2010 Burka Award

Presented to: Dr. Dean C. Bruckner, Dr. Frank van Graas, and Dr. Trent A. Skidmore

Citation: For their paper "Algorithm and Flight Test Results to Exchange Code Noise and Multipath for Biases in Dual Frequency Differential GPS for Precision Approach" published in the Fall 2010 issue of NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 57, No. 3, pp 213.


Dr. Dean Bruckner is the Assistant Director - Technical of the Avionics Engineering Center at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University in March 2010. During a career in the United States Coast Guard, he earned a B.S.E.E. from the Coast Guard Academy and an M.S.E.E. from the Naval Postgraduate School, both with honors and with specialization in electronic navigation. He served as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Loran-C transmitter station near Istanbul, Turkey and was the nationwide electronics support manager for Coast Guard ships, boats, command and control systems, aids to navigation and shore facilities. He has recently provided navigation and engineering expertise to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter navigation sensor test program.


Dr. Frank van Graas is a Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ professor of electrical engineering and principal investigator with the Avionics Engineering Center at Ohio University. He is a past president of the ION (98-99) and served as technical chair (91), general chair (92), Council member-at-large (91-92), vice president Central Region (92-94), finance chair (94-96), executive vice president (97-98), and meetings chair (2002-present). He served as the ION executive branch science and technology policy fellow in the Space Communication and Navigation Office at NASA Headquarters during the 2008-2009 academic year. He received the ION Johannes Kepler and Thurlow awards, and is a fellow of the ION. At Ohio, his research interests include all facets of GPS, inertial navigation, LADAR/EO/IR, surveillance and flight test.


Dr. Trent A. Skidmore is Senior Research Engineer and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Ohio University Avionics Engineering Center. He is involved in a variety of projects involving applications of GPS, including the use of differential GPS for aircraft precision approach applications. Recent projects include the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) program, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration’s Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS). Trent received his B.Sc. (1986, with Honors) and M.Sc. (1988) from Michigan Technological University and his Ph.D. from Ohio University (1991), all in electrical engineering..