David J Sypeck

Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus


Professor Sypeck is native to Town of Niagara, NY.  While a SUNY undergraduate, he worked as a pharmacy technician and emergency room receptionist at Buffalo General Hospital.  At UVA he was a teaching and research assistant in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, then a research associate and senior scientist in Materials Science and Engineering.  His education and early research were supported by NYSED, US DoED, SUNY, UVA, NASA, ONR, and DARPA.  Sypeck joined the ERAU faculty in 2002.

Sypeck is primarily a hands on experimentalist focusing on the fabrication, testing, and performance of lightweight materials and structures (e.g., cellular solids, composites, devices made from them, etc.).  More recent research includes testing and performance of automobile batteries and components.  His authored or co-authored articles are internationally cited and he has been awarded three United States Patents for "microtruss" (sometimes called microlattice).

At ERAU, Sypeck manages the Lightweight Materials and Structures Lab (LB 173) and the Materials Testing Lab (LB 178) where AE majors perform experiments in materials, structures, and instrumentation.  Sponsors have included ERAU, FSGC, NASA, and NSF. 


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical and Aerospace Eng, University of Virginia
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Eng, University of Virginia
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University At Buffalo

  • ES 320: Engineering Materials Science
  • AE 416: A/Space Strctrs Instrmntn
  • AE 417: A/Space Strctrs Instrmntn Lab
  • AE 699: Special Topics in A/Space Engr

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