2014 Burka Award

Presented to: Dr. Hamid Mokhtarzadeh and Dr. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher

Citation: For their paper “Cooperative Inertial Navigation”
published in the Summer 2014 issue of NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 61, No. 2, pp.77-94.


Dr. Hamid Mokhtarzadeh is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota where he leads research on improved navigation and georeferencing for UAVbased precision agriculture applications. In September of 2014 he received his aerospace engineering PhD, also from the University of Minnesota, for his research on estimators suitable for cooperative navigation in GNSS-stressed or denied environments. In addition to estimation and integrated navigation systems, Dr. Mokhtarzadeh also has interest in software tools for GNC analysis and design.


Dr. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher is an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His research deals with the design of multi-sensor navigation and attitude determination systems for aerospace vehicles. He was the past secretary of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation (ION) and has also served as associate editor of navigation for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota he worked as a mechanical and fluid system engineer at the Naval Sea Systems Command division of Naval Reactors in Washington, D.C. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a registered professional engineer (mechanical engineering).