2nd Quarter
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About the IEEE Systems Council Newsletter:

Engineers today start their careers with excellent technical skills and subject matter. The Systems Council Newsletter includes time sensitive news useful to its participants and highlights content of the current issue of the IEEE Systems Journal.
President's Message

image of Vincenzo PiuriDear Member of the IEEE Systems Council Community,

The pandemic is still affecting many areas of the world and many people are still suffering greatly. I hope that you and your families and friends are doing fine, the virus will be defeated soon, and we can go back to our normal life. We have learned many lessons from this terrible experience, but together we can make the difference.

The purpose and goal of the quarterly newsletter is to help you stay updated on the Council’s activities and relevant information from our field. I hope you find this newsletter valuable to you. Previous issues can be found on our website.

Please visit our website frequently for detailed information about our mission, vision, goals, conferences, publications, awards, chapter events, technical and educational activities, and activities for our industry professionals and systems community members. Additionally, information about the various competencies, areas of expertise and interests of the Council’s Member Societies can be found on our website.

We have established new technical committees to address the needs of our community and we will continue addressing new areas in our field to better serve our scientific and professional community. A full list of the Council’s technical committees can be found on our website.

We are reaching out to our scientific and professional community in Asia, as well as, in Africa and the Middle East in a more structured way and started planning for conferences in the next year. Information on all our flagship and sponsored conferences can be found here.

We are continuously working on a new, life-long educational program in the area of systems, complex systems, systems of systems, and systems engineering, including tutorials and lectures from distinguished speakers, and study cases. If you have suggestions for topics, please let us know.

We are expanding the services to the local communities by adding chapters, joint chapters, and student branch chapters and with distinguished talks of local experts to better serve each and every one of you. If you are interested in establishing a new chapter or student branch chapter, please contact Fabrice Labeau, Systems Council Chapter Chair. We are happy to help you with this process.

We are also restructuring and refocusing our activities for members of our community, addressing the emerging needs for more networking opportunities and support to underserved groups and geographical areas. Inclusivity is one of our major priorities.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the recipients of our Council awards and the IEEE Fellow, Paul Hershey, who selected our Council as a reference technical community. Thank you to each of them for being role models to all of us, especially for the new generations!

If you have any comments, suggestions, recommendations, or criticisms, please do not hesitate to contact me. Everyone can help in continuously improving our technical activities. We aim to continue to have lively activities for our lively community. With you, we strive to serve our community. Join us to make the difference in the world!

I am looking forward to working with you for the benefit of our scientific, professional community and humanity.

Ciao, Vin

Vincenzo Piuri
President, IEEE Systems Council
IEEE Systems Council News
2021 Systems Council Awards
Congratulations to the 2021 Systems Council Award Recipients*. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and contributions to the Council and the systems engineering community.

2021 Outstanding Service Award Recipient – Stephanie White

The IEEE Systems Council Outstanding Service Award honors long and distinguished service to the IEEE Systems Council at a level of dedication and achievement rarely demonstrated.

Congratulations to Stephanie White on being named the 2021 Systems Council Outstanding Service Award recipient. Stephanie’s numerous and long-standing contributions have been instrumental to the success of the Council and the systems engineering community.

IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Awards
This year, the IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award was awarded to five papers. Please help us in congratulating these authors on this achievement!

*Note: The James O. Gray Scholarship Award applications are still under review and will be announced at a later date.
Women in Systems Engineering (WISE)
The Systems Council has launched its Women in Systems Engineering (WiSE) page and features interviews with the following:

Ashley Madni, JPL/Caltech, USA

What do you find interesting or exciting about working in the field of systems science and systems engineering?
I love being a Systems Engineer on space exploration missions because there is always so much to learn and engage in! I enjoy the challenge of understanding technical details while keeping the larger picture of the integrated system in mind, balancing technical breadth and depth. My favorite work is interfacing between the mission scientists and engineers, helping translate science objectives into engineering requirements. Additionally, as a Systems Engineer, I get to tackle complex system level engineering change requests and trade studies, which involve leading interdisciplinary teams to arrive at a solution that adequately meets all stakeholders’ needs. It’s a great feeling when you see these final solutions come together to enable our mission’s success.

Pierangela Samarati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

What’s the one piece of advice you would give to a young person just starting out in their career?
Look for interesting problems, think outside the box, and do things you like to do, suiting your passion and inclination. Take things seriously, commit and maintain commitment. Always do your best, do not take easy shortcuts or easy way out, put all yourself in the things you do and make sure to always do your very best. This will be the most rewarding aspect in every result you achieve.

You can read the full interviews and more on our website.

Help us share your story to motivate women to consider Systems Engineering as their area of study and career by contacting WiSE Chair, Holly Handley.
New Senior Members Committee and Website
The Systems Council established a Senior Member Committee to provide support through the senior member application process. Advancing your member grade can bring added peer recognition to your accomplishments and enables you to hold key leadership positions in IEEE. Senior member grade is reserved for individuals working in IEEE-designated fields for at least 10 years and demonstrated five years of significant performance 

The Senior Member Committee members are Walt Downing (Chair), Prasanta Ghosh, Georges Zissis, and Wei-Jen Lee.

Please contact the Senior Member Committee if you have any questions or need an endorsement for your senior member grade elevation. You can also visit the website to learn more how the Committee can support you.
Human Systems Integration Technical Committee (HSITC) Webinar
On 25 March, HSITC hosted a successful doctoral student presentation virtual webinar via. Six PhD students from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia, USA) gave “sprint” presentations of their doctoral research. The topics included blockchain technology, big data analytics, cybersecure behaviors and more. Feedback from the students indicated that the questions posed were helpful in further defining and communicating their research. Thank you to the student presenters and the committee members who attended for making the webinar a success!

If you are interested in learning more about HSITC please visit the website or contact TC Chairs Holly Handley and Phil Barry.

In Memoriam: Michael C. Wicks
Michael C. Wicks, age 61, passed away on 9 December 2020. Born in Utica, NY, USA, in 1959, he earned a Master's degree in Science/Philosophical Doctorate at Syracuse University in electrical engineering.

Michael’s prolific career included a variety of prestigious positions beginning at the Air Force Research Laboratory initially working in radar in Rome, but later in Dayton, OH, USA. He developed sensor signal processing technology for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems. He was a systems engineer supporting a variety of national and international security needs. He was an executive for the last 10 years of his career and he taught graduate students at the University of Dayton. He was a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Systems Council. His smile, kindness, and good attitude will be deeply missed.
SEBoK Reaches 5 Million Pageviews
The Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) just reached 5 million pageviews since its first appearance in September 2012. SEBoK topics range from systems engineering fundamentals to real-world applications. The SEBoK provides a valuable resource free of charge to systems engineering professionals, educators, students, and anyone who wants to learn more about the field. Experienced systems engineers contribute state-of-the-practice information to the SEBoK to ensure it remains relevant, with updates at least twice a year. Check out the latest version of the SEBoK at www.sebokwiki.org and help us get started on the next 5 million!
Chapter News
Systems Council Chapter Summit
The Systems Council held its first-ever Chapter Summit on 2 May. Council leadership and Chapters Chairs met via virtual meeting. The purpose of the meeting was informative and to create a forum for the chapters to share and discuss successes and challenges, best practices, volunteer resources, and more. The Committee aims to host the 2022 Chapter Summit in-person at SYSCON 2022.
IEEE Rourkela Subsection Distinguished Lecturer Series
Join the IEEE Rourkela Subsection for a Distinguished Lecture Series webinar on "Engineering Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems: The Human in Industry 4.0-Context" by Professor Armando Walter Colombo, IEEE Fellow, University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, Germany.

Webinar Details:
  • 20 May 2021 at 10:00 AM CET
  • Registration is not required. IEEE and non-IEEE members are welcome to attend.
New Chapters Join the Systems Council
Please help us welcome our newest Chapters to the Systems Council:
  • IEEE Bangalore Section Chapter (Region 10). The Chapter is chaired by Ramakrishnan (Ramki) Raman, Honeywell.
  • Swarnandhra College of Engineering and Technology Student Branch Chapter (Region 10). The Chapter is chaired by Satya Koppineni.
Resources for Chapters
The Council provides technical and financial support to its Chapters for organizing events during the calendar year. To request funding or a Distinguished Lecturer or to learn more about the resources available to your chapter, please visit our website. Additional volunteer resources can be found here.

If you are interested in learning more about our chapters or starting a new Systems Council Chapter or hosting a chapter event, please contact Fabrice Labeau, Chapter Chair.
Conference News
The proceedings will remain on-demand for registrants through 15 May then will be made available on IEEE Xplore. Follow the link below for more information on SYSCON 2021.
ISSE 2021
ISSE 2021 will be held on 13-15 September in Vienna, Austria. The symposium will provide a venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators to exchange innovative concepts, ideas, applications and lessons learned addressing: applications-oriented topics on large-scale systems and systems-of-systems; systems engineering, education, standards, processes and methodologies for the system-of systems environment; and research opportunities and results relating to systems-of-systems.

Abstract (Industry Papers), Manuscript (Academic/Research Papers), and Special Session Proposals are due 26 May. Download the Call for Papers for a full list of topics and more.
RASSE 2021
The Systems Council is excited to announce its newest conference, the IEEE International Conference on Recent Advances in Systems Science and Engineering (RASSE) 2021. RASSE 2021 will be held virtually 7-9 November.

Deadlines to Submit:
  • Special Session Proposals - 15 May
  • Full Papers - 1 June
For more information, visit the conference website. Download the Call for Papers for a full list of topics and more.
Publications News
The IEEE Systems Journal (ISJ) is the technical journal of the IEEE Systems Council. This publication provides a systems-level, focused forum for application-oriented manuscripts that address complex systems and system-of-systems of national and global significance.
The IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS) is a technical journal devoted to covering the rapidly evolving field of small air and space systems such as drones and small satellites.
Member Society News
IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS)

The CASS Microlearning (CASS MiLe) program is an initiative by the IEEE CASS Education Committee promoting personalized competency-based microlearning education. It is all about engineering ideas - covering foundational to groundbreaking topics in science & technology, industry, and professionalism. In microlearning education, microlessons deliver targeted lessons so learners can easily gain new concepts, one at a time. Microlearning allows us to immediately apply these new concepts to solve our problems.

IEEE Members can sign into CASS MiLe with their IEEE Account, through Google SSO by clicking on the Google button on the Login/Register Page.


Learn more about CASS MiLe from the IEEE CASS President, Amara Amara.

IEEE Consumer Technology Society
CTSoc has started building Technical Committees. The initial phase is under conference affairs and is called Technical Stream Committees – the foundation of multi-level technical activities. Eventually, the Technical Committees will foster research and education, ensure high quality reviews for our conferences, provide solid networks for our members, and help chapters in their projects. Join our international network of professionals and help bring technology to life in your prospective field! More info can be found on the CTSoc website.

Learn more about CTSoc conferences, awards, chapters, publications and more here.
Member Society Conferences of Interest
2021 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS)

22-28 May - Virtual Format | 23-26 May - Daegu, Korea

The International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), the flagship conference of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society, is the world's premier networking and exchange forum for researchers in the highly active fields of theory, design, and implementation of circuits and systems. For more details on registration, or to register now, please visit the conference website.

2021 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE-TW)

16-18 June, 16-28 June | Hybrid Onsite and Online Mode | National Penghu University of Science and Technology, Penghu, Taiwan

View the call for papers.

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