IEEE CSS Women in Control Luncheon
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The bi-annual WiC luncheon at the American Control Conference (ACC) in Philadelphia, PA had 95 women attendees. The group was welcomed by the ACC General Chair, Douglas Lawrence, ACC Program Chair, Andrea Serrani, IEEE CSS President, Robert Bitmead, and AACC President Richard Braatz. IEEE WiC Chair, Linda Bushnell, also welcomed the group and talked about the history and purpose of WiC and how the first WiC lunch was held in at the 1988 CDC in Austin, TX. She congratulated the two new women who were awarded the IEEE Fellow status in 2019, Emilia Fridman and Min Wu. She reported that the membership experiment at the 2018 CDC resulted in 39 women students receiving IEEE, CSS, and WIE memberships for 2019. The luncheon included keynote talks by ACC plenary speaker, Martha Grover; Donald P. Eckman awardee, Na (Lina) Li; Control Engineering Practice awardee, Anna Stefanopoulou; and Irena Lasiecka, the first women to win the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage award.