Dave Powell

Dave Powell



1960 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.I.T.

1966 – M.S. Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford

1970 – Ph.D. Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford

1960-1961 – Engine Design and Testing Engineer at Outboard Marine Corp.

1961-1967 – Engineer at Lockheed in the field of Aerospace Guidance and Control

1967-1968 – Engineer at Analytical Mechanics Associates

1968-1970 – Engineer, Systems Control, Inc. Parameter ID of aircraft models from flight data, automatic generation of approach paths for Air Traffic Control. Attended Stanford University specializing in control systems.

1971 – 1998 – Member of the Stanford Faculty in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. His research has included spacecraft pointing, space tether dynamics and control, internal combustion engine control, the design of aerospace digital flight control systems, GPS-based attitude determination augmented with inertial sensors, and the use of GPS for air and land vehicle surveillance and navigation. He taught courses in aerospace control including radio and inertial navigation, optimization and digital implementations and is a coauthor of two of the leading control textbooks. He is also an author or coauthor on over 100 papers.

1998 – 2020 – Emeritus faculty carrying out research in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford Univ. Recent research activities are the use of GPS-based attitude determination augmented with inertial sensors, applications of the FAA’s WAAS for enhanced pilot displays, use of WAAS for flight inspection of legacy aircraft landing systems, the use of WAAS and new displays to enable closer spacing of parallel runways, control of helicopters while carrying slung loads, and determining methods to identify and isolate GNSS jamming and spoofing. Temporary Director of GPS Lab 2018-2020 due to death of previous director.

2020 – Present Emeritus Faculty with minor responsibilities in student research.

AIAA (Fellow), ASME (Fellow), SAE, IEEE, ION

CONSULTANT TO: (over past several years)

Seagull Technology

Sequoia Instruments

Engine Control and Monitoring

Transparent Networks

Pratt and Whitney (Technical Advisory Committee)

Sensor Platforms

Member of International Committee for Airspace Standards and Calibration (ICASC) 1994-2019

Honorary Member of ICASC 2021-present

Co-Founder, CEO, and Director of GyroSat Corp. 1999 – 2000

Director of Sequoia Instruments, 2001 – 2005

Former Aircraft owner and licensed instrument pilot

National Research Council Panel member for the review of NASA airspace activities, 2003

Board of Directors, ExactBid, Inc. 2014-2020

Board of Directors, NxMar, 2021 – present.

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