GNSS Awards and Honors: NovAtel, Raven, PTTI - Inside GNSS

GNSS Awards and Honors: NovAtel, Raven, PTTI

As the end of 2010 approaches, many organizations award the special efforts and accomplishments of companies and individuals during the past year.

The GNSS industry is no exception. Here are some of the most recent awards and honors.

NovAtel Wins Export Award
NovAtel Inc., has won the 2010 Alberta Export Award for Advancing Technologies, an award that recognizes companies who “have effectively harnessed the powers of intellectual property and value-added know-how.”

As the end of 2010 approaches, many organizations award the special efforts and accomplishments of companies and individuals during the past year.

The GNSS industry is no exception. Here are some of the most recent awards and honors.

NovAtel Wins Export Award
NovAtel Inc., has won the 2010 Alberta Export Award for Advancing Technologies, an award that recognizes companies who “have effectively harnessed the powers of intellectual property and value-added know-how.”

Organized by Alberta Venture magazine with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters – Alberta Division and the Government of Alberta as founding partners, the awards were made in 10 categories.
Presented by Deloitte & Touché LLP, one of the competition’s sponsors, the Advancing Technologies Award category “celebrates excellence and innovative approaches to exporting by Alberta-based companies.” Headquartered in Calgary, NovAtel Inc., manufactures GNSS components and subsystems, including receivers, antennas, enclosures and firmware with approximately 95 percent of its revenues derived from exports.

Job creation, advancing technology innovation, and community service are three of the key contributions for which NovAtel was cited in the announcement.

Michael Ritter, CEO and president of NovAtel, commented, “All NovAtel employees share in this award, as it is a direct result of each individual’s skill, dedication and professionalism. The result of our collective effort is the export and promotion of GNSS products that truly set the standard in our industry.”

Another Calgary-based GNSS manufacturer, Hemisphere GPS, was one of the three finalists in the category.

Raven Makes Forbes Top 100
For the fifth year in a row, Raven Industries has made the Forbes 100 Best Small Companies list in America.

Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Forbes ranked Raven 87th based on sales ($274 million), sales growth (8 percent), earnings growth (10 percent), and return on equity (27 percent) over the past 12 months. Raven’s strong stock performance was another key factor cited in the evaluation.

“Over the past decade, our strategy to grow within our key niche markets has served the Corporation well,” said Dan Rykhus, Raven Industries’ president and CEO, in acknowledging the ranking. “It is an honor to be recognized again by Forbes for the successes that we have accomplished. To be one of the best small companies in America, we must have one of the best teams in America. I believe it is our team, and their commitment to our long term success, that sets Raven apart and allows us to execute so well on this strategy.”

Candidates for the small companies list must have been publicly traded for at least a year, pull in annual revenue between $5 million and $1 billion, and boast a stock price no lower than $5 a share. According to Forbes, shares of last year’s members outpaced the Russell 2000 small-company index by an average of three percentage points.

White Wins PTTI 2010 Award
Joseph White, head of the Advanced Technology Section of the Space Applications Branch at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), received the Distinguished PTTI Service Award at this year’s recent PTTI (Precise Time and Time Interval) conference.

White began his tenure at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in 1973 and currently is responsible the the lab’s GPS space clock development, space GPS receivers, GPS receiver testing and calibration, applications of GPS to military timing systems, precision clock testing, and environmental testing of clocks and timing hardware.

Other achievements for which he was cited include:
·       Navigation Technology Satellite (NTS) 1 program quartz crystal clock and experimental rubidium flight system testing, integration, and analysis
·       NTS 2 prototype cesium clock flight development, test, integration, and analysis
·       GPS Block I cesium developmental and pre-production program, and the Block II/IIA alternate cesium clock development and testing
·       Consultation and analysis of the GPS Block IIR cesium and rubidium clock development and testing
·       Development of new concepts and techniques for GPS advanced atomic frequency Standards
·       GPS hydrogen maser clock development for space and ground applications
·       Development and testing of the military space GPS receiver
·       Development of a method for absolute precision calibration of GPS receivers using GPS simulators
·       Manager of the NRL GPS Block IIR and IIF life tests.

White received three degrees in physics: a B.S. from Western Kentucky University and M.S. and Ph.D. from American University.