2007 Hays Award

Presented to: Mr. Patrick Reddan

Citation: For significant contributions to the development of navigation systems, technical leadership of the Wide Area Augmentation System, and oversight over implementation of its geostationary satellites.


Mr. Patrick Reddan has worked at Zeta Associates for 20 years and is a senior associate serving as project lead for the FAA's Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) program. He is responsible for requirements development and definition for system and segment performance specifications. He also has been extensively involved in the architecture definition and development of the Global Positioning System (GPS) signal (L5) for civil applications. He was a key participant in the Department of Transportation (DOT) - Department of Defense (DoD) L5 working groups and related Interagency GPS Executive Board activities. He was awarded a commendation for his role in achieving WAAS Initial Operational Capability and received letters of recognition for contributions to WAAS. He is currently the lead system engineer for the Geostationary Satellite Communication and Control Segment (GCCS), the FAA's current program for Geo replenishment for WAAS.

Mr. Reddan has been instrumental in the development of the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). He helped to develop the system requirements and the system performance specifications. He also worked with the FAA and their prime contractor on implementation, playing a key role in the specifications and acquisition of the geostationary satellites used by WAAS.

Since 2000, Mr. Reddan has been a key member of the WAAS Integrity Performance Panel (WIPP). This panel is charged with the task of overseeing the certification and implementation of WAAS. He leads the team responsible for the requirements specification for the geostationary satellites used by WAAS and is overseeing the efforts to incorporate the two newest geostationary satellites.

Mr. Reddan received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College. He holds an M.S. in Engineering Administration and a Degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering both from George Washington University. Prior to joining Zeta, he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force, worked at Sperry Systems Management, and worked for the United States Intelligence Community.