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Electrical engineering professor named fellow of international navigation institute

Colleen Carow and Bennett Leckrone | Feb 25, 2019
Bartone holding up his award

Electrical engineering professor named fellow of international navigation institute

Colleen Carow and Bennett Leckrone | Feb 25, 2019

A Russ College of Engineering and Technology faculty member has been recognized as a fellow, and with the Captain P.V.H. Weems lifetime achievement award, by the Institute of Navigation (ION), the world's premier non-profit professional society advancing air, sea and space navigation.

Chris Bartone, Ph.D. ’88, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received the honors last month at ION’s annual awards event held in Reston, Virginia, for his contributions to research, applications and teaching in the areas of electronic navigation, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and antenna technologies.

Fellow is the highest grade and honor in the institution, bestowed upon those who have made significant contributions to the science of Position, Navigation and Timing (PMT). The Weems Award recognizes contributions to the field of navigation over time.

“I’m extremely honored and humbled to receive both awards,” said Bartone, Ph.D. ’88. “I’ve been working in this area for more than 30 years, so the recognition is gratifying.”

Bartone, who has taught satellite navigation and antenna courses at Ohio University since 1999, as well as GNSS and navigation-related courses in the U.S. and internationally, has served as an expert in many patent litigation cases for some of the world’s largest high-tech companies.

While at OHIO, he has advanced navigation technologies including multipath-limiting and interference mitigating antennas for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. Air Force (USAF); developing a high-precision antenna baseline measurement system for the USAF; developing Ballistic Missile Range Safety Technologies for the USAF; developing advanced error modeling techniques for the low-frequency radionavigation system eLoran for the FAA; developing the Satnav Augmentation to Improve Navigation Technology (SAINT) for the USAF Air Force Research Lab; and more.

David Juedes, Chair of the School of EECS, said Ohio University is unique in the U.S. for its strong navigation research program.

“In terms of navigation, our professors are world class. There aren’t many places that specialize in navigation. It’s basically Ohio University and Stanford,” Juedes said. “And to become a fellow, you have to have contributed to the discipline for a long period of time,” Juedes said.

Juedes noted Bartone’s contributions to Ohio University’s Joint University Program with the FAA, Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. OHIO is currently performing research regarding bird detection at airports, including deploying avian-specific radars to detect possible hazards to planes.

Bartone, who has published in 93 professional publications over his career and holds two patents, has provided extensive volunteer service and leadership to ION over the decades, serving on the ION Council in numerous capacities, including technical air representative, eastern region vice president, chair of the outreach committee, and as an ION meeting general/program/track/session chair. He is the current editor of the ION’s Virtual Navigation Museum.

Bartone joins two other Russ College faculty who are ION fellows: Russ Professor of EECS and former ION President Frank Van Graas, and Thomas Professor of EECS Braasch.

Bartone holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Ohio University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.