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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 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 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.

From love of computers to SGA president; the path of a successful leader

Black History Month Travis Hill

When Travis Hills came to Florida Polytechnic University as a freshman in the fall of 2015, he had his eyes on the prize: a bachelor’s degree in computer science. But he never imagined how broad his college experience would be, expanding his knowledge not only in the classroom, but also as a leader. Now, a senior and president of the Student Government Association(SGA), the prize seems even more valuable.

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.

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 program styling students for success

Tech_Styled at Florida Poly

One of the most stressful moments for college students is interviewing with prospective employers. The question and answer session may only last a few minutes, but there’s much more that goes into to preparing for that big moment. That’s why Florida Polytechnic University is offering its students a comprehensive program to provide them with the expert advice they need in topics ranging from resume writing to understanding the power of body language. It’s all part of the Career Opportunities Developing Evolutionary Successprogram, or CODES.

Graduate student strives to achieve engineering dreams at Florida Poly

Taryn Jones Florida Poly IST commons

In no particular order, Taryn Jones is an engineer, a woman, and black. All are terms which describe what she is, but do not define her. “I want to be seen as an engineer, not necessarily as a black engineer who is also a woman,” said Jones, from Santa Teresa, New Mexico. “I’m just a person doing what I’m passionate about, and that happens to be engineering.”

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.

Florida Poly feeding Polk County’s growing high-tech economy

IronRock Software Inc

One doesn’t have to travel far to see how Florida Polytechnic University is impacting Florida’s economy. In fact, a 45-minute drive within Polk County takes you from Florida Poly’s iconic campus to Lake Wales, Florida. There you’ll find IronRock Software, Inc.,a company that continues to increase its footprint in software development and database consulting services.

Florida Poly students take part in advanced technology conference

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Nathan Brown ’18, left, Joshua Rentrope ’18, center, and Mosche Acevedo, senior, presented the app Janus, which is part of a start-up by Rentrope. The Florida Polytechnic University trio were showing off the app at 2019 Synapse Summit, held Jan. 23-24, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Florida Poly welcomes Fulbright Belgium and Luxembourg official

Fulbright Belgium

Florida Polytechnic University welcomed Erica Lutes, the executive director of the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States, Belgium and Luxembourg – otherwise known as Fulbright Belgium and Luxembourg – to its Lakeland, Florida, campus on Jan. 16. Lutes toured the campus and met with University administration, faculty, and students. She was also presented […]

Florida Poly hosts first Innovation Speaker Series lecture

Innovation Speaker Series

Florida Polytechnic University debuted its Innovation Speaker Series, Jan. 17, at its Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. The University welcomed Jim Thomas, the chief executive officer of the Central Florida Tech Alliance (CFTA), who spoke to a gathering of students, faculty, and community members.

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 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.

3D printing technology empowers Florida Poly students’ creativity

Four students in 3D printing lab at Florida Polytechnic University

When you walk into the Florida Polytechnic University 3D Printing Laboratory, you first notice the distinct humming sound that accompanies the state-of-the-art technology. It’s the sound of plastic filament feeding through a moving brass tip, where it is melted and turned into whatever component has been designed on a nearby computer. There’s been a lot […]

Students showcase high-level game creations at largest Florida Poly Game EXPO yet

Two female Florida Poly student playing video game during the Game Expo

Screens full of monsters, wizards, fighters, spells, weapons, and even cats were at the center of the Florida Polytechnic University Game EXPO on Thursday, Nov. 29. Around 50 students presented a total of 24 games to peers, faculty, and industry leaders, featuring a wide variety of characters, interfaces, challenges and player interactions. The event was […]

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 […]

Rube Goldberg machines open doors to problem-solving at Florida Poly

Four Florida Poly students test their Rube Goldberg machine

Playing cards, dominoes, marbles, soda cans, and even a robotic vacuum cleaner played a key role as Florida Polytechnic University’s students tested the Rube Goldberg machines they created. These items are not often seen in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) class, but they fill several classrooms at the university’s Innovation, Science, and Technology […]

Florida Poly student gives back, aiming to empower girls around the world

Florida Poly graduate student interviewed in Napal.

To say her plate is full is an understatement. Anita Silwal, a Florida Polytechnic University graduate student, is not only in the process of earning a master’s degree in innovation and technology with a concentration in big data analytics, she’s also committed to making a difference in the lives of children in her native Nepal and here in Florida.

Native Brazilian student shares experiences studying abroad at Florida Poly

Florida Poly female student outside of wellness center.

Editor’s Note: In recognition of International Education Week 2018 (Nov. 12-16), this story is part of a series of stories highlighting international students at Florida Poly. Bianca Silva ’21 is a computer engineering major from Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil. Belo Horizonte, which means “Beautiful Horizon” in Brazilian Portuguese, is the capital city of southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. Why […]

Florida Poly celebrates International Education Week with variety of activities

Dr. Randy K. Avent prepares international dessert with students and dining staff.

In celebration of International Education Week, Florida Poly’s Dining Services team has been busy all week providing a variety of international offerings. Monday’s menu featured a South African milk tart dessert while students had Indian chicken tikki masala on Tuesday.

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.

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