David Sypeck

Title
Professor
Department
Aerospace Engineering Department
College
Daytona College of Engineering
David Sypeck


Professor Sypeck is native to Town of Niagara, NY.  Prior to joining ERAU in 2002, he was employed as a pharmacy technician and emergency room receptionist at Buffalo General Hospital, a teaching assistant, research assistant, research associate, and then senior scientist at UVA.  His education and early research were supported by NYSED, US DoED, SUNY, UVA, NASA, ONR, and DARPA.

Sypeck is primarily a hands on experimentalist focusing on fabrication, testing, and performance of lightweight materials and structures (e.g., composites, cellular solids, devices made from them, etc.).  More recent activities include investigations of fiber metal laminates, cryogenic impacts, engineered heat exchangers, aerodynamic riblets, and Li-ion automobile batteries.  His authored or co-authored articles are internationally cited and he has been awarded three United States Patents for "microtruss" (JMR in 2000), now sometimes called micro-truss, micro-lattice, etc.

At ERAU, Sypeck manages the Lightweight Materials and Structures Lab (LB 173) and the Materials Testing Lab (LB 178) where Aerospace Engineering seniors perform experiments in materials, structures, and thermal sciences, all involving numerous scientific instrumentation.  Sponsors have included ERAU, FSGC, NASA, NSF, along with private corporations and Universities. 


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

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