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Contributions from volunteers are what makes RTCA a success, and each year the organization recognizes those who provide extraordinary leadership.
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William E. Jackson Award

The William E. Jackson Award is presented to an outstanding graduate student in the field of aviation electronics and telecommunications. This  award is a memorial to William E. Jackson, a pioneer in the development and implementation of the nation’s air traffic control system and an enthusiastic supporter of student engineers.


The 2021 William E. Jackson Award was presented to Andrew Videmsek for his Thesis entitled “Aircraft-based GPS Augmentation Using an On-Board RADAR Altimeter for Precision Approach and Landing of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.”

Click here to see previous winners of the William E. Jackson Award.

Outstanding Leaders

The Outstanding Leader Award recognizes the added demands placed on RTCA Special Committee Chairs and/or other Committee participants who serve in leadership roles.

2022 Leaders

John FerraraJohn Ferrara Consulting
Trent PrangeFederal Aviation Administration
Varun Khanna Federal Aviation Administration
Clive Goodchild BAE (Retired)
Luke SienkiewiczIridium
Michael HooperIridium
Dr. Christer Wilkinson AECOM System Solutions
Don Walker Airbus
Charles LeeperThe John Hopkins University
Marvin HammondTechnology Providers, Inc.
Julien FarjonSagem Avionics, Inc.
Michael Deer Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Yasuo IshiharaHoneywell International, Inc
Nancy FordSecurity 101
Ryan Wallace Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Jorge Munir El Malek VazquezIndra
Hal AdamsAviaGlobal Group

Significant Contributors

The Significant Contributor award recognizes individuals for very important and noteworthy contributions to Special Committees and their products.

2022 Contributors

Jeremy HolmanGarmin
Bill CarsonThe MITRE Corporation
Amanda HoprichAvMet
Christopher MisiakEASA
Mitch TropeGarmin
Mark KelleyAVISTA
Darrell AndreggCollins Aerospace
Dr. Sai KalyanaramanCollins Aerospace
Dr. Jonathan BrankerFederal Aviation Administration
Kristina DoresTranSecure International, Inc.
Andrew Videmsek General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Sam SmearcheckThe John Hopkins University
Tim Grebe General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Michael DuboisRaytheon
Michael NealeACES INC
Rose Merchant Bennett M-B Consulting
Robert EndrizziSikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Lockheed Martin)
Mark Prior M Prior Consulting
Candace KolanderAir Line Pilots Association
Stephen YatesHoneywell International, Inc.
Bryan MoranThe Boeing Company
Carsten Kohlmeier-Beckmann Airbus

For more information:

Significant Contributors Award, please contact contact Ka’Nika Evans

Outstanding Leaders Award, please contact contact Ka’Nika Evans

William E. Jackson Award, please contact contact Karan Hofmann


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