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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.

From dream to reality: Florida Poly awards degrees to 220 future STEM industry leaders

2018 Florida Poly Commencement

Full of excitement and pride, 220 Florida Polytechnic University students graduated today, May 4, most of whom were a part of university’s inaugural class. The spring 2018 commencement ceremony was held at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

“Graduates, you are so special – not just because of your vision and pioneering spirit, but also because of the unique opportunities you’ve had as members of Florida Poly’s first group of students,” said university President, Dr. Randy K. Avent.

Peter Moran: A dream realized

Peter Moran

Take Your Child to Work Day can be an exciting and eye-opening experience for any kid. For Florida Polytechnic University senior Peter Moran, it was also the day he discovered what he wanted to be when he grew up. After spending a day with his father learning about container shipping for the marine industry, Moran […]

2018-19 Presidential Ambassadors announced

2018-2018 Presidential Ambassadors

One of the most distinguished student programs at Florida Poly welcomed 10 new members, Monday, April 23, at its annual induction ceremony held in the Innovation, Science and Technology Building’s Aula Magna auditorium. The Presidential Ambassadors are made up of 16 students who are selected based on their academic standing, leadership, skills, citizenship and service […]

VEX robotics team to compete at world championship

Purple Fire VEX Robotics Team

Florida Polytechnic University has qualified for the first time to compete at the prestigious VEX Robotics World Championship, which is being held April 25-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

A total of 87 robotics teams from all over the world will compete at the college level. Florida Poly’s Purple Fire robotics team is one of only two Florida teams that qualified. The University of Florida will also be represented.

Michelle Holzemer: Engineering an excellent educational experience

Senior Michelle Holzemer will begin her new position at a job with Northrup Grumman in the systems engineering field.

Senior Michelle Holzemer knew she was taking a risk when she joined the inaugural class at Florida Poly and committed to attend a university that hadn’t yet finished construction on its signature academic building and wasn’t yet accredited. In the four years since then, Holzemer has come a long way – and says the risk […]

FLPolyCon continues to reach new heights

This year's FLPolyCon drew more than 1,200.

The fourth annual FLPolyCon – the largest student-run event at Florida Polytechnic University and a magnet for science fiction enthusiasts – brought in more than 1,200 attendees on April 7 in what is a new record for the event. Organizing and executing the one-day event is no small task for a committee of 15 that […]

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.

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, […]

Sinead Fernandes: A leader breaking barriers

When Sinead Fernandes walks into her Digital Logic Design class at Florida Polytechnic University, she finally feels like she belongs. She is no longer seen as the techie foreign girl she remembers from middle school-but a bright student leader with a remarkable future. Fernandes excels not only academically, but she is also a leader on […]

Alex Kiss: Building a career on computer passion

After graduation, Alex Kiss will be joining the global manufacturing services company Jabil in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a full-time job as a cyber-security analyst.

Growing up, Alex Kiss watched his uncle build computers for neighbors and friends. “I thought it was the coolest thing in the world,” said Kiss. “I couldn’t believe you could go from almost nothing, put a few pieces together, and then be able to do all these amazing things.” His fascination with computers grew stronger […]

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 student earns stellar opportunity in Space exploration

  Florida Poly junior Payton Barnwell is about to expand her career wings into an out-of-this-world internship, as a winner of the prestigious 2018 Brooke Owens Fellowship. The program awards internships and senior mentorships to exceptional undergraduate women seeking careers in aviation or space exploration. A total of 41 young leaders from major research universities, […]