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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.”

Florida Poly graduate to help advance new space frontier with NASA internship

Florida Poly Grad gets NASA Scholarship

Shooting for the stars has never intimidated James Mavo. The mechanical engineer graduated from Florida Polytechnic University in the fall of 2018, and when looking for a job, the sky had no limits. Literally. “I thought, why not try NASA? I always wanted to work with great minds,” said Mavo, who is from West Palm Beach, Florida.

NATO grant fueling Florida Poly research aimed at better radiation detection at nuclear sites

Faculty and student research at Florida Polytechnic University

A group of Florida Polytechnic University students and a faculty member are working on research funded by a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) grant aimed at streamlining the manufacturing and efficiency of handheld radiation detectors, which could be used at nuclear sites as well as for border patrol.

Florida Poly takes part in unique national conference

Two students Florida Poly students and faculty stand in front of Google sign.

A Florida Polytechnic University contingent recently traveled to California to participate in the American Physical Society Bridge Program and National Mentoring Community (APS-BP-NMC) Conference.  Dr. Sesha Srinivasan, assistant professor of physics, accompanied students Mc Ben Joe Charles and Dominic Dodson to the conference, which was hosted jointly by Google and Stanford University. Charles, a junior […]

Rube Goldberg machines open doors to problem-solving at Florida Poly

Four Florida Poly students test their Rube Goldberg machine

Playing cards, dominoes, marbles, soda cans, and even a robotic vacuum cleaner played a key role as Florida Polytechnic University’s students tested the Rube Goldberg machines they created. These items are not often seen in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) class, but they fill several classrooms at the university’s Innovation, Science, and Technology […]

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.

Capstone design program pairs students with dozens of regional companies in year-long projects

Dr. Matt-Bohm

One of the many ways Florida Polytechnic University fulfills its mission – to serve students and industry through excellence in education, discovery, and the application of engineering and applied sciences – is through its senior capstone design program.

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.

Fulbright program taking off at Florida Poly

Fulbright Scholarship

A pair of Florida Polytechnic University students are headed to Canada as part of the university’s partnership with Fulbright Canada. Bobby Acacio (left) will study abroad this fall at the University of Victoria while Ecieno Carmona will head to the University of Alberta in the spring.

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 […]

Undergraduate research opens doors to prestigious opportunity

Dr. Green with student

Valinteshley Pierre is headed to the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences this summer, where he’ll join a select group of students nationwide taking part in its prestigious internship program. Since coming to Florida Polytechnic University in 2015, he has taken advantage of every opportunity available to collaborate with professors on research projects.

Laura Wemple: Going back to get ahead

Laura Wemple

Laura Wemple came to Florida Polytechnic University as a non-traditional student. She already had two associate degrees – one in business and the other in chemical engineering and biology. After working for a few years, Wemple, 35, says she realized that a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degree would go a long way. Once […]

Danya Rubio: Local student has a big career ahead of her working with little things

Danya Rubio will begin her career as an engineer with Sofidel, the nation’s second largest tissue paper distributor located in nearby Haines City.

Florida Polytechnic University senior Danya Rubio has certainly made the most of the past four years. After she graduates on May 4, the Auburndale, Florida, native won’t have far to go to start her life as a professional working in the high-tech world. Rubio will begin her career as an engineer with Sofidel, the nation’s second largest tissue paper distributor located in nearby Haines City, Florida.

Florida Poly students spend spring break interning at Kissimmee company

Florida Poly seniors (l-r) Ashley Rogers, Anthony Vozza, Jordan Ponce and Jose Placeres spent their spring break interning at BRIDG.

Several Florida Polytechnic University students had the opportunity to take part in an intensive five-day internship during spring break aimed at providing critical hands-on research and application experience. The internship was offered by BRIDG, a nonprofit, industry-led public-private partnership for advanced sensors, semiconductors, photonics and other advanced nanoscale systems, located at the NeoCity technology district […]

Calvin Ingram: Unafraid of the unknown

For Calvin Ingram, a mechanical engineering senior at Florida Polytechnic University, the idea of beginning his college experience as part of the university’s inaugural graduating class was one emotion only: excitement.

A new beginning can bring about a range of emotions-happiness, anticipation, confidence, optimism, curiosity. For Calvin Ingram, a mechanical engineering senior at Florida Polytechnic University, the idea of beginning his college experience as part of the university’s inaugural graduating class was one emotion only: excitement.

Kirsten Benjamin: Meet your freshman boss

Now, a junior, Kirsten Benjamin is looking forward to her last year at Florida Poly. Benjamin said she already has several job offers waiting for her when she finishes her degree in mechanical engineering.

At 19, Kirsten Benjamin found herself with her hands full and dealing with exciting responsibilities she never saw coming. She was just a freshman at Florida Polytechnic University, yet she was already hiring employees for a high-tech project. Benjamin successfully completed an internship with the Boston tech company VisitDays, where she learned new program languages, […]

Marine Sergeant rediscovers passion for engineering at Florida Poly

David Dure

David Duré walks the hallways of Florida Polytechnic University like a man on a mission. And at age 30, his career mission is very clear: to become an aerospace military contractor. The Marine veteran will graduate from Florida Poly in December 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. This summer he’ll intern with Goldman […]

Florida Poly holds its biggest Career Internship Fair to date

  Florida Polytechnic University welcomed a record number of companies for its third annual Career and Internship Fair held on Tuesday, Feb. 20. A total of 50 employers participated in the event this year, up from 26 in 2017 and 13 companies in 2016. Over 350 students took advantage of the opportunity and attended the […]