February 20, 2019

TPP Conference Postponed Until May 21

TPP Conference

UPDATE: The Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Solutions conference has been postponed until May 21 due to the partial federal government shutdown.

Dr. Christopher Ekstrom, deputy oceanographer and navigator of the US Navy, will address issues and approaches to providing positioning, navigation, and timing solutions in a GPS-denied environment as the keynote speaker at a one-day conference held by The Patuxent Partnership on May 21, 2019.

For today’s warfighter in the field, GPS is vital to mission success because it provides critical PNT information. But what happens when a GPS signal is unavailable? What are alternative solutions to obtaining PNT data?

Convening leaders, decision-makers, and subject-matter experts from government, industry, and academia, the Feb. 5 conference will be held from 8 am to 2:30 pm at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Topics include PNT and the warfighter, positioning and navigation technology, timing, and communication technology.

Registration is open online; walk-in registrations will be accepted as space is available. Cost to attend is $50 for TPP members or $90 for the general public. Federal civilian service employees and active duty military may attend at no cost. Register here.

Ekstrom serves as the technical director to the oceanographer of the Navy. In previous assignments, he led the planning and programming activities across all areas of precise time generation and dissemination as well as astrometric products that support missions across the Department of Defense. He also led the development of advanced atomic clocks for the Department of Defense Master Clock. The resulting clocks, called rubidium atomic fountains, are the most stable continuously operating clocks in the world. Ekstrom holds a doctorate in experimental atomic physics from MIT and has received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the AFCEA International and US Naval Institute Copernicus Award, and the US Naval Observatory Simon Newcomb Award.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Questions may be directed to Jen Brown, programs and membership director, at jennifer.brown@paxpartnership.org or 301-866-1739, ext. 318.

About The Patuxent Partnership

TPP fosters collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and expertise across a diverse network that includes government, industry, and academia. TPP also supports STEM education and workforce development within the local community including hosting programs of interest to NAVAIR, NAWCAD, and the broader DoD community.

To learn more about The Patuxent Partnership and its programs, visit its Leader member page.

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