In this first AACC Newsletter of 2011, let me welcome you, our readers, to an exciting year of activities, which involve directly the American Automatic Control Council.The first is the upcoming American Control Conference (ACC), to be held in San Francisco, California (June 29-July 1), for which the technical program is already in place (for more details, see http://www.a2c2.org/conferences/acc2011/). All indications are that we should again expect a memorable event. In addition to what looks like a very high quality technical program, we will also have our annual awards ceremony scheduled during the conference, on its second day (June 30) as in the past, but this time right after the late afternoon sessions. The ceremony will feature four 2011 AACC individual awards (Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award, John R. Ragazzini Education Award, Control Engineering Practice Award, Donald P. Eckman Award), two 2011 AACC paper awards (O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Awards, in the Theory and Applications categories), and the 2011 ACC Best Student-Paper Award. For the six AACC awards, the Awards Committee (chaired, as in the last year, by Stephen Yurkovich), along with its subcommittees, has already completed its work, and the recipients of this year's awards have already been informed. I look forward to seeing a big turnout at the ceremonies this year.