High Tech with a Human Touch
A Historical Walking Tour
The Founders' Trail
Although Florida Tech is less than 40 years old, it has a rich history with many fascinating links to the development of Brevard County and our nation's space program. We hope that this historic walking tour provides you with the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful campus and learn more about some of the interesting events that have contributed to building our university.
Florida Tech grew out of America's space program. In the early 1950s, East Central Florida underwent a transformation. The fishing communities along this stretch of the Atlantic Coast began to receive an influx of engineers, scientists, and technicians. However, there was no opportunity for advanced study nearby. In 1958, Brevard Engineering Institute was launched, and soon it became Brevard Engineering College. In 1966, the university was issued a charter by the State of Florida as Florida Institute of Technology.