2000 Fellow

Presented to: Mr. Phillip W. Ward

Citation: For continuing contributions to the design and development of GPS receivers.


Mr. Phillip W. Ward has been involved in the field of navigation since 1958 and with GPS receiver design since 1976. He has been a member of the ION since 1980. He developed the first commercial GPS receiver, the Texas Instrument´s TI 4100. He holds nine patents and has published more than 27 papers on GPS topics. He was the invited author of "Navigation Satellites" for the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Physical Sciences published in 1993. He teaches seminars on Advanced GPS Receiver Design and GPS Receiver Jamming Mitigation Design Techniques for Navtech Seminars, Inc. He is a coauthor of the book Understanding GPS: Principles and Applications edited by Elliott D. Kaplan and published by Artech House Publishers in 1996. Mr. Phillip W. Ward is President of Navward GPS Consulting, which he founded in 1991, based in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) in the Defense Systems & Electronics Group. Phil received his B.S.E.E. degree from The University of Texas at El Paso in 1958, his M.S.E.E. degree from Southern Methodist University in 1965 and took postgraduate courses in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1967 to 1970. He was President of the ION from 1992-93 and Chair of the ION Satellite Division from 1994-96. He is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He received the ION´s Thurlow Award in 1989.