LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Florida Polytechnic University will soon open as Florida's 12th state university and will be the only one dedicated almost exclusively to producing science, technology, engineering and math degrees.

RELATED STORY: Florida Polytechnic University selects first president

With trappings that include a $60 million Innovation, Science and Technology building designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is the perfect symbol of a university built with the Silicon Valley-type industry in mind.

The opening will put an end to nearly three years of political squabbling that culminated with its separation from the University of South Florida in 2012.

RELATED STORY: Florida Polytechnic University will offer free tuition for first students

It also clears the way for its lofty goal of drawing industry to Florida's technology core through research and business partnerships including Microsoft, Lockheed Martin and Harris Corporation.

Similar stories you may find interesting:

25 young leaders from Africa complete FIU program

Army general to take over at MacDill

Report reveals details on killed FSU professor

FSU hires full-time director to handle sexual assaults

School chief: You pay too much for college!

Read or Share this story: