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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 […]

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.

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.

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.

Florida Poly research to help citrus industry with faster, cheaper greening detection

Florida Poly professor and student looking over research at computer.

Florida Poly researchers have developed a new cutting-edge technology that aims to simplify and make more affordable the detection of citrus greening in groves throughout Florida and beyond. “Citrus greening has posed a terrible threat to crops locally and worldwide as it has no cure,” said Dr. Muhammad R. Abid, assistant professor of computer science and lead researcher.

Dozens of math whizzes compete at Florida Poly’s Integral Bee

Integral Bee Winners

Florida Polytechnic University celebrated its third Integral Bee, an annual contest to determine who is the fastest at solving math problems known as integrals. The event has become a tradition at the University with the purpose of making mathematics more approachable and enjoyable to students.

Florida Poly Career and Internship Fair reaches new heights

Florida Poly Career and Internship Fair in IST commons

Florida Polytechnic University hosted its Career and Internship Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at its Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. More than 50 companies were on hand recruiting students for internships as well as career positions. The turnout of prospective employers set a new high for the annual event.

Florida Poly students take part in advanced technology conference

Logentix-Synapse

Nathan Brown ’18, left, Joshua Rentrope ’18, center, and Mosche Acevedo, senior, presented the app Janus, which is part of a start-up by Rentrope. The Florida Polytechnic University trio were showing off the app at 2019 Synapse Summit, held Jan. 23-24, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Native Brazilian student shares experiences studying abroad at Florida Poly

Florida Poly female student outside of wellness center.

Editor’s Note: In recognition of International Education Week 2018 (Nov. 12-16), this story is part of a series of stories highlighting international students at Florida Poly. Bianca Silva ’21 is a computer engineering major from Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil. Belo Horizonte, which means “Beautiful Horizon” in Brazilian Portuguese, is the capital city of southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. Why […]

Students developing innovative ways to improve mental health

Florida Polytechnic University students are developing high-tech solutions they hope will provide others with a unique way to cope with anxiety and depression, and three of their projects were finalists at the recent statewide Florida Blue Health Innovation Competition in Orlando.

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

ECG Research Florida Poly

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.

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.

Esteban Segarra awarded prestigious fellowship

Esteban Segarra will spend his summer working alongside scientists and engineers in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's engineering lab in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Esteban Segarra is one of less than 200 students across the nation to receive a 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He will work at the organization’s Engineering Lab in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with NIST scientists and engineers on projects related to robotics and artificial intelligence.

Sinead Fernandes: A leader breaking barriers

When Sinead Fernandes walks into her Digital Logic Design class at Florida Polytechnic University, she finally feels like she belongs. She is no longer seen as the techie foreign girl she remembers from middle school-but a bright student leader with a remarkable future. Fernandes excels not only academically, but she is also a leader on […]

Ant Inspiration Nets $20K NASA Grant

A tiny ant was the inspiration behind an idea that landed a Florida Polytechnic University Junior a $20,000 grant from NASA. The grant from the Florida Space Research Program provides Esteban Segarra and faculty advisor Dr. Bradford Towle the resources to explore autonomous capabilities for robots exploring the surface of Mars.  Esteban hit upon the […]

Physics Meets Engineering for Student Eclipse Experiment

Florida Poly students

  “Downtime” isn’t a word in the vocabulary of most Florida Polytechnic University students. That was certainly the case with Damon Plyler, Nick Fauble and Blake Taunton, three students who found themselves with two empty weeks after wrapping up summer classes. Instead of taking it easy, the trio dove headfirst into a project to launch […]