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

2017 College of Engineering
President’s Cup Winner

Caracal - 3D Bioprinting

3D bioprinting has captivated both pop culture and science for decades with its potential to restore and create organs.

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2017 College of Science
President’s Cup Winner

Molecular biology major finds fish could be the key to Alzheimer’s

Could fish be the key to understanding Alzheimer’s?

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College of Science President’s Cup Winner

2017 College of Engineering
Northrop Award Winner

Stellaris - Non-Invasive Glucose Meter

Living with diabetes isn’t easy, but a team of biomedical engineering majors is trying to make life a bit more painless for sufferers.

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2017 College of Science
Northrop Award Winner

Students use data-mining to combat melanoma skin cancer

Thanks to our sunny skies and outdoor lifestyle, Floridians are keen on taking skin cancer seriously. Enter melanoma research.

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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