I’m very honoured to have been elected President of IEEE AESS for 2018-2019. To better serve our members and the wider AESS community, the Society has over the last two years matured several new initiatives to fruition, such as establishing the AESS Resource Centre, starting new international Chapters, forming a Navigation Systems technical panel, growing the AESS Professional Networking and Mentoring Program, as well as implementing the Robert Hill Best Dissertation Award and the new AESS Engineering Scholarship. The AESS has a worldwide scope: we aim to be relevant to people in all countries, and we seek to establish new AES chapters in new countries.
The future of the Society is inspired by its core purpose to best serve the most valued requirements of the AESS community. Member feedback has highlighted several areas where the AESS can move from “good to great”. Our strategic plan “AESS Vision 2020” includes new initiatives to expand and strengthen relations with Industry, where we have the largest percentage of members than in any other IEEE Society, and places emphasis on implementing new initiatives that attract and retain younger members, reinvigorating AESS chapters, and offering targeted education and training opportunities to fulfil the professional development needs of diverse AESS member groups.
As we continue to improve existing services that assist members to accelerate their professional development and career advancement, we will also be delivering new offerings that provide greater advantages to members in the areas of publications, chapter activities, conferences, industry relations, education, technical operations and others. The cornerstone themes of our strategic planning are to be more innovative and collaborative with an emphasis on delivering valued outcomes to the AESS professional community through deeper member engagement across a more connected Society, and you should start to see the results of this plan over the coming months.
The AESS Board seeks member input so please let us know how we can serve you better. A simple example would be to let us know the professional development activities (e.g., education and training initiatives) that would be most valued by the AESS community in your local area at this time. Expanding the membership of AESS is an aspiration that we can share, so please do your part in spreading the message and recruiting new members to help grow our Society.
It is a privilege for me to serve as your President. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in person.
With thanks and best wishes,