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Ant Inspiration Nets $20K NASA Grant

December 12, 2017

A tiny ant was the inspiration behind an idea that landed a Florida Polytechnic University Junior a $20,000 grant from NASA. The grant from the Florida Space Research Program provides Esteban Segarra and faculty advisor Dr. Bradford Towle the resources to explore autonomous capabilities for robots exploring the surface of Mars.  Esteban hit upon the […]

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Conservation Expert Shares Path to Career Success

November 29, 2017

Pursuing your passion Converting your passion into a career was the topic Wednesday of a presentation by conservation specialist Dr. Tracy Fanara. Students heard over an hour Dr. Fanara’s career path as a civil engineer, from her dissertation research into protecting the Florida aquifer through intelligent landscaping, to an appearance on the Science Channel’s “Mythbusters: […]

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Students Finish Second In City Planning Competition

November 27, 2017

A student-developed plan that models the city of Jacksonville’s vision for an autonomous public transportation system earned a second-place finish recently for Florida Polytechnic University. The design was one of six presented Nov. 9 at the Urban International Design Contest in Las Vegas. Teams from universities around the globe entered their vision for how new […]

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From Tech Solution to Thriving Business. Students Given the Tools to Entrepreneurial Success.

November 21, 2017

It’s easy to dream big. Creating a real, marketable product from that idea is a different story. “It’s important to understand your personal goal. What do you want to create in the world?” explains Justin Heacock, Entrepreneurship Center Coordinator at Florida Polytechnic University. Giving students the tools and coaching they need to bring their ideas […]

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Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Hosts SunTrax Groundbreaking Ceremony

November 13, 2017

  Construction of SunTrax was officially launched Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony. SunTrax, a long-term partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and Florida Polytechnic University, includes a 2.25 mile oval track on a 400-acre site in the city of Auburndale. Centrally located between Tampa and Orlando, SunTrax will be within […]

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Student Presents Biometric Password to NSA

November 7, 2017

Trying to keep track of a dozen passwords is an accepted part of today’s modern society. But what if your password was literally unforgettable? Florida Polytechnic University Sophomore Austin Lubetkin has a working prototype of a program that relies on eye movements while reading to secure your assets, not letters or characters. His research paper […]

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Lakeland Nonprofit Gets Tech Boost From Students

November 7, 2017

  More than 1,100 elementary school students at risk of going hungry are guaranteed a meal every week thanks to the work of a small Lakeland nonprofit called KidsPack. KidsPack distributes food donations to students across three counties and the logics can be daunting — and expensive. That’s why four Florida Polytechnic University students are […]

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Top Engineering Conference Chooses Florida Poly Professor for Keynote

October 12, 2017

Florida Polytechnic University Professor of Data Analytics Dr. Robert Steele delivered a keynote speech at the 8th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference (IEEE UEMCON 2017), on October 21 at Columbia University in New York. Fellow keynote speakers included other distinguished experts in analytics and computational systems […]

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Student Blends Foreign Policy and STEM at Fulbright Canada

October 9, 2017

  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 […]

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Entrepreneur Shares Path From Basement to C-Suite

September 28, 2017

  Florida Polytechnic University students heard firsthand Thursday how an ambitious teenager launched a business from his parents’ basement that today processes $14 billion in credit card payments. Students hungry for advice on starting their own business got their fill as Jared Isaacman outlined for an hour the lessons he learned on the way to […]

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