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College of Engineering and Science

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

Important Dates & Deadlines


Project Registration Begin Date (Rolling unitl February 1st, 2021)

September 2nd, 2020

Faculty Budget Report Due

September 11th, 2020

Safety Plan Approval Begin Date (Rolling unitl February 1st, 2021)

September 18th, 2020

Check in at Design Facilities: L3HSDC*

October 5th, 2020-October 9th, 2020*

First Day to Submit Purchase Requistions

October 9th, 2020

Last Day to Submit Purchase  Requisitions

April 9th, 2021

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

April 16th, 2021

Project Deliverable Handover and Check Out

May 7th, 2021

 *Teams that have not checked in by October 9th may have their space at the L3HSDC forfeited to another team


Showcase Registration 

February 1st, 2021- March 26th, 2021

Exhibit Requirements Submission

March 26th, 2021

Poster/ E-Book/ Website Submission

March 26th, 2021

Exhibit Requirements and Exhibit Saftey Plan Submission

March 26th, 2021

Exhibit Set-Up

April 20th, 2021- April 21st, 2021 (3:00 PM)

Exhibit Inspection

April 21st, 2021- April 22nd, 2021

Northrop Grumman Student Design Showcase 

April 23rd, 2021

Exhibit Take Down 

April 24th, 2021

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
    • A sample table is available at the L3HSDC for inspection
    • 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

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.