The author provides an overview of the 2012 American Control Conference (ACC). The ACC is the annual conference of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC), the US national member organization (NMO) of the International Federation of Automatic Control, Montreal, PQ, (IFAC). AACC is an association of the control-related groups of eight member societies: AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), IEEE, ISA (International Society of Automation), SCS (Society for Computer Simulation), and SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics). ACC 2012 also benefited from the support of IFAC, the Canadian NMO for IFAC. ACC 2012 featured an intensive program of regular, invited, and tutorial technical sessions; preconference workshops; special sessions over lunch and in the evenings; and social events with excellent food, unlimited drinks, and music performed by professionals as well as conference attendees.