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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 2020 William E. Jackson Award was presented to Professor Tyler Gerald René Reid. Dr. Reid’s submission was a dissertation he wrote while working on his doctor of philosophy degree at Stanford University entitled, “Orbital Diversity for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).” The underlying theme of his dissertation is that by utilizing new orbit representations, improvement can be made to the service, reliability, and the functionality of GNSS.

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.

2020 Leaders

Miles BellmanVolpe National Transportation Systems Center
Jerome CondisAirbus
Daniel DomeyEsterline CMC Electronics
John FerraraJohn Ferrara Consulting
Eldridge FrazierFederal Aviation Administration
Paul FreemanL3 Harris
Matt HarrisThe Boeing Company
Brent PhillipsFederal Aviation Administration
Armin SchlerethDFS GmbH
Brian VernaFederal Aviation Administration
Joel WichgersCollins Aerospace
Jim WilliamsJHW Unmanned Solutions LLC
Radek ZakrzewskiUnited Technologies Corporation

Significant Contributors

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

2020 Contributors

Kate BernazzabiDepartment of Transportation
Bill CarsonThe MITRE Corporation
Donna FroehlichAurora Innovations
Suzanne GuzikCounter Technology, Inc. (CTI Consulting)
Marvin HammondAirbus
Jeremy HolmanGarmin Ltd.
Barbara Kabzik-JuulJohns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Brock LascaraThe MITRE Corporation
Jason LuVolpe National Transportation Systems Center
David ManceboEASA
Thomas MeyerofAirbus
Madhu NiraulaCollins Aerospace
Dave RedmanAerospace Vehicle Systems Institute
Alan Schuster-BruceInmarsat (London, UK)
Radek ZarubaHoneywell (Brno, Czech Republic)
Dongsong ZengThe MITRE Corporation
Don ZoufalSystem Development Integration

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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