2019 Burka Award

Presented to: Dr. Jordan D. Larson, Dr. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher and Dr. Jason H. Rife

Citation: For their paper "Gaussian-Pareto Overbounding of DGNSS Pseudoranges from CORS” published in the Spring 2019 issue of NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 66, No. 1, pp. 139-150.

Jordan Larson - Burka 2019

Dr. Jordan D. Larson is an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Alabama where he works closely with the Remote Sensing Center and runs the Laboratory for Autonomy, GNC and Estimation Research. His research interests include data processing, precision navigation and mapping, and guidance algorithm design for autonomous systems including multi-sensor/multi-agent systems. Dr. Larson received his BS, MS, and PhD in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota.

Demoz Gebre-EgziabherDr. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher is a 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 and has also served as associate editor of navigation for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. He is current director of the NASA/Minnesota Space Grant Consortium. Dr. Gebre-Egziabher received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University and a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.


Jason Rife - Burka 2019Dr. Jason Rife is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He directs the Automation Safety and Robotics Laboratory, which applies theory and experiment to characterize robots and autonomous vehicle systems for safety-of-life applications. He has worked at Pratt & Whitney as a development engineer in the Turbine Aerodynamics group, and at the Stanford University GPS Laboratory as a research engineer supporting FAA and Navy projects. Dr. Rife received his BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University and his MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.