President's Corner President's Corner

I had a busy but exciting summer this year. In June, we had another very successful ACC in San Diego. Thanks to General Chair Steve Yurkovich, Program Chair Pradeep Misra, and members of the Operating and Program Committees for their superb job. In July, I attended the 14th IFAC World Congress held in Beijing, and traveled to the south (Hanzhou, Wuxi, and Shanghai) after the Congress. I have placed in this newsletter another article on the IFAC Congress. In August, I took a trip to Zimbabwe to visit my daughter who is teaching at a high school there as a peace corps volunteer, and I also had the opportunity to see a lot of animals!

General Chair Galip Ulsoy and Program Chair Suhada Jayasuriya are leading our planning for the 2000 ACC, the theme of which is "Control Engineering in the Next Millennium." Future ACCs will be held in Chicago, IL (2000), Arlington, VA (2001), Anchorage, Alaska (2002), Denver, CO (2003), and Boston, MA (2004). Please check their web sites for further details including dates. We will soon enter the year 2000, the last year of the 20th century. It is the right moment to look back as well as to look into the future. I mentioned about John Zaborszky's project on the History of AACC in the previous issue of the Newsletter. Its draft has now been placed on the AACC Homepage.

AACC is the US National Member Organization of IFAC. Stephen Kahne represented AACC on the IFAC Council for many years. His term as Past President of IFAC was completed at the IFAC World Congress in Beijing, and he is now an advisor to IFAC. As these changes took place, Mike Masten's nomination as a new IFAC Council member was approved. In his capacity as an IFAC officer, Steve has regularly contributed "Global Concerns" to the AACC Newsletter. Steve and Mike will now be sharing authorship of "Global Concerns", with Mike writing the column in this issue. I thank Steve for his many years of outstanding service as an IFAC officer and send my best wishes to Mike for successful council membership.

My two year term as President of AACC will end this December. I have enjoyed working with AACC Directors, Officers, and Committees. Thank you for all your wonderful support and valuable contributions. AACC officers for 2000-01 will be Naim Kheir (President), Christos Georgakis (Vice President), myself (Past President), Abe Haddad (Secretary), and Malcolm Beaverstock (Treasurer). Please provide your comments and suggestions on AACC matters to any of your officers.

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