Florida Institute of Technology

Student Design & Research

Hands-on capstone projects igniting innovation and discovery

Project Based Learning Through Student Design

Each year, Florida Tech's science and engineering students showcase their scientific discoveries and technical prowess at the Northrop Grumman Engineering & Science Student Design Showcase.

For graduating seniors, the event represents years of coursework and hands-on learning experiences put to the test through project-based learning. As the central element of students’ final capstone course, Senior Design provides an engaging context for learning, an opportunity to integrate complex material and the inspiration to discover new ways of thinking and doing.

Project-based learning through student design gives students an experiential platform that not only helps them gain a substantial understanding of their field, but also helps them acquire highly sought-after workplace skills like collaboration, communication and complex problem-solving.

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“To succeed in today’s complex, dynamic, and globally connected world, students need to have a depth of understanding and learning that is far more than memorization and recollection of facts and figures. Rigorous project-based learning, as well as the skills and resources for achieving it, offers a promising pedagogical approach to helping all students succeed.”

—“Knowledge in Action Research Helping to Make the Case for Rigorous Project-Based Learning.” Edtopia Oct. 2013

2018 President's Cup Winner for Engineering

Scuff Protection Interface (S.P.I)

Scuff-free barrier to protect U.S. Navy equipment

2018 President's Cup Winner for Engineering

2018 President's Cup and Northrop Grumman Award for Science

Investigating the Housekeepers of the Cell: Molecular Chaperones at Fertilization

Identifying molecules involved with infertility with help from starfish

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College of Science President’s Cup Winner

2018 Northrop Grumman Award for Engineering

Sustainable Water Recycling (SWR)

Graywater recycling system to help drought-prone countries.

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College of Engineering Northrop Award Winner Video

2018 Design and Innovation Award


3D-printed headphones that takes a patient's ECG, pulse, O2Saturation, and blood pressure.

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Design and Innovation Award Winner

More Project Stories

Students Design Seizure Predicting Device for Epilepsy Patients
Supersonic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Designed by Students for Flight Test Engineering
Communication Majors Create Moving Documentary About Indian River Lagoon
Recycled Server Racks and Repurposed Shipping Containers Foster a Sustainable Garden
Chemical Engineering Majors Transform Cooking Oil into Biodiesel
Students Design Award-Winning Solution to U.S. Navy’s Transportation Woes
Students Create “WINDS” of Change for Aerospace Engineering Experimental Wind Tunnel
Student-Designed 3D Printed Prosthetic Mimics Human Arm and Hand Movement

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Project Synopses

A repository of student design and research capstone projects


A Place for Projects

A lot of work gets done in labs, lounges, the machine shop, library, and even outside, but now there is a place solely devoted to student design and research projects: 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.

High-Bay Door
Welding Station
Spray Booth