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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.

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.