2017 Burka Award

Presented to: Dr. Luke B. Winternitz, Dr. William A. Bamford, Samuel R. Price, Dr. J. Russell Carpenter, Anne C. Long and Mitra Farahmand

Citation: For their paper “Global Positioning System Navigation Above 76,000 KM for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission” published in the Summer 2017 issue of NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 64, No. 2, pp. 289-300.


Dr. Luke B. Winternitz is a navigation systems engineer at NASA Goddard in the Components and Hardware Systems branch, where he has worked since 2001. He spent many years working on GPS R&D and then as the GPS receiver system architect for the GPM and high-altitude MMS missions, and continues to support ongoing GPS R&D and flight projects. Currently, he also works as the SEXTANT X-ray pulsar navigation demonstration system architect and on navigation software for satellite servicing projects. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Dr. William A. Bamford is an aerospace engineer with Emergent Space Technologies where he has provided navigation support for several NASA missions for the past decade including: MMS, GPM, NICER, Restore and GEDI. As a member of the Navigator GPS team, he has focused on integration and testing of GEONS, the onboard Kalman filter. Additionally, he develops and maintains the GSFC Formation Flying Testbed, a hardware-in-the-loop environment for navigation sensors. Dr. Bamford received his PhD from the University of Texas.



Dr. J. Russell Carpenter


Anne C. Long