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AESS QEB, Issue 15

Quarter 2, 2013

Society News

Welcome Message
by Hugh Griffiths
AESS President 2012-2013


The most recent meeting of the AES Board of Governors was held in Ottawa, Canada, last month, coinciding with the 2013 IEEE Radar Conference. This was a super event in a modern and spacious conference center, and the organizers are to be congratulated on a great job.

Although the total attendance was over 400, it was quite badly affected by the absence of attendees from US government organizations since the current policy of sequestration does not allow them to travel to such meetings. This is damaging to IEEE's business, quite apart from getting in the way of the exchange of ideas and results that is at the heart of the scientific process. If you have any influence with decision makers, in the USA or elsewhere, please make this point as strongly as you can.

Hugh Griffiths
AESS President

IEEE University Partnership Program (UPP) Leadership Summit Tours Boeing

Pictured above: Most of the 33 UPP Leadership team members that toured the Boeing large aircraft manufacturing area in Everett, Washington, on Friday, October 19, 2012. The students are networking and preparing to have lunch in the Forward Cabin Dining Room of the Future of Flight Museum.

On Thursday night, they all met at IVAR’s in Mukilteo (next to the Ferry Boat Landing) for some good local food and drink. The group was led by IEEE staff Kristin Fitzpatrick; Boeing attendees included Barbara Johnston (retired), Loren Ayotte, Terri Morse, and Jim Leonard. Loren stole the show as he was discussing his flight test on Friday on a 737. Many students talked to him about his cell phone project and gave him their direct numbers in hopes he would call them Friday from his in flight test.

The next morning, the team queued up outside the Future of Flight Museum and got on the Boeing bus for a quick trip to the Boeing Everett Passenger Plane Plant. This plant is the biggest in the world! It covers 100 acres and is a city within itself. Assembled there are the 777, the 747, and 767, and the 787 Dreamliner. The VIP tour guide was Wes Bare, former 727 Pilot.

Pictured above: Danielle Vardaro gives her inspiring speech that covers her six year career at Boeing. She is also a member of IEEE.

After the stupendous tour of the large Boeing aircraft, the students got back on the Boeing bus, which transported us back to the Future of Flight Museum. Ann Averill from the Future of Flight Museum worked with Kris Fitzpatrick to set up the meeting room and lunch. Terri Morse, Boeing ETA Director welcomed the IEEE students and opened the floor for questions. One student asked about how hard is it to get a position with Boeing. Terri really warmed up to this question and related her many assignments at Boeing.

Danielle Vardaro then presented her speech, describing her adventures at Tufts University and graduating and taking that next big step - getting a job. She related about how important it is to network and really emphasized networking in the workplace. Through her many contacts that she met here at Boeing, she was able to just recently get her dream job: Account Manager 737 Customer Engineering.

The IEEE UPP Students are top of their class students from Universities in India, China, and the USA

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Conference Information

Please go to the AESS Website to see a full list of upcoming conferences.

IEEE AUTOTESTCON will be held 16-19 September 2013 in Schaumburg, IL, USA.

Final Manuscript Submission Deadline:
15 July 2013

IEEE AUTOTESTCON is the United States’ largest conference focused on automatic test systems for US military systems, and has been held annually since 1965. The Conference, whose general theme is The Support Systems Technology Conference, is held in varying cities around the US each fall. Administered by a standing Board of Directors, the Conference typically presents over 120- quality application-focused papers with over 250 Exhibits, all focused precisely on the current issues facing military automated test. Attendance ranges between 650 and 750 (paid) attendees, with an additional 1,000 to 1,200 exhibitor and spouse attendees.

The Conference Registration includes admission to Technical Sessions, a copy of the Proceedings (CD ROM), lunch on Tuesday & Wednesday, Exhibit Hall access, Tuesday Exhibitor Reception, and Wednesday Evening Gala ticket.

AUTOTESTCON 2013 will also host a golf tournament that will be held on Monday, September 16 at the beautiful Makray Memorial Golf Course in Barrington, IL. Makray Memorial is a premier 18-hole championship caliber course, just eight miles from the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. In addition to the cart and range balls, your $98 fee includes breakfast, on-course beverages, lunch, snacks and soft drinks.

32nd DASC will be held 6-10 October 2013 in Syracuse, NY, USA.

Final Manuscript Submission Deadline:
23 August 2013

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2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference will be held 1-7 March 2014 in Big Sky, MT, USA.

Abstract Submission Deadline:
15 July 2013 (Call for Papers)

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2014 IEEE RadarCon will be held 19-23 May 2014 in Cincinnati, OH, USA.

Abstract Submission Deadline:
18 October 2013

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Technical Operations

A Message to Chapter Chairs from VP Technical Operations, Roger Oliva

The AESS Technical Operations are described here:  Would you let us know how these Panels may better serve our membership?  Is there something missing?

As an example of Chapter endeavors, please take a look at activities that we’ve pursued at our local Chapter in Washington, DC over the past dozen years and share what you are pursuing with us.  You can view these activities by clicking here.  Is there something we can do to facilitate what you are doing?  Are there any lecturers here that you’d like to have visit your Chapter? 

Be advised, our Society Official Distinguished Lecturer Program is also very active and is highly recommended.

I’ve found only a few Chapter internet sites.  Do you have one?  If so, what is it?  I wish to also bring your attention to these Australian, Ukrainian (Section), Canadian, and Greek Activities.

We serve you by assisting in coordinating technical activities to promote engineering.  I am personally supporting the IEEE Systems Council and USA/IEEE Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy on your behalf. 

We hope you’re taking a close look at conferences, tutorials, and publications that are already available to you.  If you have ideas regarding Industrial Relations, please drop Alfonso Farina a line. Are we meeting your needs?  What are we missing?

Please pass this e-mail to your Chapter and Section Officers and local AESS membership.  We’d appreciate it if you’d collect/condense comments or/and questions and pass them to us so we may best serve them.

Thank you,

Roger Oliva
VP Technical Operations, AESS Board
[email protected]



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Upcoming Transactions Posted on the AESS Website

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Open Access Policy

In accordance with IEEE policies regarding open access (OA) content, the AES Transactions has become a “hybrid” journal for submissions dated November 1st 2012 or later. This means that authors have the choice between the traditional publication model and an OA model. The former is the familiar procedure in which an accepted article is available on IEEEXplore to subscribers of that service. Under the OA model the author of an accepted manuscript chooses to pay a fee, such that the manuscript is posted on IEEEXplore and available, free, to all. The current OA fee is $1750 per article, and this figure is independent of manuscript type (regular, correspondence or letter).