By Spencer Elliott
Michael Braasch, director of the Avionics Engineering Center at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and professor of electrical engineering at Ohio University, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Navigation for his contributions to advancing satellite and aviation navigation.
Braasch, one of only two fellows elected by the organization this year, has been recognized for his contributions to the understanding and limiting of multipath error in the Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as his role as a leading educator in the field. He was an early pioneer in the area of software-defined radio and helped develop some of the first multipath-limiting antennas.
Founded in 1945, the Institute of Navigation (ION) is a leading professional organization for the advancement of navigation and position determination.
Braasch said it is a privilege to be a part of what he called the world's premier navigation professional organization.
"I am deeply honored to receive this recognition but must thank my students and my colleagues within the Avionics Engineering Center and throughout the navigation community," Braasch said. "This achievement would not have been possible without them."
Currently, Braasch carries out research into GPS receiver design, multipath mitigation and analysis and electronic navigation engineering at the Avionics Engineering Center, the only facility of its kind in the U.S.
A faculty member at Ohio University since 1993, Braasch has received many research grants and contracts, including recent research with major funding from sponsors such as Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He is the author of dozens of journal articles and conference papers and has been invited to give presentations by the FAA and NATO. In his role as a teacher, Braasch has also taught a wide range of electrical engineering classes and advised numerous master's and doctoral students.
Braasch is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honors society. He received his bachelor's and master's of science degrees in electrical engineering, as well as his doctorate, from Ohio University. His dissertation, examining multipath error, won the 1992 William E. Jackson Award from the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics.
Braasch has also served as a visiting scientist at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His election brings the total number of fellows in the Russ College to 10.