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Q&A: Alison Hart follows passion for a challenge into the world of cybersecurity

Photo and graphics of Alison Hart soon to be graduate

Auburndale, Florida native Alison Hart ’19 has always had a passion for cybersecurity. Hart, who is majoring in computer science with a concentration in cybersecurity, is a lifelong learner who has excelled at Florida Polytechnic University as a programing teaching assistant, Presidential Ambassador, and is currently working as an information technology contractor at Badcock Home Furniture & More.

Florida Poly sophomore discovering path from zero to data hero

Florida Poly student intern at Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Florida Poly student Leanne Paquin is only 18 and she’s already walking the hallways of Saddle Creek Logistics with the confidence of an expert data analyst. In reality, she’s only just beginning. Paquin is a sophomore majoring in Business Analytics, fulfilling her dream of interning at a major company she’s known her whole life.

Dozens of math whizzes compete at Florida Poly’s Integral Bee

Integral Bee Winners

Florida Polytechnic University celebrated its third Integral Bee, an annual contest to determine who is the fastest at solving math problems known as integrals. The event has become a tradition at the University with the purpose of making mathematics more approachable and enjoyable to students.

Florida Poly Game EXPO brings innovation and industry together

Florida Poly student holding up VR controllers at Game EXPO

“Pick your car, choose your color, and get ready to battle,” said Christina Thomas, one of the nearly 50 Florida Poly students who presented their online games at the university’s fifth annual Florida Poly Games EXPO on April 11.

Q&A: Vamsi Hanumanthu chases opportunity after game-changing experience at Florida Poly

Florida Poly Senior

When computer science major Saivamsi Krishna Hanumanthu ’19 left Raleigh, North Carolina, to attend college at Florida Poly, he knew he wanted to make the most of his experience. And boy has he done just that.

Applying effective skills in impactful ways

Florida Poly senior standing infant of Wilson and Girgenti sign.

Florida Polytechnic University senior Hans Arndt has always had an engineering mindset. He’s always been interested in knowing the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of how things work. As an intern at Wilson & Girgenti, a mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering firm with offices in Tampa, Florida, Hans is able to get hands-on experience before he leaves the classroom.

Q&A: Celeste Ramirez’s dream internship leads to her dream job

Graphic of Florida Poly student graduating in 2019

When Celeste Ramirez ’19 came to Florida Poly as a freshman in 2016 she dreamed of interning at Steamroller Studios, an animation powerhouse headquartered in her hometown of Eustis, Florida.

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.

Seeking challenges in pursuit of happiness

Female student standing outside Florida Poly building.

Florida Polytechnic University graduate student Maria Paula Gomez has been out of her comfort zone for a while, and that’s how she likes it. She left her loved ones behind in her native Argentina to take a leap of faith in herself for a better future. Gomez has family in Lakeland, Florida, and during one of her visits she found out that Florida Poly was accepting international students.

Florida Poly students pitch Great Eight entrepreneurship ideas

Florida Poly student pitches project to panel of judges.

It was a tense afternoon of pitching innovative ideas to a panel of academic and industry experts at Florida Polytechnic University as the third annual Great Eight competition took place at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. The event mimics the popular television show “Shark Tank” where students present their concepts before a panel of judges, with the winner advancing to the prestigious statewide Governor’s Cup later this spring.

Florida Poly celebrates first Phoenix Family Day

Florida Poly students gathered at Phoenix Family Day March 16, 2019.

Florida Poly welcomed hundreds of visitors to campus Saturday, March 16, as part of its inaugural Phoenix Family Day. From food trucks to student research to kite flying, it was a day for celebrating all things Florida Poly.The festivities began with the student life showcase, which featured a collection of student-developed projects.

A passion for numbers that transcends all possibilities

Female Florida Poly student at e-sport competition

When Florida Polytechnic University student Isabel Zimmermann was in elementary school, she never imagined her professional future would be defined by math. After all, she struggled with it.

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.

Community outreach that gives both ways

Florida Poly NSBE club student volunteer at STEM workshop

At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, half a dozen Florida Polytechnic University students found themselves at a different campus, laying out materials for younger students to use, hoping to ignite an interest in engineering and technology.

Not defined by labels, Florida Poly junior embraces opportunity to make a difference

Florida Poly student clapping at Presidential Ambassador Ceremony

Florida Poly junior Gabrielle Simms was raised in a place where opportunities to prosper are not abundant. And opportunities for women engineers are even fewer. “I grew up in a poor and tough neighborhood,” said Simms, from Nassau, Bahamas.

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.

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