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IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Newsletter
 2nd Quarter 2015
In this issue
  • Membership in AESS
  • Member Services
  • Technical Panels
  • Call for Nominations
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Distinguished Lecturer
  • AESS Officers Meeting
Connect with AESS
Summary of T-AES Publications Review Action Committee Findings

A letter from Lance Kaplan, Editor in Chief for the Transactions on AES, on the results of the IEEE Publications Review Advisory Committee meeting.

IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine
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Feature articles in this issue:
  • "Software Certification of Safety-Critical Avionic Systems: DO-178C and its Impacts"
  • "Analyzing Potential Over-the-Horizon Radar Site Locations"
  • "A Miniaturized Subpayload System Used for Measurements in the Ionosphere??? A Design Concept"
  • "The Stochastic Petri Net Based Reliability Analysis for Software Partition Integrated Modular Avionics"
The IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine 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. We are currently soliciting articles for a special issue in Waveform Diversity. View the Call for Papers.

Chapter Corner
Visit the links below to see what your colleagues and fellow AESS members are doing around the globe through Chapter activities.

Region 9 Updates
Bangalore Chapter Updates
Region 5 Updates

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.

An application for Senior membership requires three references unless nominated by a Senior member, and in that case requires two references.

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

Congratulations to the elevated Senior members for 2015: Alexandra Bento Moutinho, Igor Bisio, Victor Daniel Gheorghian, Clark Ince, Chetan Kulkarni, Terrence Ogle, Sarah Seguin, Rhande Wood, Mahmoud Abdalla, William Correll Jr., Julie Jackson, Jia Xu, Xiaopeng Yang, John Ball, Davor Bonefacic, Jonghyuk Kim. Donald Olson, David Sharpin

Presentation on the Integration of Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems into U.S. Airspace
On 12 March 2015, a presentation "Integration of Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems into U.S. Airspace" was presented by Ron Ogan, AESS Board of Governors Finance VP to students and IEEE members at New Jersey Institute of Technology. View the full report.

Meyyappan To Receive Honorary Doctorate
IT Online (ZAF) reported that the University of the Witwatersrand is presenting "internationally recognized" Meyya Meyyappan, chief scientist for Exploration Technology at NASA, with an honorary doctorate. The article noted that Meyyappan has previously been given awards like NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal and the AIAA's Engineer of the Year Award. View the full article on our Web site.


About the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Newsletter

I'd like to thank you for opening your IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Quarterly E-Mail Blast (QEB) which I hope will serve as a portal to many of the activities and content available to all of our Society members as we navigate our way through our professional and technical careers. Engineers and scientists today start their careers with excellent technical skills and subject matter. The purpose and intention of this AESS newsletter is to provide time-sensitive news and useful information for its members, draw attention to each of the specific technical areas that our Society represents and pursues, document activities and events from individual Chapters of the Society, as well as to highlight content of current and upcoming issues of IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine. Our overall objective is to increase and enhance member awareness in all aspects of our professional society, as well as to promote and enable outreach to the technical tenants that make up our interest areas.

As Editor-in-Chief of this AESS QEB Newsletter, Administrative Editor of IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine, and a member of the AESS Board of Governors, I invite you to enjoy and take advantage of the content that this publication has to offer, including the various links to other publications and components of AESS and IEEE. Please avail yourself to the social media aspects of the Society, all of which can be accessed here. I also invite you to contact me via e-mail at any time to share your thoughts and/or questions on the activities and functions of the Society, its publications (including this newsletter), or AESS membership in general. My promise is that while I may not know all of the answers, I will make every effort to get the correct response back to you.

Best regards,
Bill Walsh
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB

Short Notes from Member Services
  • Students graduating this year should note that the IEEE offers a substantial discount on the membership rate for the year after graduation AND so does AESS;
  • Because of the time of the year, new members to IEEE and/or to AESS only pay for one-half year of membership. The IEEE rewards members getting new members through the Member get a Member (MGM) Program;
  • If you are thinking of inviting a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) to your organization, check with the DL first. View their contact information. If dates are agreeable, then the DL will advise you on the next step;
  • The number of AESS Conferences Digital Library member subscriptions is now up to 1/3 of our target number. Please consider subscribing.
For any member services questions/issues please contact George Schmidt.

AESS Technical Panels
What are Technical Panels and why should you care?

Technical Panels are groups of professionals from government, industry, and academia who enjoy joining together to share their knowledge and experience and to work on a variety of collaborative activities in an AESS field of interest. These activities include development and periodic revision of IEEE standards pertaining to the relevant technical domain; organizing and leading the premier IEEE technical conferences in the field of interest; nominating candidates from among their peers to be recognized for their professional achievements with IEEE awards or elevation to IEEE Fellow; encouraging the publication of technical papers in IEEE journals or magazines; and supporting technical presentations to promote continuing education and professional development. If you want to get the best value from your AESS membership, then you should get involved in these types of activities in your field of interest.

Currently AESS has nine Technical Panels:
  1. Gyro and Accelerometer
  2. Radar Systems
  3. Space Systems
  4. Target Tracking Systems
  5. Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering
  6. Aerospace Control & Guidance Systems
  7. Cyber Security
  8. Unmanned Aerospace Vehicles
  9. Avionics Systems
Check out the Technical Operations section of the AESS website for more information about the focus of each of the Technical Panels. Join the group that best fits your field of interest or voice your interest in new and emerging technologies that should be addressed. Get engaged in the professional activities of the Technical Panel and experience the mutual benefit of advancing the state of the art and enhancing your career as you increase your knowledge and become recognized as a "player" in the technical community. Remember, when it comes to membership in any organization, you only get as much out of it as you put into it.

Call for participation in the Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering Panel:

Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering Panel (ASIEP) under IEEE Aerospace & Electronics Systems Society (AESS) is a Technical Panel focused on technical operations related to identifying and implementing strategies pertaining to the large scale and/or aerospace systems. We support the advancement of systems integration engineering techniques and promote solutions to specific Systems Engineering (SE) Topics. Within ASIEP there are various working groups like Electric Aircraft, Intelligent Transport Systems, Air Traffic Management, Small Satellite Technologies, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Workforce development and Open Standards Development. Visit our Web site to find the details of the Panel's work groups and its objectives.

Interested experts willing to participate in these working groups, please contact the Panel Chair or Panel Vice-Chair.


Call for Nominations - IEEE AESS Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award
The Robert T. Hill Memorial Award for "Best Ph.D. Dissertation" is an annual award to recognize candidates who have recently received a Ph.D. degree and have written an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in the field of interest of the Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society. Its purpose is to grant international recognition for the most outstanding Ph.D. dissertation by an AESS member.

An eligible candidate must be a graduate of an accredited university which requires a dissertation to receive a Ph.D. degree. The nominee should be an IEEE/AESS member for more than one year at the time of nomination. Preferentially, the nominee should have been awarded the Ph.D. degree in the last 12 months prior to the nomination. The Ph.D. dissertation has to be deemed to have made a particularly noteworthy contribution in the AESS field of interest. Prize items consist of an honorarium of US$1,000 and a plaque. Nominations are due by 1 September, if the award is to be presented in the following year. Submit nominations and any questions to the IEEE/AESS VP for Education, Dr. Joe Fabrizio, or IEEE/AESS Awards Chairman, Erwin Gangl. See our Web site for the AESS Field of Interest and the awards page for more details.

Call for Nominations - IEEE AESS Judith A. Resnik Space Award
The Judith A. Resnik Space Award is an annual AESS award to recognize candidates who 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 candidate does not have to be an IEEE/AESS member, but given everything else being equal, a member will be given preferential consideration. The Space achievement has to be deemed to have made a particularly noteworthy contribution in the AESS Field of Interest.

Prize items consist of an honorarium of $2,000 and a plaque. Nominations are due by 1 July. The nomination package is to include, besides the completed AESS nomination form, a minimum of three endorsement letters by recognized space oriented experts who have familiarity with the nominee's accomplishments and describe the merit of the nominee's contributions to the AESS Field of Interest.

Submit nominations and any questions to IEEE/AESS Awards Chairman, Erwin Gangl. See our Web site for the AESS field of interest and the awards page for more details.

Call for Nominations - IEEE AESS Society Pioneer Award
The IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) annually awards their Pioneer Award recognizing distinguished individuals who have contributed notable achievements to the technical fields of interest of the AESS. The achievement for which the award is given should have "contributed significantly to bringing into being systems, which are still in existence today, and have occurred at least 20 years prior to the year of the award" to ensure proper historical perspective. It is not a condition that the award winner should have been sole or original inventor or developer of any system. "Significant contribution," of a specific nature, is the key criterion. Contributions by more than a single individual can be recognized by a joint award. Nationality, residence, membership in AESS, IEEE, or any other organization are not factors.

You can find the previous Pioneer winners and the nomination form on the AESS awards Web site, or you can request the form by contacting the Pioneer Awards Committee Chairman, Erwin Gangl. The nomination should be submitted to the Committee Chairman accompanied by substantiating information, as requested by the nomination form, to justify consideration for the award. All nominations need to be received by 31 July of any year for consideration for that year's award. The award is traditionally presented at a major AESS sponsored/co-sponsored conference in the fall. The prize is a handsome cast bronze plaque and a US$3,000 cash stipend.

Upcoming Conferences
The Aerospace & 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 Web site. Members are encouraged to submit papers, attend conferences, and network with your colleagues in your area of interest.

The annual IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) will for the first time be outside the United States in Prague, Czech Republic 13-17 September 2015. DASC is the premier international conference showcasing developments, applications, and solutions for aerospace systems with a focus on aircraft avionics and air traffic management systems. Emerging research, development, and analysis related to avionics equipage, aircraft interoperability, and ground and space-based infrastructures are significant drivers for both the North American NextGen and Single European Sky (SESAR) Initiatives. The theme this year is "Impact of Global Mandates on Avionics Research and Development."

The 2015 IEEE Radar Conference will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa 27-30 October, 2015.

The role of radar is continuously evolving. New and emerging threats such as piracy, poaching and asymmetric warfare dictate that radars need to develop to address these challenges in intelligent ways. Coupled with a dynamic operational environment with increasingly complex clutter is the need for radar to constantly improve to meet the demands of asymmetric threats and civilian applications, such as air traffic management and border surveillance. The aim of this conference is to focus on innovations in radar that rise to these challenges.

IEEE AUTOTESTCON is the world's premier conference that brings together the military/aerospace automatic test industry and government/military acquirers and users to share new technologies, discuss innovative applications, and demonstrate their products and services.
The Theme this year is "Increased Mission Effectiveness through Advanced Test & Support Technology" IEEE AUTOTESTCON will be held at the Gaylord Convention Center & Hotel at the National Harbor in the Washington DC area, 2-5 November 2015.

You are invited to take part in the 23rd Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems to be held by the State Research Center of the Russian Federation - Concern Central Scientific and Research Institute Elektropribor, JSC, on 30 May - 1 June 2016. This annual conference has become a traditional event for scientists and engineers from all over the world involved in navigation and motion control to share the results of their investigations and discuss prospects for the future. View the Call for Papers.

Calling all IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) Participants and Interested Parties!

The IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) needs your help. If you have attended PLANS in the past and would like to get involved in organizing this symposium, let us know. We are looking especially for AESS members who view PLANS as one of their 'must attend' conferences but have not yet been involved in planning and organizing it. Interested? Have questions? Send an e-mail to Michael Braasch (IEEE AESS liaison to PLANS).
Have a conference you'd like advertised in the AESS Quarterly e-mail Blast? Contact Brittian Gimbel for details on how to have it included.

Distinguished Lecturers
All AESS Chapters and IEEE Sections are encouraged to take advantage of the AESS Distinguished Lecturer (DL) and Tutorial Program for their regular or special meetings. We have selected an outstanding list of speakers who are experts in their fields. After giving a lecture, the speaker and/or host should prepare a short report suitable for publication in IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine and posting on the AESS Web site.

Recent DL Reports: Dr. Eli Brookner gave one or both of his talks entitled "Breakthroughs and Advances in Phased-Array and Radars" and "MIMO - Demystified and Where it Makes Sense" at the following places: Xidian University, Xi'an, China; University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UEST), Chengdu, China; Beijing Institute of (BIT), Beijing, China; 2014 IEEE ICASSP, Florence, Italy; MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, USA; Paris, France; Radar 2014, Lille, France and RadarCon 2014, Cincinnati, OH, USA.

In Memoriam
James V. "Jim" Leonard
25 January 1936 - 11 May 2015

James V. Leonard, of Saint Charles, MO, died on Monday, 11 May 2015, at the age of 79. Loving husband of Barbara Johnston; beloved son of the late Howard and Fannie Leonard; devoted father of Geoffrey (Sharon) Leonard and the late Lauren Marie Barrett; cherished grandfather of Keith Barrett, Robert Barrett, and Melanie Zimmermann; dear brother of Carolyn (Charles) Oldham; also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Jim worked as a Sr. Technical Fellow/Electrical Engineer at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for 51 years. He was a participating member of IEEE for 50 years and was IEEE-USA President in 2003. He was in the Air Force Reserve. He attended Akron University, Washington University, and University of Science and Technology at Rolla. He was a member of the Golden Shillelagh Scholarship. He also was a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society of England.

Frank Reyes
10 February 1937 - 27 April 2015

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Mr. Frank Reyes. Frank was a long-time supporter of the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society and selflessly gave his time and expertise by being a wonderful and effective volunteer serving as vice president for finance, secretary and an BoG member. Please stay tuned for an upcoming "In Memoriam" article in the Magazine and this web site about Frank, his life and his contributions to the AESS and his profession. We all will miss Frank terribly.

AESS Board of Governors Meeting
The AESS Board of Governors met in Arlington, VA on 8-May 2015. The AESS Officers met the day before to review the AESS Strategic Plan. Topics covered at the BoG meeting included reports from all Vice Presidents and committee chair activity reports. Our next meeting will be held in Rome, Italy 25-26 September.

Row 1 (L-R) Ron Ogan, Peter Willet, Joe Fabrizio, Kathleen Kramer, Bob Lyons, Marina Ruggieri, Maria Sabrina Greco, Teresa Pace, Robert Ewing, Dale Blair, Erik Blasch
Row 2 (L-R): Bob Rassa, George Schmidt, Vince Socci
Row 3 (L-R): Hugh Griffiths, Judy Scharmann, Ryan Paterson, Justin Liu (guest), Jim Howard, Roger Oliva
Row 4 (L-R): Jose Bolanos, Leo Ligthart, Mark Davis, Walt Downing, Bill Walsh
Row 5 (L-R): Scott Sprendis, Wolfgang Koch, Lance Kaplan, Iram Weinstein, Alfonso Farina

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