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.
GLOBAL CONCERNS (June 2012)
Transition and Acknowledgement
You are seeing a new face and a new pen here, writing this column, which has been the responsibility of the IFAC Council member from the US. For the last six years (two terms, the maximum possible length of service on the Council by the IFAC Constitution), Abe Haddad has served on the Council, and written these columns---bringing information to the American Control Community from the body of which AACC is a founding member and the US National Member Organization (NMO). Abe’s six year term ended at the IFAC Congress in Milan (in September 2011), and I was elected (at the same Congress) as a new member of the Council, for a three-year term. I am pleased to correspond with you through this column in AACC’s electronic Newsletter, and I plan to communicate to you important happenings at IFAC, particularly as they impact the American Control Community. Before I roll up my sleeves to get to the task, I want to thank Abe Haddad for serving on the IFAC Council for the last six years and acknowledge his much appreciated contributions to the American Control Community through the “Global Concerns” column and through his active participation in AACC meetings. Abe will continue to be involved with IFAC in his new capacity as IFAC Advisor.