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Outstanding Technical Panel Award Awarded to the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee

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The 2014 Aerospace and 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 June 29, 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.

The IEEE is organized both by geographical regions and technical activities.  Every IEEE member belongs to a section within the region where they live.  In addition, IEEE members may optionally join technical societies that consist of members with common technical interests.  AESS is one of those societies and it comprises approximately 4,000-5,000 members.  AESS is further organized into technical "panels" based upon specific fields of interest, such as radar, space, gyros and accelerometers, avionics, target tracking systems, cybersecurity, unmanned aerospace vehicles, aerospace systems integration engineering, and aerospace control and guidance systems.  The purpose of technical panels is to  hold regular technical meetings, organize technical conferences, support development of IEEE standards, generate and review technical papers in their fields of interest, promote professional growth and advancement of peers to senior and fellow membership.  The Outstanding Technical Panel Award is given to the technical panel that demonstrates the most noteworthy performance in one or more of these categories.

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/year, typically in the spring and fall.  The last meeting was March 3-6, 2015 in Portland, OR and the next meeting will be October, 13-16, 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.


Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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