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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.
IEEE Young Professionals and IEEE CSS hosted a lunchtime meetup for young professionals in industry at this year’s ACC in Milwaukee. Recent graduates, as well as graduate students interested in industry positions, attended the event, where they had the opportunity to enjoy a casual lunch and ask questions to their peers on topics ranging from strategies for making connections with industry professionals to career development to the overall experience of a recent graduate working for a private company. Students also had the opportunity to learn more about resources offered by IEEE Young Professionals via a presentation given by Jeff Peters, the IEEE CSS YP representative.
There were 80 attendees at our bi-annual WiC luncheon at the ACC 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Welcomes were given by ACC 2018 General Chair, Jordan Berg, IEEE CSS VP Member Activities, Li-Chen Fu, IEEE CSS President, Francesco Bullo, and AACC President, Richard Braatz. Prof. Bullo discussed the IEEE CSS efforts to reaffirm its ethical values and to develop new strategies to increase diversity and inclusion within the society (see his recently published President’s Message in the IEEE CSM Aug. 2018 issue, with reference to the IEEE Women in Tech survey). NSF Program Director Irina Dolinskaya and IEEE WIE Chair Bozenna Pasik-Duncan also addressed the audience.
July 14, 2017
Sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), the American Automatic Control Council (AACC), and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), a group of over 150 gathered in Toulouse, France on July 14, 2017 at the IFAC World Congress to celebrate “Women in IFAC.”
The 2017 American Control Conference (ACC) was held at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington, May 24-26. The Sheraton is right next to the Washington State Convention Center, steps away from some of Seattle's most iconic sights such as the Seattle Waterfront, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle.