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One Florida Poly Against Cancer spreads message of awareness

Group of male and female students underneath a Florida Poly tent in a park.

The knowledge that cancer eventually touches everyone in some way drives a group of Florida Polytechnic University students to do all they can to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. “One of my friends passed away from cancer so I wanted to start this organization to bring light to the disease and help […]

Alum finds tech success with $120K Facebook partnership

Light skinned male sitting behind a computer.

For Andre Ripley ’19, Facebook provides much more than a way to stay connected to friends and family. The social media and technology company is giving him a chance at a lucrative career and success as a tech entrepreneur. Ripley, who graduated from Florida Polytechnic University with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, was awarded […]

PhoenixHacks takes innovation to new heights at Florida Poly

Judges learn about one of the student-created projects during PhoenixHacks, a hackathon that challenged Florida Polytechnic University students to create a software or hardware project in 24 hours.

The results of 24 hours of ingenuity, innovation, and hard work were on display after a fun and challenging hackathon competition on Jan. 26 at the Florida Polytechnic University Campus. The PhoenixHacks event brought together students from different disciplines, backgrounds, and skill levels to show off their technological know-how and build a software or hardware […]

Hate lovebugs? Florida Poly students work to make them less of a nuisance

Two male student working on a research project.

Driving down Florida’s highways during lovebug season can be irritating, distracting, and even dangerous. Swarms of the insects can engulf vehicles, rapidly leading to poor visibility once they hit the windshield. A team of Florida Polytechnic University students is developing a device for the company Omni Pressure Cleaning that will quickly clean vehicles of lovebug […]

“Crazy idea” leads Florida Poly students to take on the technology services market

Group of students looking at a computer.

A group of Florida Polytechnic University students has found work with a great company that offers hands-on experience, flexible hours, fun co-workers, and the kind of boss most people only dream of – themselves. Madd Technologies LLC, which stemmed from an idea friends had late one night, is a technology start-up helmed by Florida Poly […]

Ping-pong dreams and brotherly love fuel Phoenix’s creativity

Light skinned male student standing next to ping pong machine.

Florida Polytechnic University student Joseph Patullo and his younger brother, Paul, spent many evenings in their Hollywood, Florida, home going head to head in friendly ping-pong matches over the years. That inevitably changed a couple of years ago. “Once I came to college, he had no one to play with and was kind of bummed […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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

Light skinned male outside with green polo shirt and purple bandana around his head.

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 Polytechnic University student Jonathan Gan is using his computer engineering skills this summer at Accusoft, a leading software company in Tampa, Florida, where he’s pursuing a three-month 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 […]