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Student Design And Research

COVID-19 Update from COES Student Design and Research

Due to current global events and new policies set in place to keep staff and students safe, all COES student design and research facilities are closed to students for the remainder of the semester.  At this time all capstone students should be receiving or have already received information from their advisers about virtually completing their capstone projects. Physical components of projects are no longer required to receive credit in the capstone course (including competition projects), and students will no longer be able to work on their physical components on university facilities and should not attempt to work on their physical projects at other facilities including their residence halls or homes. 

From the staff here on campus, we want to be the first to let all of our students know how proud we are of all the hard work and dedication they have put into their projects, and we are all deeply saddened that the physical completion of these projects will not be possible. We wish all of the students the best of luck completing their virtual projects, and our staff is still here and willing to help in whatever way we can to make sure students can be successful for the rest of the semester.

Details about virtual submissions of project posters and E-book submission will be updated in the next few days. Please continue to look at this website for the most up to date information.

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

Important Dates & Deadlines



Project Registration

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Budget Report

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Safety Plan Approval

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Last Day to Check in at Design Facilities

Friday, October 25, 2019

Last Day to Submit Requisitions

Monday, April 13, 2020

Last Day to work on your project (at COES facilities)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Project Deliverable Handover and Check Out

Friday, May 8, 2020



Showcase Registration

Friday, January 31, 2020

Exhibit Requirements Submission

Friday, February 14, 2020

Poster Submission

Monday, April 27, 2020

E-Book Page Submission

Monday, April 27, 2020

Preliminary Exhibit Inspection (CANCELLED)

Friday, April 17, 2020

Exhibit Setup (CANCELLED)

Thursday, April 23, 2020 (8 a.m. -  2 p.m.)


Friday, April 24, 2020

Exhibit Take Down (CANCELLED)

Sat, April 25, 2020 (2pm-4pm)

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,liveanimals , public interaction, demonstrations,  or requires additional space, or  electrical outlets
    • A sample table is available at the HSDC for inspection
    • Any special exhibit requirements need to be put in the exhibits requirement document
  • The poster andeBook 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 HSDC.
  • For more information about the showcase please visit: Student Design Website


Capstone Coaches

The capstone coaches program was established in 2017 to help prepare students for a global, interconnected workforce by connecting them to experienced mentors in their field who serve as coaches during their senior design projects.

Coaches are notable members of industry, executive officers from engineering companies and outstanding members of the Florida Tech community. Coaches offer real-world experiences and expertise in the development of engineering projects, as well as valuable lessons that they can share with our students. The Capstone Coaches are there to assist the student team as appropriate towards the successful execution of their projects, while at the same time, giving them an opportunity to work with expert engineers, leaders, and project managers.

The Capstone Coaches program has two distinct goals. The first is to add dimension to the students’ academic experience; by interacting with successful members of the industry, the students will be better suited for innovative work in the industry. The second goal is to enhance the relationship between industry and engineering education so that our programs are responsive to industry needs.