Aerospace Employees Honored

William Feess, Institute of Navigation Award

Aerospace distinguished engineer William Feess is the 2011 winner of the Captain P.V.H. Weems Award, given by the Institute of Navigation (ION) for continuing contributions to the art and science of navigation.

Feess was recognized for his critical early developments in the field of accurate navigation by satellite, and for continuous, sustained improvements to timing and position accuracy of the Global Positioning System.

He received his award at the ION International Technical Meeting, held in San Diego Jan. 24-26.

As a key participant in the Air Force 621B program, the satellite-based navigation predecessor to GPS, Feess conducted some of the earliest testing and analysis in the early 1970s to prove that the concept of one-way ranging from satellites using Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) signals was a viable means of navigation. These critical test results were instrumental in obtaining the necessary approvals and funding to proceed with the GPS program.

The Captain P.V.H. Weems Award is given in memory of Captain Philip Van Horn Weems, U.S. Navy, a co-founder of the Institute of Navigation and a navigator and inventor whose methods and inventions had a major influence on both the U.S. Air Force and Navy. He is attributed with having patented the first method of performing navigation in space.

Karolyn Young, Emerald Honors Award

U.S. Black Engineer and Technology magazine has awarded Aerospace’s Karolyn Young the prestigious Emerald Honors Award for Professional Achievement. Young, associate principal director, Special Programs, National Systems Group, was one of 12 recipients honored during ceremonies held Feb. 17 at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards annual conference in Washington, DC.

The Emerald Honors Award for Professional Achievement is traditionally given to nominees who have made significant achievements in an engineering, science or technology field in industry or government. The panel looks at a nominee’s body of work, the broad social and economic impact of their career, and the nominee’s performance as a role model and mentor for minorities in technology.

For more than 20 years, the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference has attracted top professionals and students from across the nation in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. Since 1986, the conference has served as a widely respected and valued opportunity to recognize outstanding achievement in corporate America.