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Women at Florida Poly changing the face of modern engineering

Two women at Florida Poly campus.

On June 23, International Women in Engineering Day will celebrate the achievements of women in the field and encourage more females to enter engineering and related areas. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Transform the Future,” a goal female students and faculty at Florida Polytechnic University work toward every day in the traditionally male-dominated field.

Underrepresented students discover possibilities for bright, high-tech futures

Stanley Pierre Gilles, 17, said he sees himself as a corporate lawyer when he pictures the future. At least those were his plans before participating in the second Summer STEAM Boot Camp at Florida Polytechnic University, designed for first-generation-in-college and low-income high school students in Polk County.

Florida Poly professor chosen to join elite, international fellowship for female STEM leaders

Florida Poly professor outside of Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) building.

Dr. Grisselle Centeno is making history by becoming the first Florida Polytechnic University professor and one of two first ever in the state to be selected for the prominent and competitive Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering, and Science (ELATES) program.

Florida Poly research to help citrus industry with faster, cheaper greening detection

Florida Poly professor and student looking over research at computer.

Florida Poly researchers have developed a new cutting-edge technology that aims to simplify and make more affordable the detection of citrus greening in groves throughout Florida and beyond. “Citrus greening has posed a terrible threat to crops locally and worldwide as it has no cure,” said Dr. Muhammad R. Abid, assistant professor of computer science and lead researcher.

University leaders set Florida Poly Ablaze for second straight year

Florida Poly employee winners

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University celebrated its second annual Ablaze ceremony, recognizing a dozen members of its staff and faculty for their dedication and professional contributions to the school. The event was held on Wednesday, April 17 at the Magnolia Building in Lakeland. Ablaze is a program launched in 2018 to acknowledge the commitment and […]

Solving today’s transportation challenges drives this Florida Poly faculty member

Female professor standing outside of Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building at Florida Polytechnic University.

Dr. Sravani Vadlamani was born in India where she recognized firsthand the importance of having an efficient transportation system. Now an assistant professor within Florida Polytechnic University’s Department of Data Science, she has already amassed a rich academic and industry background and is helping to prepare tomorrow’s transportation engineers.

Making autonomous vehicles more secure, many attacks at a time

Male professor standing in classroom at Florida Poly.

Florida Poly researchers are using newly invented attacks to improve the security and resiliency of cyber-physical systems (CPS), such as autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and power systems.

Florida Poly celebrates first Phoenix Family Day

Florida Poly students gathered at Phoenix Family Day March 16, 2019.

Florida Poly welcomed hundreds of visitors to campus Saturday, March 16, as part of its inaugural Phoenix Family Day. From food trucks to student research to kite flying, it was a day for celebrating all things Florida Poly.The festivities began with the student life showcase, which featured a collection of student-developed projects.

Encouraging women’s success in STEM by example

Susan LeFrancois professor teaching in classroom.

Dr. Susan LeFrancois was one of the first faculty members at Florida Polytechnic University. She’s also an accomplished leader in industry having worked for almost a decade as the head of quality control and regulatory affairs at a gamma sterilizerin Mulberry, Florida.

Teaching that opens the doors to healing

Dr. Green with student

Dr. Robert Green’s lessons go beyond the chemistry lab. As an African-American faculty member at Florida Polytechnic University, he makes sure he’s there for students not just to help them with chemistry equations, but also with some of life’s difficult challenges.

Florida Poly Career and Internship Fair reaches new heights

Florida Poly Career and Internship Fair in IST commons

Florida Polytechnic University hosted its Career and Internship Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at its Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. More than 50 companies were on hand recruiting students for internships as well as career positions. The turnout of prospective employers set a new high for the annual event.

Florida Poly brings community together to celebrate women in science

Women In Science Day at Florida Poly

Florida Polytechnic University celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science Monday, Feb. 11, at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building on campus.

Mentoring students for success in the classroom and beyond

Dr. Towle with student

Dr. Bradford Towle’s office door in Florida Polytechnic University’s Innovation, Science, and Technology Building is always open. Students stop by often, many times outside his office hours. He’s there. “I like being available to them,” said Towle, who is an assistant professor of computer science.

NATO grant fueling Florida Poly research aimed at better radiation detection at nuclear sites

Faculty and student research at Florida Polytechnic University

A group of Florida Polytechnic University students and a faculty member are working on research funded by a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) grant aimed at streamlining the manufacturing and efficiency of handheld radiation detectors, which could be used at nuclear sites as well as for border patrol.

Leading scientific company holds workshop for students and faculty

Scientists are evaluating and measuring the irradiance and intensity of the ultraviolet light source used for wastewater and landfill leachate treatment.

Florida Polytechnic University students and faculty recently participated in a high-level workshop that explored principles and real-world applications of spectroscopy. Ocean Optics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of fiber optics-based modular spectrometers based in Largo, Florida, showcased its products by engaging in live demonstrations with the academic contingent. “The goal of the visit was to share […]

2018 Florida Poly look back

Look back at 2018 graphic

From opening a new Student Development Center to graduating the largest class in Florida Poly’s history this is a collection of events that took place at Florida Polytechnic University in 2018.

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 […]