Research: It's Rocket Science

It's rocket scienceFlorida Tech investigates hybrid rocket technologies as the solution to more efficient and powerful rocket launch vehicles and uses these technologies to compete in competitions!

Check out this research and more at Florida Tech's Research Portal!

Research: Out of this World Research

Florida Tech researchA Nanolab Module, which is a 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm mini-laboratories, will allow for experiments to be conducted on the International Space Station!

Learn more about this Florida Tech research from a world away and others at the Research Portal!

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.

Blog: Minute Machines; Large Impact

Florida Tech investigates micro-scale vibratory systems. Very small devices on the scale of 1-100 micrometers; have rich research potential.

Mechanical Engineering Internships and Research

Apply Skills in Real-World Experiences With NASA, Harris, Boeing and More

Hands-on experience is a valuable part of the experience at Florida Tech. Mechanical 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 allow students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences.

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

  • NASA
  • Harris Corp.
  • Mainstream Engineering
  • Boeing

Research Facilities

Mechanical engineering internships or assistantships aren't the only learning opportunities outside of classroom study. Florida Tech students are able to take part in real-world research that prepares them for a future career or doctoral program.

Major research facilities and laboratories at Florida Tech include:

  • National Center for Hydrogen Research
  • Florida Center for Automotive Research
  • Wireless Center of Excellence
  • College of Engineering Center for Space Commercialization
  • Wind and Hurricane Impacts Research Laboratory
  • Laser, Optics and Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Institute for Energy Systems
  • Low-Speed Wind Tunnel
  • Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory
  • Drop Tower
  • Shaker Table
  • Materials Testing Machine
  • Composite Manufacturing Lab
  • Cascade Tunnel, Laser
  • Optics and Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory
  • Thermal Plasma Spray and High Heat-Flux Testing Laboratories
  • Automotive Engineering Testing Laboratory

In addition to potential mechanical engineering internships or teaching and research assistantships, Florida Tech graduate students undertake their own research project if they choose to complete a master's thesis. Graduate students are often published in respected engineering journals including Aerospace America, ASME and AIAA Journals, Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Physics of Fluids.

Students often collaborate with numerous organizations for mechanical engineering internships or research projects including:

  • NASA
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Defense
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Air Force Research Laboratory