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Honoring family while building a different future

Senior Andres Regalado is leading a student project to build a 3D printer from scratch in the Rapid Application Development (RAD) MakerSpace lab at Florida Polytechnic University.

Florida Polytechnic University senior Andres Regalado is following in his father’s footsteps, though he’s doing it in his own determined way. “Dad did a little bit of everything,” Regalado said of his retired father, who moved the family from Guanajuato, Mexico, to Lehigh Acres, Florida when Regalado was 8.

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.

Driven by ambition, refueled by culture

Ecuadorian native Luis Sotomayor is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at Florida Polytechnic University. He just completed an internship in which he built a wireless robot designed to smoothen concrete in small areas at construction sites.

Florida Polytechnic University student Luis Sotomayor is starting his senior year feeling recharged. He just came back from his annual summer trip to his native Ecuador to visit his extended family.

Florida Poly sophomore on a mission to help space travel

Mechanical engineering major Elise Araiza shows a model of Lucy, a planned NASA space probe that will travel to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids to collect data and images.

Elise Araiza traces her family’s roots to Mexico, Brazil, and Spain, and she’s mindful of the opportunities she has that her parents and grandparents did not. “That’s why I wanted to challenge myself here at Florida Poly with a mechanical engineering major,” said Araiza, a sophomore at Florida Polytechnic University.

From psychology to STEM; the road to finding her true self

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Helping others has always been a priority for Florida Polytechnic University student Esme Vázquez. It’s a lesson she learned from the most important woman in her life: her mother.

Latin American Student Association; Where culture meets fun

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Do you enjoy salsa, the one you eat and the one you dance? Does the game of dominó intrigue you as a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) challenge? Does reggaeton music make your body move? If so, then Florida Poly has the perfect club for you.

Success without barriers

Dr. Luis Jaimes

A classroom full of Florida Polytechnic University students fills Dr. Luis Jaimes with joy. The computer science professor finds satisfaction in teaching his favorite course, Machine Learning, as he shares some of the knowledge that has brought him admirable success.

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.

Against all odds, driven to be the exception

Hispanic Heritage Month Kevin Ordonez

As a new state university focused exclusively on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Florida Poly seemed like the perfect fit for senior Kevin Ordoñez’s high-tech ambitions. Ordoñez became a part of the inaugural group of students who came to the university in 2014. Suddenly, he found plenty of motivation around him. 

Three values and a baby; the makings of this mechanical engineer

Hispanic Heritage Month

Alieth Rodríguez walks the hallways of Florida Polytechnic University knowing she’s different than the students around her. She’s a female studying mechanical engineering, Latina, and in her thirties. There’s also nothing common about the baby stroller she pushes from class to class.