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A Message from the AESS President

Welcome to the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) website! On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would like to thank you for your interest in AESS. We are a professional society of nearly 5,000 members whose technical fields-of-interest are in complex systems for space, air, ocean, and ground-based applications. Our goal is to engage the worldwide technical community in a full-spectrum of professional development including publications, conferences, technical panels, special interest groups, distinguished lectures, short courses, networking, mentoring, and other activities that are valuable for career advancement. To celebrate excellence, we present awards to individuals or groups in recognition of exceptional achievements or significant contributions in our fields-of-interest. We also conduct interesting and engaging activities for student members and young professionals at conferences, local chapters, and student branches; and offer merit-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate student members. I encourage you to explore the AESS website to learn more about the valuable products and services that AESS provides to help you grow professionally. If you are not currently a member of AESS, follow this link to a welcome message and invitation to join.

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

Voting is OPEN for the 2022-2024 AESS Members-at-Large

The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society election of Members-at-Large to the Board of Governors is now open. Voting is open from 12 May 2021 to 9 June 2021.

We hope you will take the time to exercise your vote and help choose the future direction of the society.  Let’s increase last year’s voting percentage of 16.4% by voting today!  Your vote counts! More information can be found at:


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.

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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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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