Dr. Susan LeFrancois joined Florida Polytechnic University in July 2013, and has helped to design and build the Science curriculum. Her background extends from work as an educator to industry jobs in the areas of quality assurance and government regulation.

Most recently, Dr. LeFrancois taught Chemistry at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven. From 2008-2012, she was an instructor in Industrial and Management Systems in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The program was for industry professionals and provided a graduate certificate in medical device and regulatory affairs.

Dr. LeFrancois also served as Director of Quality Assurance for FTSI, an industrial sterilizer of medical devices and packaging, and as an auditor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She also has taught and helped to organize the summer MERIT program that Florida Poly co-sponsors for high-achieving high school students.

Dr. LeFrancois says that Florida Poly will have a major impact on the state of Florida, as it focuses on STEM learning for the state’s top students. She looks forward to helping “produce highly skilled entrepreneurial thinkers to create and maintain high technology science jobs” that are an economic driver for the entire state.

Dr. LeFrancois received her doctorate in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of Florida in Gainesville and her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from USF Tampa.