Global Concerns Global Concerns - XXIII

In our last article, we noted that Steve Kahne had recently completed 12 years as the USA representative to the IFAC Council. (In fact, Steve's IFAC contributions span much more than 12 years, and he continues as an active participant.) However, there have been many other Americans who have also contributed to IFAC since its beginning in 1957; let's look at the legacy for some of these outstanding Americans.


The General Assembly, which consists of delegations from all National Member Organizations (NMO), is the supreme body of IFAC. Between meetings of the General Assembly, IFAC management is vested to the Council. Since 1957, there have been five USA Council members,


The IFAC Outstanding Service Award was established to honor IFAC Officials that have served the federation with exemplary contributions. As a minimum, Award winners must have served at least three triennia as members of the Council, Executive Board, Technical Board, or Editors of Automatica or Control Engineering Practice. It is not surprising that most of our Council representatives (Chestnut, Lozier, Miller, and Kahne) have received the Award. Other American recipients include,


There have been many others who have served in various roles of IFAC service.


There were numerous USA contributors to the 1996 IFAC Congress held in San Francisco including,

Other Americans serving with Jose Cruz on the International Program Committee in special roles were Mike Masten, Umit Ozguner, Michael Peshkin, Michael Rabins, and Marwan Simaan.


Recently, I reviewed the history of all IFAC Officials who have served since our 1957 beginning. In each triennium, except for one (1963-66), the number of individuals from the USA serving as IFAC officials has been larger than any other country. Clearly, we are fortunate to have so many dedicated USA citizens who have been willing to offer their service to their profession and the benefit of IFAC. We want to salute all of these outstanding American contributors to IFAC activities.

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