The Institute of Navigation (ION), Founded in 1945, is the world’s premier non-profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of the positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). ION organises the annual world’s largest technical meeting of GNSS technology. This September, more than 1,000 navigation professionals and engineers from around the world gathered on Portland, Oregon for the 29th annual International Technical Meeting of the ION Satellite Division, known as ION GNSS+ 2016.
As a part of the GNSS conference’s technical program, ION provides a certificate and $2000 prize to qualifying educational institutions to recognize a graduate level student(s) who demonstrates excellence in navigation. Students from around the world attend a highly competitive contest through their technical papers on satellite navigation and positioning. The winners have the opportunity to present their papers at the conference, have it published in the conference proceedings and have their conference travel expenses paid by ION.
Ms Safoora Zaminpardaz of Curtin’s GNSS Research Centre (see photo, fourth personal from left) is one of only eight students being awarded this prestigious ION-prize. The award carries high academic prestige, as many prior-year student award winners have become visible leaders in the engineering filed of navigation and positioning.