Florida Polytechnic hires its first teacher
After an extended period of political upheaval and a split from the University of South Florida, Florida Polytechnic University is settling down and getting ready to be a school of its own. The Lakeland University plans to open August 2014 as the 12th member of Florida's State University System, with registration starting this summer.
Now, the school has its first faculty member on board.
Florida Polytechnic has hired Robert I. MacCuspie, a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards who has done research with the Air Force and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, school officials said.
MacCuspie will be an assistant professor and director of the Nanotechnology and Multifunctional Materials program, developing curriculum and helping the school get accreditation.
MacCuspie earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and molecular biology and microbiology from the University of Central Florida and his Ph.D. in nanotechnology and materials chemistry from the City University of New York. He starts in October.