Tycho Brahe Award

Founded by Mimi Janislawski & Col. Leonard R. Sugerman

Sponsored by Col. Leonard R. Sugerman Award Trust


To recognize outstanding contributions to the science of space navigation, guidance and control.


Given in memory of Mary Tornich Janislawski, developer of the Mark II Plotter, a charter member of The Institute of Navigation, the first woman to have received an ION Annual Award, a civilian aviation instructor, a teacher at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford and a respected author. This award has been generously endowed by Col. Leonard Sugerman (USAF, Ret.), a past president of The Institute of Navigation (1970–1971).


Individuals making an outstanding contribution specifically to the science of spacecraft navigation, guidance and control and whose actions have benefited civilization in any form. Contributions may include scientific advances, novel instrument development, experiments, and applications to deep space, interplanetary and near-Earth spacecraft navigation.


Nominations for this award may be submitted by anyone, but all nominations must be in conformance with ION nomination standards. Recipients need not be members. Those received in correct form by October 15 will be considered.

Submit a Nomination

Nominations can be submitted online, by fax to 703-366-2724, by email to mlewis@ion.org or by mail to:

Chair, Awards Selection Committee
The Institute of Navigation
8551 Rixlew Ln., Suite 360
Manassas, VA 20109


Nominations must be received by October 15. Submissions received after the closing date will not be considered.


The presentation of this award is a highlight of the ION International Technical Meeting.

Previous Recipients