by Hugh Griffiths
AESS President 2011-2012
The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS)
provides a global professional home for engineers working in the
electronic systems domain.
The Society offers a unique opportunity to become deeply
connected with the three pillars of the Aerospace, Electronic and
Defence sector: Industry, Institutions and Research Centers. 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.
AESS Complex Systems cover the space, air, ocean and
ground environments, including hardware, software, integration and many
other aspects of the Engineering job.
AESS Conferences, Workshops, Transactions, Magazine and
Educational tools enhance and disseminate the culture of Complex Systems
through the global 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 to our Society all IEEE non-AESS members and all who are
visiting our website! Join us!
In Memorium- Cary R. Spitzer
IEEE AESS members and many people throughout the world
were influenced and taught by Cary Spitzer who passed away November 8,
2011. Cary, who was a current member of the AESS Board of Governors,
was a Fellow of the IEEE, an honor that is only achieved by exceptional
people. He was an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a cornerstone of the Digital
Avionics Systems Conferences (DASC) co-sponsored by the IEEE AESS and
the AIAA DATC. He was awarded the IEEE Centennial Medal, an IEEE
Millennium Medal, and the Digital Avionics Award. He was a Past
President of the IEEE AESS and Past Chairman of the IEEE United States
Activities Aerospace Policy Committee.
Cary’s career involved many achievements including a
successful career at NASA Langley Research Center followed by teaching
and consulting all over the world after he retired from NASA in 1994.
His work at NASA on the Viking program, and avionics programs including
the Microwave Landing Systems, the Global Positioning System, automatic
landing systems, and digital data exchange advanced the application of
these technologies in space exploration and air transportation. Cary
founded AvioniCon in 1993, an international avionics consulting firm
that specialized in technology trends, avionics systems architectures,
strategic planning, and business development.
Cary taught short courses at UCLA, companies, and the
DASC. His courses were in high demand and well attended. Cary was
author of Digital Avionics Systems (two editions), and Editor-in-Chief
of the Avionics Handbook, published by CRC Press.
In 1992, he led for NASA a group of industry experts in
visits to European avionics and aircraft companies. The Assessment of
Avionics Technologies in European Aerospace Organizations report
provided insight on the development of avionics for the next generation
Call for Nominations for the AESS Board of Governors, Term 2013-2015
Are you an AESS member? Do you plan to join AESS?
The best way to live your Society is to participate actively to its activities and organization.
Here is an opportunity.
Consider to candidate yourself for the 8 available positions in the AESS Board of Governors (BoG) for the term 2013-2015. BoG meetings take place twice a year, mostly in the USA.
Your application can be sent to Judy Scharmann, email@example.com. Please include the following: 1) a 175-word statement of why you are running for the AESS Board of Governors, what you intend to do if elected, and how you view your role on the BoG; 2) a 500-word bio; and 3) a head and shoulders photo of yourself.
If you have questions do not hesitate to contact Judy Scharmann, firstname.lastname@example.org or Marina Ruggieri, email@example.com.
Send your application at your earliest convenience but no later than March 31, 2012.
2012 AESS Officers Meeting in Miami, FL
The AESS Officers and Editors met in Miami, FL on January 21, 2012 for a strategic planning meeting
New AESS Officers for 2012 were selected as follows:
President – Hugh Griffiths
Executive Vice President – Robert Ewing
VP Conferences – Mark Davis
VP Education – Iram Weinstein
VP Finance – George Dean
VP Industry Relations – Reza Dizaji
VP Member Services – Larry Chasteen
VP Publications – Peter Willett
VP Technical Operations – Theodora Saunders
Jr. Past President – Marina Ruggieri
St. Past President – Bob Rassa
Secretary – Frank Reyes
Treasurer – Ron Ogan
EIC of Systems Magazine -
EIC of Transactions- Lance Kaplan
VP if Finance George Dean
President, Hugh Griffiths and Executive VP, Robert Ewing
IEEE-USA President, Jim Howard and wife, Donna
AESS Treasurer, Ron Ogan
To view the current roser of the AESS Board of Governors , click here
AESS 2012 Board of Governors
Dr. Ram Gupta Receives MGA Leadership Award
The IEEE AESS is pleased to announce that Dr. Ram Gopal
Gupta is the recipient of the 2011 MGS leadership award with the
“For his distinguished leadership and outstanding
contributions as a volunteer, at the Section and Regional levels,
serving the IEEE for the benefit of its members and the engineering
profession by popularizing IEEE in local industry and common engineering
Congratulations, Dr. Gupta!
To read the full article, click here.
IEEE AESS Distinguished Lectures in China on INS and GPS Technology Trends
by George Schmidt
Entrance to the Forbidden City, Beijing
AESS Distinguished Lecturer, George Schmidt, gave a series of lectures in China during October, 2011.
To view full report, click here
Tsinghua Organizing Committee
George Schmidt lecturing at Tsinghua University
IEEE AESS Society Expense Reporting Process
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