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AESS QEB, Issue 6

October, 2010


Dave Wallhermfechtel Garners Frank McGinnis Professional Achievement Award

The IEEE AUTOTESTCON Frank McGinnis Professional Achievement Award recognizes outstanding leadership, individual initiative and technical contributions in the field of automatic test engineering, either for a specific accomplishment or for a body of activities during a career. The award honors the memory of Frank McGinnis.

The 2010 recipient is David Wallhermfechtel, a leader in the military automatic test industry. Dave is a senior member of IEEE and a Boeing retiree.

Presented at the AUTOTESTCON 2010 Awards Luncheon by the Board of Directors Chair, Bob Rassa, and the Awards Administrator, Jim Leonard, the McGinnis Award includes an engraved icon and $2,000. A perpetual plaque resides in the Historical Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD.

The nomination period is now open for the 2011 McGinnis Award. Please submit nominations to Jim Leonard no later than June 1, 2011. The 2011 AUTOTESTCON will be held in Baltimore, MD on September 12-15, 2011.

The Nathanson Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Nathanson Award. Please go to the AESS web site for the nomination form. Note: Nominations are due by December 31, 2010!!!

This award is in honor of the late Fred Nathanson, and is sponsored by the IEEE Radar Systems Panel of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. The purpose of this award is to grant international recognition for outstanding contributions to the radar art by your IEEE/AESS members. The goals of the Radar Systems Panel in granting this award are to encourage individual effort and to foster increased participation by developing radar engineers. Established to grant recognition for outstanding contributions to the radar art, this award, consisting of a plaque and honorarium, is to recognize a member of AESS who has not exceeded the age of 40 in the year nominated. Nominees must be a member (in any grade) of IEEE/AESS and must have made outstanding contributions to the radar art; nominations must permit appraisal of the contributions.

$1,000 and Plaque. Travel expenses of up to $1,000 can be authorized by the AESS President.

Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society from funds generated by AESS Radar Systems Panel Conferences.

Young (less than 40 years of age) AESS radar engineers whose performance is particularly noteworthy as evidenced by contributions to the radar art over a period of several years.

Basis for Judging
Individual contributions to the radar community through technical papers, presentations, inventions, or products.

At National Radar or International Radar Conference depending on which is held in a particular year.

Technical Operations

Cyber Security Technical Panel

Today, Cyber (In) Security is a major discussion topic and cause of concern for all levels of government, the military and private industry. US military networks are probed 6 million times per day searching for classified military information. Secure corporate networks and the nation’s critical infrastructure are under constant threat from scanners, cyber criminals, terrorists and foreign entities searching for valuable intellectual property, proprietary manufacturing designs and processes, software code and potential targets for sabotage. Successful extortion schemes on companies and monetary theft from individuals via the internet are commonplace. Against this backdrop, the government, military and industry now realize that they must become proactive in the fight against cyber crime and warfare. We are in a battle in the realm of Cyberspace.

Over the last few years, IEEE committees have been active in helping to develop standards to secure the Smart Grid. In order to broaden the focus to include the Cyber Security issues mentioned above, the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society is pleased to announce the formation of the AESS Cyber Security Panel. Dr. George (Fred) A. Wright, Principal Research Engineer and Chief Scientist of the Electronic Systems Lab at the Georgia Tech Research Institute will Chair the panel. Dr. Wright directs the Cyber Security Initiative at GTRI and he is soliciting interested IEEE members to participate in expanding the panel and the ongoing process of developing definitions and standards for Cyber Security in government and industry arenas. If you are interested in being a part of this important and innovative panel or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Fred Wright.

UAV Technical Panel

AESS has established a new technical panel on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems UAV. A charter has been written and an organizational meeting will be held on November 13 in Wichita, KS. If you would like to participate contact the chair, George Dean. It is anticipated that there will be three committees on the panel, University students, Commercial, and Military.

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology has reached a level of maturity that has put these systems at the forefront of aerospace manufacturing and procurement around the world. Their relatively low-cost make them ideal for civilian applications like law enforcement, environmental monitoring and aerial survey.

An independently-produced report has a definitive assessment of the international military and civilian UAV market in 2010 and beyond, which is forecast to be worth $80 billion by 2020. Rather than solely focusing on the potential value or market share in the coming years, the International Military and Civilian UAV Survey looks at the world's operators and manufacturers of unmanned air systems with profiles for over 450 different UAVs operated or developed in 49 countries.

More than 250 companies involved in the military and civilian UAV market are mentioned, This includes all the major players, including the AAI Corporation, Aero Vironment, Aurora Flight Sciences, BAE Systems, Boeing, Cassidian Air Systems, Elbit Systems, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc, Israel Aerospace Industries, Northrop Grumman, Galileo and many others. Some of the types of UAV’s are as follows:-
• Micro air vehicles
• Mini unmanned aerial vehicles
• Vertical take-off
• Tactical
• Medium altitude long endurance
• High altitude long endurance
• Unmanned combat air vehicles
• Lighter than air
• Optionally piloted vehicles

Chapter News

Ron Ogan, AESS Chapter Coordinator




We are delighted to welcome in our community the new AESS Chapter in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is the FIRST such Chapter in Region 9. The effort to establish the Chapter began in September, 2009, and culminated in approvals by the Region and the AESS Board in July 2010. It took a lot of work, and we applaud the members who led this effort and saw it through its completion.

Alessio Borelli, Section Chair




Andre Fenili, Chapter Chair, Brazil Chapter




The Distinguished Lecturers Program (DLP) played a significant role in starting the new Chapter, because the idea was discussed in detail during a visit by one of our Distinguished Lecturers. In addition, many copies of old issues of the Magazine and the Transactions were sent to the Section ahead of time, which were eagerly picked up by the attendees at several activities organized by the Section. The lectures and related activities were prominently reported in the Systems Magazine, which also enhanced interest in the AESS, and persuaded members to sign a petition to form a new AESS Chapter.

This “case study” shows that it is not enough to simply float the idea of forming a new AESS Chapter; it requires a concerted effort to show the benefits of a Chapter by providing educational and career-enhancing services to members, and by using our publications to help in this effort.

The Argentina Section has prepared a petition and approval has been given by IEEE for the new AESS Chapter following the DLP visit in September 2009, and we wish them success. We hope that several other Sections will use this model to establish new AESS Chapters, and we would be happy to help them in their efforts.

Please contact Iram J. Weinstein, VP Education, James Howard, VP Member Services, or Ron T. Ogan,Chair, Chapter Activities, for more information on how to invite a Distinguished Lecturer, or how to establish a new Chapter.

Chapter Rebates

Thanks to Judy Scharmann, AESS Executive Assistant, Liz Parascondola and Tina M. Cordeiro, Administrative Assistants IEEE headquarters, we have sent Chapter rebates totaling over $10,000. These rebates are approved each year by the AESS Board for $50 for each meeting up to a maximum of 6. Please contact Ron Ogan or Judy Scharmann for any questions or comments about your rebate.

Third AESS Chapter Summit to be held on August 18, 2011 in San Francisco, CA

We are planning for the Third AESS Chapter Summit to be held on August 18, 2011 in San Francisco, CA. Hotel details will be sent out soon. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for a Chapter representative, preferably the Chair, to attend the Summit.
The objectives for the AESS Summit are:
• Chapter Chair training and networking
• Share Chapter success stories– what’s working and what need more work.
• Meet and give feedback to AESS leaders –this is an open exchange
• Chapter membership proposals – how do we retain and increase membership?
• Video tutorials- how are these helpful? What improvements would be helpful?
• Quarterly Email Blast and the AESS website – Are these helpful? How can they be improved?
I would like to have volunteers to make this Chapter Summit a complete success. Please contact Ron Ogan to voice your support .

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