President's Message

Welcome to the American Automatic Control Council (AACC, aka A2C2)!  AACC is an umbrella organization encompassing the groups and individuals of member societies with an interest in control science and engineering.  At present AACC has eight member societies:  AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ISA (International Society of Automation), SCS (Society for Modeling & Simulation International), and SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics).  As is evident from the diversity of these organizations, the existence of AACC is an endorsement of the fact that control, both in its theory and its applications, transcends traditional engineering disciplines.  In the U.S., AACC is the leading organization responsible for pursuing these cross-disciplinary connections and collaborations for broad-based societal impact.

Women in Control Meet at ACC

Women in Control (WIC) is an interdisciplinary community encouraging and supporting women professionals in the field of control systems.  It was originally initiated as a Standing Committee within the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) over twenty-five years ago, and now holds luncheons and meetings at various conferences such as the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), the American Control Conference (ACC), the IFAC World Congress, ASME, and SIAM conferences. Sixty-two attended the WIC luncheon during the 2014 ACC in Portland Oregon (see photo).

8-12 Teacher-Student Workshop

The AACC co-sponsors workshops for middle and high school students and teachers to reveal the “Beauty of Controls” in the hope of inspiring students to choose careers in automation.  The one-day workshop associated with the Portland ACC had about 25 local participants, and presentations and activities had them engaged in applications ranging from robots and flexible structures to the brain and its functions.  Visit http://www.math.ku.edu/ksacg/workshops/ACC_2014/acc2014workshop.html

AACC Award Nominations are Open

The AACC gives six awards annually. They are the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award, the Control Engineering Practice Award, the Donald P. Eckman Award, the John R. Ragazzini Education Award, and the O. Hugo Schuck best paper awards--one emphasizing theory and one emphasizing practice. Nominations for the awards to be given in 2015 are due by December 1, 2014. Please use the link to “Awards” for nomination forms and for the details regarding eligibility, criteria for evaluation, etc