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Florida Poly sees exceptional rise in applications
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LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University is experiencing a significant increase in the number of students applying to become Phoenixes. At only two-thirds of the way through the 2020 recruitment cycle, the University has received 31% more freshman applications compared to this time last year. This includes a 44% increase in applicants from out of […]

Florida Poly’s FIPR Institute to donate megalodon and other fossils to local schools
Photo of large megalondon teeth.

BARTOW, Fla. – Children at schools and libraries in Polk and Hillsborough counties soon will be able to uncover real, prehistoric megalodon teeth, whale vertebrae, seashells, and mollusks – all between 5 million and 24 million years old. The experience of getting to know these creatures that existed alongside mammoths, mastodons, and sabre tooth cats […]

Florida Poly Foundation Board brings student and alumni to the table
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LAKELAND, Fla. – For the first time, students and alumni will have representation on the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board of Directors. Travis Hills ’19 and senior Ryan Perez are the new members of the Foundation Board after the University’s Board of Trustees confirmed the appointments on Wednesday, Dec. 11. “It is important that we […]

Florida Poly becomes an Engineering University of Distinction
Innovation, Science, and Technology building and blue sky.

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University is on a path toward excellence by producing a highly skilled STEM workforce, fostering an innovation economy, and providing a return on investment to the state. This makes it an Engineering University of Distinction. Universities of Distinction is an initiative by the Florida Board of Governors to recognize and […]

Harvard professor emeritus joins Florida Poly as new trustee
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Florida Polytechnic University’s Board of Trustees can now count on valuable Harvard wisdom from its new trustee, Dr. Earl Sasser. Florida’s Board of Governors appointed the Harvard Business School professor emeritus recently to serve as a trustee effective immediately.

Changes to special fees, fines and charges regulation

LAKELAND, Fla. – Regulation FPU-4.003 Special Fees, Fines and Charges is being revised to reflect a change to the convenience charge that the University’s payment processor charges to students. Currently, the regulation sets the convenience fee at 2.3% of the transaction amount on each web-originated financial transaction when the payment is made by credit card, […]

Florida Poly generates $289 million in annual economic impact
Florida Polytechnic University creates more than $289 million in overall economic activity resulting from the school, according to a new study by renowned economist Dr. Rick Harper.

Florida Polytechnic University generates more than $289 million annually in overall economic activity resulting from the school, according to a new economic impact assessment by renowned Florida economist Dr. Rick Harper. This includes more than $161 million in gross domestic product (GDP) to the local and state economy each year. More than $72 million of this GDP impact occurs in Polk County.

Florida Poly to boost autonomous vehicle research with new NSF funded simulation facility
Student research assistant James Holland works with assistant professor of electrical engineering Dr. Arman Sargolzaei on autonomous vehicle technology research. Florida Polytechnic University will have a new simulation facility for real-time testing of this technology, thanks to a new National Science Foundation grant.

Florida Polytechnic University will soon have a new simulation facility on campus dedicated to the testing and verification of autonomous vehicle technology in real-time. The National Science Foundation awarded the University a $350,000 grant that enables the development of a large-scale Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) simulation facility for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

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).

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.

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.

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.

First Girl Scouts camp at Florida Poly to fuse leadership and STEM
Florida Polytechnic University will host the first Girl Scouts Camp CEO STEM on July 26-28, when participants will stay two nights in the Residence Hall on campus and enjoy two full days of STEM-related activities.

Dozens of high school girls from the West Central Florida region will have the unique opportunity to experience total immersion in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during the very first Girl Scouts Camp CEO STEM at Florida Polytechnic University July 26-28.

Historic agreement to provide seamless path from Polk State to Florida Poly
Polk State College and Florida Poly Logo

Polk State College President Angela Garcia Falconetti and Florida Polytechnic University President Randy Avent will sign an articulation agreement establishing the first seamless pathway for students from Polk County’s state college to the leading institution of engineering and applied sciences.

Florida Poly senior director to lead international research on autonomous vehicles

As the Advanced Mobility Institute at Florida Polytechnic University positions itself as a leader in autonomous vehicle research, senior director of special projects Dr. Rahul Razdan will head a new series of reports focused on the testing and validation of this emerging technology around the world.

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.

Florida Poly alumna wins prestigious award for empowering young women
Female student in graduation cap and gown.

Florida Polytechnic University alumna Anita Silwal ’19 received one of the most prestigious awards given to women in Polk County for making a difference in girls’ lives. She won the “She Knows Where She’s Going” award, presented each year by Girls Inc. of Lakeland and Bartow to celebrate women for their commitment to the community and mentorship of girls and young women.

New partnership gives Florida Poly students access to new career opportunities

For the first time, Florida Polytechnic University will have a presence at the annual Statewide Job Fair, one of the largest career events in the state focused on the recruitment of graduates and alumni from Florida’s public universities. 

Hundreds of graduates soar to success during second four-year class commencement
Spring 2019 Commencement

Nearly 300 graduate and undergraduate students received degrees at Florida Polytechnic University’s second four-year class commencement on Sunday, May 5 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida.

Former NASA astronaut and four-star general to address Florida Poly graduates

Close to 300 Florida Polytechnic University students will receive undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Spring 2019 Commencement, as retired Air Force general and three-time space shuttle astronaut Kevin P. Chilton inspires them to launch their high-tech careers and reach new heights.

Presidential Ambassador Program welcomes new members

Florida Polytechnic University announced its 2019-20 Class of Presidential Ambassadors, welcoming 10 new members to the distinguished student program. The annual induction ceremony was held Tuesday, April 23, at the Aula Magna in the Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building. The new class of Presidential Ambassadors is comprised of 19 students who were appointed by […]

Florida Poly seniors shine at first Capstone Design Showcase

More than 200 students impressed an eager crowd of industry and community leaders as they presented their capstone projects during the inaugural Capstone Design Showcase held Wednesday, April 24 at the Saddle Creek Logistics Commons in the Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building.

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.

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