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First-generation opportunities fuel desire to help

Florida Polytechnic University admissions counselor and graduate student Karla Martinez travels throughout the state to help high school students decide whether the STEM-focused school is the right fit for them.

When Karla Martinez was only 7, her parents decided to leave their home in Hidalgo, Mexico, and settle in Lake Wales, Florida, to open their world to new opportunities. Martinez excelled in school and grew passionate about science and technology, but when it was time to start applying to universities, she was at a loss for where to begin.

Florida Poly’s entrepreneurship program receives international recognition

Justin Heacock, entrepreneurship coordinator at Florida Polytechnic University, is attending the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers annual event in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sept 27-28. The University’s entrepreneurship program is a finalist for an international award at the event.

Florida Polytechnic University’s entrepreneurship program was recognized internationally with its selection as a finalist by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). The program was selected for its work creating the Phoenix Nest, a pioneering software system designed to support students throughout the innovation process in universities, resulting in a new level of interdisciplinary support.

Florida Poly celebrates ABET accreditation achievement

The Florida Polytechnic University community celebrates the University’s recently achieved ABET accreditation on Sept. 25 at the Innovation, Science, and Technology building in Lakeland, Florida.

Florida Polytechnic University recognized its achievement of another major milestone in the University’s history on Sept. 25 with a fun and festive celebration.

Driven by ambition, refueled by culture

Ecuadorian native Luis Sotomayor is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at Florida Polytechnic University. He just completed an internship in which he built a wireless robot designed to smoothen concrete in small areas at construction sites.

Florida Polytechnic University student Luis Sotomayor is starting his senior year feeling recharged. He just came back from his annual summer trip to his native Ecuador to visit his extended family.

Purple Fire Robotics team battles for greatness

Purple Fire Robotics club member Bryan Garcia shows a combat robot the club has built. He is leading the design of a 250-pound combat robot the team hopes will secure a spot on the BattleBots television show.

With powerful steel arms designed to toss its opponent out of the ring and flames intended to intimidate and destroy, Phoenix, a 250-pound combat robot, could put Florida Polytechnic University on the map for competitive battle robotics.

Florida Poly stands together against hazing

The Purple Hands Don’t Haze photo project will encourage students, faculty, and staff to wear purple gloves and show their commitment to stand against hazing at Florida Polytechnic University. National Hazing Prevention Week is Sept. 23-27.

Joining a University club is an experience that typically comes with connection, camaraderie, and common purpose. Beginning on Sept. 23, Florida Polytechnic University will be reminding students that there’s one thing joining group membership should never include: hazing. “Students need to know that clubs are accepting people for who they are and that bullying and […]

Florida Poly sophomore on a mission to help space travel

Mechanical engineering major Elise Araiza shows a model of Lucy, a planned NASA space probe that will travel to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids to collect data and images.

Elise Araiza traces her family’s roots to Mexico, Brazil, and Spain, and she’s mindful of the opportunities she has that her parents and grandparents did not. “That’s why I wanted to challenge myself here at Florida Poly with a mechanical engineering major,” said Araiza, a sophomore at Florida Polytechnic University.

Florida Poly wins NSF grant to develop ethical identity in future STEM professionals

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Researchers at Florida Polytechnic University will work to support and strengthen the ethical identity of engineering students and future STEM professionals thanks to a new federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Service dog leads the way for Florida Poly junior

Light skinned female sitting next to golden retriever dog.

Hailey Skoglund walks with confidence these days through the Florida Polytechnic University campus. That wasn’t the case just a few months ago, but the business analytics major received the gift of freedom with her new best friend, Marli.

Florida Poly student chases million-dollar math dream

One female and one male stilling at a desk.

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

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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 […]