2003 Fellow

Presented to: Dr. Kai-Tuen Woo (Posthumous)

Citation: For his important contributions over 30 years to the navigation sciences. His designs guide aircraft, spacecraft and tractors around the world.


Dr. Kai-Tuen Woo, chief systems designer, principal and co-founder of NavCom Technology, leaves behind a legacy GPS receiver design, spread spectrum communications, and satellite communication systems engineering achievements in a career spanning more than 30 years. Dr. Woo's systems design expertise lives on in NavCom's core technology; in his impressive list of patents; in more than 30 published technical papers; as co-author of a textbook on spread spectrum communications, Communication and Nuclear Scintillation; and in the abilities of the many systems engineers he mentored at NavCom.

Prior to his tenure at NavCom, Dr. Woo earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA and worked for companies such as The Aerospace Corporation, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, TRW, Rockwell International, and IBM, where he designed and developed systems for UHF frequency hopping radios, satellite terminals, telephone modems, multi-megabit telemetry receivers, and the payload system engineering for a number of communication satellites, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's tracking and data relay satellite.