George T. Schmidt is a consultant in avionics systems design. He is a member of the AESS Board of Governors, the Vice President of Member Services, a Distinguished Lecturer, a Life Fellow, and the representative to the annual Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems.
Since 2008, he has been the Director of several NATO Research and Technology Organization (RTO) lecture series on navigation in GPS denied environments. He has served the RTO (formerly AGARD) in many roles since 1968, including as a U.S. representative to the Guidance and Control Panel. He received the NATO RTO’s highest technical award, the von Kármán Medal, in 2005.
From 1996 to 2013, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. In that capacity, he oversaw the technical review of more than 6500 papers and the unprecedented growth of the Journal. He is an AIAA Fellow. In 2001 he received the AIAA International Cooperation Award.
From 1964 until he retired in 2007, he was employed at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory which later became the Draper Laboratory. In his last position, he was the Director of Education and responsible for about 60 MIT graduate students and a multi-million dollar University IR&D Program. Prior to that position he was the Leader of the Guidance and Navigation Division and the Director of the Draper Guidance Technology Center. For many years at MIT, he was a Lecturer advising thesis students and teaching estimation, control, and navigation topics in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
His major individual technical contributions have been in guidance and navigation systems design for missiles, aircraft, and the Apollo spacecraft; practical Kalman filtering applications; development of motion compensation, integration, and relative targeting techniques for high-resolution synthetic aperture radars; applications of satellite navigation systems; and advanced inertial systems development. He conceived new strategic navigation system approaches that were ultimately implemented in the B-2 aircraft avionics and in the Advanced Cruise Missile (AGM-129A).
He has served on many review boards, panels, and government studies such as the Defense Department Research and Engineering Precision Strike Architecture Study (1992); the Defense Science Board Task Force on GPS (1993-1996); the FAA independent Review Team of the Wide Area Augmentation System (1997-1998); and the Naval Research Advisory Committee on GPS Vulnerability and Alternatives (1998-1999). He has participated in the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board as a consultant.
He has given the Keynote speech at several international conferences and been invited to deliver Distinguished Lectures in the US, Canada, Australia, India, China, and several European countries. He has been the Program Chair, Technical Chair, or on the program committee for many NATO, AIAA, IEEE, and Institute of Navigation conferences. He is a member of the Russian Federation Academy of Navigation and Motion Control. He is the author of more than 90 technical papers, reports, encyclopedia articles, and books. He earned his SB and SM degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and his ScD in Instrumentation from MIT.