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BoG (2016-2018); VP Technical Operations (2018); AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2017-2018); IEEE Fellow
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory /Draper Laboratory (Retired)

George T. Schmidt
Consultant, Guidance, Navigation, and Control systems

George T. Schmidt is a member of the AESS Board of Governors and  Vice President of Technical Operations, an AESS  Distinguished Lecturer, an IEEE Life Fellow, and the AESS representative to the annual Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems.

Since 1968, he has served various Panels of the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO); formerly AGARD. These activities have included directing many Lecture Series; organizing international conferences; conducting original NATO technical studies; participating in collaborative working groups; serving as a plenary speaker and as a US representative on the Guidance and Control Panel. Most recently, he has been the Lecture Series Director for several Sensors and Electronics Technology Panel lecture series on navigation sensors and systems in GPS denied environments. For his accomplishments, he received the NATO STO’s highest technical award, the von Kármán Medal, in 2005.

From 1996 to 2013, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. In that capacity, he oversaw the technical review of more than 6500 papers and managed the unprecedented growth of the Journal, which is regularly ranked as the number one journal in its field. In 2001, he received the AIAA International Cooperation Award. He is an AIAA Fellow.

From 1961 until his retirement in 2007, he was employed at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory which later became the Draper Laboratory. In his most recent position, he was the Director of Education and responsible for about 60 MIT graduate students and a multi-million dollar University Research 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 original SAR motion compensation techniques, integration, and relative targeting techniques for high-resolution SAR; 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 the Advanced Cruise Missile (AGM-129A).


He has served on many review boards, panels, and government studies such as the Defense Science Board Task Force on GPS; the FAA independent Review Team of the Wide Area Augmentation System; the Naval Research Advisory Committee on GPS Vulnerability and Alternatives; and as a consultant to the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.


He has given the Keynote speech at several international conferences and has 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 an elected member of the Russian Federation Academy of Navigation and Motion Control.  He is the author of more than 100 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.

Technical Areas of Interest: 
Guidance and Navigation Systems Design, Practical Kalman Filtering Applications, Applications of Satellite Navigation Systems
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Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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