Bradford W. Parkinson Award

Approved by the Satellite Division Executive Committee June 2003


This award, which honors Dr. Bradford W. Parkinson's leadership in establishing both the U.S. Global Positioning System and the Satellite Division of the ION, recognizes an outstanding graduate student in the field of Position, Navigation, Timing (PNT) and/or Applications.


The award shall consist of a suitable plaque with appropriate wording and a $2,500 honorarium.

Eligibility and Regulations

  • Any graduate student who is a member of the ION and is completing a degree program with an emphasis in PNT technology, applications, or policy is eligible for the award. Educational institutions, associations, groups of individuals and previous winners are not eligible for consideration.
  • The basis for selection will be the submitted written report. The selection committee will look for outstanding contributions that represent truly significant innovations in the technology, application, or policy of modern satellite navigation systems. 
  • The Award shall be given, at most, once each year. It shall be given only in those years in which an outstanding contribution is considered worthy of such recognition. The Award shall not be awarded posthumously.


Nominations for the Award may be submitted by a regular or research faculty member at any college or university. Each college or university may only submit one award nomination in a given year. Submission must be in the form of a single-author thesis or dissertation completed within one year preceding the closing date. Submissions must be written in English and provided without publication restrictions. Nominations shall include:

  • A completed nomination form;
  • An electronic copy of the dissertation or thesis;
  • A one or two-page summary of the written material;
  • A biographical sketch of the candidate (500 words or fewer); and
  • A letter of endorsement from the candidate's instructor, professor or department head.

Submissions received after the closing date will not be considered.

Submit a Nomination

Nominations can be submitted online at the link above, or by email to

Selection Committee and Voting Procedures

For full information on eligibility, nominations, selection committee and voting procedures, view the Satellite Division Award Policies and Procedures.

Award Notification and Presentation

The Parkinson Award winner’s nominator, typically a supervising professor, will be notified of the winner and given permission to notify the recipient.

Formal presentation of the award will take place at the ION Satellite Division Annual Meeting (ION GNSS+) in September. Winners will be reported in a subsequent issue of the ION Newsletter.


Nominations must be received by June 30th. Submissions received after the closing date will not be considered.

Past Recipients