2010 Fellow

Presented to: Dr. Boris Pervan

Citation: For his extraordinary contribution to the advancement of differential GPS technology and integrity assurance, for his excellence as a teacher, and for his service to The Institute of Navigation.


Dr. Boris Pervan is an associate professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). His current research interests include satellite navigation systems, differential GPS (DGPS), carrier phase DGPS, robust navigation algorithms, integrity monitoring, precision approach and landing systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, pseudolites, and multisensor integrated navigation systems.

Dr. Pervan has been involved with satellite navigation systems for more than 15 years. During this time, he has distinguished himself as a professor as evidenced by his selection for the Ralph Barnett Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award [IIT MMAE Department, 2002] and the University Excellence in Teaching Award [IIT, 2005]. He has been a prolific author at ION conferences, authoring or co-authoring more than 50 papers. He also appears as co-author on eight papers appearing in NAVIGATION, The Journal of The Institute of Navigation. His dissertation entitled �Navigation Integrity for Aircraft Precision Landing Using the Global Positioning System� earned him the William E. Jackson Award [RTCA, 1996]. A paper he co-authored, �Autonomous Fault Detection and Removal using GPS Carrier Phase�, was awarded the M. Barry Carlton Award which acknowledges the best paper appearing in AES Transactions during a calendar year [IEEE, 1999].

He has been a leader in satellite navigation systems, particularly in the area of precision approach and landing systems. He is an expert in all aspects of DGPS integrity, and he has been a key member of the LAAS Integrity Panel and the GNSS Evolutionary Architecture Study (GEAS). He is widely recognized as an expert on carrier phase navigation algorithms and integrity. He has significant expertise in the area of unmanned vehicle technology, contributing heavily to the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration and the Air Force Automated Aerial Refueling programs.

Dr. Pervan became publications chair for the ION in 2006. In this role, he currently serves as editor of ION's journal NAVIGATION. He has served as secretary of the ION's Satellite Division and has been a session chair at many ION conferences.

Dr. Pervan received a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame (1986), M.S. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology (1987), and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University (1996).