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Daytona IEEE Section
On Thursday, April 25th, 2013 the Daytona IEEE Section will hold a Technical/Dinner meeting at the Halifax River Yacht Club on 331 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach Florida.
Each year the April meeting is usually dedicated to the activities of the young engineers studying Engineering in our local Colleges and Universities. This year students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Bethune-Cookman University will be the presenters. They will report on their recent robotic competition as well as senior projects.
In addition the student winners of the IEEE Daytona Section Special Awards at the 2013 Tomoka Region Science and Engineering Fair will be introduced and recognized.
More details on the program and the dinner arrangements can be found on the Calendar of Events segment of this website.
Daytona IEEE Section
On Thursday, March 27, 2013 the Daytona IEEE Section held a Technical/Dinner meeting at the Halifax River Yacht Club on 331 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach Florida.
The speaker for the evening was Remzi Seker a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, Sofware, and Systems Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Seker spoke on "Cyber Security and Privacy". His talk will surveyed some privacy issues and the impact of involuntary disclosures of personal information with examples. The speaker also provided examples of how data is collected from users and the potential long-term impact of such practices.
For more information on the technical topic and the dinner arrangements for this meeting look at the Recent Events link on this Website.
Science Fair News
The Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held on January 19, 2013 at Atlantic High School in Port Orange. The winners of the IEEE Daytona Section Special Awards were:
Junior Division - Jude Flynn
Ormond Beach Middle School
Senior Division - Nicholas Fichera
Spruce Creek High School
These students will be honored at our April Dinner Meeting.
Computer Society Chapter of the IEEE Daytona Section
For information on the Computer Society Chapter of the IEEE Daytona Section, contact Dr. Keith Garfield at
Changes in the Distribution
of the SPARKs Newsletter
After a review of expenditures, in November 2011, we found the cost of mailing the Daytona Sections Sparks Newsletter was a major Section expense. Looking at Post Office regulations for bulk mail and the high cost of mailing the hard copy version, it was determined, that the primary distribution of SPARKS in the future will be by email and on our web site.
As a reminder, it's important to update your email address with the IEEE to make sure you continue to receive your Sparks Newsletter. Please go to www.ieee.org and update your profile.
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 .
Calendar of Events
Scheduled for Jackson, Florida April 4-7, 2013
Proposed IEEE Control Systems Society Chapter
Dr. Jing Wang from Bethune-Cookman University expressed interest in establishing an IEEE Control Systems Society Chapter under our section. Initially, we will need signatures of 12 IEEE Control Society members. If you are a member, please contact Dr. Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org, and your support of this endeavor will be much appreciated.
Proposed Daytona State College (DSC) Student Branch
Daytona Section is currently working towards establishing a new student branch at Daytona State College (DSC). Dr. Bob Mertens is leading the effort to recruit student members and promote IEEE's visibility among DSC faculty/students. On Oct. 1st and Nov. 6th, promotional meetings were held at the Advanced Technology Center at DSC, where presentations were made describing the benefits of IEEE membership for students and facility. At the November 6th meeting James Gregoire, the ERAU Student Chapter Chairman spoken on the organization and activities of ERAU's IEEE Student Branch.
Welcome to the Daytona Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Life Member Tour
American Aero Services
April 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 AM, the
Life Members of the Daytona
Section had a wonderful tour of
American Aero Services.
American Aero Services occupy a
10,00 square foot hanger at the
New Smyrna Beach Airport, 333
South Street in New Smyrna
Services repairs and restores
World War II Aircraft and
military vehicles. They
have also build replicas of
aircraft, space vehicles
etc. Their customers are
usually private individuals, but
may also be private or federal
museums. The company
started in its current premises
in 1981. Gary Norville has
been the sole owner since
1998. They have an FAA
certified technician on staff,
so they are able to certify
recently built a new 20,000
square foot hanger space at the
South end of the New Smyrna
Airport and will be moving all
of their Warplanes and equipment
over the next several months.
comprehensive idea of the type
of work that is done in their
facility can be seen here.
Daytona Section Expansion
The Daytona Section is actively seeking further growth. Currently, we are working towards establishing a new student branch at Daytona State College. Also, a student affinity group in artificial intelligence is being formed at ERAU. We are considering the possibility of starting an affinity group for women-in-engineering at ERAU as well. Finally, members of the IEEE Control Systems Society in our section are working on starting a Control Society Chapter.
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 April 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 purpose of the SRT Program was 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 will 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 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 November 2008 the components for the Small Radio Telescope were delivered to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where the mechanical portion of the system was assembled and tested. In early January of 2009 the SRT was moved from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to a private aircraft hanger in Spruce Creek Fly-In. At the hanger the microwave portion of the system was tested and initial tracking and calibration tests were 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) as part of their Orlando Florida meeting agenda. After the Life Members meeting the 7.5 foot parabolic dish was replaced with a 10 foot dish to dramatically improve the systems sensitivity.
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 started looking at the existing SRT software interfaces to make it more user friendly and more meaningful to the potential users. We want to thank Dr. Hugh Ward, Dr. Billy Barott, Jeanette Barott, Jonathan Marolf, Logan Meers and Nick Bartolotta for there help and support.
In early 2010 permission was given by the Daytona Section Executive Committee to install the hardware and software to permit remote operation of the SRT for research and educational purposes. The hardware was successfully installed and now remote operation of the SRT is currently available to a limited number of researchers, from any location, in the world, that has internet access.
A prototype website with the URL
http://www.daytonaSRT.org is under construction to permit a general gateway to the SRT to allow operation of the small radio telescope for research and educational purposes.
Detailed photos and a description of the development and testing of the SRT 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 SoutheastCon. The paper was authored by Charles Husbands, Dr. William Barott, and Jeanette Barott. Copies of this paper can be obtained for personal use by contacting the authors. The authors all appear on the Section Officers Page of this website.
Charles Husbands - email@example.com
Updated 4 March 2013