Recap: Top Moments from the Drones #STEMTalks Event

Apr 25, 2017

On April 12th, Florida Polytechnic University hosted its fourth #STEMTalks of the 2016-2017 academic year. The virtual event titled, “Drones: Changing Your Perspective,” consisted of a panel of drone experts with experience in recreational, commercial and military drone use.

Ryan English, president and co-founder of Tampa-based FLYMOTION Unmanned Systems, spoke about FLYMOTION’s involvement in drone technology. FLYMOTION provides unmanned systems for a range of industries including government, public safety, agriculture, oil/gas, energy, media and more.

Dr. Dean Bushey, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Florida Poly and retired Air Force colonel, brought his expertise from working in both the civilian sector and military, and also as a computer scientist, educator and pilot.

Finally, the duo were joined by Ethan Puerto, an electrical engineering major at Florida Poly. Puerto shared his passion for drone technology, along with his excitement for the future of the industry. Puerto plans to spend the summer interning with Alert5 in Miami, Florida.

English, Bushey and Puerto answered questions posed by both the moderator, Florida Poly’s Richard Truncale, and the audience, via YouTube chat and Twitter. The topics discussed included security and protection, future technological improvements and how to prepare for a career working with drones.

View the top moments from this virtual #STEMTalks below:

1. Ryan English describes how he thinks drone technology can improve in the future with data management systems:

2. Will wars be fought with drones in the future? Dr. Bushey shares his thoughts:

3. Did you know in the state of Florida, law enforcement cannot fly a drone for surveillance purposes without a search warrant?

4. Ethan shares what a person could study in school to prepare for a career working with drones:

5. Data security is a frequent issue and popular topic in today’s society. Dr. Bushey describes how we can protect the data that comes from drones:

6. Looking for an internship? Hear some advice from our panel: