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Daytona IEEE Section
On Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 the Daytona IEEE Section will hold their monthly Technical/Dinner meeting. The meeting will be held at the Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, Florida. Greetings and Cocktails will be held at 5:30 PM, the dinner will be served at 6:00 PM and the technical presentation will be held at 7:00 PM.
The Old Professor is back again this year for our March meeting with another "Night of Potpurri." If it's like last year, it promises to be a good evening.Our speaker for the meeting will be Dr. Al Helfrick Professor Emeritus at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He started his career in radiation hardening of military systems, then after a stint in the military (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), continued in the fields of cable television, test and measurement, avionics and finally as an independent consultant. Dr. Helfrick joined ERAU in 1991 and retired in 2015 after serving as both a professor and department chairman. He is still active in academia, continues to publish and present papers at conferences, and occasionally regales audiences with reminiscences from his career.
Dr. Helfrick has not divulged exactly what the subjects will be, but promises it will be about technology, engineering, a bit of history, international and local. In other words: Potpurri and, of course, presented with The Old Professor's usual whimsy.
A more detailed description of the technical topic and more details of the speakers background, directions to the meeting venue and the menu for the dinner can be found on the Calander of Events page on this website.
Daytona IEEE Section
On Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 the Daytona IEEE Section held their monthly Technical/Dinner meeting. The meeting was held at the Lahman Bldg. Atrium, 1st floor of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at 660 S. Clyde Morris Blvd in Daytona Beach. The meeting was held at the University as part of the "Engineering Week" activities. A buffet meal was served at 5:30 PM and the Technical Presentation started at 6:00 PM. The topic for the evening was " A Moving Target Defense Framework for Distributed Systems."
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomy are becoming a major component of our day-to-day life. In this talk, we will first look at how intentionally or unintentionally we are interacting with the different applications of AI, then we briefly took at some of the different techniques and methods that are used in different AI applications. Finally, we take a look at some of the myths and aspirations of what AI can do for us now or in the future.Our speaker for the meeting will be Dr. Masood Towhidnejad. He is a Professor of Software Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr Towhidnejad received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1990. His teaching and research interests include STEM education, software engineering, software quality assurance and testing, autonomous systems, and Air Traffic Management. He has also served as a Faculty Fellow at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and a Visiting Research Associate at the Federal Aviation Administration.
A more detailed description of the technical topic, and the speakers background can be found on the Recent Event page on this website.
Computer Society Chapter of the IEEE Daytona Section
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Newsletter Available on Line
On this website the current copy of the "Sparks" newsletter will be provided by clicking on Sparks Newsletter at the top of this page. Copies of the newsletter for the past several years are available by clicking on the Newsletter Archives at the top of this page, and then selecting the appropriate newsletter from the archives by date.
Internet Address Shortcut
At the suggestion of several members of the Section the web master requested an alias web site address from IEEE Headquarters. For people with short memories we can now be reached on our old web address http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r3/daytona or our new alias address: http://www.ieee.org/go/daytona IEEE-USA .
Webmaster Charles Husbands
Updated 16 March 2018
Welcome to the Daytona Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
The Life Members Affinity Group arranged for a short presentation and a tour of the Burns STEM school in Oak Hill on Tuesday, February 20 (Engineers week starts Feb. 19). The tour, took about one hour, and started at 11:00 a.m. After the tour the group went to Goodrich's restaurant (on the river) for lunch.
The Burns Charter school opened in August 2011, with an enrollment of 240 children. The school is housed in an elementary school facility that was closed by the school district circa 2009. The local community formed working groups to find a way to re-open their neighborhood school and the Burns STEM school servicing kindergarten through grade 8 was the result. They now have 450 students – the maximum the site will handle. They have achieved an A rating from the State of Florida. Last spring they were certified K-8 STEM, and the school was accredited, by teams from Advanc ED.
The tour went very well and everyone who attended commented of structure of the education process and amount of technology inserted into the school's curriculum. It was suggested that we examine a process where the LM Group might provide mentoring support to the school.
Daytona IEEE Section
Life Members Affinity Group
May 3rd 2017
On May 3rd, 2017 a Life Members Meeting was held at the New Smyrna Water Reclamation Facility, conference room at 3119 State Road 44 (behind WalMart).
The New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission has offered to provide us with an overview of their electrical facilities. They are one of 34 public power communities in Florida. The Utilities Commission electric system has 115 kV interconnections with Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy. The Utilities commission owns and maintains approximately 231 miles of overhead and 33 miles of underground electrical circuits. The electric system is monitored 24 hours a day by System Operations employees from the Electric Operations Center located on SR44.
Please RSVP to Ron Gedney, Life Member Committee Chair at (386.478.1204) if you plan to attend the meeting, or need additional directions to the meeting venue.
IEEE Section Polo Shirts
and Coffee Mugs
We are pleased to offer Daytona Section polo shirts and coffee mugs for our Section members. Shirt's are embroidered with the IEEE logo and Daytona Section on the left and your name and grade, if desired, on the right. For additional size, contact and pricing information please see the article in the latest version of the Sparks Newsletter. Specifications and prices for the Coffee Mugs are also available in the same publication.
The objective of the Small Radio Telescope Program was to acquire and operate a small radio telescope in support of a comprehensive educational and research program. This program was directed at increasing the understanding of science and electrical engineering in the local schools and universities of the greater Daytona Area.
In early 2007 a grant application was submitted by the Daytona IEEE Section to the IEEE Life Member Committee (LMC) to provide funding for a Small Radio Telescope (SRT) Program.
The SRT Program was designed to acquire, assemble and calibrate a small radio telescope to be used for teaching radio astronomy, electronics, communications, antenna theory, and data processing. The device is to be used to support the teaching of these technologies at the University Level, High School and Middle School Level, and provide workshops to home schooled students.
In February of 2008 the Small Radio Telescope (SRT) Program, funded by the IEEE Life Member Committee, placed the initial purchase orders necessary to obtain a commercial small radio telescope instrument.
In late 2008 and early 2009 the SRT was assembled in the High Bay Laboratory and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During this period initial tracking and calibration testing was performed.
In late February 2009 the completed SRT system was delivered to the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS). On 21 February 2009 the system was demonstrated to the Life Members Committee (LMC) who had funded the program.
In early April 2009 the antenna system was mounted on a 20 foot mast at the Museum of Arts and Sciences and integrated into the planetarium's control console position. With the antenna installed in the museum's planetarium a series of detailed tests were run prior to integrating it into the planetarium program.
During November 2009 a small team of engineers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University examined the existing SRT software interfaces and modified them to make it more user friendly and more meaningful to potential users.
In early 2010 hardware and software were installed to permit the SRT to be remotely operated to extend its application for research and educational purposes. This modification allowed the SRT is available to researchers and educators, from any location, in the world, that has internet access.
A prototype website with the URL
http://www.daytonaSRT.org was developed to permit a gateway to the SRT to allow operation of the small radio telescope for research and educational purposes.
Photos and a detailed description of the development and testing phase of the small radio telescope installation can be found on the SRT Program section of this website
On March 19, 2011 a conference paper "Development of a Small Radio Telescope for Engineering Education" was presented at SoutheastCon2011. The paper was authored by Charles Husbands, Dr. William Barott, and Jeanette Barott. Copies of this paper are available through the IEEE Xplorer Network or can be obtained, for personal use, by contacting the authors. The authors all appear on the Section Officers Page of this website.
The SRT is current out of service as the antenna structure had be relocated due to construction at the museum. We are examining new sites for the antenna system and hope to have it up and operational for educational purposes in the near future.