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IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Newsletter
 3rd Quarter 2015
In this issue
  • Membership in AESS
  • Member Services
  • Call for Nominations
  • Technical Panels
  • Technical Panels Spotlight
  • Award Announcements
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Distinguished Lecturer
  • AESS Officers Meeting
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IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Publications

The latest issues of AESS publications are in the mail and is retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

All subscribers can access the online edition by clicking on the magazine covers below and using their IEEE Account.

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.

Table of Contents for July 2015 M-AES

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.
2015 IEEE Annual Election
Balloting for the 2015 IEEE Annual Election has begun and we hope you will take the time to exercise your vote and help choose the future direction of IEEE as an organization. For more information, go to our website.
Chapter Corner
On Friday, 7 August 2015, AESS VP of Technical Operations, Walt Downing, traveled to Beijing to meet with Dr. Jian Yang, professor in the department of electronic engineering at Tsinghua University, who is one of the Vice Chairs of the Beijing Section Chapter of AESS. The meeting was arranged by Dr. Shunjun Wu, who is a professor at Xidian University in Xi’an. Discussions included the benefits of AESS memberships and ways to increase its value for Chinese members.

Other Chapter Updates:
Region 9 Updates
Japan Chapter
AESS Members Elevated to IEEE Senior Status
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 website.

Congratulations to the following AESS members on their elevation to Senior member in June 2015:
  • Jeffrey Herd, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Deon Pfafferott, Rohde & Schwarz
  • Soundar Rajan PM, Defence Research & Development Organisation (Drdo)
  • Prasenjit Sengupta, Optimal Synthesis Inc.
  • Sheree Wen, UNESCO Washington State Center
Congratulations to the following AESS members on their elevation to Senior member in July 2015:
  • Jacqueline Fairley, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Stephanie Knotts, Wells Fargo Bank
  • John Wilcher, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • David Zurn, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Visit our website to view the complete list of AESS member elevated to Senior Member in 2015.

Stimson Course Report
Professor Hugh D. Griffiths from University College London (UCL) presented a one-week intensive lecture based on George W. Stimson's Introduction to Airborne Radar at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus in Pretoria.

View the Successful Stimson Course Signals a Growing Interest in Radar Technology.

Women in Engineering (WIE) Summit
The first IEEE Women In Engineering Summit USA East will be held 6-8 November 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. This summit will focus on developing and improving leadership skills for individuals at all stages of their careers.


About the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Newsletter

It's hard to believe that the third quarter is almost over for 2015! There is so much going on in all of our lives anymore, both home and work, personal and professional, that finding the best balance with which to manage it all becomes a great challenge in itself. As we head into the fourth quarter, and the approaching holidays, it is always important to remind ourselves of the things that are important in our lives as well as in our chosen profession. Read more

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

Short Note from VP Member Services
In early October, the IEEE will send out the 2016 Member Renewal notices. To view all options that AESS has to offer while you renew, please visit the AESS page in the IEEE Catalog.

For any member services questions/issues please contact George Schmidt.

Call for Nominations - IEEE AESS Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award

Please use this nomination form to nominate a candidate for the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award. An electronic copy of the Ph.D. dissertation should be submitted with the nomination form and supporting references.

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 30 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 website for the AESS Field of Interest and the awards page for more details.

AESS Technical Panels
Technical Operations is responsible for oversight 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 link below 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.

Learn more about the 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
Spotlight on Technical Panels
AESS Gyro and Accelerometer Panel

The Gyro and Accelerometer Panel (GAP) develops and maintains gyro, accelerometer and inertial system standards for the inertial community. Read more

Aerospace Control & Guidance Systems

The mission of the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems (ACGSC) is to provide a forum for discussion, development, and rapid dissemination of technical information related to aerospace control and guidance systems. Read more
2014 Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Best Technical Panel Award
The 2014 Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Best Technical Panel Award was presented to the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee (ACGSC) at the banquet of the 12th International Federation of Automatic Control Workshop on Time Delay Systems held at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan on the evening of 29 June 2015. Dr. James Forbes of the University of Michigan accepted the award on behalf of the ACGSC from Walt Downing, AESS VP of Technical Operations.

ACGSC is an outgrowth of government and industry meetings that were organized in the late 1940's and early 1950's to advance the development of flight controls. It was originally organized as an SAE committee, but later became an independent 501.c.3 nonprofit organization. ACGSC maintains an affiliation with IEEE as a technical panel of AESS. ACGSC meets twice a year, typically in the spring and fall. The last meeting was March 2015 in Portland, OR and the next meeting will be 13-16 October 2015 in Charlotte, NC. A short course is usually conducted in conjunction with the spring meeting. ACGSC covers five topic areas: aircraft and surface vehicles, missiles and space, avionics and systems, dynamics and analysis, and flight, propulsion and autonomous controls.

2015 Award Announcements
2015 IEEE Pioneer Award

Professor Yakov Shifrin has been awarded the 2015 Pioneer Award: “For founding contributions to modern radio physics and Statistical Antenna Theory (SAT).” Stay tuned for further information. Congratulations to Professor Shifrin!

For more information on the Pioneer Award, please visit our website.

2015 IEEE Judith Resnik Award

Dr. Maruthi Akella has been awarded the 2015 IEEE Judith Resnik Award: "For outstanding contributions in nonlinear dynamics and adaptive attitude control of complex space systems." Stay tuned for further information. Congratulations to Dr. Akella!

For more information on the Judith Resnik Award, please visit our website.

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 website. Members are encouraged to submit papers, attend conferences, and network with colleagues in your shared 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." Conference and hotel registration is now open and available on the DASC website.

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. Conference registration is now open and available on our website.

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. Conference registration is now open and available on our website.

The 2016 IEEE Radar Conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2-6 May 2016. Join us and participate in advancing radar science by participating in the IEEE Radar 2016 conference appropriately themed "Enabling Technologies for Advances in Radar." For more information and submission deadlines, please visit the Radar 2016 website.

The 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace will be held in Florence, Italy 22-23 June 2016. Following the success of the first two editions of IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Aerospace (MetroAeroSpace), it was considered convenient to promote a third edition of this event, which aims at reinforcing and supporting the collaborations among people working in developing instrumentation and measurement methods for aerospace. This new edition will keep pursuing the state of the art and practice started over the past years. Attention is paid, but not limited to, new technology for metrology-assisted production in aerospace industry, aircraft component measurement, sensors and associated signal conditioning for aerospace, and calibration methods for electronic test and measurement for aerospace. Find information on the call for papers on our website.

The 2016 International Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology will be held in Greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA 18-21 October 2016. Phased array systems continue to be a rapidly evolving technology with steady advances motivated by the challenges presented to modern military and commercial applications. This symposium will present the most recent advances in phased array technology and present a unique opportunity for members of the international community to interact with colleagues in the field of Phased Array Systems and Technology. Find information on the call for papers on our website.

The 2015 IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE) will be held in Orlando, FL, USA 14-16 December 2015. Find more information at our website.

The 2016 IEEE Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) will be held in Savannah, GA, USA 11-12 April 2016. To find more information, please visit our website.

Have a conference you'd like advertised in the AESS Quarterly Email Blast? Contact Lauren Stockman at 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 website.

AESS Board of Governors Meeting
Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Governors members:

Wolfgang Koch
Fraunhofer FKIE
Kathleen Kramer
University of San Diego
Marina Ruggieri
University of Roma
George T. Schmidt
Roy L. Streit
Fraunhofer FKIE
Michael C. Wicks
University of Dayton
Leo P. Ligthart
Delft University
Michael Rice
Brigham Young University

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