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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, […]

New liberal studies certificate to boost student success

Dr. Wylie Lenz, chair of the department of arts, humanities, and social sciences at Florida Polytechnic University, said he is excited the University is offering students a new applied liberal studies certificate. The certificate will provide students with a stronger base in communications, critical thinking, and other “soft skills” desired by employers.

Florida Polytechnic University is launching a new applied liberal studies certificate to augment its 100% STEM-focused degree programs and provide students with a means to gain the “soft skills” employers are after. Soft skills are defined as a combination of people skills, social and communication skills, as well as social and emotional intelligence, among others.

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.”

Florida Poly forges new partnerships with Caribbean nation

A delegation from the St. Lucia Ministry of Education visits with Florida Polytechnic University representatives to discuss opportunities for educational and professional partnerships on Oct. 3.

Opportunities for professional and educational collaboration took center stage recently during a visit from a St. Lucia Ministry of Education delegation to Florida Polytechnic University.

Speaker encourages students to innovate with purpose

Kevin Adams, chief operating officer of WaterBrick International, talks with Florida Polytechnic University students about the development and growth of his company, which produces durable, interlocking containers for water, food, and other storage needs. He was the featured guest at the University’s monthly Innovation Speaker Series.

The need for developing and recovering communities to have a safe, durable way to transport and store water without adding to a buildup of trash was the spark that led to the creation of WaterBrick International. The company produces durable, interlocking containers to store water, food, and other materials.

‘Community table’ builds friendships through food and conversation

Academic success coach Carolina Barrios created the community table to foster engagement within the Florida Polytechnic University community. The table inside the Wellness Center dining hall allows students to show they are open to having a conversation.

Students who want to meet new people, make friends, or just share something about their day now have an easy way to do it. A new “community table” inside the Wellness Center’s dining hall serves as an avenue for people to connect and start a conversation on campus. Freshman Kolby Dutcher is excited about the […]

Florida Poly generates $289 million in annual economic impact

Florida Polytechnic University creates more than $289 million in overall economic activity resulting from the school, according to a new study by renowned economist Dr. Rick Harper.

Florida Polytechnic University generates more than $289 million annually in overall economic activity resulting from the school, according to a new economic impact assessment by renowned Florida economist Dr. Rick Harper. This includes more than $161 million in gross domestic product (GDP) to the local and state economy each year. More than $72 million of this GDP impact occurs in Polk County.

Students help improve turtle rehab through 3D printing technology

Kim Titterington, founder of educational rescue and rehabilitation nonprofit group Swamp Girl Adventures, displays 3D-printed turtle shells provided by Florida Polytechnic University students. The shells were used to educate wildlife rehabilitators about ways to treat injured turtles and tortoises.

Despite the natural armor that protects Florida’s turtles and tortoises from injuries, the sturdy creatures are far from indestructible. Vehicles, other animals, and simple bad luck can cause cracks in their shells that if left untreated can mean death.

Florida Poly to boost autonomous vehicle research with new NSF funded simulation facility

Student research assistant James Holland works with assistant professor of electrical engineering Dr. Arman Sargolzaei on autonomous vehicle technology research. Florida Polytechnic University will have a new simulation facility for real-time testing of this technology, thanks to a new National Science Foundation grant.

Florida Polytechnic University will soon have a new simulation facility on campus dedicated to the testing and verification of autonomous vehicle technology in real-time. The National Science Foundation awarded the University a $350,000 grant that enables the development of a large-scale Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) simulation facility for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

Florida Poly employees thrive in job-improvement course

Florida Polytechnic University faculty and staff attend a Six Sigma Green Belt course to sharpen problem solving and process improvement skills.

When Zaira Medina-Rodriguez was given the opportunity to enroll in a professional development course that promised to not only improve her job performance, but also boost her resume and make her a better overall employee, she jumped at the idea. Florida Polytechnic University offers the Lean Six Sigma process improvement training certification courses to employees […]

Students embrace career opportunities at Florida Poly

Senior Osaki Pokima prepares himself for life after college by attending the many career events and opportunities Florida Polytechnic University offers its students throughout the academic year.

Senior Osaki Pokima is making sure he doesn’t miss out on making that one professional connection that could set the trajectory for his entire career. The Florida Polytechnic University computer science major has been attending University-hosted and supported career and internship events since his sophomore year as he works to network, learn, and plan for […]

Honoring family while building a different future

Senior Andres Regalado is leading a student project to build a 3D printer from scratch in the Rapid Application Development (RAD) MakerSpace lab at Florida Polytechnic University.

Florida Polytechnic University senior Andres Regalado is following in his father’s footsteps, though he’s doing it in his own determined way. “Dad did a little bit of everything,” Regalado said of his retired father, who moved the family from Guanajuato, Mexico, to Lehigh Acres, Florida when Regalado was 8.

Florida Poly Rotaract Club driven to aid Bahamas hurricane recovery

Florida Polytechnic University Rotaract Club members (from left), Maria Paula Gomez Jared Nurse; Troy Kelly, Sheldon Taylor, Vanessa Townsend, and Charisma Clarck are raising money for relief for the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

When Hurricane Dorian unleashed devastating winds and rain on the Bahamas on Sept. 1, members of Florida Polytechnic University’s Rotaract Club were shaken by the news. They immediately decided to help. “I’m originally from the Bahamas and I sat through many hurricanes growing up,” said Jared Nurse, a mechanical engineering junior with a concentration in […]

Florida Poly researcher targets next-generation cyber criminals

Karim Elish, assistant professor of computer science at Florida Polytechnic University, is lead author of a paper recently published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing about malware collusion in Android devices. He is working to identify ways to determine which seemingly innocuous apps become malicious when paired with others on a device.

The malicious Android apps of the future will truly be wolves in sheep’s clothing, according to Florida Polytechnic University researcher Karim Elish. He said the inevitable practice of malware collusion will see an app operating as advertised and harming nothing until a companion app is installed. The two will then work in tandem to hijack an Android device, steal data, or incur charges to the user.

Engineering her way to a bigger purpose

Light skinned female alumni holding an book.

Kelci Wilson ’19 feels lucky to be in a scenario she never expected: living by the beach, enjoying magnificent sunsets, and loving a job that enables her to help others. Only a day after walking at the Florida Polytechnic University Spring Commencement, Wilson began her high-tech career as a quality engineer for Arthrex, a global medical device company based in Naples, Florida.

First-generation opportunities fuel desire to help

Florida Polytechnic University admissions counselor and graduate student Karla Martinez travels throughout the state to help high school students decide whether the STEM-focused school is the right fit for them.

When Karla Martinez was only 7, her parents decided to leave their home in Hidalgo, Mexico, and settle in Lake Wales, Florida, to open their world to new opportunities. Martinez excelled in school and grew passionate about science and technology, but when it was time to start applying to universities, she was at a loss for where to begin.

Florida Poly’s entrepreneurship program receives international recognition

Justin Heacock, entrepreneurship coordinator at Florida Polytechnic University, is attending the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers annual event in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sept 27-28. The University’s entrepreneurship program is a finalist for an international award at the event.

Florida Polytechnic University’s entrepreneurship program was recognized internationally with its selection as a finalist by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). The program was selected for its work creating the Phoenix Nest, a pioneering software system designed to support students throughout the innovation process in universities, resulting in a new level of interdisciplinary support.

Florida Poly celebrates ABET accreditation achievement

The Florida Polytechnic University community celebrates the University’s recently achieved ABET accreditation on Sept. 25 at the Innovation, Science, and Technology building in Lakeland, Florida.

Florida Polytechnic University recognized its achievement of another major milestone in the University’s history on Sept. 25 with a fun and festive celebration.

Driven by ambition, refueled by culture

Ecuadorian native Luis Sotomayor is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at Florida Polytechnic University. He just completed an internship in which he built a wireless robot designed to smoothen concrete in small areas at construction sites.

Florida Polytechnic University student Luis Sotomayor is starting his senior year feeling recharged. He just came back from his annual summer trip to his native Ecuador to visit his extended family.

Purple Fire Robotics team battles for greatness

Purple Fire Robotics club member Bryan Garcia shows a combat robot the club has built. He is leading the design of a 250-pound combat robot the team hopes will secure a spot on the BattleBots television show.

With powerful steel arms designed to toss its opponent out of the ring and flames intended to intimidate and destroy, Phoenix, a 250-pound combat robot, could put Florida Polytechnic University on the map for competitive battle robotics.

Florida Poly stands together against hazing

The Purple Hands Don’t Haze photo project will encourage students, faculty, and staff to wear purple gloves and show their commitment to stand against hazing at Florida Polytechnic University. National Hazing Prevention Week is Sept. 23-27.

Joining a University club is an experience that typically comes with connection, camaraderie, and common purpose. Beginning on Sept. 23, Florida Polytechnic University will be reminding students that there’s one thing joining group membership should never include: hazing. “Students need to know that clubs are accepting people for who they are and that bullying and […]

Florida Poly sophomore on a mission to help space travel

Mechanical engineering major Elise Araiza shows a model of Lucy, a planned NASA space probe that will travel to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids to collect data and images.

Elise Araiza traces her family’s roots to Mexico, Brazil, and Spain, and she’s mindful of the opportunities she has that her parents and grandparents did not. “That’s why I wanted to challenge myself here at Florida Poly with a mechanical engineering major,” said Araiza, a sophomore at Florida Polytechnic University.

Florida Poly wins NSF grant to develop ethical identity in future STEM professionals

Light skinned female professor teaching in front of classroom with students.

Researchers at Florida Polytechnic University will work to support and strengthen the ethical identity of engineering students and future STEM professionals thanks to a new federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Service dog leads the way for Florida Poly junior

Light skinned female sitting next to golden retriever dog.

Hailey Skoglund walks with confidence these days through the Florida Polytechnic University campus. That wasn’t the case just a few months ago, but the business analytics major received the gift of freedom with her new best friend, Marli.