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IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Newsletter
 1st Quarter 2017
In this issue
  • Eric Herz
  • AESS Congratulations
  • AESS Awards
  • AESS Education Spotlight
  • Distinguished Lecturers
  • AESS Technical Panels
  • UAV Technical Panel
  • Industry News
  • Publication News
  • Conferences
  • AESS Board of Governors
  • AESS Chapter News
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IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Publications

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IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine

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The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine (M-AES) is a monthly magazine that publishes articles concerned with the various aspects of systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments as well as news and information of interest to IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society members. Our goal is to inform the readers of technologies, state of the art, design trades, etc. so that they will gain insights into a field heretofore unknown to them. We want to introduce technical specialties to readers in the hope that something in the articles will give them some insight for their own fields of endeavor.

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IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems

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IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (T-AES) focuses on the organization, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environment. These systems include, but are not limited to, navigation, avionics, spacecraft, aerospace power, radar, sonar, telemetry, defense, transportation, automated testing, and command and control.

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AESS Suggestions Welcome
We welcome suggestions from members on how AESS can improve. Please let us know what they are and we will respond to you.

Wolfgang Koch, VP Member Services
Judy Scharmann, AESS Executive Assistant.

IEEE Senior Membership
Senior membership is the highest grade for which application may be made and shall require experience reflecting professional maturity; a candidate should be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive, or originator in IEEE-designated fields in professional practice for at least ten years and shall have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years.

For assistance with the IEEE Senior membership application, please contact VP-Member Services George Schmidt.

For more information, go to the IEEE Senior membership section of the IEEE website.

Visit our website to view the complete list of Senior members elevated in 2016.


About the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Newsletter

Happy New Year to all AESS Members and best wishes for an enjoyable and successful 2017, both professionally and personally. Allow me to take a moment to personally thank you for being a member of AESS and for contributing to our society. The beginning of a new year is usually time for setting goals. I invite you to include volunteer service in AESS as one of your professional goals. In this issue of our Quarterly Email Blast (QEB), you will find examples of service opportunities, activities, and awards. I encourage you to take a moment to identify a place in AESS where you feel you can make a difference.

The QEB is our society newsletter and contains important information on the wide variety of activities going on in the Society. In this issue you will find information on AESS-sponsored conferences, AESS Technical Panel information, reports on Chapter activities, summaries of upcoming issues of our Systems Magazine and Transactions on AESS. You will also see that two of our more distinguished members have received great honors this year: Bill Walsh was elected IEEE Secretary and Bob Rassa was inducted into the TAB Hall of Honor! You will also see the Fellows class of 2017 and we had an unusually large number of AESS members elevated to Senior Member. Congratulations to all! 2016 was a fantastic year for the AESS. Let us commit to making 2017 just as good.

Warmest regards,

Michael Rice
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB

IEEE Mourns the Loss of Director Emeritus Eric Herz
Eric Herz was President of AESS in 1972. AESS joins IEEE in remembering Eric Herz. Please read the full obituary in the IEEE Institute.

AESS Congratulations
IEEE Senior Memberhip

Senior membership is the highest grade for which application may be made and shall require experience reflecting professional maturity; a candidate should be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive, or originator in IEEE-designated fields in professional practice for at least ten years and shall have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years... Read more

For more information, go to the IEEE Senior membership section of the IEEE website.

We congratulate AESS members elevated to Senior member since the last QEB:

Jussi Collin, Tampere University of Technology
Steven Cox, General Dynamic Mission Systems
Caleb Fulton, University of Oklahoma
Arne Norlander, Swedish Armed Forces
Wenxian Yu, Shanghai Jiao Tang University

Mark Beals, Raytheon
Fabio Bustos, INVAP
Alfredo Garro, University of Calabria
Chafaa Hamrouni, University of Sfax
Mohammad Ibrahim, General Electric
Mathe Ladislao, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba
Francesco Lamonaca, University of Sannio
Changzheng Ma, Nanyang Technological University
Brian Mulvaney, Motorola, Inc.
R Raghavan, US Air Force
Raja Syamsul Azmir Raja Abdullah, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Maria Riccio, University of Sannio
Puneet Singla, Texas A&M University
Alex Trzecieski, Georgia Tech
Joseph West, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.
Heinz Wipf, Skyguide Swiss Air Navigation Services Ltd.
Karlton Wirsing, ITT Aerospace Communications Division

At the last meeting of the IEEE Admissions and Advancement Review Senior Member Panel meeting, 17 AESS members were elevated to Senior membership. This compares with an average of 5 AESS members elevated over the 17 prior Panel meetings. Congratulations to all.

Every member we helped was elevated. We are here to assist you!

Visit our website to view the complete list of our 2016 Senior Members.

Congratulations to Bill Walsh for his election to IEEE Secretary for 2017!

Bob Rassa was honored at the November 2016 TAB Meeting Series with membership in the TAB Hall of Honor. The TAB Hall of Honor honors those persons, living or deceased, who have made one or more major contribution(s) to IEEE Technical Activities. Contributions include the creation, development, or advancement of the technical objectives of IEEE. Objectives include the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications, and computer engineering, as well as computer science, the allied branches of engineering, and the related arts, sciences, technologies and their application for the benefit of IEEE members worldwide, and for the general public.
AESS Awards
The Judith A. Resnik Space Award is an annual AESS award to recognize candidates that have provided outstanding contributions to space engineering in the AESS Fields of Interest; i.e. "the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments."

The 2016 winner is Dr. Richard Scott Erwin.

"For Outstanding Contributions to Spacecraft Vibration Isolation Technologies and Ultra-Precision Pointing of Large Flexible Space Platforms."

Dr. Erwin (right) is shown receiving the award plaque from Dr. George Schmidt (left), AESS VP Member Services and Board of Governors. The award was presented during the IEEE Control Systems Society Awards Ceremony held at the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 12-14 December 2016 at the ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

New AESS IEEE Fellows - Class of 2017
Raviraj Adve, University of Toronto
"for development of signal processing techniques for airborne radar"

Uwe Hanebeck, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
"for contributions to nonlinear estimation and control"

Phillip Pace, Naval Post Graduate School
"for leadership in radar signal processing, receiver design, and direction finding architectures"

Michael Rice, Brigham Young University
"for contributions to communication waveforms, detection algorithms, and channel models for aeronautical telemetry"

Frank Robey, MIT, Lincoln Laboratories
"for leadership in development of advanced radar systems"
AESS Education Spotlight

The AESS strives to foster the professional growth of its members. Engagement and collaboration within our community is a catalyst for effective integration and professional development of AESS members. The Society recognizes that this important process should not be left to chance. For this reason, we have pioneered a custom Professional Networking and Mentoring Program to connect younger and more experienced AESS members. Our vision is a flexible international program that is carefully implemented, attentively supported and singularly focused on providing benefits to AESS members.

Sign Up Today!

Whether you want to engage in professional networking or mentoring, either as a mentor or a mentee, please visit the AESS website and fill out the online application form.


Based on the information you provide, we will create a Mentor Profile for you.

As a leader in your field, mentoring is a powerful way to give back to the community by:
  • Sharing knowledge and skills
  • Fostering community integration
  • Shaping the future of AESS

After you review the Mentor Profiles in the sign-up process, you will be able to choose up to three mentor preferences.

Don’t miss this game-changing opportunity to:
  • Grow professional competence
  • Expand peer networks
  • Achieve career goals

The Networking and Mentoring Program Committee will review all submitted information. After signing up, you will be contacted by the AESS Program Coordinator to get you started.

New Distinguished Lecturers for 2017-Bring One to Your Chapter or Section
With the new year, the Society is offering an updated roster that includes 24 truly distinguished speakers as part of its 2017 Distinguished Lecturer Program. We have selected an outstanding list of speakers who are experts in a greater diversity of AESS fields to serve the geographic diversity of the society.

All AESS Chapters and IEEE Sections are encouraged to take advantage of this program for their regular or special meetings or the formation of new AESS Chapters. These Distinguished Lecturers are among those recently added for 2017:

  • Maruthi R. Akella, University of Texas at Austin
  • Walter D. Downing, Southwest Research Institute
  • Philip Hall, University of Melbourne
  • Kathleen Kramer, University of San Diego
  • Lorenzo Lo Monte, Telephonics Corporation
  • Zhihua Qu, University of Central Florida
  • Peter Willet, University of Connecticut
  • Michael C. Wicks, University of Dayton
  • Ji Wu, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Consult the AESS Distinguished Lecturer website for more about each of our lecturers and their topics, and to discover how to bring a Distinguished Lecturer to your local event.
IEEE Offers Reduced Membership Dues for Special Circumstances
Attention IEEE/AESS members: IEEE realizes that economic circumstances may impact some members' ability to pay the full amount of IEEE membership dues. If you meet certain income qualifications, you may be eligible to receive a discount on memberships and select subscriptions. For this reason, IEEE has established special circumstance categories:
The special circumstances include:

  • Minimum income
  • Retired
  • Unemployed
  • Permanently disabled
  • Developing nations
More information available here.
AESS Technical Panels:
Technical Operations is responsible for over site of the Technical Panels for the AESS Board of Governors.

The panels hold multiple meetings per year throughout the world, typically where conferences relevant to their technical interests are taking place. Creation of IEEE standards and support of IEEE Conferences are major thrust of technical panels. Each panel operates under its own charter and bylaws. Be sure to click the appropriate Technical Panel button above for more information on that panel.

Please contact Walt Downing, VP Technical Operations, the Technical Panel Chairs or any member of the Board of Governors if you're interested in participating in the work of a technical panel.

List of Technical Panels:
  1. Aerospace Control & Guidance Systems
  2. Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering
  3. Avionics Systems
  4. Cyber Security
  5. Gyro and Accelerometer
  6. Radar Systems
  7. Space Systems
  8. Target Tracking Systems
  9. Unmanned Aerospace Vehicles

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Technical Panel News
AESS and the UAV Technical Panel hosted a DroneFest in the Ithaca Section this weekend. We had technical presentations on "How It's Made - Drone Edition" and "Commercial Applications for UAVs" as well as a fly-in and demo of several UAVs. The fall colors in Ithaca were gorgeous!

Here are two YouTube videos about using drones (small unmanned aircraft systems UAS) to save lives in remote areas. The Red Cross calls this "Wilderness First Aid."

Industry News
The Board of Governors desires to improve the Society's relationship with industry supporters. In lines with that the Board has set up an Industry News link on the AESS website. Chapter chairs are invited to submit stories of technical support provided by your industry sponsors. When you have an industry or academic speaker provide a technical presentation at a Chapter meeting, the industry relations page can provide such publicity for your industry supporters. You can provide an abstract of the talk along with the company's logo; visit the website for an example.
Publications News
New: IEEE AES Systems Magazine
Now Being Offered Electronically!
IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine is now being offered electronically, as well as the print version which is mailed out to members. Please enjoy the electronic versions listed below. In order to create excitement, and get feedback, this is being offered free to the public until the end of the year. Starting with the September 2016 Issue, we will be accepting online comments on the articles!
The Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society has a number of conferences addressing important aspects of our Field of Interest. A comprehensive listing of our conferences can be found by visiting our website. Members are encouraged to submit papers, attend the conference, and network with your colleagues in your area of interest.

2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference


The 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference will be held in Big Sky, MT, USA 4-11 March, 2017.

2017 IEEE Radar Conference

The 2017 IEEE Radar Conference will be held in Seattle, WA, USA, 8-12 May 2017. This annual event is returning to the West Coast and in Seattle for the first time. The Conference is timed to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the incorporation of Boeing; thus this annual event is appropriately themed "Building on a Century of Innovation." Please join us in the global advance of radar science by participating in the IEEE Radar 2017 conference. Please visit our website:


The 2017 IEEE AUTOTESTCON will be held in Schaumburg, IL, USA 11-14 September 2017.

View the Call for Papers

Important Dates:
Submission of abstracts: 15 February 2017
Acceptance Notification: 6 May 2017
Final Papers Due: 31 July 2017

2017 Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems
The 2017 Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems (ICINS) will be taking place in Saint Petersburg, Russia 29-31 May 2017.

2017 International Radar Conference
The 2017 International Radar Conference will be held in Belfast, United Kingdon 23-26 October 2017. The paper submission deadline has been extended to 24 February 2017. For more information, visit the conference website.

View the full list of technically co-sponsored conferences on our website.

Have a conference you'd like advertised in the AESS Quarterly Email Blast? Contact Judy Scharmann at for details on how to have it included.

AESS 2017 Officers
Teresa Pace
Joe Fabrizio
Executive Vice President
W. Dale Blair
VP Publications
Roy Streit
Robert C. (Bob) Rassa
Jose Bolanos
Mark E. Davis
Bill Walsh
VP-Industry Relations
Kathleen Kramer
Hugh D. Griffiths
Sr. Past President
Wolfgang Koch
VP-Member Services
Robert P. Lyons, Jr.
Jr. Past President
Walt Downing
VP-Technical Activities

AESS 2017 Board of Governors
Members-at-Large 2015 - 2017:
W. Dale Blair
Jose Bolanos
Mark E. Davis
Walter D. Downing
Giuseppe A. Fabrizio
Maria S. Greco
Teresa Pace
Vince Socci

Members-at-Large 2016 - 2018:
Wolfgang Koch
Kathleen Kramer
Marina Ruggieri
George T. Schmidt
Roy L. Streit
Michael Wicks
Leo P. Ligthart
Michael Rice

Members-at-Large 2017 - 2019:
Fabiola Colone
Darin Dunham
Fredrik Gustafsson
Robert C. (Bob) Rassa
William Walsh
Jason L. Williams
Michael Braasch
Fulvio Gini

The AESS Board of Governors Spring 2017 meeting will be held 12-13 May 2017 in Seattle, WA, USA.
AESS Chapter News
On Tuesday, 29 November, members of the IEEE Central Texas Section Joint SMC-AES Chapter participated in the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Engineering Fall 2016 Technology Symposium. This event showcased senior engineering design projects in a public venue for UTSA students, their parents, local industry, government and the general public. Chapter vice chair, Nils Smith, served as a judge for the event and AESS undergraduate student representative, Garrett Hall, assisted Nils in selecting one design team for special recognition as best representing the Chapter’s technical fields-of-interest. They selected the "Smart Roads" team for their project utilizing ultrasonic distance sensor modules to detect moving objects and communicating with a master module to provide feedback to passersby. The photo of the "Smart Roads" team was taken during the awards ceremony.

Pictured in the photo from left to right are UTSA mascot Rowdy Roadrunner; UTSA students Aragon Scherpereel, Travis Persyn, and David Molina; UTSA College of Engineering Dean JoAnn Browning; and Chapter vice chair Nils Smith. IEEE Central Texas Section Joint SMC-AES Chapter Meeting Reports:
19 September 2016
30 September 2016
14 October 2016
14 November 2016

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