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Theme: The Future of Aerospace

Daytona Beach, FL, United States
October 15th, 2011

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About this event

It took thousands of people in the 1960s to put man on the moon, but merely a handful of people to build a spaceplane that would take common people to space for leisure. We are living in a world of breakthroughs, technology, and entrepreneurship. Of which have never before so harmoniously coexisted. This is the era of flying cars, private spaceships, space hotels, bio-inspired airplanes and space airliners. What will it be like in the next ten, twenty or fifty years? Will we see affordable space travel? Will we fly cars to go to work every day? Will humans go to Mars? What is the next giant leap for aerospace?

TEDxEmbryRiddle will bring all these breakthrough ideas together in one place and create an inspiring atmosphere enriched with innovation and entrepreneurship. TEDxEmbryRiddle aims to bring people together who have dreams of someday changing the world of aerospace and aviation through their ideas and work. The majority of today’s space entrepreneurs and scientists were born in the 1950s and 1960s and were deeply inspired by the Apollo missions. But now, that passion and thirst to explore, challenge, and push the human limits is not as seemingly prevalent. TEDxEmbryRiddle will feature students, scientists and aerospace entrepreneurs from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and around the nation to unveil some of the most fascinating ideas and work being conducted in the aerospace sector.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Jason Dunn
    My life purpose is to help colonize the space frontier, because I sincerely believe that the future of humanity relies on our ability to transition to a multi-planet species. In the 1970′s Gerard K. O’Neill showed how using existing technology it would be feasible to construct orbiting city-sized space colonies, and furthermore, by doing so we would simultaneously solve many of “Humanity’s Grand Challenges” here on Earth. We are now at the knee of the curve. Private companies are pushing the limits of space exploration, and before too long we will all have the chance to leave this planet. There is more opportunity than ever before for the entrepreneur to jump into the space industry and for venture capital to safely invest in these new companies. With such opportunity the new generation of aerospace engineers and space industry professionals has ability to do what just a decade ago took government agencies and large corporations to accomplish. In the next 20 years we are going to see privately funded missions to the moon, asteroids, and even Mars. We are going to leverage advancements in artificial intelligence to explore other worlds from the safety of our own, yet in a manner better than if we were actually there. The developing world will move out of poverty, there will be an abundance of clean energy, and space debris will become a valuable resource for in space construction. At TEDxEmbryRiddle I will talk about the exciting future we have ahead as well as how I am doing my part to get us there. I am going to share how my new company is creating a future where everything in space will be Made in Space.
  • Carl Dietrich
    Terrafugia’s CEO/CTO, Co-Founder, received his BS, MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shortly after being selected as the 2006 winner of the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Innovation. Carl was additionally recognized by the Aero/Astro Department at MIT as one of sixteen exceptional graduates under the age of 35. Carl has also been named as one of the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ in 2009. He has been a private pilot since the age of seventeen.
  • Brian Butka
    Dr. Butka has over 20 years of mixed signal circuit design and test experience. Dr. Butka has 6 patents ranging from DLL design and impedance matching output circuits to source synchronous output testing. Before joining the Embry-Riddle faculty Dr. Butka was a member of technical staff working in the CTO office at Integrated Device Technology, Inc. Dr. William Barott and Dr. Brian Butka aim to change the view of air traffic surveillance. The researchers and their team of students are developing a new type of radar that does not have its own transmitter, but detects weak echoes of signals from existing satellites located far above the Earth. Such a radar can be inexpensive, human-portable, field-deployable, and may also detect some types of stealth vehicles.
  • Richard Stansbury
    Richard S. Stansbury is an assistant professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus. He received his BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering (2002 and 2004 respectively) and PhD in Computer Science (2007) from the University of Kansas. As a graduate research assistant, he developed autonomous ground vehicles for operation in Greenland and Antarctica. His PhD dissertation was titled “Constraint-based Task Selection and Configuration for Autonomous Mobile Robots.” Prof. Stansbury teaches the computer and software engineering capstone senior design course. Each year, with his teaching partner Massood Towhidnejad, a new project is developed and they walk the students through the full engineering life cycle. Past projects include: an autonomous ground vehicle, the EcoCAR Intelligent Drive Efficiency Assistant (IDEA), and the Search and Rescue (SAR) Eagles mixed air/ground robotics team. Prof. Stansbury also teaches two computer science courses: Data Structures and Algorithms in the Fall and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence in the Spring. His research interests focuses upon unmanned systems including both autonomous ground vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems. He has worked on two FAA studies involving a survey of current and near-term future technologies followed by a regulatory gap analysis to determine the regulatory issues associated with introducing these new technologies into the current FAA regulatory environment. The first of these studies focused upon command, control, and communication (C3) technologies and the second study on emergency recovery and flight termination (ERFT) systems. During the Spring and Summer 2010, Prof. Stansbury will be working with NOAA to integrate a sensor payload into an unmanned aircraft for operation in a tropical cyclone.
  • Adam Kuebler
    Adam is a believer in the power of ideas to change the world through entrepreneurship. His first foray into the world of entrepreneurship was starting a web business as a freshmen at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University which reached over a quarter of the campus. He is currently involved in several new start-ups coming put of the university. His interest in start-ups and in people led him to conduct a semester long research project to discover the impact of company culture on the success of start-up companies. Adam is a believer in God, people, passion, and ideas. He seeks to improve life for people across the globe through the power of entrepreneurship.
  • Manu Sharma
    Manu Sharma is the founder and CEO of Nuovo Wind and Nuovo Aerospace and the Licensee of TEDxEmbryRiddle. He is a freethinker and likes blending art with technology. He find his pleasure in finding the things out; in finding the answers of the unanswered questions in science and is passionate about designing airplanes, space tourism, wind turbines and next generation space technology.

Venue and Details

IC Auditorium
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL, 32114
United States

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Manu Sharma
Daytona Beach, FL, United States

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