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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.

Students find their place at Club Row

Students connected with nearly 40 clubs and organizations this week during Club Row, an annual event showcasing opportunities for students to get involved at Florida Polytechnic University.

Francisco Guerrero walked away from Club Row, an annual club membership event, with more connections than he knew what to do with. “I want to better myself and get more involved here than I was in high school,” said Guerrero, a freshman computer science major from West Palm Beach, Florida. “This is really nice because […]

Freshmen start on right foot with tips from experienced Phoenixes

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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 […]

Proud Phoenix delivers ‘magic’ and ‘happiness’ through data engineering

Right after graduating from Florida Polytechnic University in May 2018, Andre Goode launched his high-tech career as an associate software engineer for The Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles.

Andre Goode ’18 gets to wake up every morning and go to work at a place most people only dream of visiting. It is the place where magic happens. Disney magic, that is. “One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a Disney technologist is being able to see the fruit of my own labor,” Goode said in a telephone interview from Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles.

Phoenixes reconnect at Florida Poly alumni event

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Even though graduation was just a few months ago, Nicolo Aimino ’19 tries to maintain a close connection with his alma mater and the friends he made during his years at Florida Polytechnic University. “You want to make sure not only that you did well while you were going to the university, but the university […]

Get Ignited orientation welcomes newest Phoenixes

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A morning scavenger hunt, fun games, and informative sessions about life at Florida Polytechnic University welcomed about 100 incoming freshmen to campus on Monday during the first pre-orientation session of the fall semester.

Destination Aviation Camp fuels up on knowledge at Florida Poly

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Future aviators and engineers received a close-up look at Florida Polytechnic University this week as part of a program designed to fuel their budding interest in aviation and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.

Florida Poly junior devotes summer to improving airline entertainment

Next time Florida Polytechnic University junior Lindsey Gerberich boards a plane, she may feel satisfaction knowing she played a role in the Wi-Fi service she’ll connect to, the payment service she’ll use, and the movie she’ll watch during the flight.

Q&A: Max Cowan turns curiosity and dedication into opportunity of a lifetime

Ohio native Max Cowan ’19 came to Florida Poly ready to tackle new challenges and expand his critical thinking. As he pursued a computer science degree with a concentration in cybersecurity, Max discovered new interests in building autonomous systems and machine learning. He interned as a cybersecurity analyst at Phacil, Inc. in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and later fulfilled another internship at Amazon Web Services in Seattle, Washington.

Q&A: Austin Lubetkin’s developing software that changes lives

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Computer Science major Austin Lubetkin ‘19 isn’t the average college student. He’s also an inventor, accomplished artist, entrepreneur, and activist. Lubetkin who is from Boca Raton, Florida has a passion for developing technology that improves the lives of people with disabilities.

Q&A: Alison Hart follows passion for a challenge into the world of cybersecurity

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Auburndale, Florida native Alison Hart ’19 has always had a passion for cybersecurity. Hart, who is majoring in computer science with a concentration in cybersecurity, is a lifelong learner who has excelled at Florida Polytechnic University as a programing teaching assistant, Presidential Ambassador, and is currently working as an information technology contractor at Badcock Home Furniture & More.