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Florida Poly junior celebrates fatherhood while chasing engineering dreams

When Florida Polytechnic University junior Matthew McBride Jr. wakes up on Father’s Day this Sunday, he’ll be celebrated by two of his biggest – and smallest – supporters. His children, Pheenix, 8, and Lincoln, 2, will surely shower him with handmade crafts, giggles, and Father’s Day wishes before they and his wife, Amnesty McBride, hit the pool and launch a kite into the afternoon sunshine.

Future electrical engineer pursues Olympic dreams

Male Florida Poly student standing inside with medals.

Bruce Hicks has his eyes on Paris. The 2024 Summer Olympic Games, that is. This Florida Polytechnic University sophomore has been successfully competing in archery competitions across the state for more than five years. Now, he divides his energy between his goal of completing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and the dream of becoming an Olympic athlete.

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.

Making autonomous vehicles more secure, many attacks at a time

Male professor standing in classroom at Florida Poly.

Florida Poly researchers are using newly invented attacks to improve the security and resiliency of cyber-physical systems (CPS), such as autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and power systems.

Florida Poly students pitch Great Eight entrepreneurship ideas

Florida Poly student pitches project to panel of judges.

It was a tense afternoon of pitching innovative ideas to a panel of academic and industry experts at Florida Polytechnic University as the third annual Great Eight competition took place at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. The event mimics the popular television show “Shark Tank” where students present their concepts before a panel of judges, with the winner advancing to the prestigious statewide Governor’s Cup later this spring.

Community outreach that gives both ways

Florida Poly NSBE club student volunteer at STEM workshop

At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, half a dozen Florida Polytechnic University students found themselves at a different campus, laying out materials for younger students to use, hoping to ignite an interest in engineering and technology.

Not defined by labels, Florida Poly junior embraces opportunity to make a difference

Florida Poly student clapping at Presidential Ambassador Ceremony

Florida Poly junior Gabrielle Simms was raised in a place where opportunities to prosper are not abundant. And opportunities for women engineers are even fewer. “I grew up in a poor and tough neighborhood,” said Simms, from Nassau, Bahamas.

3D printing technology empowers Florida Poly students’ creativity

Four students in 3D printing lab at Florida Polytechnic University

When you walk into the Florida Polytechnic University 3D Printing Laboratory, you first notice the distinct humming sound that accompanies the state-of-the-art technology. It’s the sound of plastic filament feeding through a moving brass tip, where it is melted and turned into whatever component has been designed on a nearby computer. There’s been a lot […]

Florida Poly professor makes math meaningful for students

Florida Poly's assistant professor of mathematics Abigail Bowers in front of Innovation Science and Technology building.

Abigail Bowers knew at a young age she had a connection to math, and her passion for the power of math has not wavered. Bowers is in her third year as an assistant professor of mathematics at Florida Polytechnic University where she is committed to student success, enjoys the collaborative nature of the University and is motivated to show students the importance of math.

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.

Television show on autonomous vehicles to feature Florida Poly

Senior director of special projects, Dr. Rahul Razdan, was a guest on the latest “In Focus with Allison Walker Torres” television show, recorded on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Students find unprecedented success with entrepreneurial projects

Florida Poly Entrepreneurial Projects

Florida Polytechnic University students and aspiring entrepreneurs have had great success at state and local competitions with their innovative projects designed to bring high-tech solutions to real-world problems. Over the past two years, Florida Poly students won $30,000 for their projects. Florida Poly was also the only university to place in the top three spots […]

Florida Poly to launch its first rocket

Eric Chan (left), Patrick Mahoney (center) and Brent Collins are part of a six-member Florida Poly team called the Phoenix Flyers, which will compete in a statewide rocket launch competition sponsored by NASA’s Florida Space Grant Consortium.

For the first time, a group of Florida Polytechnic University students will launch a rocket as part of a statewide competition sponsored by NASA’s Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC). The launch date is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, in Bunnell, Florida. The team of six students, called the Phoenix Flyers, has been preparing intensively for this hybrid motor high powered rocket competition for several months through research, simulation, design and construction of the rocket.

Marshall Bassford: A twist of fate

Marshall Bassford, an electrical engineering major, is preparing to graduate as part of Florida Poly’s inaugural class and reflects back on an academic career he has certainly made the most of both on and off campus.

The day a Florida Polytechnic University admissions counselor visited Marshall Bassford’s high school changed the course of his entire future. A brilliant student, Bassford completed an associate’s degree in creative writing while still in high school and planned to continue as a writer once in college.

Florida Poly developing ‘Happy Suit’ for Astronauts

Faculty and students at Florida Polytechnic University are developing a critical component for the next generation of spacesuits that will not only make astronauts more comfortable and efficient, but will also keep them happy. Depression is a major problem in space, as astronauts can be adversely affected by factors like insufficient exercise, excessive exposure to […]

Student Blends Foreign Policy and STEM at Fulbright Canada

  Foreign policy melded with STEM when a Florida Polytechnic University student traveled to Canada for an exclusive program hosted by Fulbright Canada. Michael Jernigan was one of just 20 students selected from across the U.S. and Canada to participate in the Fulbright Canada Youth Institute on Canada in the World. The weeklong program in […]