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  • Bradford Parkinson

    Bradford Parkinson

    Edward C. Wells Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus

    BioProfessor Bradford Parkinson was the Chief Architect for GPS, and led the original advocacy for the system in 1973 as an Air Force Colonel. Gaining approval, he became the first Director of the GPS Joint Program Office and led the original development of spacecraft, Master Control Station and 8 types of User Equipment. He continued leadership of the Program through the extensive test validation Program, including being the Launch Commander for the first GPS satellite launches. This original deployment of GPS demonstrated comfortable margins against all PNT (Positioning, Navigation, and Timing) requirements.
    Earlier in his career, he was a key developer of a modernized AC-130 Gunship, introduction of which included 160 hours of combat missions. He was an instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School. In addition he led the Department of Astronautics and Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy. He retired from the US Air Force as a Colonel.
    He was appointed a Professor at Stanford University in 1984, after six years of experience in industry. At Stanford University, he led the development of many innovative applications of GPS, including:
    1.Commercial aircraft (Boeing 737) blind landing using GPS alone,
    2.Fully automatic GPS control of Farm Tractors on a rough field to an accuracy of 2 inches,
    3.Pioneering the augmentation to GPS (WAAS) that allows any user to achieve accuracies of 2 feet and very high levels of integrity assurance.
    He has been the CEO of two companies, and serves on many boards. He is the editor/author of the AIAA Award winning 2 Volumes: “GPS Theory and Applications” and is author or coauthor of over 80 technical papers.
    Among his many awards is the Draper Prize of the National Academy of Engineering, considered by some to be the “Engineering Nobel”.

  • Marco Pavone

    Marco Pavone

    Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering and of Computer Science

    BioDr. Marco Pavone is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he is the Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory and Co-Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. Before joining Stanford, he was a Research Technologist within the Robotics Section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. His main research interests are in the development of methodologies for the analysis, design, and control of autonomous systems, with an emphasis on self-driving cars, autonomous aerospace vehicles, and future mobility systems. He is a recipient of several awards, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama, an ONR Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and a NASA Early Career Faculty Award. He was identified by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) as one of America's 20 most highly promising investigators under the age of 40. His work has been recognized with best paper nominations or awards at the International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, at the Field and Service Robotics Conference, at the Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, and at NASA symposia.

  • Robert Phelts

    Robert Phelts

    Research Engineer

    BioR. Eric Phelts is a research engineer in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. His research involves signal monitoring techniques and analysis for SBAS, GBAS, and ARAIM.

  • J David Powell

    J David Powell

    Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus

    BioEDUCATION:
    1960 - B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.I.T.
    1966 - M.S. Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford
    1970 - Ph.D. Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford

    EXPERIENCE:
    1960-1961 - Engine Design and Testing Engineer at Outboard Marine Corp.
    1961-1967 – Engineer at Lockheed in the field of Aerospace Guidance and Control
    1967-1968 – Engineer at Analytical Mechanics Associates
    1968-1970 – Engineer, Systems Control, Inc. Parameter ID of aircraft models from flight data, automatic generation of approach paths for Air Traffic Control. Attended Stanford University specializing in control systems.
    1971 – 1998 – Member of the Stanford Faculty in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. His research has included spacecraft pointing, space tether dynamics and control, internal combustion engine control, the design of aerospace digital flight control systems, GPS-based attitude determination augmented with inertial sensors, and the use of GPS for air and land vehicle surveillance and navigation. He taught courses in aerospace control including radio and inertial navigation, optimization and digital implementations and is a coauthor of two of the leading control textbooks. He is also an author or coauthor on over 100 papers.
    1998 – present – Emeritus faculty carrying out research in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford Univ. Recent focus of research is the use of GPS-based attitude determination augmented with inertial sensors, applications of the FAA’s WAAS for enhanced pilot displays, flight inspection of aircraft landing systems, and the use of WAAS and new displays to enable closer spacing of parallel runways.

    SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS
    AIAA (Fellow), ASME (Fellow), SAE, IEEE, ION

    CONSULTANT TO: (over past several years)
    Seagull Technology
    Sequoia Instruments
    Engine Control and Monitoring
    Transparent Networks
    Pratt and Whitney (Technical Advisory Committee)
    Sensor Platforms

    OTHER RECENT ACTIVITIES
    Co-Founder, CEO, and Director of GyroSat Corp. 1999 – 2000
    Director of Sequoia Instruments, 2001 – 2005
    Aircraft owner and licensed instrument pilot
    National Research Council Panel member for the review of NASA airspace activities, 2003
    Board of Directors, Mechanics Bank, Richmond, CA., 2003 – 2015
    Board of Directors, ExactBid, Inc. 2014-present.