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RTCA 2024 Award Winners

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.


This year’s William E. Jackson Award has been presented to Dr. Elisa Gallon for her thesis entitled “High-Integrity Modeling of Non-Stationary Kalman Filter Input Error Processes and Application to Aircraft Navigation.” She holds a B.S.in pure mathematics from Université Blaise Pascal, M.S. in GNSS from Ecole Nationale De l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) and ISAE-Supaéro, and Ph.D from Illinois Institute of Technology.

From 2016 to 2017, she worked as a young graduate trainee at the European Space Agency on orbit determination and time synchronization of Galileo satellites, more precisely on the improvement of their orbit fitting algorithm. Between 2018 and 2023, she worked on the development of bounding, time correlated GNSS error models as part of her PhD at Illinois Institute of Technology, during which she received the Samuel M. Burka award. During that time, she also attended and presented at the Working Group C of the RTCA which focuses on the development of Advanced RAIM. In line with her research interests, she is currently working at Airbus Defense and Space in Toulouse, France in the navigation algorithm and performance team for advanced projects.

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.

2024 Outstanding Leaders

Outstanding LeaderCompany
Nadine AkariThe Boeing Company
Laurent AzoulaiAirbus
Clay BarberGarmin Ltd.
Jean-Baptiste BerthierAirbus
Michael DeerBell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Jeffery A. FinleyCollins Aerospace
Dawn M. GidnerThe Boeing Company
Margarete F. GrollMIT Lincoln Laboratory
Randal GuendelMIT Lincoln Laboratory
Marvin HammondTechnology Providers, Inc.
Dr. Fan LiuFAA
Mikaël MabilleauEuropean Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA)
Rose Merchant-BennettFAA
Michael NealeACES Inc.
Stephane PelleschiCollins Aerospace
Claire Hardy RobinsonUniversal Avionics Systems Corp.
Aloke RoyConsultant
Andrew RoyAviation Spectrum Resources
Randy WIllisNorthrop Grumman Corporation

Significant Contributors

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

2024 Significant Contributors

Significant ContributorCompany
Frédéric BeltrandoAirbus
Denis BouvetThales Group
Javier Ceballos-GutiérrezEUROCONTROL
Ron DlouhyCollins Aerospace
John FoleyGarmin Ltd.
Victor M. GordoINECO
Marvin HammondTechnology Providers, Inc.
Dietmar KleinitzAirbus
Barbara Kobzik-JuulJohns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Thierry LelievreCap Gemini on behalf of Airbus
E. Tod LewisNASA
Alfonso MalagaACES Inc.
Henrik OlssonWeibel Scientific
Mark PriorM Prior Consulting
Craig SchefflerWisk
Venkata A. SishtlaCollins Aerospace
Mariusz StarzecGarmin Ltd.
François TranchetAirbus
Jessie TurnerThe Boeing Company
Bela VarkonyiFREQUENTIS A.G.
Timo WarnsAirbus
Dongsong ZengThe MITRE Corporation

For more information:

Significant Contributors Award, please contact contact James Venslauskas

Outstanding Leaders Award, please contact contact James Venslauskas

William E. Jackson Award, please contact contact James Venslauskas

RTCA-National Aviation Hall of Fame Educator Scholarship

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) and RTCA, Inc. have partnered to create a new Professional Development Scholarship Program to support Pre-K-6th-grade educators in sharing the concepts of aviation and aerospace with their students through the NAHF’s elementary classroom curriculum program Problem Solving with Wilbur and Orville. More details.


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