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

VIVID LMS 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. Click the button in the top right corner '+ Enroll in New Course'
2. Search the name of the course and click the ' + Enroll' button
3. Complete the videos and quizzes
4. Download completion certificates
5. 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  23rd, 2021

Project Registration End Date

September 3rd 2021

Faculty Budget Report Due

September 10th, 2021

Safety Plan/ Risk Assessment Plan* 

September 10th, 2021

Check in at Design Facilities: L3HSDC**

September 13th, 2021- September 17th, 2021

First Day to Submit Purchase Requistions***

October 1st, 2021

Last Day to Submit Purchase  Requisitions

April 1st, 2022

L3HSDC 72 Hour Work-A-Thon

April 1st, 2022- April 3rd, 2022

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

April 19th, 2022

Project Deliverable Handover and Check Out

April 29th, 2022

* These are  living document that will be updated throughout the capstone year, but initial submission is due on September 10th, 2021

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

*** Purchaes are only made twice a month starting in October. Please see the breakdown below

Mehanical Engineering/ Biomedical Engineering Purchase Dates
October 8th, 22nd
November: 5th, 19th
December: 3rd
Winter Break: No Purchasing
January: 14th, 28th
February: 11th, 25th
March: 11th, 25th
April: 1st (Last Day of Purchasing)

Aerospace Engineering/ Electrical Engineering Purchase Dates
October: 1st, 15th, 29th
November: 12th, 26th
December: 10th
Winter Break: No Purchasing
January: 21th
February: 4th, 18th
March: 4th, 18th,
April: 1st (Last Day of Purchasing)

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  23rd, 2021

Project Registration End Date

December 10th 2021

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, 2021

Last Day to Submit Purchase  Requisitions

April 1st, 2022

* 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 23th, 2021- April 6th, 2022

Poster/ E-Book/ Video/ Website Submission

April 13th, 2022

Exhibit Requirements and Exhibit Saftey Plan Submission

April 13th, 2022

Exhibit Set-Up

April 20th- April 21st

Exhibit Inspection

April 21st, 2022

Northrop Grumman Student Design Showcase 

April 22nd, 2022

Exhibit Take Down 

April 22nd, 2022

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