Places of Interest
Alumni House serves as headquarters for the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Florida Tech Alumni Association (FTAA). Featuring a large patio and surrounding lawn, this is a great gathering place for alumni, students and faculty. Events hosted at Alumni House include barbecues and various FTAA functions.
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Conveniently located in the Denius Student Center, the campus bookstore offers new and used textbooks, supplies, clothing, study guides, software and snacks. The store also carries a wide range of Florida Tech merchandise, including T-shirts, shorts, umbrellas and notebooks. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday. Weekend hours are posted. Textbooks, clothing and giftware may be ordered at www.fit.bncollege.com.
From sandy uplands of pines and palmettos to a lush hammock of hardwoods, including oaks, maples, hickories and one of the largest collections of palms in the state, the Florida Tech Botanical Garden is a picturesque natural retreat. Take a self-guided tour daily between 8 a.m. and sunset. Brochures are available in the Evans Library. The garden is featured in the AAA Florida Tour Guide. For more information, see http://garden.fit.edu/.
Charles and Ruth Clemente Center for Sports and Recreation
Home to the Florida Tech Panthers, NCAA Division II members and competitors in the Sunshine State Conference, this 58,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility includes a varsity gym, intramural gym, large fitness center, aerobics room, multipurpose rooms, athletics offices and a café. With a seating capacity of 3,500, the center hosts the university’s commencement ceremonies and community events. To use the facility for special events, contact the Conference Services Bureau at (321) 674-8125.
Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research
The $5.1 million, 12,240-square-foot facility is located on eight acres at Melbourne International Airport. The center includes rooms for simulators and training, an airfield viewing room, conference and briefing rooms, a weather/flight planning room and offices for general operations. The center was made possible by a gift from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust.
Evans Library, the heart of Florida Tech information retrieval, offers campus-wide and worldwide access through its website, which delivers a catalog of online databases, electronic journals and books, reference and research resources, online instruction and Internet sites organized by discipline. A full range of academic information services is available here. Evans Library also hosts community art shows.
F.W. Olin Engineering Complex
This building is home to the College of Engineering. Made possible by a gift from the F.W. Olin Foundation, the complex houses the departments of chemical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, electrical and computer engineering, civil engineering, biomedical engineering, and the engineering systems and construction management programs.
F.W. Olin Life Sciences Building
The centerpiece for biological sciences studies, this building houses a world-class group of scientists who are researching a broad array of topics, including molecular biology, microbial genetics, fertilization and development, bioinformatics, physiology, population genetics, ecology, marine biology, paleobiology and evolution. Located across from the F.W. Olin Engineering Complex, the building was made possible by a gift from the F.W. Olin Foundation.
F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Center
This 70,000-square-foot facility houses the physics and space sciences department, chemistry department, and the offices of the College of Science dean and staff. It features the largest research telescope in Florida, 15 instructional telescopes, the Geospace Physics Laboratory with a clean room for spacecraft instrumentation projects and a 3,500-square-foot high bay physics research hall. The chemistry department uses state-of-the art instrumentation such as the DART mass spectrometer and high field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers in their work.
Florida Tech Commons
The Center for Student Success is on the first floor of The Commons. This is a one-stop hub of student services that includes offices of admissions, financial aid, student accounts, the registrar and campus services. The School of Psychology, Continuing Education, Women’s Business Center and Human Centered Design Institute are also located here.
Florida Tech Research Park
A partnership between the university and Melbourne International Airport, the research park headquarters is located on NASA Boulevard in the Center for Aeronautics and Innovation Building. Prominent high-tech companies are tenants of the research park, which offers major business incentives, convenient support services and amenities, a substantial research base and intermodal transportation links to sea, land, air and space.
Foosaner Art Museum
The Foosaner Art Museum, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District, has at its heart, a permanent collection, held in the public trust. Since opening in 1978, the museum has accumulated nearly 3,000 objects, spanning 20 centuries. Rotating exhibitions bring nationally and internationally recognized artwork, which may be viewed during usual hours and for free with live music during the district’s first Friday monthly events. The Renee Foosaner Education Center offers a variety of art classes for all ages. For information, call (321) 674-8916.
Gleason Performing Arts Center
The 500-seat W. Lansing Gleason Performing Arts Center is designed for stage plays, musical productions, scientific displays, lectures, seminars, camps and conferences. It is equipped with a complete control booth for professional stage productions, lighting and sound. Groups interested in using the facility for conferences and special events may contact the Conference Services Bureau at (321) 674-8125.
Harris Center for Science and Engineering
The three-story Harris Center for Science and Engineering was made possible by an endowment from the Harris Corp. Charitable Fund. The first floor is dedicated to biological sciences, including aquaculture and marine biology, and the second floor houses the department of computer sciences as well as the Global Center for Climate Change. On the third floor is the nationally recognized Harris Institute for Assured Information.
Panther Aquatic Center
Located between the Clemente Center and the Panther Dining Hall, the 32,000-square-foot facility features a competition pool and a recreation pool. The competition pool has nine, 25-yard lanes complete with a one-meter and a three-meter diving board. The recreation pool includes three 25-yard lanes, stair entry and wading benches. Both pools are equipped with geothermal heating and cooling systems.
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
The center’s mission is to preserve, maintain, interpret and display an international collection of textiles through rotating public exhibitions and educational programs. A gift made by Trustee Ruth Funk, and the donations of her personal collections, are the backbone of the center. The center is free and open to the public Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. It is the only textile center in the State of Florida. Visit http://textiles.fit.edu for current exhibit information.
The Scott Center for Autism Treatment
The Scott Center for Autism Treatment operates under the School of Psychology and provides an array of behavioral and psychological services for people with autism spectrum disorder and other diagnoses. Available are early intensive intervention, severe behavior intervention, social skills services for those with an ASD, diagnosis and evaluation, feeding evaluation and treatment, and individual and family counseling. Graduate students provide intervention services supervised by licensed psychologist faculty and staff. The center also provides training for parents, teachers, caregivers and health professionals through workshops and an annual autism conference.