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Purple Fire Week to heat up the fall semester

The Florida Polytechnic University campus will be awash in tie-dye, casino-style games, and fun competition when Purple Fire Week welcomes students back to the fall semester on Wednesday, Aug. 21. “It’s a fun time to come out and experience something different,” said Tonya Chestnut, director of student development at Florida Poly.

Freshmen start on right foot with tips from experienced Phoenixes

Incoming freshmen walk across the Florida Polytechnic University campus during pre-orientation in July 2019.

The first day of the fall semester is just around the corner. The start of a new academic year can be a time of uncertainty for new students. That is why those who have been around Florida Polytechnic University for a few years provide some help to ease the transition. Florida Poly juniors, seniors, and […]

New SGA president fired up for upcoming academic year

Ryan Perez has a vision for the perfect student experience at Florida Polytechnic University. He wants to make sure every student feels connected, supported, and part of the vibrant university community. And he wants them to have a great time while they’re at it.

Fulbright Scholar aims to improve Iraqi agriculture

Zunbaidah Sabah, a Fulbright Scholar from Iraq, will begin her graduate studies at Florida Polytechnic University this fall.

Zubaidah Sabah is beginning a journey at Florida Polytechnic University that she hopes will one day transform the agricultural future of her home country of Iraq. “I just want people in my country to see how automation and using technology – robotics, aerial vehicles and drones in agriculture – will change our situation,” said Sabah, who received a bachelor’s degree in mechatronic engineering from Middle Technical University in Baghdad, Iraq.

Internship with global company opens door to promising career

Florida Poly student interning at 3M.

Natalie Brum has found a career she’d like to stick with. The Florida Polytechnic University senior is completing her second summer internship in Maplewood, Minnesota, as a project engineer at 3M, a company known for its innovation in products used around the world, including Command hooks, Post-it Notes, and thousands of other items.

Florida Poly senior mixes engineering and neuroscience into dream internship

Chelsea Reeves, an electrical engineering major at Florida Polytechnic University, is spending the summer interning at a New York-based neuroanalytics company improve the effectiveness of ads and entertainment.

Some of the most memorable, attention-grabbing ads and shows on TV today are optimized using advanced neuroanalytics to create content that consumers will respond to. Florida Polytechnic University senior Chelsea Reeves has spent her summer helping improve that process as a Neuroanalytics Engineer in the Big Apple.

Fall orientation to ignite excitement for Florida Poly

One of the most difficult parts of transitioning to university life is knowing how to get things done and where to go for help. Florida Polytechnic University’s orientation program aims to make this easier while also giving incoming students strong connections to new peers and mentors across campus.

Powering the future through a passion for engineering

Florida Poly student interning at Siemens.

A summer internship at Siemens in Orlando has become one of the most powerful educational motivators of Florida Polytechnic University senior Kelsey Marin’s life. “I love this experience. It’s amazing,” Marin said. “I love being surrounded by engineers and everyone is super intelligent. Every day, every hour I’ve been learning something new.”

Destination Aviation Camp fuels up on knowledge at Florida Poly

Florida Poly student teaching at summer camp.

Future aviators and engineers received a close-up look at Florida Polytechnic University this week as part of a program designed to fuel their budding interest in aviation and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.

From palm trees to a STEM hub: Proudly sharing her Caribbean flavor

Florida Poly female student on the beach in Trinidad.

June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month, and Trinidad and Tobago native Vaishnavi Maharaj is proud to be the only Florida Polytechnic University student from the dual-island nation. Born and raised in beautiful Trinidad, she is used to living in a cultural melting pot.

Women at Florida Poly changing the face of modern engineering

Two women at Florida Poly campus.

On June 23, International Women in Engineering Day will celebrate the achievements of women in the field and encourage more females to enter engineering and related areas. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Transform the Future,” a goal female students and faculty at Florida Polytechnic University work toward every day in the traditionally male-dominated field.

Florida Poly junior optimizing new platform for national retailer

Rising Junior Phelippe Souza-Herod interning at Bdcock Home Furniture &more

For the first time in the company’s more than 100-year history, customers can purchase furniture, appliances and other home goods directly from Badcock Home Furniture &more’s website. Florida Polytechnic University junior Phelippe ‘Phil’ Souza-Herod is playing an important role in making it happen.

Florida Poly junior celebrates fatherhood while chasing engineering dreams

When Florida Polytechnic University junior Matthew McBride Jr. wakes up on Father’s Day this Sunday, he’ll be celebrated by two of his biggest – and smallest – supporters. His children, Pheenix, 8, and Lincoln, 2, will surely shower him with handmade crafts, giggles, and Father’s Day wishes before they and his wife, Amnesty McBride, hit the pool and launch a kite into the afternoon sunshine.

Florida Poly junior devotes summer to improving airline entertainment

Next time Florida Polytechnic University junior Lindsey Gerberich boards a plane, she may feel satisfaction knowing she played a role in the Wi-Fi service she’ll connect to, the payment service she’ll use, and the movie she’ll watch during the flight.

Florida Poly Rotaract Club strives to serve others above self

Dorian Gray had never heard of the Rotaract Club when he began his journey at Florida Polytechnic University in 2016, coming from his native Bahamas. All he knew was that he wanted to focus not only on his classes, but also on his new environment and get involved in the community he now called home.

Cracking the code to success

Florida Poly male student working at computer at summer internship.

When Jonathan Gan attended the Florida Poly Career and Internship Fair last February, he wanted to see what kinds of opportunities were available to students, but he didn’t expect employers to take much interest in a sophomore like him. However, his creativity and his passion for learning sparked the interest of a leading software company in Tampa, Florida.

Future electrical engineer pursues Olympic dreams

Male Florida Poly student standing inside with medals.

Bruce Hicks has his eyes on Paris. The 2024 Summer Olympic Games, that is. This Florida Polytechnic University sophomore has been successfully competing in archery competitions across the state for more than five years. Now, he divides his energy between his goal of completing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and the dream of becoming an Olympic athlete.

Rocket dreams come true for Florida Poly junior

Florida Poly student in front of lab top computer.

Geoffrey Doback has no doubts of where he wants his career ambitions to take him. The Florida Polytechnic University student has been captivated by aviation and the so-called next frontier ever since he was a young boy.

Q&A: Max Cowan turns curiosity and dedication into opportunity of a lifetime

Ohio native Max Cowan ’19 came to Florida Poly ready to tackle new challenges and expand his critical thinking. As he pursued a computer science degree with a concentration in cybersecurity, Max discovered new interests in building autonomous systems and machine learning. He interned as a cybersecurity analyst at Phacil, Inc. in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and later fulfilled another internship at Amazon Web Services in Seattle, Washington.

Q&A: Payton Barnwell reaches for the stars, literally

Payton Barnwell’s ’19 true fascination with space led her to stellar opportunities in the aerospace industry while at Florida Poly. The mechanical engineering major from Tampa, Florida, was awarded the prestigious Brooke Owens Fellowship in 2018, which enabled her to intern at Generation Orbit Launch Services in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Spirit Week Aims to help Students De-Stress from Finals

Two female Florida Poly student playing carnival games at Spirit Week.

The end of semester is here for Florida Polytechnic University students. The Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building commons is packed with students, guests from end of the year showcases and expos, and white boards are filled to the brink with math equations. Finals week is coming. The last couple of weeks leading up to finals can be the most stressful for the entire semester which is why students from Florida Poly’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) puts on a semi-annual event called Spirit Week. 

Q&A: Austin Lubetkin’s developing software that changes lives

Florida Poly senior with service dog

Computer Science major Austin Lubetkin ‘19 isn’t the average college student. He’s also an inventor, accomplished artist, entrepreneur, and activist. Lubetkin who is from Boca Raton, Florida has a passion for developing technology that improves the lives of people with disabilities.

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.

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