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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

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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

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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.

Florida Poly student chases million-dollar math dream

One female and one male stilling at a desk.

For 19 years, both novice and renowned mathematicians from all over the world have tried their hand at solving seven of mathematics’ most difficult problems, each of which comes with monumental bragging rights and a $1 million prize from the prestigious Clay Mathematics Institute. Only one of these problems, which collectively are known as the […]

Florida Poly grad ignites new career with Honeywell Aerospace

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The high-tech navigation systems used in military aircraft would be grounded without the hard work of systems engineers like Florida Polytechnic University graduate Bree Mann ’18. As part of her role at Honeywell Aerospace, she works to ensure the proper performance of complex navigation systems. “I really enjoy the hands-on testing aspect of my job […]

Florida Poly breaks ground on state-of-the-art research building

Florida Polytechnic University leadership and elected officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Applied Research Center on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The facility will be the second academic building on the University campus in Lakeland, Florida.

Florida Polytechnic University leaders and community and state officials gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Applied Research Center, a new iconic building on campus that will serve as a research hub for students, faculty, and high-tech industry in the region.

Florida Poly president named one of Florida’s most influential business leaders

Dr. Randy Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, has been named to the Florida 500 list by Florida Trend magazine. The list recognizes the state’s most influential executives.

Dr. Randy Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, is one of Florida’s most influential business leaders, according to Florida Trend’s Florida 500 list. The magazine just released its annual list recognizing the most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state.

New vice president of advancement ready for success at Florida Poly

Kathy Bowman is Florida Polytechnic University’s new vice president of advancement. She comes to campus from Purdue University, where she was chief development officer for the Krannert School of Management.

When Kathleen “Kathy” Bowman became chief development officer of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, the school’s development team was bringing in an average of $4 million per year over a five-year period. When she left the position of five years last month to become Florida Polytechnic University’s new […]

Big research on tiny technology takes Florida Poly crew to global symposium

Dr. Muhammad Ullah, mechanical engineering major Johnathan Bacharach, and Dr. Emad Fouad worked together on research presented this month at the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 62nd Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in Dallas, Texas.

In the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology, there is an ever-present need for the next generation of energy-efficient, high-performance components to advance the limits of possibility. Two Florida Polytechnic University faculty members and their student research assistant focused their study on this area and presented it at a global symposium of the Institute of Electrical and […]

Building businesses through international partnerships

Dozens of executives from Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Costa Rica tour the Florida Polytechnic University campus in Lakeland, Florida, on Aug. 30. The visit was part of Experiencia Set, an initiative designed to help business leaders gain skills to strengthen their operations.

A stop at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, capped off a week of intense business education for a group of executives from Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Uruguay. The nearly 50 business leaders were participants in Experiencia Set, an educational initiative that partnered with The Walt Disney Company to provide a close-up look at […]

Hurricane Dorian Updates

This page is being updated as information becomes available.   Student support and Bahamian relief efforts Updated September 4, 2:30 p.m. As we consider how fortunate we are that Hurricane Dorian did not have a direct impact on our immediate area, we must also remember that this storm has devastated the Bahamas and is currently moving […]