Interdisciplinary Science Research

Personalize Science Research in the PRISM Program

Research conducted by Florida Tech interdisciplinary science students is an important academic experience providing students the tools and techniques they need for future career-related scientific research.

The PRISM program supports a creative and visionary approach to research, encouraging students to seek new methods to tackle complex problems. Because of the personalized nature of this degree program, interdisciplinary science research topics vary widely and provide all students with access to cutting-edge ideas on many different aspects of the field. Topics of interdisciplinary science research in the past have included:

  • Military leadership
  • Progress in special education
  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Sustainable coastal management
  • Designing community centers
  • Aviation safety
  • Computers in education
  • Research in neurochemistry

In addition, Florida Tech's international faculty are involved in research interests that includes:

  • Astrophysics
  • Nanotechnology
  • International business
  • Technical writing
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Critical languages

High-Tech Facilities

Students doing interdisciplinary science research at Florida Tech have more than 25 research centers and institutes, along with several high-tech laboratories and machine shops, to conduct their work including:

  • Laser, Optics and Instrumentation Laboratory—providing a variety of advanced lasers and high-speed detectors for medical imaging and therapy of cancer and tumors
  • Biomaterials Laboratory—offering several compression and tension test devices used to test samples under repeated cycles of stress
  • High Resolution Microscopy and Advanced Imaging Center—supporting several scanning microscopes and X-ray analysis of natural and artificial materials
  • Wind and Hurricane Impacts Research Laboratory—studying the impact of windstorms such as hurricanes and tornadoes on natural and manmade environments
  • Vero Beach Marine Laboratory—utilizing four acres of beachside laboratory space to study marine biological and geological processes
  • Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development—allowing students with entrepreneurship ideas to work with local business to turn concepts into reality

Virtual Climate Library

Climate change is among the most pressing issues faced by future generations and is an essential topic in many scientific disciplines. Students at Florida Tech conducting interdisciplinary science research have access to The Virtual Climate Adaption Library – a cloud-based and crowd-sourced database containing over 900 articles in 10 languages on the effects of climate change on coastal environments around the world.

Designed to foster advances in adaption planning for rising sea levels and climate change mitigation, students contributing to the database take part in a worldwide research effort, adding to the knowledge base of millions. Articles come from not only Florida Tech researchers, but from respected research institutes and organizations such as:

  • Gulf & Caribbean Fisheries Institute
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Sea Turtle Conservancy
  • The Mote Marine Laboratory
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service