GPS Expert Chris Hegarty Appointed Director for Spectrum Management
February 24, 2006
Dr. Chris Hegarty, Senior Principal Signal Processing Engineer in MITRE¿s Center for Advanced Aviation Systems Development (CAASD), has been appointed as the Center¿s Director for Spectrum Management, a position previously held by Jim Chadwick, who retired in January 2006.
Dr. Hegarty is widely recognized in the aviation community as an expert in GPS and navigation technologies. A frequently published author, he is co-editor of the book on "Understanding GPS: Principles and Applications." Dr. Hegarty is currently Co-Chair of the RTCA Special Committee 159 on GPS and has also served as General Chair, Institute of Navigation ION GNSS 2005.
In 2005, Dr. Hegarty received The Institute of Navigation¿s prestigious Johannes Kepler Award for ¿sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation.¿
The same year, he also received the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Award, presented for ¿extraordinary contributions to U.S. diplomatic efforts leading to the successful outcome of the United States-European Union negotiations on GPS-Galileo cooperation.¿ This was in recognition of Hegarty¿s efforts as part of a U.S. delegation that works with the European Commission on compatibility of GPS with the European system known as Galileo.
In the coming years, Dr. Hegarty will lead CAASD¿s efforts in GPS modernization and signal structures which represent some of the nation¿s most critical needs.