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Grace X. Gao
Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering
BioGrace X. Gao is an assistant professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. She leads the Navigation and Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (NAV Lab) at Stanford. Before joining Stanford University, she was an assistant professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her Ph.D. degree at Stanford University. Her research is on robust and secure positioning, navigation and timing with applications to manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous driving cars and robotics.
Prof. Gao has won a number of awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, the Institute of Navigation Early Achievement Award and RTCA William E. Jackson Award. She received Distinguished Promotion Award from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019. She has won Best Paper/Presentation of the Session Awards 15 times at ION GNSS+ conferences. She received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering, University of Illinois in 2017. For her teaching, Prof. Gao has been on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students at University of Illinois multiple times. She won the College of Engineering Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015, AIAA Illinois Chapter’s Teacher of the Year in 2016, and the Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising in 2017 and 2018.
Ph.D. Student in Aeronautics and Astronautics, admitted Autumn 2015
BioKaz Gunning is a Ph.D. candidate in the GPS Research Laboratory working under the guidance of Professor Per Enge and Dr. Todd Walter in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. Prior to joining the lab in fall 2015 as a Ph.D. candidate, Kaz worked for Booz Allen Hamilton on the GPS Systems Engineering and Integration group doing Modeling and Simulation of the next generation GPS Control Segment and software-defined receiver work looking at the GPS III waveform. He also has a B.S. and an M.S. from Stanford University in Aeronautics and Astronautics.