18Nov/19

Florida Poly Capstone Team to Design Next-Generation Planetary Rover

Florida Polytechnic University students Edward Davis, left, Brandyn Langston, Skyler Batteiger, Gabe Gamet, and Purcell Anderson, and faculty members Dr. Younggil Park, Dr. Onur Toker, and Dr. Feng-Jen Yang visit Kennedy Space Center as part of a team collaborating on a capstone project designing a planetary rover for the Florida Space Institute.

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LAKELAND, Fla. – 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.

The 14-member team is developing the rover for the Florida Space Institute. The project is part of Florida Polytechnic University’s yearlong capstone design program, which pairs teams of seniors with corporate and research partners to tackle real-world engineering projects.

“You’re getting actual work experience and working with someone who is a professional in the field and really wants the project to work,” said mechanical engineering major Gabe Gamet. “I personally think this is absolutely amazing.”

Gamet is lead of the mechanical engineering portion of the team working on the planetary rover and was among five team members who visited Kennedy Space Center in mid-October to discuss their work with NASA engineers. Electrical engineering and computer science students make up the other two portions of the team.

“Talking to these engineers who work on all these crazy projects on a daily basis changes the way you think about a large-scale project like this,” said mechanical engineering senior Purcell Anderson. “They definitely opened our eyes to what we are capable of and how we can approach this challenge.

The students remain in communication with NASA engineers as they create the rugged, multi-purpose rover, which will be adaptable for many uses such as drilling, sample collection, observation, and more.

“Creating a rover takes all disciplines,” said mechanical engineering professor Dr. Younggil Park, one of the project’s faculty mentors. “It’s not going to be located on this planet, so students have to learn a lot to meet the requirements.”

As the design team works toward a solution, they are sifting through a number of parts from a different university that previously tackled the project. The Florida Poly students are now working to find ways to incorporate many of these components into their design.

For the most recent university news, visit Florida Poly News.

About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of the State University System of Florida. It is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM and offers ABET accredited degrees. Florida Poly is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. Connect with Florida Poly.

15Nov/19

Polk State Wins Florida College System Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for First Year Experience and Guided Pathways

Friday, November 15, 2019 — For the second consecutive year, Polk State College received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award from the Florida College System – this time for its First Year Experience and Guided Pathways programs focused on ensuring students persist on their paths to degrees and careers.

College representatives accepted the award Thursday in Palm Harbor alongside colleagues from State College of Florida, Eastern Florida State College, and Florida SouthWestern Sate College who were also recognized.

“The First Year Experience and Guided Pathways provide students with critical support early on, as well as resources they need along their college journeys to achieve their academic goals in a timely manner,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “I could not be more proud of our faculty and staff, who continue to not only open doors of opportunities for our students, but who also guide them on their pathways to graduation and meaningful employment.”

The First Year Experience (FYE) launched in fall 2015 to improve retention and completion of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students, and it has proven successful with a nearly 20 percent increase in fall-to-fall retention since the program’s inception.

FYE is a comprehensive onboarding program that includes First Flight Freshmen Welcome, the First Year Seminar, success coaching, peer mentoring, and more that allow students to connect to key resources and develop relationships with peers, faculty, and staff.

“FYE helps students acclimate to college, engage in success activities, develop a sense of belonging, and experience timely completion of their academic goals,” said Cate Igo, Director of Academic Success Initiatives. “A key element of FYE is the First Flight Freshmen Welcome, which is the official launch of the academic year where students are welcomed to campus and explore pathways with faculty experts.”

With the College’s implementation of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Guided Pathways Model in fall 2019, students now have the opportunity to also engage in Guided Pathways breakout sessions based on their majors or if they have not declared an area of study yet.

Students explore career opportunities and the pathways to them through program maps, which provide specific sequences of courses needed to complete programs of study from a student’s first term to graduation.

Polk State’s FYE and Guided Pathways received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for developing student-centered guided pathways – one of three focus areas defined this year in alignment with Governor Ron DeSantis’ goal to make Florida No. 1 in the nation in workforce education by 2030.

The College also received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award in 2018 for the Establishing Leaders in Teacher Education (ELITE) Program.

“Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran and I applaud all of our colleges for their commitment to continuous improvement,” Florida College System Chancellor Kathy Hebda said in a press release. “This year’s awardees are excellent examples of how evidence-based strategies and strong workforce partnerships can accelerate success for all of our students.”

About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 16,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools.

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.

15Nov/19

SR Construction Services Awarded East Point Towers Lobby and Common Area Remodel Project

East Point Towers condominium board selects SR Construction as
General Contractor for upcoming project.

 
Fort Lauderdale, November 15th, 2019 – SR Construction Services, a FL statewide
vertically integrated turnkey General Contractor, has been awarded the East Point
Towers upcoming remodel project that includes all common areas including lobbies in
both the north and south towers.
East Point Towers is a waterfront mid-rise condominium located at 1170 N. Federal
Highway in Fort Lauderdale, FL. EPT is location is in close proximity of several other
award winning SRCS projects.
“Conducting a large scale construction project in an occupied building where condo
owners live, work and play requires a General Contractor to possess an additional skill
set that must be developed over many years and multiple projects in living breathing
buildings.” said Rick Sabha, a SRCS project manager of 10 years.
Sabha continued, “We have created proprietary procedures that emphasize safety
through clear and constant communication with owners, guests and staff. This is in
addition to required statutory signage and dedicated pedestrian walk ways.”
About SR Construction Services
S.R. Construction is a ‘turn key’ vertically integrated statewide General Contractor where
our diversification in the industry allows us to provide true transparency in the
construction process along with the due diligence and value engineering services that
transcend the numbers. S.R. Construction is focused on long term relationships.
If your association has a upcoming project, please contact SR Construction directly at
Eric@S-R-Construction.com or (954) 358-3035 x 94 to assure you are getting the best in
the construction business.
“We Build Relationship”

15Nov/19

Polk State Wins Florida College System Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for First Year Experience and Guided Pathways

Friday, November 15, 2019 — For the second consecutive year, Polk State College received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award from the Florida College System – this time for its First Year Experience and Guided Pathways programs focused on ensuring students persist on their paths to degrees and careers.

College representatives accepted the award Thursday in Palm Harbor alongside colleagues from State College of Florida, Eastern Florida State College, and Florida SouthWestern Sate College who were also recognized.

“The First Year Experience and Guided Pathways provide students with critical support early on, as well as resources they need along their college journeys to achieve their academic goals in a timely manner,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “I could not be more proud of our faculty and staff, who continue to not only open doors of opportunities for our students, but who also guide them on their pathways to graduation and meaningful employment.”

The First Year Experience (FYE) launched in fall 2015 to improve retention and completion of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students, and it has proven successful with a nearly 20 percent increase in fall-to-fall retention since the program’s inception.

FYE is a comprehensive onboarding program that includes First Flight Freshmen Welcome, the First Year Seminar, success coaching, peer mentoring, and more that allow students to connect to key resources and develop relationships with peers, faculty, and staff.

“FYE helps students acclimate to college, engage in success activities, develop a sense of belonging, and experience timely completion of their academic goals,” said Cate Igo, Director of Academic Success Initiatives. “A key element of FYE is the First Flight Freshmen Welcome, which is the official launch of the academic year where students are welcomed to campus and explore pathways with faculty experts.”

With the College’s implementation of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Guided Pathways Model in fall 2019, students now have the opportunity to also engage in Guided Pathways breakout sessions based on their majors or if they have not declared an area of study yet.

Students explore career opportunities and the pathways to them through program maps, which provide specific sequences of courses needed to complete programs of study from a student’s first term to graduation.

Polk State’s FYE and Guided Pathways received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for developing student-centered guided pathways – one of three focus areas defined this year in alignment with Governor Ron DeSantis’ goal to make Florida No. 1 in the nation in workforce education by 2030.

The College also received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award in 2018 for the Establishing Leaders in Teacher Education (ELITE) Program.

“Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran and I applaud all of our colleges for their commitment to continuous improvement,” Florida College System Chancellor Kathy Hebda said in a press release. “This year’s awardees are excellent examples of how evidence-based strategies and strong workforce partnerships can accelerate success for all of our students.”

About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 16,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools.

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.

15Nov/19

Nanotechnology for Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Earns Florida Poly Professor International Award

Florida Polytechnic University professor Dr. Ajeet Kaushik received the 2019 USERN Prize in biological sciences, an international award recognizing his work in the field of nanomaterials for the detection and treatment of diseases.

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LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University professor Dr. Ajeet Kaushik is determined to make detecting and treating diseases easy, accessible, and precise through the use of nanomaterials for biosensing and medicine.

His extensive work and resolute desire to improve the delivery of healthcare has earned Kaushik the prestigious Universal Scientific Education Research Network (USERN) Prize. He was named a laureate in the field of biological sciences during the group’s fourth annual congress on Nov. 8 in Budapest, Hungary.

USERN, a non-governmental, non-profit organization and network dedicated to non-military scientific advances, is committed to exploring science beyond international borders.

“I was speechless for a while,” said Kaushik, who is an assistant professor of chemistry at Florida Polytechnic University.

Kaushik did not attend the awards ceremony in person but did submit a video to be played at the event. He was among hundreds vying for the prize and one of five people who were recognized in different areas of study.

His submitted project, Nano-Bio-Technology for Personalized Health Care, focuses on using nanomaterials to create biosensors that will detect the markers of a disease at very low levels.

“Biosensing is not a new concept, but now we are making devices that are smarter and more capable,” Kaushik said.

He cited the recent zika virus epidemic that affected pregnant women and their fetuses, leading to significant health complications upon birth.

“There was a demand to have a system that could detect the virus protein at a very low level, but there was no device. There was no diagnostic system,” he said.

Kaushik worked on the development of a smart zika sensor that could detect the disease at these low levels.

“The kind of systems I’m focusing on can be customized in a way that we carry like a cell phone and do the tests wherever we need to do them,” he said.

In addition to using nanotechnology for the detection of diseases like zika, his research on nanoparticles is advancing efforts to precisely deliver medicine to a specific part of the body without affecting surrounding tissue or other parts of the body.

“The drugs we use now do not go only where they need to go, or sometimes they have side effects. We are treating one disease but creating other symptoms,” Kaushik said. “I’m exploring nanotechnology that can carry a drug, selectively go to a place, and release the drug so we avoid using excessive drugs.”

This nanomedicine could be used to precisely target brain tumors or other difficult-to-treat conditions.

He has published papers in scientific journals about this work and also holds multiple patents.

“My whole approach is using smart material science for better health for everybody, which is accessible to everybody everywhere,” Kaushik said.

In addition to his USERN prize, Kaushik was named a USERN junior ambassador for 2020 and will work to advance the organization’s mission in the United States.

 

For the most recent university news, visit Florida Poly News.

 

About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of the State University System of Florida. It is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM and offers ABET accredited degrees. Florida Poly is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. Connect with Florida Poly.