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AESS QEB, Issue 10

October, 2011


Society News

AESS for Quality of Life
by Marina Ruggieri
AESS President 2010-2011

Dear AESS members, my term as AESS President (2010-2011) will expire at the end of 2011. It has been a challenging, intense and stimulating experience.
Let me share with you something I have learnt and that can be very useful for future Presidents: the current President has to do his/her best to harmonize the new ideas and the personal vision with the previous President’s achievements and vision as well as to pave the way gracefully to the next President, whoever he/she will be. In fact, strong discontinuity is seldom an effective approach in management and it is certainly non beneficial in an IEEE Society where the President’s term is only one- or two-year long, non renewable.
Society Officers, Board of Governors members and Society members play a key-role in the conceivement and development of new ideas, in the manteinance of the Society everyday life and in the Society continuity.
I do believe continuity is a value, because it obliges people to understand others and to frame the own actions in a large framework.
Moving from the above approach, in my term I have consolidated and finalized some on-going activities and changes, started in the past President’s term, launched new initiatives and prepared AESS for  its challenging framing in the sustainability and Quality of Life (QoL) world.
Changes have involved both the outer shape of the Society and - most important - the contents.
For instance,  we have a new logo, a new website, the Transactions in electronic format, a written Strategic Plan. We have undergone successfully the periodical IEEE review of the Society. The participation of students and Graduate of Last Decade (GOLD) to the Society activities has been increased, giving them the direct responsibility in organizing events and proposing new initiatives.
A new AESS Conference on Satellite Communications ESTEL to be held in Europe, starting from 2012, is ready to be launched. Recently - after months of hard work - we have approved new Governing Documents (By-Laws and Constitution) to improve the Society flexibility and matching with IEEE goals and perspectives.
A new model of Officers/Board of Governors meetings has been implemented: our meetings have mostly taken place in national or international institutions (European Space Agency, CACI, Center for TeleInFrastructure Global research network) to allow the mutual knowledge between IEEE/AESS and the hosting technical or scientific insitution and possible perspectives of cooperation. Let me take this opportunity to thank heartly those institutions for the support and trust in AESS.

In the Figure you can see our BoG at the end of the 2011 Spring meeting at CACI premises.

A strong interaction between IEEE and AESS has been constantly maintained, to allow a stronger and quasi-real-time harmonization between IEEE strategic address and our Society development, although in the full respect of the Society specific goals and ideas.
This interaction has been increased by hosting IEEE representatives in all our Officers and BoG meetings, in the active participation to the TAB meetings and to the other Committees where TAB involved me (TAB Strategic Planning Committee, WIE Committee). 
The tight relationship between AESS and IEEE and the Field of Interest (FoI) of AESS is rendering easy and effective also the harmonization beween AESS goals and IEEE present and perspected strategy in the sustainability and humaritarian topics.
I consider a tremendous plus the broad AESS FoI: in fact, by covering complex systems, its sub-systems and different type of users (civil, military) AESS is able to cope with the many challenges of everyday life, including emergency situations.
AESS for Quality of Life is therefore a dream of mine that will easily come true if the Society will simply continue its present natural growth.
The interdisciplinary attitude is becoming the most rewarding approach to bring the Human Being to new frontiers and to improve effectively his/her Quality of Life. The QoL is a key-important concept: it deals with a human being-centric vision, that puts the technology as a tool to create a better everyday life and to protect the health of our Planet. This vision is somehow different from a technology-driven approach.
AESS has all the tools and the knowledge to contribute strongly to the above vision.
From my side, whatever my role in AESS and IEEE will be in the future, I will continue to contribute to this vision and to provide my full support for the successful deployment of AESS and IEEE goals and plans.

The Fall 2011 AESS Board of Governors meeting was held in Princeton, NJ at the CTIF-USA headquarters on September 9-10. (insert photo)

New AESS Officers for 2012 were selected as follows:

President – Hugh Griffiths
Executive Vice President – Robert Ewing
VP Conferences – Mark Davis
VP Education – Iram Weinstein
VP Finance – George Dean
VP Industry Relations – Reza Dizaji
VP Member Services – Larry Chasteen
VP Publications – Peter Willett
VP Technical Operations – Theodora Saunders

Jr. Past President – Marina Ruggieri
St. Past President – Bob Rassa
Secretary – Frank Reyes
Treasurer – Ron Ogan

Conference Information

Please go to the AESS Web Site to see a list of upcoming conferences.

The 2012 IEEE Radar Conference, being held in Atlanta, GA, May 7-11, 2012, will host 400 to 600 attendees interested in innovations and developments in radar theory and technology.  Radar related topics will include presentations describing developments in radar systems and their implementations, phenomenology, target and clutter modeling, component advances, signal processing, and data processing utilizing advanced algorithms as well as feature exhibits by vendors of radar systems, radar components, instrumentation, related software and publications.  In addition, a number of tutorials on radar associated topics will also be taught at the conference.
Prospective authors are invited to submit papers through the conference website November 14th.  Topic areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

1. Environmental Remote Sensing
2. Antenna Technologies & Techniques
3. Components & Subsystems
4. Emerging Technologies
5. Radar Systems & Concepts
6. Phenomenology
7. Target & Clutter Modeling
8. Radar Singnal Processing (Theory, Architectures, & Applications)
9. Radar Data Processing (Theory, Architectures, & Applications)
10. SAR/ISAR/IFSAR Systems

In addition to conference papers, individuals are encouraged to submit special session proposals by October 14th as well as tutorial proposals by December 7th.  Additional information about the conference and submissions can be found on the conference website at

For those interested in participating as an exhibitor, a booth package is available that includes an 8’ x 10’ booth space with background drape, skirted table, and coffee breaks.  Please make your reservation before January 6, 2012 for a discounted rate and to ensure your spot as space is limited.  The 2012 IEEE Radar Conference Committee looks forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

We are very pleased to invite you to the ESTEL 2012, the first International IEEE-AESS Conference in
urope on Space and Satellite TELecommunications.

The Conference will be held on October 2-5, 2012 in Rome, Italy at the Roma Eventi Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre, in the heart of Rome historical centre.

Estel Conference 2012 is the International conference on telecommunications via satellite organized for the first time in Europe by IEEE  AESS in collaboration with ESOA (European Satellite Operator’s Association) and SAT EXPO (Expo-Forum on Satellite and Advanced Telecommunications). It reasserts the continuous commitment on the promotion of the excellence in the technology for humanity on IEEE’s part.
A unique venue
Four days of very specialized seminars on all main topics of satellite telecommunications sector, from Tuesday the 2nd to Friday the 5th of October, in the heart of Rome, next to the well known Trevi’s Fountain in a very comfortable and well equipped Conference Centre, the “Roma Eventi - Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre”.
High-Quality Papers and Presentation
The Estel Conference program will present the cutting-edge solutions in the field of satellite telecommunications, from the technological point of view to all possible applications related to Improving the Quality of Life (QoL) (Health, Security and Energy). It will offer an impressive list of speakers, including satellite telecommunications experts, top scientists and managers especially from the US, Europe and the Far East.
Multidisciplinary Focus
The program is designed to facilitate dialogue among members of government, industry, and the academic community.
The goal is to create a very diverse and multidisciplinary conference where operators and scientists from various complementary disciplines can meet and discuss subjects of common interest in the field of satellite telecommunications.
The emphasis will be on applications-oriented research and development, from antennas, devices and components to most updated systems and software.
International participation
The Organization foresees as first edition the participation of around 200 foreign attendees coming from 21 Countries from the US, Europe, Africa and the Far East.

Important Dates

Workshop and Panel Proposals: 31 December 2011
Tutorial Proposals: 15 January 2012
Abstract Submission: 1 February 2012
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 1 April 2012
Draft Manuscript Submission: 15 May 2012
Notification of Acceptance:  20 June 2012
Final Manuscript Submission: 20 July 2012

Please find the Call for Papers here:

Chapter News

Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Chapter QEB News – Ron Ogan [email protected]

I am pleased that our newest joint AESS, Geosicence and Remote Sensing Society was approved for Croatia as organized by Juraj Bartolic ([email protected]), Faculty EE and Computing, University of Zaqreb.  Congratulations!

We have received a petition to establish a new AESS Chapter in Argentina in Region 9. We have 83 AESS members in Region 9 (Peru, Brazil and Argentina) and recently established an AESS Chapter in Brazil as organized by Andre Fenili. We thank Past Presidents Saj Duranni, and Paul E. Gartz who made trips to promote AESS in these developing countries. Embrarer Aviation is located in Brazil and their aircraft are used by many U.S. airlines for commuter flights.

On October 3, I traveled to Wichita State University to make a presentation “FAA Next Generation Flight Control” as arranged by George Dean, AESS Wichita Chapter Chair and VP AESS and Mark Olive, Lead Systems Safety Engineer, Bombardier-Learjet. 

Please contact me if you would like a copy of my presentation or have an interest in this technology which will be implemented in the U.S. during 2013-2020. Mark Olive was kind enough to arrange a tour of the Bombardier-Learjet facility for my brother W.C. (Bill) Ogan, an Oklahoma Rancher and myself.

Since I have my private pilot’s license, another highlight of my visit to Wichita, Kansas, recognized as the American General Aviation Capitol was a flight around Wichita. I wanted to fly the Cessna C-162 Skycatcher light sport aircraft but I learned that it has a maximum wind limit of 23 knots and the Kansas wind was gusting to 24 knots. As a backup, I went flying with Cindy at Yingling Kansas Aviation in a C-172S along with George Dean. It was a clear windy day flying over the flat plains.

Since this is my sixth year on the AESS Board of Governors and my final year as specified by term limits, I want to sincerely thank you, the AESS Chapter Chairs and the Board of Governors, with whom I have had the privilege to work with on Chapter activities.Erik Blasch, new AESS Board of Governors member,  has volunteered to take over as Chapter Chair Coordinator to lead the 55 AESS Chapters worldwide as shown on the website