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In a community where innovation is key, important to invest not just in infrastructure but in the future. In 1958, the Brevard Engineering College was founded as a
school for missile and in 1966 became Florida Institute of Technology.
Today, Florida Tech focuses on tech with a human providing its nearly
10,000 students and more than 60,000 alumni with world-class, hands-on learning
Florida Tech brings science, technology, engineering and math to students with its
5,500-horsepower jet dragster in partnership with two-time world champion Elaine
Larsen and Larsen Motorsports.
of the reasons we approached Florida Tech is its commitment to hands-on,
high-tech, real-world education, and what we hope to help says Larsen
co-founder and CEO Chris Larsen.
Larsen is a tenant in the new Florida Tech Research Park, an integration space for
the school and local business community not far from Florida main campus. The
park supports applied research, prototype development and advanced manufacturing
with collaboration and expansion opportunities for virtually every high-tech industry.
Additional businesses found in the FTRP aerospace and tech neighborhood include
Craig Technologies, Embraer, FIT Aviation, General Electric, Harris Corporation, L3,
Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Melbourne International Airport, Northrop Grumman,
Rockwell Collins and many more.
The proximity and entrepreneurial spirit of these bodes well for Florida
Tech students who, in addition to their academic studies, are part of a cultural initiative
funded by the Kern Family Foundation to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in under-
graduate engineering students.
That spirit extends to younger innovators, too. Take Benjamin Stern, a 16-yearold high school junior in Melbourne
who invented Nohbo, the
ecofriendly, waste-free shampoo
Prompted by a documentary on the effect
of plastic waste on marine life, Stern came
up with the idea for Nohbo at age 14. Takcampus.
ing a part-time job to fund research, Stern
invested his money, his money
and his college tuition savings into Nohbo. Earlier this year, he appeared on Shark Tank and scored a $100,000 investment
from investor Mark Cuban. not stopping with set his sights on
conditioner, body wash and a shaving cream ball, which is currently in development
Florida Preparatory boasts a 100 percent college acceptance rate
since special programs and clubs for its middle and high school students,
including training (in partnership with the Florida Institute of Technology) and a
model rocket club.
not just students who from the knowledge base. The Melbourne
Makerspace is a lab where community members of all ages can take free classes to
explore new ideas and work on projects ranging from electronics, arts and engineering
to beer brewing, crafting and 3-D printing.
Florida Tech offers more than 140
and doctoral degree
programs in engineering, science, aviation,
business, psychology, communication
and the designed to help
our students reach the stars.
Located in Melbourne, Florida
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Florida Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, education specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida
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