Our efforts in education center on two initiatives: the Distinguished Lecture and Tutorial Program, and our Video Education Initiative. The Distinguished Lecture and Tutorial Program offers a roster of engineering experts available to lecture throughout the world at AESS local chapter and IEEE section meetings. AESS reimburses the lecturer for travel expenses up to the financial limits established by the AESS Board of Governors. The lectures are typically one hour in length, tutorials are longer and deeper expositions. Distinguished Lecturer/Tutorial speakers are selected based on the perceived interests of AESS membership and the availability of a recognized expert in the field who agrees to lecture on the selected subject. With the Video Education Initiative, we are endeavoring to develop and build up a robust, web-based, technical learning center that is tailored to meet the educational needs of the members of our Society, both the student members and the professional members, and do that at no cost to AESS members.
The Education Committee solicits your help and active participation. We need more people to volunteer as tutorial speakers and 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 me. You can also contact anyone on the Education Committee. Thank you very much.
About the Distinguished Lecturer Program
All AESS Chapters and IEEE Sections are encouraged to take advantage of the AESS Distinguished Lecturer and Tutorial Program for their regular or special meetings, that allows them to select from an outstanding list of truly distinguished speakers who are experts in the technical fields of the society. The AES Society will pay reasonable speaker’s expenses for economy-class travel, lodging and meals, with the inviting IEEE organization expected to cover 50% of the speaker's expenses. As a general guideline, speaker’s expenses involving travel wholly within North America or within the European Union can be approved to be covered up to $1,000 USD. Expenses involving extensive international travel can be approved to be covered up to $2,000 USD. The Society encourages arrangements whereby more than one lecture is presented in a single trip, and costs in such situations will be considered on a case by case basis.
To recognize candidates that have recently received a Ph.D. degree and have written an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in the Field of Interest of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
To provide travel support to enable graduate students who are primary author on a paper in the area of radar signal processing accepted for presentation during the annual IEEE Radar Conference to attend the conference and present their research.
Short Course Initiative
The Short Course Initiative was conceived back in May 2015 by then VP Education, Joe Fabrizio. It was presented to the AESS Board of Governors as a new initiative. His thought was that Chapters had no mechanism to raise revenue to benefit members. He was convinced that Chapters could raise funds by empowering members to offer fee-paying AESS short courses. He ran a pilot program in November of 2015 by giving a one-day workshop himself, drawing in many participants and proved his idea as successful, raising around $15,000 for the local chapter. The South Australia Chapter ran a second “pilot” in 2017, bringing AESS Distinguished Lecturer, Lorenzo Lo Monte in to give a multi-day course, with equal success. The idea gained the support of the AESS Board of Governors, and a committee was put together (Lorenzo Lo Monte, Luke Rosenberg, Jason Williams) to create a Short Course Program Guide as a resource for all AESS Chapters.