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Florida Poly students aim to reduce drowsy and distracted driving

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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

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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.

Capstone design program pairs students with dozens of regional companies in year-long projects

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One of the many ways Florida Polytechnic University fulfills its mission – to serve students and industry through excellence in education, discovery, and the application of engineering and applied sciences – is through its senior capstone design program.

From Brazil to Florida Poly: Using his passion for computer science to fulfill his purpose

Roberto Williams Batista

The idea of going back to school after spending more than two decades in the workforce can be daunting. Imagine, though, relocating your entire family to another country to do it. That’s what Roberto Williams Batista is doing as a graduate student at Florida Polytechnic University.

From ‘Monster Jamming’ to ‘Napercising’: Fitness made fun at Florida Poly

Fitness classes at Florida Poly

A fitness instructor dressed in ’80s workout attire took the lead at a Monster Jam Cardio Class at Florida Polytechnic University on Monday, Oct. 29. Students came in costumes ranging from lifeguards to anime characters and enjoyed dancing to popular songs like Rihanna’s “Disturbia” and Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” “It’s the first time we’ve offered […]

A dream fulfilled

If he had it do over again, Luke Aiello ’18 wouldn’t have made any other choice. The Florida Polytechnic University graduate speaks glowingly of his four years at the University and how well it positioned him for the workforce.

Students developing innovative ways to improve mental health

Florida Polytechnic University students are developing high-tech solutions they hope will provide others with a unique way to cope with anxiety and depression, and three of their projects were finalists at the recent statewide Florida Blue Health Innovation Competition in Orlando.

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.

From psychology to STEM; the road to finding her true self

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Helping others has always been a priority for Florida Polytechnic University student Esme Vázquez. It’s a lesson she learned from the most important woman in her life: her mother.

Latin American Student Association; Where culture meets fun

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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. Do you enjoy salsa, the one you eat and the one you dance? Does the game of dominó intrigue you as a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) challenge? Does reggaeton music […]

Florida Poly celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month

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October can be a very busy month, full of celebrations to recognize community sectors and to create awareness around issues impacting our society. Hispanic Heritage Month, Cyber Security Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month are all observed in October, as well as LGBTQ+ History Month.

The force is strong with students at Florida Poly

Florida Poly The Force Institute

Bringing her lightsaber to class is a common occurrence for Celeste Ramirez. The computer science junior is one of the first members of The Force Institute, a club created in the spring of 2017 inspired by the Star Wars saga and the Jedi philosophy.

Sharing the joy of piñatas; a Hispanic tradition

Hispanic Heritage Month

Florida Polytechnic University students are often busy building robots, Rube Goldberg machines, algorithms or various types of self-driving vehicles. However, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, they took a break from the lab and put their brains to work building piñatas.

Cutting-edge research at Florida Poly aims to save babies’ lives

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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.

Against all odds, driven to be the exception

Hispanic Heritage Month Kevin Ordonez

As a new state university focused exclusively on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Florida Poly seemed like the perfect fit for senior Kevin Ordoñez’s high-tech ambitions. Ordoñez became a part of the inaugural group of students who came to the university in 2014. Suddenly, he found plenty of motivation around him. 

Build, learn, give: the principles of Florida Poly Purple Fire Robotics Club

Florida Poly Purple Fire Robotics Club

Florida Poly’s Purple Fire Robotics Club is one of the largest student organizations on campus with approximately 45 active members. They’re all inspired by robots, but students don’t have to be experts in robotics to join the club. Joseph Patullo, a sophomore in computer engineering and vice president of the club, said while many students are fascinated by robots, they feel intimidated to join because they’ve never built one. So, learning becomes the engine that makes the Purple Fire Robotics Club successful.

Three values and a baby; the makings of this mechanical engineer

Hispanic Heritage Month

Alieth Rodríguez walks the hallways of Florida Polytechnic University knowing she’s different than the students around her. She’s a female studying mechanical engineering, Latina, and in her thirties. There’s also nothing common about the baby stroller she pushes from class to class.

Photos: Annual event connects students with community resources

Community Resource Fair

At Florida Poly, college life is about much more than going to class and studying for exams. Students are encouraged to get involved on campus, and in the community to make the most of their college experience. A well-rounded college experience also includes getting involved with on-campus clubs and organizations and investing in the community […]

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