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A Message from the AESS President

Greetings! 問候!Saluti! Schöne Grüße! Pozdravy! ¡Saludos! Groeten! 인사말! Приветствую! Pozdrowienia! Selamlar! घणी खम्मां! Salutations!

On behalf of the nearly 5,000 members of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) worldwide, welcome to our website! I encourage you to see and experience all that we have to offer here in the way of professional development activities, products and services. We are a diverse group of industry, academia, government, and student members of IEEE whose career interests include integrated electronic systems and enabling technologies in applications on land, sea, air or space. If you work in these areas, I encourage you to consider making AESS your professional home.

Why is this important? In my experience, I’ve noticed that a commitment to continual professional growth differentiates those who succeed in their chosen career field . . . and those who don’t. Staying up-to-date with changing technologies, developing new skills (including “soft” skills such as teamwork and leadership), and building relationships with other professionals in your field can help you to become a more influential, prominent member of your technical community. These are not skills or credentials you can fully develop by yourself; instead they are best enhanced, I believe, through active engagement in a professional society. We invite you to join us and, equally important, participate fully in our technical activities. As with many things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out.

Whether your interests lie in attending our world-renowned technical conferences or authoring papers in highly-rated publications, AESS has what you’re looking for. You can participate in our technical panels, which cover an array of fields-of-interest such as radar, avionics, guidance and controls, gyros and accelerometers, navigation, space systems, etc. And since AESS is international in scope, you can meet peers in chapters around the world. As a member, you have access to educational initiatives as well as professional mentoring and networking opportunities. We are committed to providing the highest level of service and benefits to our members and affiliates at every stage of their careers. I have been an IEEE member for over 41 years and involved with AESS for over 28 years, and I can truly say that being actively engaged with the premier society in my profession has truly enriched my career.

Walt Downing, IEEE Life Senior Member, AESS President, 2020-2021


Call for Nominations - AESS Board of Governors Member-at-Large (2021-2023)

The Call for Nominations for the AESS Board of Governors Member-at-Large (2021-2023) is now open. Please see the Position Description for an AESS Board of Governors Member-at-Large.

Please send the following information to the AESS Nominations and Appointments Chair, Joe Fabrizio, cc to Judy Scharmann. Nominations deadline is February 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

1.      175-word statement with reasons for running for the AESS Board of Governors, intentions if elected, and the view of the candidate's role on the BoG. Please confirm that the candidate has the time to undertake this role and will be able to attend meetings.

2.      500-word bio

3.      Head-and-shoulders photo of the candidate


AESS Mission and Vision

The mission of the AESS is to provide a responsive and relevant professional society that attracts, engages, aids, and retains a diverse set of members (age, culture, community – theoretical, managerial and applications) worldwide in the areas of our fields of interest as defined in our constitution. AESS will accomplish this through technical, chapter and society activities in the areas of conferences, publications, education, technical operations, industry relations, and member services.

The vision of the AESS is to be essential to the worldwide technical community and be recognized for outstanding contributions in the fields of aerospace and electronic systems as demonstrated through the Society’s products, service and offerings in the areas of conferences, publications, education, technical operations, industry relations, and member services.


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.


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“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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