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Florida Poly students work to revolutionize palm tree trimming

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Pruning Florida’s towering palm trees is a tough, dangerous job, but a team of Florida Polytechnic University seniors is working to make the task faster, safer, and more cost effective. “From the ground, you have to be careful that the palm fronds don’t fall on you, and some have spines that can puncture you on […]

Florida Poly students engage business leaders at Synapse Summit

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A group of Florida Polytechnic University students seized the opportunity to network with business leaders, learn about career possibilities, and teach the Central Florida business community about what Florida Poly has to offer at an annual event hosted by Synapse, an entrepreneurship support organization. The students attended the two-day Synapse Summit at Amalie Arena in […]

Student entrepreneurs wow industry at eMerge Americas Pitch Night

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Student entrepreneurs showed off their big ideas to a panel of Florida business leaders Feb. 10 during the first Florida Polytechnic University and eMerge Americas Startup Pitch Night in Lakeland, Florida, at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. Dorian Alberti, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, and River Anderson, a senior majoring in business analytics, […]

One Florida Poly Against Cancer spreads message of awareness

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The knowledge that cancer eventually touches everyone in some way drives a group of Florida Polytechnic University students to do all they can to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. “One of my friends passed away from cancer so I wanted to start this organization to bring light to the disease and help […]

Florida Poly students suit up for success at career clothing event

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Students hoping to present a polished image to interviewers browsed through racks of donated professional clothing during Florida Polytechnic University’s annual Career Services Clothing Rack event on Feb. 5 at the Innovation, Science, and Technology building in Lakeland, Florida. They tried on and took home the donated attire at no charge. “The minimum requirement for […]

Sophomore prioritizes service to others at Florida Poly

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Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of feature stories that highlight diversity on Florida Poly’s campus and celebrate Black History Month. When sophomore Ritchel Calvaire began his studies at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, he knew he needed to find a way to get involved and give back. Calvaire had dedicated […]

Ultimate Frisbee flies into action at Florida Poly

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Florida Polytechnic University senior Megan Morano attended her first practice of the Florida Poly Mutants on a lark. The business analytics major knew nothing about ultimate Frisbee and expected the practice to be her one and only, but Morano was all in as soon as she discovered the group of supportive, friendly players who were […]

Professor prioritizes mentorship for student success

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Florida Polytechnic University senior Joshua Santos is laser-focused on pursuing a PhD and advancing in the field of electrical engineering. Since connecting with Dr. Muhammad Ullah, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Santos has made great strides toward his goal. Santos, from Oxford, Florida, worked closely with Ullah and fellow student Troy Kelly […]

PhoenixHacks takes innovation to new heights at Florida Poly

Judges learn about one of the student-created projects during PhoenixHacks, a hackathon that challenged Florida Polytechnic University students to create a software or hardware project in 24 hours.

The results of 24 hours of ingenuity, innovation, and hard work were on display after a fun and challenging hackathon competition on Jan. 26 at the Florida Polytechnic University Campus. The PhoenixHacks event brought together students from different disciplines, backgrounds, and skill levels to show off their technological know-how and build a software or hardware […]

Hate lovebugs? Florida Poly students work to make them less of a nuisance

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Driving down Florida’s highways during lovebug season can be irritating, distracting, and even dangerous. Swarms of the insects can engulf vehicles, rapidly leading to poor visibility once they hit the windshield. A team of Florida Polytechnic University students is developing a device for the company Omni Pressure Cleaning that will quickly clean vehicles of lovebug […]

Leadership takes center stage for students at Florida Poly

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As a resident assistant at Florida Polytechnic University, junior Krystal Rivera understands the importance of being there for other students as a friend, and as a leader. “Because in my position I have interactions with many students, I want to develop myself and improve as a person so I can help others,” said Rivera, a […]

“Crazy idea” leads Florida Poly students to take on the technology services market

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A group of Florida Polytechnic University students has found work with a great company that offers hands-on experience, flexible hours, fun co-workers, and the kind of boss most people only dream of – themselves. Madd Technologies LLC, which stemmed from an idea friends had late one night, is a technology start-up helmed by Florida Poly […]

Students find their place at spring Club Row

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Matthew Dutchess wasn’t quite sure what he was getting himself into when he agreed to participate in his first Nerf Tech Humans vs Zombies event at Florida Polytechnic University. It turned out to be one of the most consequential decisions of his college career. “I didn’t originally want to play – I was like ‘I […]

Students start 2020 with a focus on wellness at Florida Poly

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As the spring semester kicks into high gear, Florida Polytechnic University students are mindful of the need to maintain their physical and mental health while they pursue their rigorous coursework. “It’s super important,” said mechanical engineering senior EJ Shynski as he lounged on a hammock in Oak Grove during the first week of the semester. […]

2019 Florida Poly look back

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Florida Poly generates $289 million in annual economic impact The results of an economic impact assessment showed just how much Florida Poly contributes to the local and state economies each year. In all, the University generates more than $289 million annually in overall economic activity. The October study showed that about 61% of the economic […]

Phoenixes fly home for winter break relaxation

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Florida Polytechnic University students were eager to begin their winter break from classwork, projects, and testing this December. With plans ranging from quiet nights with family to martial arts training, Phoenixes are making the most of their winter break. Classes resume Jan. 6. McKenzie Lewis Mechanical Engineering Sophomore St. Petersburg, Florida “I like art a […]

Improv comedy troupe finds its quirky niche

Florida Polytechnic University students Andrew Crosswait, left, Taryn Jones, and Ezekiel Huynh warm up during a recent meeting of student improv group The Baked Bean Bois.

The stress of classwork and the rules of everyday life are quickly replaced by zany unpredictability when the Baked Bean Bois settle in to begin their warm-up. The Florida Polytechnic University improv troupe is finding comedic release while building friendships and gaining important life skills.

Computer science team works to improve surgeries at Lakeland hospital

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A team of computer science students is working to improve the way Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center keeps tabs on critical surgical equipment. Their actions will help keep costs down while making surgery safer. “We are making a vision-tracking system for surgical tray equipment so that we can take a tray of equipment, scan it, […]

Florida Poly senior expands horizons with Canadian Fulbright fellowship

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The road to a career in video game design and programming winds through snowy Canada for one Florida Polytechnic University senior. Celeste Ramirez is studying at the University of Western Ontario this semester through the Killam Fellowship Program, which is administered by Fulbright Canada. “One of the best things about the Fulbright Program is the […]

Florida Poly seniors catapult to entrepreneurial reality

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A pair of Florida Polytechnic University seniors hopes their idea to ease back pain among warehouse and distribution workers improves the health of these critical employees and leads to improvements at major corporations. The Lumbar Relief Analog Exoskeleton (LRAE) is a device that assists in the repetitive motion of bending and lifting. It stores energy […]

Ping-pong dreams and brotherly love fuel Phoenix’s creativity

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Florida Polytechnic University student Joseph Patullo and his younger brother, Paul, spent many evenings in their Hollywood, Florida, home going head to head in friendly ping-pong matches over the years. That inevitably changed a couple of years ago. “Once I came to college, he had no one to play with and was kind of bummed […]

Game on! Students display tech talent at Florida Poly Game Expo

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The videogame designers of the future brought their A-game to the Florida Polytechnic University campus on Nov. 21 for the semi-annual Game Expo. This was the largest Game Expo the University has hosted, with about 30 games on display from Florida Poly students taking the Game Design 1 and 2 classes. Students, faculty, staff, and […]

Art meets STEM at Florida Poly architecture design showcase

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Models of grand concert halls, intimate gazebos, and avant-garde pavilions showcased the artistic talent of their designers at Pavilion with a Purpose, a semi-annual student art and architecture show held on Nov. 19 at Florida Polytechnic University. The event was the culmination of a semester-long effort to research, create, and present a pavilion design as […]

Florida Poly capstone team to design next-generation planetary rover

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A team of Florida Poly students is charging head-on into the design and construction of a real planetary rover that one day could traverse the terrain of Mars, collecting samples and providing a close-up look at places that have always been a mystery.

Florida Poly students hack their way to victory

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Hackathons are a way of life at Florida Polytechnic University. Students at the University regularly compete in – and win – hackathons throughout the region, proving their problem-solving STEM skills time and again. Two groups of Florida Poly students recently took home top honors at hackathons in architecture design, and sports and entertainment. Hackathons task […]

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