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Education Committee Report

The Ideas and Technology Control Systems Workshop was held in conjunction with the 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control at the Grand Wailea Hotel in Maui, HI, on December 12, 2012 (http://www.math.ku.edu/ksacg/workshops/CDC_2012/cdc2012workshop.html).

The purpose of this outreach event is to increase the general awareness of the importance of systems and control technology and its cross-disciplinary nature among high school students and teachers. The control field spans science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The success of all STEM fields depends on attracting the most gifted young people to science and engineering profession. Early exposure to middle and high school students and their teachers is a key factor. The goal of these outreach efforts is to promote an increased awareness of the importance and cross-disciplinary nature of control and systems technology. 
 
150 middle and high school students and teachers from three Hawaii schools participated in workshop activities that included presentations by control systems experts from our technical community, informal discussions, and the opportunity for teachers and students to meet passionate researchers and educators from academia and industry. The talks are designed to be educational, inspirational and entertaining showing the excitement of the STEM fields.
 
The workshop was sponsored by IEEE CDC 2012, IEEE CSS Technical Board, AACC, IEEE CSS Outreach Fund, the University of Kansas, and the University of Hawaii. The Organizer was Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (University of Kansas), who was assisted by Linda Bushnell (University of Washington), Monique Chyba (University of Hawaii), Cody Clifton (University of Kansas), and Dominique Duncan (Yale University). The Organizing and Program Committee consisted of members of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Control Education and AACC Technical Committee on Education.