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PhoenixHacks takes innovation to new heights at Florida Poly

Judges learn about one of the student-created projects during PhoenixHacks, a hackathon that challenged Florida Polytechnic University students to create a software or hardware project in 24 hours.

The results of 24 hours of ingenuity, innovation, and hard work were on display after a fun and challenging hackathon competition on Jan. 26 at the Florida Polytechnic University Campus. The PhoenixHacks event brought together students from different disciplines, backgrounds, and skill levels to show off their technological know-how and build a software or hardware […]

Hate lovebugs? Florida Poly students work to make them less of a nuisance

Two male student working on a research project.

Driving down Florida’s highways during lovebug season can be irritating, distracting, and even dangerous. Swarms of the insects can engulf vehicles, rapidly leading to poor visibility once they hit the windshield. A team of Florida Polytechnic University students is developing a device for the company Omni Pressure Cleaning that will quickly clean vehicles of lovebug […]

Leadership takes center stage for students at Florida Poly

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As a resident assistant at Florida Polytechnic University, junior Krystal Rivera understands the importance of being there for other students as a friend, and as a leader. “Because in my position I have interactions with many students, I want to develop myself and improve as a person so I can help others,” said Rivera, a […]

“Crazy idea” leads Florida Poly students to take on the technology services market

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A group of Florida Polytechnic University students has found work with a great company that offers hands-on experience, flexible hours, fun co-workers, and the kind of boss most people only dream of – themselves. Madd Technologies LLC, which stemmed from an idea friends had late one night, is a technology start-up helmed by Florida Poly […]

Students find their place at spring Club Row

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Matthew Dutchess wasn’t quite sure what he was getting himself into when he agreed to participate in his first Nerf Tech Humans vs Zombies event at Florida Polytechnic University. It turned out to be one of the most consequential decisions of his college career. “I didn’t originally want to play – I was like ‘I […]

Students start 2020 with a focus on wellness at Florida Poly

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As the spring semester kicks into high gear, Florida Polytechnic University students are mindful of the need to maintain their physical and mental health while they pursue their rigorous coursework. “It’s super important,” said mechanical engineering senior EJ Shynski as he lounged on a hammock in Oak Grove during the first week of the semester. […]

2019 Florida Poly look back

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Florida Poly generates $289 million in annual economic impact The results of an economic impact assessment showed just how much Florida Poly contributes to the local and state economies each year. In all, the University generates more than $289 million annually in overall economic activity. The October study showed that about 61% of the economic […]

Phoenixes fly home for winter break relaxation

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Florida Polytechnic University students were eager to begin their winter break from classwork, projects, and testing this December. With plans ranging from quiet nights with family to martial arts training, Phoenixes are making the most of their winter break. Classes resume Jan. 6. McKenzie Lewis Mechanical Engineering Sophomore St. Petersburg, Florida “I like art a […]

Improv comedy troupe finds its quirky niche

Florida Polytechnic University students Andrew Crosswait, left, Taryn Jones, and Ezekiel Huynh warm up during a recent meeting of student improv group The Baked Bean Bois.

The stress of classwork and the rules of everyday life are quickly replaced by zany unpredictability when the Baked Bean Bois settle in to begin their warm-up. The Florida Polytechnic University improv troupe is finding comedic release while building friendships and gaining important life skills.

Computer science team works to improve surgeries at Lakeland hospital

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A team of computer science students is working to improve the way Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center keeps tabs on critical surgical equipment. Their actions will help keep costs down while making surgery safer. “We are making a vision-tracking system for surgical tray equipment so that we can take a tray of equipment, scan it, […]

Florida Poly senior expands horizons with Canadian Fulbright fellowship

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The road to a career in video game design and programming winds through snowy Canada for one Florida Polytechnic University senior. Celeste Ramirez is studying at the University of Western Ontario this semester through the Killam Fellowship Program, which is administered by Fulbright Canada. “One of the best things about the Fulbright Program is the […]

Florida Poly seniors catapult to entrepreneurial reality

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A pair of Florida Polytechnic University seniors hopes their idea to ease back pain among warehouse and distribution workers improves the health of these critical employees and leads to improvements at major corporations. The Lumbar Relief Analog Exoskeleton (LRAE) is a device that assists in the repetitive motion of bending and lifting. It stores energy […]

Ping-pong dreams and brotherly love fuel Phoenix’s creativity

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Florida Polytechnic University student Joseph Patullo and his younger brother, Paul, spent many evenings in their Hollywood, Florida, home going head to head in friendly ping-pong matches over the years. That inevitably changed a couple of years ago. “Once I came to college, he had no one to play with and was kind of bummed […]

Game on! Students display tech talent at Florida Poly Game Expo

Male student in front of monitor screen explaining his game.

The videogame designers of the future brought their A-game to the Florida Polytechnic University campus on Nov. 21 for the semi-annual Game Expo. This was the largest Game Expo the University has hosted, with about 30 games on display from Florida Poly students taking the Game Design 1 and 2 classes. Students, faculty, staff, and […]

Art meets STEM at Florida Poly architecture design showcase

Male student pointing to his art project with teacher.

Models of grand concert halls, intimate gazebos, and avant-garde pavilions showcased the artistic talent of their designers at Pavilion with a Purpose, a semi-annual student art and architecture show held on Nov. 19 at Florida Polytechnic University. The event was the culmination of a semester-long effort to research, create, and present a pavilion design as […]

Florida Poly capstone team to design next-generation planetary rover

Group of students and faculty outside of NASA space center building.

A team of Florida Poly students is charging head-on into the design and construction of a real planetary rover that one day could traverse the terrain of Mars, collecting samples and providing a close-up look at places that have always been a mystery.

Florida Poly students hack their way to victory

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Hackathons are a way of life at Florida Polytechnic University. Students at the University regularly compete in – and win – hackathons throughout the region, proving their problem-solving STEM skills time and again. Two groups of Florida Poly students recently took home top honors at hackathons in architecture design, and sports and entertainment. Hackathons task […]

Microsoft recruiter teaches Florida Poly students to use social tools for professional success

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Students had the chance to ask a Microsoft recruiter everything they ever wondered about job hunting in today’s evolving tech market during a workshop at Florida Polytechnic University on Nov. 12. Microsoft recruiter Amy Arnold spoke to a room of about 30 students about how to build a strong profile on the social platform LinkedIn […]

Florida Poly students reflect on military service this Veterans Day

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The modern Florida Polytechnic University campus surrounded by sprawling farmland in Lakeland, Florida, is far removed from the submarines and military bases where one group of student veterans were stationed prior to enrollment.

Florida Poly students make connections through radio

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From the lawn outside the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, a group of Florida Polytechnic University students make contact and build connections with people across town, across the country, and around the world. Radio Frequency (RF), a committee of the Florida Poly chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is dedicated to bringing as many students as possible into the world of amateur radio.

Florida Poly student and movie buff shares best horror films for Halloween fright

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This Halloween, Florida Poly senior Robert White will be spending his night watching horror movies and hoping they scare the wits out of him. As something of a connoisseur of scary movies and movies in general, the films have a high bar to clear.

Florida Poly hosts spooky, fun events this Halloween week

Group of seven students dressed up on Halloween.

Students can find a break from classes and studying this week with multiple Halloween-themed events that will provide a fun and friendly atmosphere on campus. “We believe that by establishing a fun atmosphere we are preparing each student to be successful in their career choice as well as their personal lives,” said Jimmy Surin, student […]

Sophomore finds the right fit at Florida Poly

Amelia Wood transferred to Florida Polytechnic University in January 2019 from the University of Central Florida. The mechanical engineering major said Florida Poly’s tight-knit community of students and easily accessible professors have transformed her college experience.

Before choosing Florida Polytechnic University as the best place to work toward her degree in mechanical engineering, Ameila Wood began her studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Students celebrate LGBTQIA+ history and diversity

Jordyn Gardinal, treasurer of the Florida Polytechnic University Diversity Club, arranges a table of favors and prizes during the club’s LGBTQIA+ trivia night on Oct. 15.

The Diversity Club at Florida Polytechnic University has turned its focus to the LGBTQIA+ community this October with a host of events to have fun, celebrate the community, and educate their peers on gender and romantic diversity. “We are celebrating the rich diversity of all different types of people in the whole spectrum of gender, […]

Florida Poly welcomes Phoenix families to campus

On Saturday, October 19 students and parents of Florida Poly came together for Phoenix Family Day.

Proud students showed off the Florida Polytechnic University campus to their families and relaxed at the fall Phoenix Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 19. “I am impressed by how friendly everyone is here and how concerned everyone is with the needs of students,” said Greg Giordano, who was on campus visiting his son, freshman computer science major Joseph Giordano. “It seems like they really care.”

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