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Morton Named Fellow of the Institute of Navigation


Morton Head ShotECE Professor Jade Morton has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Navigation (ION) for her contributions to Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) software receivers and the development of a world-wide network of space weather monitoring stations.

The world’s premier professional society dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of positioning, navigation, and timing, ION Fellow membership recognizes the distinguished contributions of ION members to the advancement of the technology, management, practice, and teaching the arts and science of navigation, and/or lifetime contributions to the Institute.

Professor Morton has contributed to an understanding of the ionosphere, its effect on GNSS signals, and to the advancement of satellite navigation technology. By combining her expertise in both satellite navigation and space science, Dr. Morton has created innovative solutions to advance knowledge and applications in both fields. She has an international reputation as an expert in GNSS software receiver technology, as exemplified by her numerous invited international talks and technical publications.

Morton led a team that established a world-wide network of multi-constellation GNSS data collection systems that autonomously records signals while they are being affected by space weather. This information has been used to design and develop more robust receivers and to study the causes and effects of ionospheric disturbances on radio signal propagation. Morton’s team developed multi-domain processing techniques to analyze GNSS signals to improve GPS coordinate measurement precision and made it possible for GNSS receivers to generate navigation solutions when few, or no, satellites can be tracked by conventional methods.

Professor Morton has held numerous volunteer leadership positions in the ION, most recently as Satellite Division chair. She is a dedicated educator whose technological acumen and charismatic teaching style provide an outstanding model for attracting female students to the engineering profession. Morton has been active in ION’s international outreach activities and advised award-winning academic teams that have competed in engineering competitions.

Morton, who joined the ECE department in 2014, is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of ION’s Thurlow Award.