LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University announced this week that DSM Technology Consultants, WellDyne and eight other companies have joined its growing network of industry partners.
From IT management to health care solutions, the University’s newest industry partners are a diverse group of companies that share an emphasis on advanced technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Established in 1986 by Internet technology entrepreneur and company President David Robinson, DSM Technology Consultants of Lakeland provides first-class data center and network-based IT services to businesses and governments in Central Florida and beyond. With data centers strategically located beyond coastal flood zones, DSM provides secure, reliable hosting as well as virtual disaster recovery, virtual IT solutions (vITs), cloud solutions and IT consulting. DSM is a Gold Certified Microsoft consulting firm with consultants who also hold certifications from Cisco and VMware.
Robinson believes a partnership with Florida Poly will help further innovation and grow Florida’s economy.
“DSM Technology Consultants is proud to ‘Be The Next,’ in what I am certain will be a long list of Florida Polytechnic industry partners,” Robinson said. “I am a firm believer in STEM learning. Collaboration and applied knowledge are the cornerstones to creating a new hub of innovation along the Florida High Tech Corridor. We are excited about helping provide various opportunities to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges.”
Welldyne, which has its Southeast offices based in Lakeland, is an industry-leading provider of health and wellness solutions with services that range from comprehensive benefits coverage to assistance finding advanced health products. “At WellDyne, we operate with passion, innovation and a deep respect for seeing health care differently. In our work we harness the true power of technology within a new and exciting health paradigm to deliver better results, lower costs and, most importantly, ensure people live longer, healthier and happier lives,” said Damien Lamendola, President and CEO of WellDyne.
The company’s network of eight affiliates includes NetCard Systems, an advanced technology system that manages a network of more than 65,000 retail pharmacies nationwide, and WellMation, a cutting-edge health and wellness technology that allows members to fill prescriptions from an automated kiosk.
Lamendola sees the benefits of Florida Poly’s focus on developing high-tech science education that matches industry needs.
“WellDyne believes the mission of Florida Polytechnic University, and its core values around innovation and advancement of next generation technology, aligns well with our own, and we are excited about the possibilities our partnership may yield for WellDyne, the University and our greater community,” Lamendola said.
Florida Poly Chief Operating Officer Ava L. Parker welcomed the new industry partnerships with the University. “The interest and enthusiasm shown by high-tech industry partners like DSM and Welldyne underscore the possibilities these alliances present for our STEM students, Florida Poly and the Florida economy as a whole,” Parker said.
By providing internship opportunities, sharing industry analysis, informing curriculum development and promoting joint research and teaching projects, industry partners support Florida Poly’s mission to provide students with the skills, training and in-depth knowledge needed to succeed in the competitive technology workforce and to emerge as industry leaders
“Our growing network of industry partners are key to our ability to stay ahead of the rapidly changing technology marketplace and to create programs that align with industry needs,” said Sean Malott, Florida Poly’s Director of Strategic Business and Education Partnerships.
The University’s newest industry partners include:
- 352 Media Group, a digital agency creating websites, software and optimized marketing campaigns.
- BRPH, a global engineering design, architecture and construction services firm.
- CNP, combining creativity and technology for web development, mobile websites and apps, online advertising, management and SEO.
- Greenovative Homes, which engineers superior insulation technology in homebuilding to create energy efficiency and a smaller carbon footprint.
- GreenTechnologies, applying science and engineering to develop environmentally sound lawn and landscape solutions using renewable resources for personal, commercial and public use.
- Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, a commercial service airport with the latest network and computer infrastructure for serving air traffic in Central Florida.
- Sparxoo, which emphasizes interactive experiences and product innovations to reinvent brands in the digital marketplace.
- ASI Chemical, distributing and manufacuring auto and marine care products internationally.