Florida Polytechnic University Welcomed Robotics Experts for Google+ Hangout #BOTTalks

Mar 04, 2015

Florida Polytechnic University recently hosted #BOTTalks, a Google+ Hangout for current and prospective students that provided participants the opportunity to learn about robotics engineering and the future of machine intelligence as well as other high-tech topics with a Florida Poly professor and robotics expert.

Crystal Lauderdale, Florida Poly’s Director of Marketing and Communications, moderated the virtual forum, which featured a panel of experts who fielded questions submitted by guests. The experts included:

Dr. Ryan Integlia, Florida Poly professor in the College of Innovation Technology and College of Engineering
Dr. Kristy Hollingshead, a robotics expert and research scientist with the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition
Dana Kwiatkowski, Student Life Coordinator at Florida Poly
Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Poly
Panelists and our robotics expert also discussed their fields of study and interacted with participants during the live forum. About 100 guests attended the online discussion and were able to submit questions live or in advance, via the hashtag, #BOTTalks. Questions covered a range of high-tech topics, including 3D printing, supercomputers, machine intelligence, robotics engineering and cyber security labs. For example, panelists discussed that out of the top 10 most powerful supercomputers in the world, the U.S. has five.

In addition to these technology and industry-specific questions, a number of participants submitted questions about the application process and classes at Florida Poly. Time constraints prevented the panelists from answering every question submitted. The following are answers to some of the questions the panel was unable to address during the live Google+ Hangout:

1. Do you accept dual enrollment credits from Miami Dade College?

Yes, we do accept credits from Miami Dade College; however some credits may not transfer, depending on the course. The Florida Poly Admissions Office would need an official transcript from Miami Dade College to evaluate the prior enrolled courses. For more information, go to BeTheNext.com.

2. What’s your advice to high school sophomores who plan to apply to Florida Poly?

Students who hope to be admitted to Florida Poly should take pre-calculus or calculus courses before graduating from high school. Other recommended courses include chemistry and physics. Florida Poly will look at all completed courses on high school transcripts, so all grades will count toward an admissions decision.

3. Does Florida Poly offer summer sessions, or will that be a later option?

Yes, Florida Poly does have summer classes for current students.

If you have additional questions, check out information on our website about Florida Poly Admissions and Degree Programs. Also be sure to watch the video of our #BOTTalks Google+ Hangout to learn more about the future of robotics and machine intelligence.

Interested in attending our next Google Hangout? The topic is “Tech Amplified: Big Data and Supercomputers” on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Please check the Florida Poly Facebook Page, Google Plus Page or the Florida Poly website for details as they become available.

To learn more about a robotics engineering course and machine intelligence concentration offered at Florida Poly, visit our Academics page.