywell Aerospace

Light skinned women standing infront of Honeywell business sign

The high-tech navigation systems used in military aircraft would be grounded without the hard work of systems engineers like Florida Polytechnic University graduate Bree Mann ’18. As part of her role at Honeywell Aerospace, she works to ensure the proper performance of complex navigation systems. “I really enjoy the hands-on testing aspect of my job […]

Florida Poly breaks ground on state-of-the-art research building

Florida Polytechnic University leadership and elected officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Applied Research Center on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The facility will be the second academic building on the University campus in Lakeland, Florida.

Florida Polytechnic University leaders and community and state officials gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Applied Research Center, a new iconic building on campus that will serve as a research hub for students, faculty, and high-tech industry in the region.

Florida Poly president named one of Florida’s most influential business leaders

Dr. Randy Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, has been named to the Florida 500 list by Florida Trend magazine. The list recognizes the state’s most influential executives.

Dr. Randy Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, is one of Florida’s most influential business leaders, according to Florida Trend’s Florida 500 list. The magazine just released its annual list recognizing the most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state.

New vice president of advancement ready for success at Florida Poly

Kathy Bowman is Florida Polytechnic University’s new vice president of advancement. She comes to campus from Purdue University, where she was chief development officer for the Krannert School of Management.

When Kathleen “Kathy” Bowman became chief development officer of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, the school’s development team was bringing in an average of $4 million per year over a five-year period. When she left the position of five years last month to become Florida Polytechnic University’s new […]

Big research on tiny technology takes Florida Poly crew to global symposium

Dr. Muhammad Ullah, mechanical engineering major Johnathan Bacharach, and Dr. Emad Fouad worked together on research presented this month at the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 62nd Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in Dallas, Texas.

In the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology, there is an ever-present need for the next generation of energy-efficient, high-performance components to advance the limits of possibility. Two Florida Polytechnic University faculty members and their student research assistant focused their study on this area and presented it at a global symposium of the Institute of Electrical and […]

Building businesses through international partnerships

Dozens of executives from Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Costa Rica tour the Florida Polytechnic University campus in Lakeland, Florida, on Aug. 30. The visit was part of Experiencia Set, an initiative designed to help business leaders gain skills to strengthen their operations.

A stop at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, capped off a week of intense business education for a group of executives from Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Uruguay. The nearly 50 business leaders were participants in Experiencia Set, an educational initiative that partnered with The Walt Disney Company to provide a close-up look at […]

Hurricane Dorian Updates

This page is being updated as information becomes available.   Student support and Bahamian relief efforts Updated September 4, 2:30 p.m. As we consider how fortunate we are that Hurricane Dorian did not have a direct impact on our immediate area, we must also remember that this storm has devastated the Bahamas and is currently moving […]

Students find their place at Club Row

Students connected with nearly 40 clubs and organizations this week during Club Row, an annual event showcasing opportunities for students to get involved at Florida Polytechnic University.

Francisco Guerrero walked away from Club Row, an annual club membership event, with more connections than he knew what to do with. “I want to better myself and get more involved here than I was in high school,” said Guerrero, a freshman computer science major from West Palm Beach, Florida. “This is really nice because […]

Florida Poly engineering and computer science degrees achieve ABET accreditation

Four Florida Polytechnic University bachelor’s degrees have been accredited by the Computing and Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

Purple Fire Week kicks off the fall 2019 semester

Purple Fire Week is a Florida Poly tradition that kicks off the start of every fall semester. The week-long event is are a great way for FTIC, transfers, and upperclassmen to connect and have fun!

Students who headed back to class for the first day of the fall semester Aug. 21 had the chance to meet new friends, ease back into campus life, and blow off some steam during Purple Fire Week events over the next several days.

Students urged to embrace innovation at speaker series

Joe Viscuso, senior vice president and director of strategic growth at Pennoni, an engineering and construction services firm, spoke to Florida Polytechnic University students during the first Innovation Speaker Series lecture of the fall semester.

Technology is changing so dramatically and so rapidly that students need to be prepared to shift with it or risk getting left behind. That was the message Joe Viscuso, senior vice president and director of strategic growth at engineering and construction services firm Pennoni, delivered to a roomful of Florida Polytechnic University students at the first Innovation Speaker Series lecture of the fall semester on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Orientation welcomes new Phoenixes to Florida Poly

New students are getting to know their new peers and the Florida Polytechnic University campus during orientation held August 19-20. Classes begin Wednesday, August 21.

Freshmen and new transfer students began getting to know the Florida Polytechnic University way of life during new student orientation held August 19-20. The two-day event introduced new students to the many resources available to them during their time at the University. It included a welcome from Dr. Randy Avent, Florida Poly’s president, as well […]

Florida Poly addresses state needs with new engineering degrees

Florida Polytechnic University students work on the high-tech, sustainable garden developed on its campus in Lakeland, Florida. Environmental Engineering is one of three new degrees that Florida Polytechnic University offers students starting this academic year. Classes begin Aug. 21.

The state of Florida will be closer to meeting its need for qualified engineers in high-demand fields when Florida Polytechnic University begins the 2019-20 academic year offering three new degrees: Environmental Engineering, Engineering Mathematics, and Engineering Physics.

Purple Fire Week to heat up the fall semester

The Florida Polytechnic University campus will be awash in tie-dye, casino-style games, and fun competition when Purple Fire Week welcomes students back to the fall semester on Wednesday, Aug. 21. “It’s a fun time to come out and experience something different,” said Tonya Chestnut, director of student development at Florida Poly.

Freshmen start on right foot with tips from experienced Phoenixes

Incoming freshmen walk across the Florida Polytechnic University campus during pre-orientation in July 2019.

The first day of the fall semester is just around the corner. The start of a new academic year can be a time of uncertainty for new students. That is why those who have been around Florida Polytechnic University for a few years provide some help to ease the transition. Florida Poly juniors, seniors, and […]

New SGA president fired up for upcoming academic year

Ryan Perez has a vision for the perfect student experience at Florida Polytechnic University. He wants to make sure every student feels connected, supported, and part of the vibrant university community. And he wants them to have a great time while they’re at it.

Fulbright Scholar aims to improve Iraqi agriculture

Zunbaidah Sabah, a Fulbright Scholar from Iraq, will begin her graduate studies at Florida Polytechnic University this fall.

Zubaidah Sabah is beginning a journey at Florida Polytechnic University that she hopes will one day transform the agricultural future of her home country of Iraq. “I just want people in my country to see how automation and using technology – robotics, aerial vehicles and drones in agriculture – will change our situation,” said Sabah, who received a bachelor’s degree in mechatronic engineering from Middle Technical University in Baghdad, Iraq.

Proud Phoenix delivers ‘magic’ and ‘happiness’ through data engineering

Right after graduating from Florida Polytechnic University in May 2018, Andre Goode launched his high-tech career as an associate software engineer for The Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles.

Andre Goode ’18 gets to wake up every morning and go to work at a place most people only dream of visiting. It is the place where magic happens. Disney magic, that is. “One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a Disney technologist is being able to see the fruit of my own labor,” Goode said in a telephone interview from Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles.

Internship with global company opens door to promising career

Florida Poly student interning at 3M.

Natalie Brum has found a career she’d like to stick with. The Florida Polytechnic University senior is completing her second summer internship in Maplewood, Minnesota, as a project engineer at 3M, a company known for its innovation in products used around the world, including Command hooks, Post-it Notes, and thousands of other items.

Florida Poly senior mixes engineering and neuroscience into dream internship

Chelsea Reeves, an electrical engineering major at Florida Polytechnic University, is spending the summer interning at a New York-based neuroanalytics company improve the effectiveness of ads and entertainment.

Some of the most memorable, attention-grabbing ads and shows on TV today are optimized using advanced neuroanalytics to create content that consumers will respond to. Florida Polytechnic University senior Chelsea Reeves has spent her summer helping improve that process as a Neuroanalytics Engineer in the Big Apple.

Phoenixes reconnect at Florida Poly alumni event

Florida Polytechnic University alumni laugh during an alumni event at the Poor Porker in downtown Lakeland, Florida on July 20.

Even though graduation was just a few months ago, Nicolo Aimino ’19 tries to maintain a close connection with his alma mater and the friends he made during his years at Florida Polytechnic University. “You want to make sure not only that you did well while you were going to the university, but the university […]

First Girl Scouts camp at Florida Poly to fuse leadership and STEM

Florida Polytechnic University will host the first Girl Scouts Camp CEO STEM on July 26-28, when participants will stay two nights in the Residence Hall on campus and enjoy two full days of STEM-related activities.

Dozens of high school girls from the West Central Florida region will have the unique opportunity to experience total immersion in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during the very first Girl Scouts Camp CEO STEM at Florida Polytechnic University July 26-28.

Economy rules at statewide roundtable

Economic Opportunity roundtable discussion.

Business leaders from across the I-4 corridor gathered at Florida Polytechnic University on Wednesday, July 17, to share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges they face at a Florida Department of Economic Opportunity roundtable discussion.

Get Ignited orientation welcomes newest Phoenixes

Orientation

A morning scavenger hunt, fun games, and informative sessions about life at Florida Polytechnic University welcomed about 100 incoming freshmen to campus on Monday during the first pre-orientation session of the fall semester.

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