Cool Stuff: Concrete Canoe

Florida Tech Concrete Canoe

Who would've guessed? Concrete floats! Civil engineering students prove that and more when they join in designing, building and testing a concrete canoe each year.

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Imagine. Design. Build.

Harris Student Design Center

The Harris Student Design Center, also known as the PantherWorks, is an 11,500 square-foot work and meeting space that facilitates the ideation, planning, designing, assembling and testing of capstone engineering and science projects.

Civil Engineering Internships and Research

Develop an Individual Research Project

Hands-on experience is a valuable part of the experience at Florida Tech. Civil engineering internships, assistantships and participation in research projects provides students with real-world experience outside the classroom. These opportunities give students new insight of the field and create faculty mentorships that encourage success.

Florida Tech students have completed civil engineering internships with scores of consulting companies and government agencies, including:

  • Allan and Conrad, Inc.
  • Ardaman & Associates, Inc.
  • Bechtel
  • Boueri Engineers, Inc.
  • Bowman Engineers
  • BRPH Architects & Engineers
  • CH2M Hill
  • City of Palm Bay, Brevard County
  • GeoSyntec Consultants
  • Edward J. Haeck Landscape Architects
  • Jones Edmonds Engineering
  • Kimley Horn & Associates
  • Miller Sellen Conner & Walsh, Inc.
  • Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport
  • NASA
  • Quantitative Environmental Analysis
  • Saint John's River Water Management District
  • STV Group
  • Tensor Engineering
  • Turner Construction
  • VHBA

Research Recap

In addition to potential civil engineering internships, as well as teaching or research assistantships, a significant number of Florida Tech graduate students complete a master's thesis and undertake their own research project. Past students have conducted projects such as:

Construction Management

  • Development of A Highly Efficient Low Voltage DC Microgrid with Smart Array Control Strategy for Residential/Commercial Buildings
  • Building Information Modelling of Energy-Efficient, High Performance Buildings

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Instrumentation and automation of the Pavement Pressure meter
  • Causes and methods for preventing excessive pile rebound during driving

Materials and Highway Design

  • Development of highway reuse applications for Florida waste materials
  • Improving the Properties of RAP for Base Course Application by Blending RAP with A-3 Soil and Chemical Stabilization Using Asphalt Emulsion and Portland Cement
  • Full Depth Reclamation Mix Design for Portland Cement and Asphalt Emulsion Stabilized Blends

Structural Engineering

  • Development of wind vulnerability models for residential buildings
  • Study of the cost effectiveness of hurricane mitigation measures
  • Performance of high-performance concrete in adverse environments

Transportation Engineering

  • Freight Mode Choice with Public Data from the United States

Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

  • Estimation of groundwater nutrient loads into the Indian River LagoonA study of unstable flows in groundwater from heavier saltwater bodies overlying fresh water

Students also collaborate with numerous organizations for civil engineering internships, research projects and even employment including:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • St. Johns River Water Management District
  • Florida Department of Community Affairs
  • Florida Sea Grant
  • Florida Department of Emergency Management

Finish in Five with a FastTrack Master's Degree Program

In addition to research opportunities and civil engineering internships, students can take advantage of the FastTrack Master's Program. This program allows students to take graduate course work as undergraduates, so students can complete a master's degree in as little as one additional year of study. Earned scholarships carry over to the fifth year.

Join Clubs and Organizations to Enhance Your Civil Engineering Degree

Florida Tech's chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is among the most active organizations on campus. ASCE members take part in nationwide competitions to test their engineering skills. Chi Epsilon honor society is also part of the civil engineering networking opportunities.