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Florida Poly takes part in unique national conference

Two students Florida Poly students and faculty stand in front of Google sign.

A Florida Polytechnic University contingent recently traveled to California to participate in the American Physical Society Bridge Program and National Mentoring Community (APS-BP-NMC) Conference.  Dr. Sesha Srinivasan, assistant professor of physics, accompanied students Mc Ben Joe Charles and Dominic Dodson to the conference, which was hosted jointly by Google and Stanford University. Charles, a junior […]

Florida Poly professor makes math meaningful for students

Florida Poly's assistant professor of mathematics Abigail Bowers in front of Innovation Science and Technology building.

Abigail Bowers knew at a young age she had a connection to math, and her passion for the power of math has not wavered. Bowers is in her third year as an assistant professor of mathematics at Florida Polytechnic University where she is committed to student success, enjoys the collaborative nature of the University and is motivated to show students the importance of math.

Creating a bridge between chess and STEM

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Dr. Muhammad Rashid compares higher education to what a blank piece of paper looks like after you hand it to an artist with a pen. For most of his life, the Florida Polytechnic University professor has marveled at how pursuing a degree can begin transforming a student from the time he or she first steps on a college campus. He’s also made it a priority to take an active role in providing opportunities through scholarships.

Florida Poly leads effort to stop mobile device hackers

Florida Poly faculty cybersecurity grant

Students at Florida Polytechnic University may soon be at the forefront of cybersecurity education with cutting edge curriculum focused exclusively on mobile computing security. Dr. Karim Elish, assistant professor in the computer science department, has been awarded a $70,500 grant from the Florida Center for Cybersecurity to develop an evolving course on mobile security and privacy.

Success without barriers

Dr. Luis Jaimes

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. A classroom full of Florida Polytechnic University students fills Dr. Luis Jaimes with joy. The computer science professor finds satisfaction in teaching his favorite course, Machine Learning, as he shares some of the […]

Cutting-edge research at Florida Poly aims to save babies’ lives

ECG Research Florida Poly

Faculty and student researchers at Florida Polytechnic University are developing a breakthrough method that would result in more accurate maternal and fetal electro-cardiogram (ECG) signals, so that babies can be properly treated for cardiac defects diagnosed before birth.

Algae expert presents at Florida Poly on rapidly growing industry

Dr. Ira Levine visited Florida Poly on August 13 to talk with students and employees about developing curriculum related to the growing and utilization of algae. Levine is the president and board chair of the Algae Foundation.

Television show on autonomous vehicles to feature Florida Poly

Senior director of special projects, Dr. Rahul Razdan, was a guest on the latest “In Focus with Allison Walker Torres” television show, recorded on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Saddle Creek Logistics Services and Florida Poly – Partners in success

Saddle Creek Logistics Services

A thriving business that relies on innovation and technology and a growing STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) university would seem like a perfect match, and that’s certainly the case with Saddle Creek Logistics Services and Florida Polytechnic University. In addition to its financial impact on Florida Poly– which totals more than $1 million and […]

Hundreds come together to share ideas on next generation green technologies

GCET-2018 USA-India Conference

More than 100 international scholars as well as industry and government leaders from the U.S. and India came together at Florida Polytechnic University this week (July 18-19) to discuss the next generation of green and sustainable technologies. The group convened in the university’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building in Lakeland, for the two-day GCET-2018 USA-India Conference, which featured an array of speakers as well as panel discussions.

Professor of Analytics to Deliver Invited Keynote at London Computer Science Conference

Dr. Robert Steele

The impact of emerging technologies on various sectors, including the healthcare industry, will be the focus of an invited keynote talk by Florida Polytechnic University’s Dr. Robert Steele at an upcoming international conference in London. Steele, who is director of Florida Poly’s Health Informatics Institute and a professor of data analytics, is one of several scholars from around the world presenting at the 2018 Computing Conference on July 10-12.

Former Harvard faculty to lead unique Executive Leadership Course at Florida Poly

Participants will also learn from Florida Poly faculty members who will emphasize the role technology and innovation play in the skills needed for success in today’s business world.

Florida Poly’s bookless library attracts international interest

Florida Polytechnic University Bookless Library

Florida Polytechnic University’s bookless library was at the center of an international discussion in Mexico focused on the creation and development of university libraries around the world.

Undergraduate research opens doors to prestigious opportunity

Valinteshley Pierre

Valinteshley Pierre is headed to the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences this summer, where he’ll join a select group of students nationwide taking part in its prestigious internship program. Since coming to Florida Polytechnic University in 2015, he has taken advantage of every opportunity available to collaborate with professors on research projects.

Florida Poly developing ‘Happy Suit’ for Astronauts

Faculty and students at Florida Polytechnic University are developing a critical component for the next generation of spacesuits that will not only make astronauts more comfortable and efficient, but will also keep them happy. Depression is a major problem in space, as astronauts can be adversely affected by factors like insufficient exercise, excessive exposure to […]

Florida Poly at Center of Self-Driving Vehicle Hearing in Washington D.C.

The president of Florida Polytechnic University, Dr. Randy K. Avent, was invited to testify at the Senate hearing on autonomous vehicles hosted by the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The hearing entitled “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies” will be held on Wednesday Jan. 24, starting at 10 a.m. in Washington D.C. Watch real-time […]

Florida Poly President joins effort to promote high-tech industries in Central Florida

Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, will play a meaningful role in advancing high-tech economic growth in our region as the new member of The Florida High Tech Corridor Council.  The Corridor is an economic initiative that stretches across 23 counties, with the purpose of developing a stronger high-tech industry through partnerships […]

Florida Poly Chief of Police Selected to Lead Polk County Police Chiefs Association

Florida Polytechnic University Police Chief Richard A. Holland has been selected to head the Polk County Police Chiefs Association. He served as the vice president in 2017. Holland was sworn in during the 36th Polk County Police Chief’s Association Annual Installation of Officers Thursday, January 4th at 6:30 p.m. at the Florida Polytechnic University campus located […]

From Tech Solution to Thriving Business. Students Given the Tools to Entrepreneurial Success.

It’s easy to dream big. Creating a real, marketable product from that idea is a different story. “It’s important to understand your personal goal. What do you want to create in the world?” explains Justin Heacock, Entrepreneurship Center Coordinator at Florida Polytechnic University. Giving students the tools and coaching they need to bring their ideas […]

Top Engineering Conference Chooses Florida Poly Professor for Keynote

Florida Polytechnic University Professor of Data Analytics Dr. Robert Steele delivered a keynote speech at the 8th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference (IEEE UEMCON 2017), on October 21 at Columbia University in New York. Fellow keynote speakers included other distinguished experts in analytics and computational systems […]

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Christina Drake | Florida Poly

  Florida drivers may soon be safer on the road thanks to Dr. Christina Drake, Assistant Professor of Electrical, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Florida Poly. Her research interests – which include novel materials and sensors based on meta-material-based approaches; low-cost imagers and sensors; and biologically inspired or incorporated sensors and platforms – have already […]

Florida Poly Professor Flies Into Hurricane Harvey

Florida Poly Professor Hurricane Harvey

  A Florida Polytechnic University professor had a direct impact last week on forecasting Hurricane Harvey’s devastating path through south Texas. Dr. Suleiman Alsweiss was a scientist at the Center for Satellite Applications and Research, part of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), prior to joining Florida Poly as a professor of Electrical Engineering. […]

What Florida Poly Can Offer Students: A Conversation with Richy

I’m Richy Truncale, admissions counselor at Florida Poly covering the greater Tampa Bay area. I’ve worked for Florida Poly since July, spending most of my time on the road visiting high schools and speaking with students about the opportunities available at Florida Poly. I visit about 10 to 12 schools a week, speaking with counselors […]

Fourth Bio Expo Wraps With Award Ceremony

An innovative idea for creating nylon from shrimp shells was among the winners of Florida Polytechnic University’s fourth Bio Expo. The Expo is one of the longest standing traditions at Florida Poly, and an introduction for new students to the university’s belief in tying all classes — including core requirements — back to science, technology, […]

Florida Polytechnic University Growth Requires More Space for Research

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University President Dr. Randy K. Avent presented to the State University System Board of Governors today plans for the new university’s next major campus development – an Applied Research Center (ARC). The ARC will unite students, faculty and industry partners in the pursuit of cutting-edge research to advance technology and […]