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.

Alexander Charlish
VP Education

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.

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Education Awards

  • IEEE AESS Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award


    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.

  • IEEE Michael C. Wicks Radar Student Travel Grant


    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 AESS Short Course Program has been running since 2017 as a means of providing training to our members, earning income for the local chapters, and serving the local membership. While the desire is for short courses to be in-person and open to all members, they may be run virtually or exclusively to a specific company. To date, short courses have been run on four different continents, with a mixture of openly run in-person, virtual and exclusive offerings.