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From psychology to STEM; the road to finding her true self

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Helping others has always been a priority for Florida Polytechnic University student Esme Vázquez. It’s a lesson she learned from the most important woman in her life: her mother.

Latin American Student Association; Where culture meets fun

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Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Do you enjoy salsa, the one you eat and the one you dance? Does the game of dominó intrigue you as a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) challenge? Does reggaeton music […]

Florida Poly celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month

Diversity at Florida Poly

October can be a very busy month, full of celebrations to recognize community sectors and to create awareness around issues impacting our society. Hispanic Heritage Month, Cyber Security Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month are all observed in October, as well as LGBTQ+ History Month.

Success without barriers

Dr. Luis Jaimes

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. A classroom full of Florida Polytechnic University students fills Dr. Luis Jaimes with joy. The computer science professor finds satisfaction in teaching his favorite course, Machine Learning, as he shares some of the […]

Florida Poly 2.0: A new vision for excellence

Strategic Plan

Florida Polytechnic University officially released Florida Poly 2.0, its blueprint for the future of the University consisting of a five-year strategic plan and the vision for a robust research park adjacent to campus. Titled “Advancing to Excellence,” the strategic plan outlines the academic and economic goals the University will work to attain by the year 2023.

The force is strong with students at Florida Poly

Florida Poly The Force Institute

Bringing her lightsaber to class is a common occurrence for Celeste Ramirez. The computer science junior is one of the first members of The Force Institute, a club created in the spring of 2017 inspired by the Star Wars saga and the Jedi philosophy.

3D pen donation provides high-tech solution

3D Pens donated to Florida Poly

Thanks to a donation from local e-commerce entrepreneur Josh Ray, hundreds of Florida Polytechnic University students now have access to 3D pens. The pens, which have been allocated to several labs on campus including the physics lab, circuits lab, and 3D printing lab allow users to create three-dimensional shapes from the thin trail of molten plastic that oozes from the tip of the pen and hardens instantly.

Sharing the joy of piñatas; a Hispanic tradition

Hispanic Heritage Month

Florida Polytechnic University students are often busy building robots, Rube Goldberg machines, algorithms or various types of self-driving vehicles. However, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, they took a break from the lab and put their brains to work building piñatas.

Cutting-edge research at Florida Poly aims to save babies’ lives

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Faculty and student researchers at Florida Polytechnic University are developing a breakthrough method that would result in more accurate maternal and fetal electro-cardiogram (ECG) signals, so that babies can be properly treated for cardiac defects diagnosed before birth.

Against all odds, driven to be the exception

Hispanic Heritage Month Kevin Ordonez

As a new state university focused exclusively on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Florida Poly seemed like the perfect fit for senior Kevin Ordoñez’s high-tech ambitions. Ordoñez became a part of the inaugural group of students who came to the university in 2014. Suddenly, he found plenty of motivation around him. 

Build, learn, give: the principles of Florida Poly Purple Fire Robotics Club

Florida Poly Purple Fire Robotics Club

Florida Poly’s Purple Fire Robotics Club is one of the largest student organizations on campus with approximately 45 active members. They’re all inspired by robots, but students don’t have to be experts in robotics to join the club. Joseph Patullo, a sophomore in computer engineering and vice president of the club, said while many students are fascinated by robots, they feel intimidated to join because they’ve never built one. So, learning becomes the engine that makes the Purple Fire Robotics Club successful.

Florida Polytechnic University establishes Advanced Mobility Institute

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Florida Polytechnic University announced the creation of its Advanced Mobility Institute (AMI), a university-affiliated technology research center focused on the development and testing of autonomous vehicle (AV) related technology. AMI is not only unique to the state, but also one of the largest university centers specialized on the narrow area of testing and verification of AV technology in the country.

Three values and a baby; the makings of this mechanical engineer

Hispanic Heritage Month

Alieth Rodríguez walks the hallways of Florida Polytechnic University knowing she’s different than the students around her. She’s a female studying mechanical engineering, Latina, and in her thirties. There’s also nothing common about the baby stroller she pushes from class to class.

Orlando Tech Association and Orlando Magic host Florida Poly

At the request of the Orlando Regional Tech Association, Florida Polytechnic University President Randy K. Avent had the opportunity to share with area leaders the importance of partnering with the university. The Orlando Magic provided the venue by opening up its Innovation Lab at its corporate headquarters for the August 2018 event. Avent touched upon […]

Florida Poly Foundation announces new board members

New Foundation Board Members

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation announces the appointment of four new board members. Phillipa Greenberg, Jack Harrell, III, Michael B. Lawley, and Marlene O’Toole bring solid industry, entrepreneurial and technological expertise to its Board of Directors. Phillipa Greenberg is an early pioneer in commercializing computation. In 2016, she founded Next Machine, a […]

Photos: Annual event connects students with community resources

Community Resource Fair

At Florida Poly, college life is about much more than going to class and studying for exams. Students are encouraged to get involved on campus, and in the community to make the most of their college experience. A well-rounded college experience also includes getting involved with on-campus clubs and organizations and investing in the community […]

An ‘ultimate’ Florida Poly experience

Ultimate Frisbee Team

At this years’ “Club Row” event, going on today and tomorrow, Sept. 12 and 13, more than 40 clubs have displays set up to showcase the way fellow students can participate. One of the clubs participating in the ongoing event is the Florida Poly Ultimate Frisbee Club — otherwise known as the “Florida Poly Mutants.”

Top Tampa tech company strengthens connection with Florida Poly

Jack Berlin CEO Accusoft

Accusoft, a leading document and imaging software company based in Tampa, Florida, has solidified its partnership with Florida Polytechnic University through a gift of an endowed scholarship to help talented students with a financial need to pursue their dreams of a high-tech career. “I tell people all the time the most exciting thing to happen to the tech community in this area is Florida Poly, and I’ve said that at meetings and will continue to say that,” said Jack Berlin, Accusoft’s founder and chief executive officer.

Florida Poly students showcase their work at regional technology conference

For the first time, students from Florida Polytechnic University showcased their creations at the fourth annual OrlandoiX conference, on Aug. 17-18 in Winter Park, Florida. The event is billed as the Southeast’s largest gathering of creators in virtual and augmented reality, video games, and digital entertainment. It has also drawn industry giants such as Microsoft, […]

A look back at Purple Fire Week

Florida Polytechnic University students celebrated the first full week of classes with Purple Fire Week from Aug. 25 -30. The annual five-day spirit-themed event included a number of activities aimed at bringing together new and returning students as they immerse themselves in college life.

Top 5 things to enjoy in Lakeland as a college student

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The new academic year is finally here! The excitement of new challenges fills the air as hundreds of new students arrive on campus to get their college life started. There will be plenty of study time, research projects, clubs, and student meetings in between classes. But as busy as college days may be, there should […]

Already a pilot, Florida Poly freshman now a Phoenix

Florida Poly Freshman

In less than a year, the Florida Polytechnic University freshman has earned his pilot’s license, received a scholarship from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) Foundation to attend Florida Poly and started his undergraduate career. Rosamond joined about 400 other freshmen at Florida Poly as the fall 2018 semester began this past Wednesday.

Here it is. The official Florida Poly Mobile app.

Florida Poly Mobile

The wait is over. Florida Polytechnic University will launch its official Florida Poly Mobile app just in time for the start of a new academic year. The app is designed to provide students, faculty, staff, and the general community with everything they need to know about the university in the palm of their hand.

Florida Poly welcomes back students in its most internationally diverse year

Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, greets incoming students during Move-In Day, Sunday, Aug. 19.

Florida Polytechnic University is now home to students from 24 countries and five continents, making this year its most diverse international student body to date. They are part of around 400 students joining Florida Poly in this new academic year, looking to become part of the next generation of high-tech leaders. The countries include Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, China, and India, among many others.

Fulbright program taking off at Florida Poly

Fulbright Scholarship

A pair of Florida Polytechnic University students are headed to Canada as part of the university’s partnership with Fulbright Canada. Bobby Acacio (left) will study abroad this fall at the University of Victoria while Ecieno Carmona will head to the University of Alberta in the spring.