Student Design And Research

What Is Student Design and Research?

Project-based learning through hands-on projects gives students a substantial understanding of their field and helps them acquire highly sought-after workplace skills like collaboration, communication and complex problem-solving.

During their senior year, students from the college of engineering and science participate in a capstone project to gain hands-on experience in applying engineering and science principles. Students organize into interdisciplinary teams to complete comprehensive projects in which they can apply the theoretical basis from their field.

Capstone projects simulate a real-world work environment in a variety of engineering and science fields. The students apply theory, think creatively and develop practical skills such as teamwork, professionalism, and leadership.  

Project-based capstone projects...

  • Teaches interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Applies learned engineering and science skills and knowledge
  • Shows how engineering, science, and business interact in professional environments
  • Creates better engineers and scientists, ready for work and graduate school
  • Encourages future research and innovation
  • Makes science and engineering fun

as part of their capstone experience, students...

  • Participate in team goal setting
  • Develop a plan to attain goals
  • Conduct research
  • Develop leadership by leading their own teams
  • Understand team interdependencies
  • Develop a winning attitude

Student Design and Research Showcase

Student design and research projects culminate with the Northrop Grumman Engineering & Science Student Design Showcase at Florida Tech, an annual event during which student teams present their work and field questions from their peers, faculty members, industry professionals and local leaders.

In 2009, a $1 million endowment gift from Northrop Grumman Corporation provided ongoing support for Florida Tech students’ work. Sponsorships from other local and national companies also assist. These gifts reflect a commitment to boosting interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and the value of learning beyond the classroom.

Information for Students

Safety Video Training

All students using the student design center must complete the following safety courses before utilizing the L3Harris Student Design Center:

Slips, Trips, and Falls Overview
Emergency and Fire Preparedness
Hazard Communication Overview
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Personal Protective Equipment (7-lesson bundle into a single course)
Risk Assessment
Hand and Power Tool Safety

Please follow the link below to sign into your account:
Online Training System Account

Steps to enroll in courses:

1. Search the name of the course and enroll in it
2. Complete the videos and quizzes
3. Download completion certificates
4. Upload documents to CANVAS per instructers instructions

*Other saftey training may be assigned by the staff of the L3Harris Student Design Center or student instructers depending on students use with machines in the building.

Important Dates & Deadlines (For Projects Utilizing L3HSDC Space)

Project Registration Begin Date  August  22nd, 2022
Project Registration End Date September 16th, 2022
Faculty Budget Report Due September 16th, 2022
Safety Plan/ Risk Assessment Plan*  September 16th, 2022
Check in at Design Facilities: L3HSDC** September 12th, 2022- September 16th, 2022
First Day to Submit Purchase Requistions*** October 11th, 2022
Last Day to Submit Purchase  Requisitions April 1st, 2023
L3HSDC Work-A-Thon TBD
Last Day to work on your project (at COES facilities) April 13th, 2023
Project Deliverable Handover and Check Out April 29th, 2023

* These are  living document that will be updated throughout the capstone year, but initial submission is due on September 16th, 2022

**Teams that have not checked in by October 8th may have their space at the L3HSDC forfeited to another team

All other purchase requests should be from professors using  the Adviser Project Funding Application

Important Dates & Deadlines (For Projects using L3HSDC Funding but not L3HSDC Space)

Project Registration Begin Date  August  22nd, 2022
Project Registration End Date December 10th, 2022
Adviser Project Funding Budget Submission Any time after registration
Safety Plan/ Risk Assessment Plan*  Any time after registration
First Day to Submit Purchase Requistions** October11th, 2022
Last Day to Submit Purchase  Requisitions April 1st, 2023

* These are  living document that will be updated throughout the capstone year, but initial submission is due before working on project, and before any purchases can be made

 ** Students will not be able to submit purchase requistions or start their projects until the following forms have been completed: Project Registration, Project Safety Plan, Project Risk Assessment, Faculty Budget Report

Important Dates & Deadlines (For Projects Not Using L3HSDC Funding and Not using L3HSDC Space)

Projects that fall under this category will only need to follow deadlines for Spring Showcase 2022, which can be found below.


Showcase Registration   August 22nd, 2022- April 5th, 2023
Poster/ E-Book/ Video/ Website Submission April 5th, 2023
Exhibit Requirements and Exhibit Saftey Plan Submission April 5th, 2023
Exhibit Set-Up April 12th- April 13th, 2023
Exhibit Inspection April 13th, 2023
Northrop Grumman Student Design Showcase  April 14th, 2023
Exhibit Take Down  April 14th, 2023

No late submissions or corrections will be accepted after the deadline. The deadlines are there to ensure that everything is proper on showcase day. All deadlines listed above are firm.

  • Standard setup space for all projects will be one 4ft by2ft table and 1 poster hangers, please complete the exhibit requirements document if your exhibit includes fluids, live animals , public interaction, demonstrations, or requires additional space, or  electrical outlets
    • Any special exhibit requirements need to be put in the exhibits requirement document
  • The poster and eBook templates will be distributed to all the teams. Please follow all the guidelines listed in the templates.
    • Any documents not following the proper template will be rejected.
    • If you require any assistance or have any queries, please contact the Office of Student Projects at the L3HSDC.
  • For more information about the showcase please visit: Student Design Website
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