The acquisition and analysis of diverse research data is central to many sustainability professions. Students in the Sustainability major and minor programs at Florida Tech complete an 8-month Senior Capstone Research Project. These student projects are presented as research posters each spring at the Northrop-Grumman Engineering and Science Showcase.
The latest two semesters of dedicated student efforts can be seen in the Sustainability Student Research, 2022 Showcase posters which detail diverse projects from on- and off-campus internships. Alice Pennings was the winner of the Sustainability Competition for her project At the very end of the awards ceremony, the Gleason Auditorium erupted when Alice also won the President’s Cup for Best in Show - Sciences. Her project was based on a paid remote internship with the American Bureau of Shipping, based in Texas with >80 global offices.
The Student Sustainability Research Posters from 2021 and 2020 represent the diversity and depth of research opportunities available (e.g., city sustainability internships, building energy efficiency audits, ocean engineering modeling, green business certification, coastal restoration, many others). SUS program student senior research project have also won awards in international student research.
Research often aids the identification and implementation of best practices - optimal routines to improve system efficiency. Sustainability research requires skills in many potential career fields (examples include sustainable building design, carbon accounting, conservation of threatened species, renewable energy engineering, business and social equity, geographic information systems, etc.). Additional information on research activities at Florida Tech is available.
Companies, non-profits, academia, and government employers seek sustainability professionals to research and refine systems management to improve long-term resilience. Examples of such jobs are in Sustainability FAQs.