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2nd Quarter 2015
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.
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB
Short Notes from Member Services
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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