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Welcome to the third installment of the AESS Quarterly Email Blast! To submit new articles, please send an email with your article to Judy Scharmann at, subject line:

"Quarterly Email Blast Article Submission". The next publication will be in April, 2010, deadline for submission is March 15.



1.0 Society News

1.1 President’s Message

1.2 AESS Logo Contest

1.3 2010 Officers

2.0 Education

2.1 Distinguished Lecturer and Tutorial Program 3.0 Conferences

3.1 Upcoming AESS Conferences

3.2 Other Conferences of Interest

3.3 Call for Papers

4.0 Technical Operations

4.1 Call for Participants to the IEEE Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering Panel

4.2 Call for Participants to the newly-formed Aerospace Workforce Panel

4.3 Call for Participation for Target Tracking System Panel 5.0 Awards

5.1 MS&T Presents Boeing Senior Technical Fellow JIM LEONARD with their

2009 Alumni Achievement Award

5.2 Call for Nominations for the Frank McGinnis Professional Achievement Award 6.0 Membership

6.1 Chapter News


1.0 Society News

1.1 President’s Message

The Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) offer to its members the extraordinary opportunity to become deeply connected with the three pillars of the Aerospace, Electronic and Defense sector: Industry, Institutions and Research Centers.

The effective interaction between those pillars is the key-element for the organization, design, development and operation of successful Complex Systems, which are the core of the AESS Field of Interest (FoI).

AESS Complex Systems covers space, air, ocean and ground environment, including hardware, software, integration and many other aspects of the Engineering job.

The AESS Conferences, Workshops, Transactions, Magazine and Educational tools enhance and disseminate the culture of Complex Systems through the international AESS community, bringing to a large and beneficial exchange of experience and achievements among our members.

If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

I warmly welcome all AESS members and I look forward to welcoming in our society all IEEE non-AESS members and all Internet navigators that are visiting our website! Join us!

AESS PRESIDENT Marina Ruggieri


1.2 AESS Logo Contest

AESS is looking for a new logo. Therefore, AESS is sponsoring a logo contest. Logo design entries will be accepted until April 15, 2010. At that time, the selection will be narrowed down by the AESS Board of Governors. The final selection will be voted on by the AESS membership.

The winning logo will receive a $1,000 prize. Please send your logo entries in jpg format to AESS Executive Assistant, Judy Scharmann at by April 15, 2010. When designing your logo, please keep in mind the AESS Field of Interest, consisting of the organization, 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. Many AES members are concerned with the practice of system engineering. We look forward to receiving your inputs!


1.3 2010 Officers

AESS Officers for 2010:

President: Marina Ruggieri

Executive Vice President: Robert Lyons

VP Member Services: Jim Howard

VP Technical Operations: Theodora Saunders VP Education: Iram Weinstein VP Finance: George Dean VP Publications: Joel Walker VP Conferences: Mark Davis VP Industry Relations: Hugh Griffiths

Treasurer: Mirko Antonini

Junior Past President: Bob Rassa

Senior Past President: Jim Leonard


2.0 Education

2.1 Distinguished Lecturer and Tutorial Program

AESS sponsors twenty Distinguished Lecturers and Tutorials Speakers who are available to speak at AESS Chapter and IEEE Section meetings. These speakers are experts in their fields, covering a broad list of topics. We are please to introduce our two newest Distinguished Lecturers: Mark E.

Davis - Foliage Penetration Radar Frederick E. Daum – 5 lectures: 1) Nonlinear filters with particle flow, 2) Never trust a simulation without a simple back-of-the-envelope calculation that explains it, 3) MIMO

radar: snake oil or good idea? 4) Is there a royal road to robustness? 5) Real World data fusion. Also, Michael T. Ellis has added a new lecture to his offerings: “Obsolesence – The Underside of the COTS Iceberg.” Please see

for more information about these speakers, and to see the full listing of lecturers. The procedure for obtaining a speaker is as follows: If a Chapter or Section has an interest in inviting one of the speakers, it should first contact the speaker directly in order to obtain his agreement to give the lecture on a particular date. After this is accomplished, and if the Chapter or Section wishes to request financial support from the AESS, contact Iram Weinstein at least 30 days before the planned meeting, in order to obtain approval for the financial support.

The Education Committee solicits your help and active participation. We need more people to volunteer as lecturers. Let us know about a colleague who would be a great speaker. And, if you have any ideas, or would like to volunteer in any way, please contact You can also contact anyone on the Education Committee. Thank you very much.


3.0 Conferences

3.1 Upcoming AESS-Sponsored Conferences

March 6-13, 2010 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference Big Sky, MT, USA David Woerner +1 818 726 8228

May 3-6, 2010 2010 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS 2010) Indian Wells, CA, USA Lisa Beaty +1 703 383 9688

May 10-14, 2010 2010 IEEE International Radar Conference Arlington, VA, USA James Armitage +1 410 765 8088

May 10-13, 2010 2010 Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Conference (ICNS) Herndon, VA, USA Jim Dieudonne +1 910 520


May 31-June2, 2010 2010 17th Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems St. Petersburg, Russia George T. Schmidt +1

781 863 1637

June 8-10, 2010 2010 3rd International Symposium on Systems and Control in Aeronautics and Astronautics (ISSCAA) Harbin, China Zhenshen Qu +86

451 8640235

June 14-16, 2010 2010 2nd International Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) Elba Island, Italy Robert J. Baxley +1 404 407 7525

June 14-16, 2010 2010 18th International Conference on Microwaves, Radar & Wireless Communications (MIKON 2010) Vilnius, Lithuania Borisas Levitas

+370 5 213 5404

June 16-18, 2010 2010 11th International Radar Symposium (IRS) Vilnius,

Lithuania Borisas Levitas +370 5 213 5404

July 14-16, 2010 NAECON 2010 – IEEE National Aerospace and Electronics

Conference Dayton, OH, USA Robert L. Ewing +1 937 255 6427

September 13-17, 2010 2010 IEEE AUTOTESTCON Orlando, FL, USA Steve

Karlovic +1 904 805 0700

October 3-7, 2010 IEEE/AIAA 29th Digital Avionics Systems Conference

(DASC) Salt Lake City, UT, USA Ellis Hitt +1 614 882 7499

October 12-15, 2010 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array

Systems and Technology (ARRAY 2010) Waltham, MA, USA Robert Alongi +1 781

245 5405

October 12-15, 2010 2010 IEEE International Carnahan Conference on

Security Technology (ICCST) San Francisco, CA, USA Daniel A. Pritchard +1

505 844 7444


3.2 Other Conferences of Interest IEEE Systems Conference 2010 April 5-8,

2010 Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina San Diego, CA Contact Bob



3.3 Call for Papers 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array

Systems & Technology – The deadline for abstracts has been extended to

February 1, 2010. For the full CFP, please go to:



4.0 Technical Operations

4.1 Call for Participants to the Aerospace Systems Integration

Engineering Panel

The IEEE Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering Panel of the AESS

(formerly, IEEE Large Scale Systems Engineering Panel of the AESS) is a

Technical Panel of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society.

This is an International panel dedicated to promote the creation of open

source standards to facilitate reliable large scale aerospace systems

integration capability among mixed fleet aerospace vehicles, satellites,

and terrestrial and non-terrestrial human and robotic bases for the

purpose of maximizing the safety and success of all missions. Please

contact the panel chair to become an active participant in this global

endeavor to help safe-guard our aerospace resources. Panel Chair: M.

Barry Greenberg, PE Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company,

Houston, Texas USA


4.2 Call for Participants to the newly-formed Aerospace Workforce Panel


Increasing complexity of aerospace products coupled with an anticipated

reduced supply of qualified engineering resources has fueled a discourse

for some time now among industry executives, academia and professional

engineering societies. A recent Aerospace Industry Association newsletter

“Aerospace Industry Faces Coming Worker Shortage” (4 March 2008),

reflects the emerging anxiety concerning the supply of qualified

engineering workforce pipeline and in particular within the aerospace

commercial and defense sectors. While developing and retaining capable

aerospace engineering workforce is very critical for maintaining the U.S

economic stability and competiveness, it has also a great impact on the

vitality of all engineering professional societies including the IEEE. In

particular, the IEEE AES society’s membership growth and development

cannot be effectively addressed unless we can address simultaneously the

aerospace workforce challenge. Recognizing the broader implications of

the anticipated engineering labor shortage, a strategic initiative for

establishing An Aerospace Workforce Technical Panel (TP) was proposed and

approved by the BoG during the Spring 2009 AES BoG meeting The basic

premise of the IEEE AESS TP will be to provide an ongoing collaboration

forum to representatives from the Government, Industry and Academia and

from professional engineering societies including the IEEE to address and

find common solutions that will enable the recruitment, development and

retention of the engineering workforce in the commercial and defense

aerospace sectors. If you are interested in participating, please contact

the chair of this committee, Theodora Saunders, TSaunders@SIKORSKY.COM.


4.3 Call for Participation for Target Tracking System Panel

Target tracking is an area of research that addresses a long list of

topics that include nonlinear estimation, maneuvering targets, multiple

sensors, multiple targets, data association, low observable targets in

the presence of clutter, sensor fusion, sensor resource allocation and

management, particle filters, and sensor control. Many members of the

IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems Society (AESS) are actively involved

in the area of target tracking, In order to address this need for an IEEE

group that supports the area of target tracking, the Target Tracking

Systems Panel was organized as a Technical Panel under the IEEE Aerospace

and Electronics Systems Society. The purpose of the panel is to promote

the area of target tracking through the creation of standard terminology,

specification formats and test procedures, and promulgation of an

understanding and appreciation of algorithms and components of target

tracking systems. The panel is composed of representatives of industry,

government laboratories, educational institutions, and professional

societies who are involved in target tracking systems and the application

of the concepts to real-world problems.

The Target Tracking Systems Panel meets twice a year and is comprised of

four committees. The committees are Terminology, Implementation, Test and

Evaluation, and Technology. The Terminology committee addresses the

development and maintenance of standards for terminology. The Target

Tracking Systems Panel is in need of individuals to serve as chair for

the overall panel or chair of one of the committees. The charter and

bylaws for the panel are in place and available on the IEEE AESS web

site. Dale Blair will assist the chair in the taking on the leadership

role. If you are interested in serving in a leadership role for the panel

or serving on the panel, contact Dale at


5.0 Awards



AWARD On October 24, 2009, The MS&T Alumni Association presented Jim

Leonard with The Alumni Achievement Award. Jim received an MSEE from MS&T

in 1976, A Professional Development Degree in 1984 and an Honorary

Professional Degree in Computer Science in 1997. Jim was one of three

alumni receiving the award. The other two were Steven L. Parks (EMgt ’82)

from AmerenUE and Steve Wunning (MetE ’73) from Caterpillar. The event

known as Legends Banquet, Miners of the Round Table, was held as part of

Homecoming 2009. Many other events were held at MS&T during the weekend

including an informal dinner Friday night at Castleman Hall and a

football game on Saturday afternoon. The MS&T Miners defeated the St.

Francis’ Cougars 39-37, capping a great afternoon where the Homecoming

King and Queen were crowned. Jim is a long time employee at Boeing (47

years) and an earnest volunteer supporter of the ECE students at MS&T.

Jim has also been very active as a volunteer with the Institute of

Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where he served as President

of IEEE-USA in 2003 and President of the Aerospace and Electronics

Systems Society (AESS) in 2006-2007. In this light he works with the IEEE

student Members at MS&T. Jim assisted these students to form a student

branch chapter of the AESS in 1995. This past year his team were able to

design the control systems for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), build

the vehicle and fly it at MS&T. The project culminated last fall when the

team finished 2nd in an international contest in Australia. Details are

on the web at


5.2 Nominations for the Frank McGinnis Professional Achievement Award

CALL FOR NOMINEES Nomination Deadline 31 May 2010 The prestigious Frank

McGinnis Professional Achievement Award will be presented at IEEE

AUTOTESTCON 2010 in Orlando, FL on September 13-16, 2010 to the

individual who best upholds the tradition of advancing the field of

Automated Test. This award is named for Automated Test pioneer and Sperry

employee, the late Frank McGinnis, who spearheaded a Navy (1975) and then

a Joint Services (1978) Automatic Test Project to identify and recommend

those areas where the military should invest in automated test research &

development, and improve management practices. It resulted in the

formation of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Automatic

Test Committee which endures today, and which also holds one of its

annual meetings in conjunction with AUTOTESTCON. The honoree receives $2,

000 and an award item. For more information and the nomination form, go



6.0 Membership

6.1 Chapter News

Chapters – Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS)-2010 Ron Ogan,

Chapters Chair All AESS members may access these excellent video

tutorials online for free as a member benefit. If you have not viewed

these videos, I encourage that you take advantage of this learning

opportunity. Bistatic & Multistatic Radar –

Dr. Hugh Grittiths Radar System Performance – G. Richard Curry Sea

Clutter – Simon Watts, Thales UK, Aerospace and Keith Ward, Igence Radar

After leaving Raytheon in May, I joined Georgia Tech Research Institute

working as a Senior Research Engineer at the Huntsville, AL Field Office

supporting projects at the US Army Redstone Arsenal. During this time,

Keith Jadus, who was the Huntsville AESS Chair was deployed to Washington,

DC to support his work at the US Army Aviation and Missile Research

Development and Engineering Center. This resulted in my stepping in as

the Huntsville AESS Co-Chair to complete the required two meetings and to

Nominate officers for 2010. I am pleased to announce a strong slate of

officers. Huntsville Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Chapter 2010


Chapter Chair - Bob Berinato, PhD, Dynetics, Inc. Vice-Chair - Charles

Corsetti, PhD at UAH ( ) Secretary - Chuck Burt,

MIT-LL ( Treasurer - Tommy McGuire, PhD, IEEE HSV

Section Secretary, Tommy M. McGuire [mcguire@CRSR.NET] Program Chair -

Rick Tuggle, People-Tec Industry Relations - Co-Chairs Dale O. Harding,

Boeing and Jamie Davidson, Boeing Awards – Ron Ogan, Georgia Tech

Research Institute

I would like for all AESS Chapters to consider adding an Industry

Relations Chair to interface with local companies and provide a primary

and alternate company contacts and identify sponsors for mini-seminars

and monthly meetings. Data from this activity may be beneficial in

developing new members, developing a strategy to support the local IEEE

Section in assisting unemployed engineers and to provide resources for

your IEEE Region Industry Relations program.

We have scheduled three technical meetings for January, February and

March 2010 for the Huntsville Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society

(AESS), as shown below. I have requested shipment of 150 AESS magazine

back issues to be sent to my attention at the GTRI office. Any AESS

magazine issues that are not used at these meetings will be given to

student groups at the local Universities – University of Alabama at

Huntsville ( and Alabama A&M University

( ) All of the AESS meetings are open to members and

non-members at no charge and will be held at the Georgia Tech Research

Institute office at 1525 Perimeter Parkway, Huntsville, AL. Meeting date

Time Speaker Affiliation Presentation Title 1/21/2010 11:30-1pm John

Letlow Universal Aviation Development and Certification of Commercial

Avionics 2/18/2010 11:30-1pm Dr. Robert Qui Tennessee Tech University

Cognitive Radio Systems 3/11/2010 6pm-9pm Dr. Larry Chasteen University

of TX at Dallas National Missile Defense and Early Warning Radars -

Distinguished Lecture ** AESS Distinguished Lecture

Please provide feedback on your AESS Chapter, the AESS website, the

Distinguished Lecture Program or any other topic that the AESS Board of

Governors may assist you in accomplishing in the promotion or aerospace &

electronic systems technology.


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