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Chief architect of GPS to speak at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 1, 2004) -- The chief architect of the Global Positioning System (GPS) will address Ohio University students and faculty and the community on Friday, Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. in Walter Hall 145 on Ohio University's Athens campus.

Brad ParkinsonDr. Brad Parkinson's free lecture, "The Origins, Status and Future of GPS," part of the Stocker Lecture Series sponsored by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology and the Robe Leadership Institute, will discuss the history and role of the technology.

GPS is a network of satellites that orbit the Earth, communicating with transmitters on the ground to determine their locations. Ohio University's Avionics Engineering Center, a world leader in airplane navigation and landing systems research and development, conducts research into the system's navigational uses for aircraft.

A professor at Stanford University since 1984, Parkinson is a 2004 inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and has served as head of the department of astronautics and computer science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also was an academic instructor for the U.S.A.F. Test Pilot School and has logged more than 150 hours of combat missions in Southeast Asia. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, he earned a B.S. in general engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, a M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics at M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford.

He has been inducted into the NASA Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the National Academy of Engineering's 2003 Charles Stark Draper Prize for contributions to the well-being and freedom of humanity.

The Stocker Lecture Series is named for the late C. Paul Stocker, a 1926 Ohio University engineering graduate, and his wife, Beth.

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, educates well-rounded professionals with both technical and team-project skills. The Russ College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across the traditional engineering spectrum and in technology disciplines such as aviation, computer science and industrial technology. Research areas currently receiving significant funding include avionics, distributed and secure computing, fuel cells, oil and gas pipeline corrosion, and environmental pipes and culverts. Named for alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife Dolores, the Russ College is home of the Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/engineering.  

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Media Contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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