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Florida Poly alum drives students to academic and career success

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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 Women’s History Month. The desire to be part of something bold and new drove Lindsey Schwemmin ’18 to join Florida Polytechnic University as part of its inaugural class of students in 2014. Her commitment […]

Emerging leader finds her voice at Florida Poly

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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 Black History Month. Senior Bria Smith arrived at Florida Polytechnic University from her native Bahamas in 2016 knowing she wanted to build her future by studying computers, and nothing would get in her way. “I learned […]

Students celebrate at Florida Poly’s Degree Declaration Day

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Freshman Timothy Honeycutt strode up to a kiosk in the center of the Saddle Creek Logistics Commons on Feb. 24 to grab a cupcake and officially declare electrical engineering as his major during Florida Polytechnic University’s first Degree Declaration Day. For Honeycutt, the declaration was a long time coming. “I studied a bunch of circuit […]

Florida Poly students work to revolutionize palm tree trimming

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Pruning Florida’s towering palm trees is a tough, dangerous job, but a team of Florida Polytechnic University seniors is working to make the task faster, safer, and more cost effective. “From the ground, you have to be careful that the palm fronds don’t fall on you, and some have spines that can puncture you on […]

Student entrepreneurs wow industry at eMerge Americas Pitch Night

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Student entrepreneurs showed off their big ideas to a panel of Florida business leaders Feb. 10 during the first Florida Polytechnic University and eMerge Americas Startup Pitch Night in Lakeland, Florida, at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. Dorian Alberti, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, and River Anderson, a senior majoring in business analytics, […]

One Florida Poly Against Cancer spreads message of awareness

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Florida Poly alum spreads his wings at software engineering firm

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In the year since Sofiane Fellah received his bachelor’s degree at Florida Polytechnic University, he has begun building an enviable career on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. As a full-stack software engineer and artificial intelligence specialist for Image Matters LLC, Fellah is able to leverage his extensive technological skills while continually learning and growing in […]

Alum’s creativity combines art and tech

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The marriage of art and technology is shown in vivid detail in the work created by Florida Polytechnic University alumnus Austin Lubetkin ’19. His enthusiasm for both disciplines is evident in many of the projects he tackled during his final semester at the University this fall. These include stunning digital art on display in the […]

Florida Poly Foundation Board brings student and alumni to the table

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LAKELAND, Fla. – For the first time, students and alumni will have representation on the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board of Directors. Travis Hills ’19 and senior Ryan Perez are the new members of the Foundation Board after the University’s Board of Trustees confirmed the appointments on Wednesday, Dec. 11. “It is important that we […]

Computer science team works to improve surgeries at Lakeland hospital

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A team of computer science students is working to improve the way Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center keeps tabs on critical surgical equipment. Their actions will help keep costs down while making surgery safer. “We are making a vision-tracking system for surgical tray equipment so that we can take a tray of equipment, scan it, […]

Florida Poly senior expands horizons with Canadian Fulbright fellowship

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The road to a career in video game design and programming winds through snowy Canada for one Florida Polytechnic University senior. Celeste Ramirez is studying at the University of Western Ontario this semester through the Killam Fellowship Program, which is administered by Fulbright Canada. “One of the best things about the Fulbright Program is the […]

Florida Poly alum improves the lives of public safety officers

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The work Zachary Weingarten ’18 does every day makes the jobs of police officers, paramedics, and firefighters easier, safer, and more efficient. As a software engineer at Motorola Solutions in Plantation, Florida, Weingarten works to help determine how the company can use technology to improve these public safety professionals’ jobs. “We deliver end-to-end solutions for […]

Game on! Students display tech talent at Florida Poly Game Expo

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The videogame designers of the future brought their A-game to the Florida Polytechnic University campus on Nov. 21 for the semi-annual Game Expo. This was the largest Game Expo the University has hosted, with about 30 games on display from Florida Poly students taking the Game Design 1 and 2 classes. Students, faculty, staff, and […]

Art meets STEM at Florida Poly architecture design showcase

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Models of grand concert halls, intimate gazebos, and avant-garde pavilions showcased the artistic talent of their designers at Pavilion with a Purpose, a semi-annual student art and architecture show held on Nov. 19 at Florida Polytechnic University. The event was the culmination of a semester-long effort to research, create, and present a pavilion design as […]

Florida Poly capstone team to design next-generation planetary rover

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A team of Florida Poly students is charging head-on into the design and construction of a real planetary rover that one day could traverse the terrain of Mars, collecting samples and providing a close-up look at places that have always been a mystery.

Florida Poly students hack their way to victory

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Hackathons are a way of life at Florida Polytechnic University. Students at the University regularly compete in – and win – hackathons throughout the region, proving their problem-solving STEM skills time and again. Two groups of Florida Poly students recently took home top honors at hackathons in architecture design, and sports and entertainment. Hackathons task […]

Florida Poly students reflect on military service this Veterans Day

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The modern Florida Polytechnic University campus surrounded by sprawling farmland in Lakeland, Florida, is far removed from the submarines and military bases where one group of student veterans were stationed prior to enrollment.

Florida Poly students make connections through radio

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From the lawn outside the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, a group of Florida Polytechnic University students make contact and build connections with people across town, across the country, and around the world. Radio Frequency (RF), a committee of the Florida Poly chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is dedicated to bringing as many students as possible into the world of amateur radio.

Florida Poly student and movie buff shares best horror films for Halloween fright

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This Halloween, Florida Poly senior Robert White will be spending his night watching horror movies and hoping they scare the wits out of him. As something of a connoisseur of scary movies and movies in general, the films have a high bar to clear.

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 […]

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.

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 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.