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Tech Talks: Drones presented by Dr. Cliff Bragdon
• What we'll do Join Dr. Cliff Bragdon as he presents, "Drones" • Important to know -- please note, this is a paid event. To purchase advance event tickets, please visit: If you are unable to purchase tickets in advance, tickets will be available at the door • Lecture description Drone technology is rapidly becoming an aerial threat to transportation systems. We are developing an inventory of drone swarming and its potential impact on our 500-plus FAA-certified air carrier airports in the U.S. is significant. If properly executed by terrorist groups from certain countries (which are aggressively developing advanced delivery systems), this could seriously affect airports in three areas: fuel farms or storage facilities on or near airports, communications and IT systems and air traffic control (ATC) networks. Effective countermeasures and a drone management plan need to be instituted to protect our potentially at-risk transportation-based infrastructure, critical for safe, secure and efficient mobility. Presented by Cliff Bragdon, president of the Global Center for Preparedness and Resilience. He is an emeritus professor, past dean, and former vce-president at Florida Institute of Technology. He is the author of Transportation Security (Butterworth-Heinemann Homeland Security, 2008). • What is the Lifelong Scholar Society? Florida Tech's Lifelong Scholar Society is a community of curious minds who are passionate about sharing knowledge. Throughout the year, the society hosts a series of lectures, workshops and socials around Florida’s Space Coast. Topics range from historical writers and contemporary art to the Florida habitat, space exploration and more. Join us and become part of a world of interesting people. To register or become a member of the Lifelong Scholar Society, please call 321-674-8382, or visit our website:

Center for Aeronautics and Innovation

1050 W NASA Blvd. · Melbourne, FL

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Are you interested in learning about Florida natural habitats, Shakespeare, or a former astronauts love for jazz music? The Lifelong Scholar Society is a new program offered by FIT’s Continuing Education Department for adults that are interested in intellectually stimulating experiences in a university setting. The Lifelong Scholar Society hosts 60 minute live lectures on various topics given by Florida Institute of Technology faculty and staff. The lectures cover a variety of topics ranging from nautical themes, literature, art, history, music, and science.

Lectures cost: $20 and include coffee and a variety of baked goodies!

***To register or become a member, please call 321-674-8382, or visit our website:

Become a member of the Lifelong Scholar Society by purchasing a yearly membership of $45

Perks of being a member include:

-A personalized name tag

-Half priced lectures ($10)

-3 member dinners in the Pather Dining Hall (1 per semester)

-Ability to bring a guest for their first time at the member rate of $10.

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