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‘Community table’ builds friendships through food and conversation

Academic success coach Carolina Barrios created the community table to foster engagement within the Florida Polytechnic University community. The table inside the Wellness Center dining hall allows students to show they are open to having a conversation.

Students who want to meet new people, make friends, or just share something about their day now have an easy way to do it. A new “community table” inside the Wellness Center’s dining hall serves as an avenue for people to connect and start a conversation on campus. Freshman Kolby Dutcher is excited about the […]

Students help improve turtle rehab through 3D printing technology

Kim Titterington, founder of educational rescue and rehabilitation nonprofit group Swamp Girl Adventures, displays 3D-printed turtle shells provided by Florida Polytechnic University students. The shells were used to educate wildlife rehabilitators about ways to treat injured turtles and tortoises.

Despite the natural armor that protects Florida’s turtles and tortoises from injuries, the sturdy creatures are far from indestructible. Vehicles, other animals, and simple bad luck can cause cracks in their shells that if left untreated can mean death.

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.

Florida Poly Rotaract Club driven to aid Bahamas hurricane recovery

Florida Polytechnic University Rotaract Club members (from left), Maria Paula Gomez Jared Nurse; Troy Kelly, Sheldon Taylor, Vanessa Townsend, and Charisma Clarck are raising money for relief for the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

When Hurricane Dorian unleashed devastating winds and rain on the Bahamas on Sept. 1, members of Florida Polytechnic University’s Rotaract Club were shaken by the news. They immediately decided to help. “I’m originally from the Bahamas and I sat through many hurricanes growing up,” said Jared Nurse, a mechanical engineering junior with a concentration in […]

Engineering her way to a bigger purpose

Light skinned female alumni holding an book.

Kelci Wilson ’19 feels lucky to be in a scenario she never expected: living by the beach, enjoying magnificent sunsets, and loving a job that enables her to help others. Only a day after walking at the Florida Polytechnic University Spring Commencement, Wilson began her high-tech career as a quality engineer for Arthrex, a global medical device company based in Naples, Florida.

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.

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.

Florida Poly student chases million-dollar math dream

Light skinned male student writing math equation on a white board.

For 19 years, both novice and renowned mathematicians from all over the world have tried their hand at solving seven of mathematics’ most difficult problems, each of which comes with monumental bragging rights and a $1 million prize from the prestigious Clay Mathematics Institute. Only one of these problems, which collectively are known as the […]

Florida Poly grad ignites new career with Honeywell Aerospace

Light skinned women standing infront of Honeywell business sign

The high-tech navigation systems used in military aircraft would be grounded without the hard work of systems engineers like Florida Polytechnic University graduate Bree Mann ’18. As part of her role at Honeywell Aerospace, she works to ensure the proper performance of complex navigation systems. “I really enjoy the hands-on testing aspect of my job […]

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 […]

New SGA president fired up for upcoming academic year

Ryan Perez has a vision for the perfect student experience at Florida Polytechnic University. He wants to make sure every student feels connected, supported, and part of the vibrant university community. And he wants them to have a great time while they’re at it.

Phoenixes reconnect at Florida Poly alumni event

Florida Polytechnic University alumni laugh during an alumni event at the Poor Porker in downtown Lakeland, Florida on July 20.

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 […]

Powering the future through a passion for engineering

Florida Poly student interning at Siemens.

A summer internship at Siemens in Orlando has become one of the most powerful educational motivators of Florida Polytechnic University senior Kelsey Marin’s life. “I love this experience. It’s amazing,” Marin said. “I love being surrounded by engineers and everyone is super intelligent. Every day, every hour I’ve been learning something new.”

Destination Aviation Camp fuels up on knowledge at Florida Poly

Florida Poly student teaching at summer camp.

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.

Women at Florida Poly changing the face of modern engineering

Two women at Florida Poly campus.

On June 23, International Women in Engineering Day will celebrate the achievements of women in the field and encourage more females to enter engineering and related areas. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Transform the Future,” a goal female students and faculty at Florida Polytechnic University work toward every day in the traditionally male-dominated field.

Florida Poly Rotaract Club strives to serve others above self

Dorian Gray had never heard of the Rotaract Club when he began his journey at Florida Polytechnic University in 2016, coming from his native Bahamas. All he knew was that he wanted to focus not only on his classes, but also on his new environment and get involved in the community he now called home.

Rocket dreams come true for Florida Poly junior

Florida Poly student in front of lab top computer.

Geoffrey Doback has no doubts of where he wants his career ambitions to take him. The Florida Polytechnic University student has been captivated by aviation and the so-called next frontier ever since he was a young boy.

Q&A: Payton Barnwell reaches for the stars, literally

Payton Barnwell’s ’19 true fascination with space led her to stellar opportunities in the aerospace industry while at Florida Poly. The mechanical engineering major from Tampa, Florida, was awarded the prestigious Brooke Owens Fellowship in 2018, which enabled her to intern at Generation Orbit Launch Services in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Applying effective skills in impactful ways

Florida Poly senior standing infant of Wilson and Girgenti sign.

Florida Polytechnic University senior Hans Arndt has always had an engineering mindset. He’s always been interested in knowing the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of how things work. As an intern at Wilson & Girgenti, a mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering firm with offices in Tampa, Florida, Hans is able to get hands-on experience before he leaves the classroom.

Seeking challenges in pursuit of happiness

Female student standing outside Florida Poly building.

Florida Polytechnic University graduate student Maria Paula Gomez has been out of her comfort zone for a while, and that’s how she likes it. She left her loved ones behind in her native Argentina to take a leap of faith in herself for a better future. Gomez has family in Lakeland, Florida, and during one of her visits she found out that Florida Poly was accepting international students.

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.

Graduate student strives to achieve engineering dreams at Florida Poly

Taryn Jones Florida Poly IST commons

In no particular order, Taryn Jones is an engineer, a woman, and black. All are terms which describe what she is, but do not define her. “I want to be seen as an engineer, not necessarily as a black engineer who is also a woman,” said Jones, from Santa Teresa, New Mexico. “I’m just a person doing what I’m passionate about, and that happens to be engineering.”