RTCA annually presents the William E. Jackson Award 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. 


Pengfei (Phil) Duan is a Software Engineer at Tesla working on autonomous vehicle technologies. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2018 where he also obtained his M.S.E.E. degree in 2011. His research focuses on aircraft state awareness, state estimation and prediction, conflict detection and resolution, and integrated navigation systems.