Past Programs

IEEE Daytona Section meetings and speaker programs are currently staged in the Lehman Building at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, at 1 Aerospace Blvd, Daytona Beach.  Room Number TBA.


On September 28, 2023, NASA engineer and EMI expert Roger Lascorz gave a talk on the Artemis program and EMI testing. Lascorz provided an understanding of what EMI testing is and explained in a general way how it supports the development of ground systems for the Artemis program.
He currently works in the Voice Systems Group where he makes prototypes that reduce costs and survive tricky environments that are unique to NASA. Roger, who immigrated to the US from Catalonia when he was 16 to start college, also leads an Employee Resource Group that represents foreign-born and first-generation Americans called New Americans. He has been working for NASA since 2019 and is a Georgia Institute of Technology alumni.

Expert Panel:  Women in Aerospace and Aviation

The Daytona Section WIE, along with the Section, presented the monthly program on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, featuring an expert panel of women engineers employed in aerospace and aviation. We welcomed Mineris Figueroa and Angie Gonzalez from Northrop Grumman, Katherine Ghelarducci from the Kennedy Space Center, and Caeley Looney from L3Harris.

Led by panel moderator and Daytona Section WIE Chair Rebecca DeMarco, panelists described how they became interested in engineering and what excited them about working in aeropsace and aviation. The importance of air superiority for the defense strategy of the U.S. was put into focus, and panelists expressed that they liked to be on the cutting edge, to come up with new solutions, and to respond to learning challenges.

In addition to Section members and the panelists themselves, approximately 20 university students attended the expert panel session where they received a plethora of valuable tips about internships and about the job application process, in general.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Robotics Team 2, presenting at the April 22 Section meeting:  “A Direction Finding System for Educational Purpose,” by Robert P. Apelian, Nicholas D. Dukemann, and Michael S. Ackerman.  (Note:  Team 1 was represented by TJ Scherer and Ivan Borra–“Emulation for the SRT System.”)

Dr. Helen Hernandez

On October 28, 2021, Dr. Hernandez presented a program titled Virtual Care: A Paradigm Shift in Healthcare Delivery.  The 2020 pandemic has caused a cultural shift and accelerated the acceptance of a virtual environment in healthcare delivery.  We learned about four distinct models of virtual care.  In addition, we learned from comments from the audience that the traditional model of face-to-tace encounters between physician and patient must also undergo changes to ensure a high standard of quality of care.


At our October meeting, we also had a presentation from our 2021 Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Fair Senior Division winner, Jenny Liu from Spruce Creek High School, about her project “Enhancing the Accuracy of Recyclable Material Classification Using Transfer Learning and Image Augmentation.

The panelists expressed that they welcomed the opportunity to share their experiences and hope to encourage more young girls to become scientists and engineers, and to encourage female engineering students to “stick with it.”

L-R:  Angie Gonzalez, Caeley Looney, Katherine Ghelarducci, Mineris Figueroa, and Panel Moderator Rebecca DeMarco.

Bethune-Cookman University Robotics Team presented at the last Section meeting April 2022, L:  Manit Bhusal.



At the last Section meeting on March 24, 2022,we welcomed back Dr. Al Helfrick, Professor Emeritus @ ERAU, for a “Night of Potpourri with the Old Professor.”  The presentation was titled “Engineering Flops”. It covered a range of failures and questionable products from electronic devices to aeronautical contraptions. Combining a mixture of engineering detail and humor, The Old Professor’s presentations are always enjoyable and informative.

On WEDNESDAY, February 23, 2022 @ 5:00 PM, the monthly Section Meeting was held at the ERAU Campus, in conjunction with Embry Riddle’s Engineering Week program and featured the Keynote Address presentation: “Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter” by Dr. Paul Bevilaqua

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Dr. Daniel Hastings

On February 23, 2021, the IEEE Daytona Section supported a virtual presentation organized by ERAU during Engineers Week 2021. Dr. Daniel Hastings, Head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronomics, MIT, delivered a keynote address “To Look Ahead, Look Up.”  Engineers Week Keynote Address on YouTube

Ms. Tamaira Ross

During Engineers Week 2020, the IEEE Daytona Section supported a presentation at ERAU by Tamaira Ross, Blue Origin’s Configuration Design Engineer and Manager, titled “Navigating a Career in Aerospace: From Jetliners to Satellites & Rockets.”

Tom Stafford

On January 23, 2020, Tom Stafford, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Halifax Health gave a program titled “The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Halifax Health Information Technology.”

Michael Putt

On November 21, 2019, Michael Putt, PE, from Florida Power and Light, presented an informative overview of the smart grid, the power grid, the deployment of drones and use of AI to improve and monitor the power grid.

Anthony Galante and Matthew Smith

October 24, 2019 Meeting:  Officer/Assistant Professor at ERAU Anthony Galante and Detective Matthew Smith from the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) explained how and when the drones are used and showed video from the drones which helped them in situations which would not have been possible without the technology.  (Pictured here with then Vice Chair Dr. Helen Hernandez).