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Saddle Creek Logistic Services receives inaugural Florida Poly #ChangeMaker Award
Group at Florida Poly Founders Day Breakfast

Almost 100 community and business leaders and University supporters came together to celebrate Florida Polytechnic University’s Founders Day on Friday, April 19, 2019.Even though the festivities were brought indoors by bad weather, spirits were high as Dr. Randy Avent, Florida Poly president, presented Saddle Creek Logistic Services with the University’s first annual #ChangeMaker Award.

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 […]

Local leaders take the helm of Florida Poly’s Foundation Board
New Foundation Board Members

The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board of Directors has elected Lakeland businesswoman Alice Hunt as its new chair. The new vice-chair is Jack Harrell III, senior vice president of marketing, sales and R&D at Harrell’s LLC in Lakeland.

Florida Poly and Estonian university TalTech team up on autonomous vehicles
Photo of TalTech autonomous bus

Florida Polytechnic University and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in Estonia, are joining forces to advance the research and application of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology in Florida and Europe.

Florida Poly to host 5th FLPolyCon in most interactive fashion
Participants dressed up at Florida Poly Con event.

The Florida Polytechnic University campus will soon turn into a geek culture extravaganza as students expect 1,500 enthusiasts at their 5thannual FLPolyCon on Saturday, March 30, at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building in Lakeland, Florida. The all-day event is open to the public and has become a fun tradition as the University celebrates and shares […]

Florida Poly student beats odds to become EA Madden NFL champion
Florida Poly male student holding up EA Madden Champion belt.

Florida Polytechnic University student Christian Lomenzo is the new EA Madden NFL 19 Challenge champion, after surprising the sports gaming world with an incredible play in overtime that sealed his victory and a $35,000 grand prize. The nationwide competition was held at the EA headquarters in Redwood City, California, on March 15-17.

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 unveils plans for state-of-the-art research building
Rendering of new Applied Research Center building on Florida Poly campus.

Florida Polytechnic University announced plans to build another iconic building on its campus that will serve as a research hub for the Central Florida region, becoming a magnet for high-tech development around the school. The 85,000 square foot Applied Research Center (ARC) will house research and teaching laboratories, student design spaces, conference rooms, and faculty offices.

Florida Poly formalizes Fulbright Australia pact

Officials from Florida Polytechnic University and the Australian-American Fulbright Commission (Fulbright Australia) formalized an agreement at a ceremonial signing, March 1, at the U.S. Embassy in the Australian capital of Canberra. The agreement allows the University to begin accepting graduate students and faculty from Australia beginning in the fall of 2019.

Tradition continues strong with Florida Poly Pi Run
Florida Poly Pi Run

Florida Polytechnic University is ready to celebrate its 5thAnnual Florida Poly Pi Run, scheduled for Saturday, March 16. The event was created by the University’s inaugural class and it’s scheduled each year on or near National Pi Day, which is observed March 14. The race is slightly longer than a 5K, exactly 3.14 miles representing the mathematical value of Pi.

Florida Poly students hack their way to number one at statewide hackathon
Hackathon Competition

For the first time, Florida Polytechnic University won first place at the well-known HackRiddle competition, a 24-hour hackathon held annually at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Florida Poly students achieve prestigious statewide award
2019 HAYS Travel awards

Several Florida Polytechnic University graduate and undergraduate students were recognized this year with the Hays Travel Award, given by the Florida Academy of Sciences (FAS) Council. The award enables students to present their research projects at the upcoming FAS annual conference on March 9 at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

Florida Poly students help voice emotions for those who can’t
Florida Poly student showing Ogio App

Florida Polytechnic University students and a Tampa technology company are developing a mobile app that could help those with brain-based language impediments to express their emotions. This includes people with autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia, aphasia, those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke, and many other language-impaired conditions.

Florida Poly administration and faculty union reach historic agreement

LAKELAND, Fla. – After 18 months of intense negotiations, Florida Polytechnic University announced that its administration and the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) Florida Poly chapter have signed a collective bargaining agreement. This is the first formal agreement between the University and the faculty union, which approved it unanimously on Jan. 16. “We are very […]

Florida Poly to hold annual premier philanthropic gala
PIVOT event 2017

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University is set to hold its signature philanthropic event of the year, PIVOT, aimed at raising money to fund scholarships and strategic University priorities. It will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Saddle Creek Logistics Commons in the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, located at 4700 Research […]

Florida Poly graduate to help advance new space frontier with NASA internship
Florida Poly Grad gets NASA Scholarship

Shooting for the stars has never intimidated James Mavo. The mechanical engineer graduated from Florida Polytechnic University in the fall of 2018, and when looking for a job, the sky had no limits. Literally. “I thought, why not try NASA? I always wanted to work with great minds,” said Mavo, who is from West Palm Beach, Florida.

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.

Florida Poly police bring cheer to pediatric patients at Lakeland hospital
Florida Poly Police department sharing gifts to children at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.

Dolls, puzzles, coloring books, race cars, balls, and games were some of the hundreds of toys that inundated the Florida Polytechnic University Police Department headquarters. The items were part of the largest annual toy drive the agency has organized for children who are spending the holiday season in a hospital room at the Lakeland Regional […]

Florida Poly students aim to reduce drowsy and distracted driving
Two students at Florida Poly sitting in front of a computer

New research by Florida Poly faculty and students has the goal of detecting and preventing the growing problem of drowsy and distracted driving, one of the main causes of car accidents and fatalities on the roads. The project, under the guidance of Dr. Kanwal Gagneja, assistant professor of computer science, uses a microcomputer, a camera, and a buzzer. The camera aims at the driver’s face to detect if they’re closing their eyes often.

Florida Poly joins forces with Jacksonville Transportation Authority on self-driving vehicles
Illustration of autonomous vehicle technology

Florida Polytechnic University and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) announce a collaboration to enhance the development of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology in public transportation. Through a memorandum of understanding, both parties agree to work together to boost the research and application of this cutting-edge technology.

Florida Poly Foundation Board expands reach across the state

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors, broadening its reach to the south and southwest Florida regions. Joining the Board are Ivette A. O’Doski, a Miami-Dade native and owner of a government consulting company, and Joshua McCoy, an expert in commercial, industrial, […]

Florida Poly research could lead to lasting impacts on space travel
Spectrometer

Florida Polytechnic University researchers are exploring ways of using algae to make space travel more sustainable and energy efficient. The research project, funded by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC), focuses on using diatoms to increase the efficiency of solar cells and to also create a system to sustainably capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.

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.

Florida Poly to add Fulbright Australia to international partnerships

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University has reached an agreement with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission (Fulbright Australia) to begin accepting graduate students and professors beginning in the fall of 2019. “This is a tremendous accomplishment signifying our continued commitment to academic excellence,” said Dr. Terry Parker, Florida Poly’s provost and executive vice president. “Being able […]

Florida Poly students cracking the code to improve cybersecurity
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Florida Polytechnic University students are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to cybersecurity. Almost 20 of them sit between dozens of computers in the university’s the Cybersecurity Innovation Lab, listening to an important lesson about how to crack a password.