Our Impact

The Power of Giving

As the newest addition to the State University System of Florida, Florida Polytechnic University has unique programming focused solely on engineering and technology. Established in 2012, beginning classes in 2014 and graduating the first class in January 2017, Florida Poly has built a modern and progressive campus, curriculum and culture from scratch.

The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation, in partnership with support of the community, has provided scholarship support for the first three classes of students.  As we move forward, the Foundation Board is committed to supporting the University President’s priorities.  These efforts, together with your engagement, allows us to grow and make a difference in the state of Florida’s economy and beyond.

University Priorities

University Priorities

The Florida Polytechnic University Foundation fosters the mission of the University by helping to name, develop and expand programs, institutes and centers for innovation. Explore some of the great programs on campus:

Strong Corporate & Industry Relationships

Florida Poly works with industry leaders to provide new opportunities for growth and development for our students and faculty. Internships with these industry partners are a vital way for our students to engage in joint research and development opportunities throughout their collegiate careers. We are constantly seeking opportunities to work side by side with industry leaders in analysis, entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary collaboration, keeping Florida Poly at the leading edge of progress.

Commitment to Building a Stronger Florida

Strategically located in Lakeland, along Florida’s High Tech Corridor, Florida Poly brings interdisciplinary faculty and students together to pursue applied research on broad environmental and technological topics. We partner with institutions that are making a difference in our community.

Applied Research Center

The Applied Research Center will house research laboratories, teaching labs, and offices for faculty and students. It will also be the home of the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship, which will focus on commercializing products and systems created from the University’s research.


Ensure that financial constraints don’t hold back top talent.

Faculty & Administration Building

Located directly beside the IST Building and spanning more than 54,000 square feet, the Faculty and Administration Building will provide a convenient work space for all faculty and staff.

Student Achievement Center

Located adjacent to the IST building, the Student Achievement Center will contain an honors college, an industry job center, an international liaison office and space for faculty and industry mentorship and tutoring programs.

Recent Highlights

A New Way To Generate Power

Sophomore Michael Jernigan believes in renewable energy—so he took matters into his own hands. Read about Jernigan’s latest invention, “HeatRise,” and how it uses differences in temperature to generate electricity.

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The Next to Build the Future

Students in Florida Polytechnic University’s Next Tech Entrepreneurs club learn about the fundamentals of a start-up and what they can do to go to the next level. Read about how students are better preparing for their futures as CEO’s and CFO’s.

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Student Lands $12k Grant to Study Space Radition

Florida Polytechnic University sophomore Payton Barnwell was recently awarded a $12,000 grant through the Florida Space Research Program. Learn about her project testing the effects of radiation in space.

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