Past events

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(last update 03/12/2008)



Past events

 SPECIAL SESSIONS at the  46th CDC, New Orleans, LA -------------------------------------------------------------------

Wed (Evening - exact time TBA) Dec. 12, 2007

Plain Talk on Control for a Wide Range of the Public Sponsored by CSS and AACC Technical  Committees on Control Education


    Chair: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, University of Kansas

    Co-Chair: Fahmida N. Chowdhury, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Abstract: One of the major challenges for the controls community is to enhance its own public image and convey the essence and contribution of the field to outsiders; for this, a coordinated effort has to take place. This Special Session has as its purpose to prepare "Plain Talk about the Power, Beauty and Excitement of Control for the Non-Control Engineering Audience." This series of talks will include a brief history of feedback control and provide a sample of short talks for a target audience of non-control engineering professionals and general public.



Wed 12:00 - 1:00 pm Dec. 12, 2007 Special Lunchtime Session

NSF Special Session on Research Ethics and Related Issues in Research and Education 

    Organizer: Fahmida N. Chowdhury, University of Louisiana, Lafayette    

    Chair: Karlene Hoo, Texas Tech University

    Co-Chair: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Professor, Mathematics, Unive. of Kansas



broadening participation in engineering) by two NSF Program Officers, and an interactive Q&A

1. Presentation on stereotyping and evaluation bias: Nilanjana Dasgupta, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; 20 min.

2. Presentation on NSF funding programs on ethics in science and engineering: Myles Boylan, Program Director, Education and Human Resources, NSF; 10 min.

3. Presentation on NSF efforts on broadening participation in engineering : Mary Juhas (Program Directror for Diversity and Outreach, OAD, Engineering, NSF); 10 min.

4. Panel discussion and Q&A: Panelists: Myles Boylan, Mary Juhas, Nilanjana Dasgupta, Karlene Hoo, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan; panel moderator: Fahmida Chowdhury; 20min


Th 12:00 - 1:00 pm Dec. 13, 2007 Special Lunchtime Session

How to Present Your Work and Yourself

    Organizers: Fahmida N. Chowdhury and May-Win Thein

    Chair: May-Win Thein, University of New Hampshire

    Co-Chair: Fahmida N. Chowdhury, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Abstract: Presenting yourself at a job interview, and presenting your work to an audience are very



-  Jim Spall, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University (20 min)

- Dawn Tilbury, University of Michigan (15 min) 

- Jeanie Falcon, National Instruments (15 min)

- Q&A (10 min)



Friday Dec. 14, 12:15 p.m., Oak Alley Room

Women-in-Control Luncheon (Lunch will be Served),

    Organizers: Fahmida N. Chowdhury and Elena Zattoni


Invited Presentation by Ms. Rosann Marosy “Steps to Becoming a Fellow”

A presentation outlining the qualifications and processes on becoming an IEEE Fellow. 


Rosann joined IEEE in 1999 and have managed the Fellow Program the eight years since she


For further information please contact:

Fahmida N. Chowdhury 

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

W. Hansen Hall and Mary O. Hall Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering

University of Louisiana, Lafayette PO Box 43890 Lafayette, LA 70504-3890


Tel. 337.482.5366



December 2006   45th IEEE  CDC  San Diego, CA

Naomi Leonard, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University is a 2004 MaArthur Fellow.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

9:00 am-2:30 pm
Douglas Ballroom, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA

Middle and High School Students & Teachers Workshop



2006 American Control Conference  June 14-16, 2006
Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

Lunch Session  Wednesday, June 14 

room Conrad  B 11.30-1.30


Advancement for Women is slower than for Men"


A.M. Perdon, Chair, CSS Standing Committee on Women in Control      

B. Pasik-Duncan,  CSS Liaison, IEEE WIE Committee

Part I:  Advancement for Women is slower than for Men

Keynote Speaker:  IEEE WIE Committee, Control Systems Society    Liaison

The presentation is based on the recent IEEE WIE and NSF ADVANCE Funding Trends,  Virginia Vilian, "Why so slow?", The MIT Press, Cambridge MA &     London, 1998,  Dominique Duncan, " Difference Between the Two Sexes in       Academia", Presentation in Democracy and Social Sciences, University of Chicago, May 10, 2006,  


Part II  How Can We Speed Up the Process? Does International Funding/Exchange Programs Help with Advancement for Women?

 panel discussion

organized by A.M. Perdon and   E.  Zattoni. 

European Women in Control Awareness of  Selected and Successful Programs.

American and Other Programs will be discussed.


Open Discussion. 


14th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation

Ancona, Italy     June 28-30, 2006

WiC lunch on  Thursday 29



June 2006 


 Sixth IFAC Workshop on Time-Delay Systems
 L’Aquila, Italy   10-12 July, 2006

WiC lunch on  Tuesday 11


December 2005 


Special Lunch Session   Wednesday, December 14


Melia Sevilla Hotel, The Terrace Room

 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Part I     Making Research Breakthroughs and Breaking Glass Ceilings:  The Communication Challenges of Women in Higher Education 

Keynote Speaker: Diana Carlin   here

Diana Carlin is Dean of the Graduate School and International Programs and a professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. Prior to being appointed dean in 2000 she served as an interim assistant provost and an acting department chair. Her research interests are in political communication and gendered communication. She has taught courses on communication and gender and women in politics and has conducted research on attitudes toward women politicians. She is a frequent speaker for professional women's associations on topics related to gender and communication and women in organizations. 

 Part II    Women in Research Funding    Panel Discussion

Although the overall proportion of women funded is comparatively low, statistics show that this is more a reflection of the number of proposals received from women, rather than a bias against women at the funding stage.  Through a presentation of some of the recent trends and statistics, we hope to generate discussion on issues such as how the low numbers of women receiving funding may affect students and younger researchers, why fewer women submit proposals, and what the community can do to improve the situation.

 The Panelists include: Fahmida Chowdhury and Mary Ann Horn NSF Program Directors  here

Fahroo Fariba and Sharon Heise  Air Force Office of Scientific Research,   Alkis Konstantellos   here European Union Program Director

Part III    Honorary Speaker: Cheryl Schrader

Cheryl Schrader is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)--a program supported and administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is a professor and Dean of the College of Engineering at the Boise State University, has a distinguished record of mentoring at both her present institution and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She has demonstrated an enduring, strong, and personal commitment to providing students with useful faculty guidance.  



July 2005, ISIC and MED 2005 

Special Pre-Conference Workshop, June 26th 2005 

Encouraging Young Women towards Engineering and Applied Sciences


December 2004

  At the CDC’04 in Bahamas , the  panel on "Women in industry" during the WiC lunch has been very successful. The special session on the same topic had a large audience too.

June 2004 

At IEEE  ACC'04 during the Women in Control Luncheon, a very interesting  topic "The Faculty Candidate Interview"

has been  addressed by a panel of three speakers - Dr. C. Schrader (Dean of Engineering at Boise State), Dr. R. Rhinehart (Dept. Head of Chemical Engineering,Oklahoma State Univ), and Dr. M. Balas (Prof. of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Univ of Colorado at Boulder). The same topic has been addressed during the special session "Winning that academic job"  organized  by Karlene Hoo.

Some of the material that was presented by the panelists is here : 

A. Alleyne (Univ. of Illinois),  S.Yurkovich (Ohio State Univ.),  Dr. R. Rhinehart (Oklahoma State Univ. )(lunch),  

Dr. R. Rhinehart (session), 

S. Yourkovich (Ohio State Univ.)

December, 2003: IEEE CSS Women in Control Luncheon in occasion of the IEEE 2003 Conference on Decision and Control, December 9-12, 2003. Hyatt Regency Maui, Hawaii, USA. Wednesday, December 10, at Spats Tratoria, 9.30 - 1.30, jointly with the First NSF Workshop for Women in Control, "After Graduation: Women in Control Taking a Leadership Role " (workshop dedicated to honor Cheryl Schrader, CSS President ), organized by Bozenna Pasik-Duncan.

June, 2003: ACC'03 Women in Control Luncheon. Wednesday, June 4, 2003, 12.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m., Touer Court D.

April, 2003: 3rd European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, Genoa, April 13-16, 2003.

December, 2002: CDC'02 Women in Control Luncheon. Wednesday, December 11, 2002, 12.00 a.m.-1.30 p.m., Canaletta Restaurant, The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, (in occasion of the IEEE 2002 Conference on Decision and Control).

December, 2002: 2002 CONTROL AWARENESS DAYS - A WORKSHOP FOR LAS VEGAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS on THE UBIQUITY OF CONTROL. December 11, 2002. The Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada. In conjuction with the IEEE 2002 Conference on Decision and Control, December 10 - 13, 2002. Final Report by Bozenna Pasik-Duncan.

July, 2002: First Joint IFAC- IEEE CSS WiC luncheon, in occasion of the 15th IFAC World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, July 2002.


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