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contributions to chapter scholarship and
science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) awards programs
for rising high school seniors and service
personnel pursuing STEM careers. Among
the 10 four-person teams waging a battle
of the greens to see who would win first,
second and third place were Col. Stama-
tis Smeltz, USAF, U.S. Air Forces Central
Command A- 6 and chapter president, and
Col. Joseph Sublousky, USAF (Ret.), for-
mer chapter president. Corporate sponsors
were Intel; FCN Inc. Technology Solu-
tions; Fidelis Security; Walker Associates;
Nimble Storage; Dell; and Proofpoint.
System Engineering for
Global Situation Awareness
In May, the chapter and ASTER S.p.A,
an engineering and consulting firm, held
a workshop titled “System Engineering Solutions & Services for Global Situation Awareness” at the Italian Ministry
of Defense C4 Headquarters in Rome.
Lucio Tirone, ASTER’s director of technology, presented products and services for
defense and homeland security that are
the cornerstone of the company’s commercial offerings (model-based systems engineering package, tool chain management,
systems engineering training). Piero Beccari, ASTER’s head of systems engineering, introduced material common operating pictures (M-COPs) as the information
management and data fusion solution for a
heterogeneous common operating picture
(COP). Mario Gammaldi demonstrated the
MCP Toolbox/TPK-NG, which provides
data fusion. Beccari also presented SpyGlass, a Galileo-based passive radar system
for maritime surveillance. The system’s primary tasks are vessel detection and tracking in covert operations. This radar allows
24-hour, all-weather operations.
Information Technology Overhaul
Sean Belgrade, senior vice president,
Daytona International Speedway, spoke
to the chapter in June about the $400
million transformation of the racetrack
into the world’s first motorsports stadium. The Daytona Rising project, which
spanned multiple years, included significant enhancements to the information technology infrastructure. Belgrade
spoke of the more than 1,600 miles of
data cable, four miles of data trays, 50
miles of fiber optic cable and 9,200 data
connections put into place as part of the
transition. He stated that the ultimate
goal was to improve the “out of your seat”
fan experience with social neighborhoods
as well as to provide the best in-stadium
audio-visual and technology experience.
In closing, Belgrade showed a quote from
NASCAR founder Bill France, who stated,
“The best way to predict the future is to
ROME—Speaking at the May workshop on system engineering solutions are (l-r) Chapter
President Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.); Valerio Pace, ASTER’s marketing and sales
manager; and Lucio Tirone, ASTER’s director of technology.
ROME—Tirone addresses the
audience at the May workshop.
TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG—Daron R. Weishaar,
chapter second vice president (l), thanks June
guest speaker Sean Belgrade, senior vice
president, Daytona International Speedway.