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COURSE 551/541 TESTIMONIALS

Course 551/541: Using Advanced GPS/GNSS Signals and Systems.  Instructor: Dr. John Betz, MITRE. Course 551 is a 5-day course; Course 541 is a 4-day course

Course 551-1702, January 2017, Aberdeen, MD
He [Dr. John Betz] had a very methodical and logical way to present the material and build on it. It was very effective. He took questions well and answered them thoroughly and encouraged questions. Understanding the trade-offs that Dr. Betz presented in an elegant way helps us decipher when and how to use the different parameters for receiver design and signal processing and which techniques to use.
— Gina Guiducci, U.S. Army, January 2017
Course 551-1702, January 2017, Aberdeen, MD
I wish I had this course 30+ years ago. Signal structures, particularly facts about other GNSS, provided seeds of thought about future projects. 
— Name withheld upon request, U.S. Army, January 2017
Course 551-1702, January 2017, Aberdeen, MD
Main objectives: To learn more about GPS/GNSS receiver algorithms. To learn more about GNSS signals. The course met and exceeded my objectives. I especially like the review questions. I also like the real-world examples and anecdotes from Dr. Betz’s experience developing real systems. 
— Patrick Pitoscia, U.S. Army, January 2017
Course 541, September 2013, Nashville, Tennessee
"Dr. John Betz’ Course 541 on advanced GNSS signals and systems has  been very helpful, especially when implementing algorithms to support newer constellations.  I took this course in September 2013, and it was immediately useful upon my return to work. Also, the course notes have been a reference that I value highly and refer to frequently.”
— Premal Madhani, Broadcom
Course 551, March 2012, San Diego, California
[My objective was] to become more familiar with state of the art in acquisition and tracking. Dr. Betz’s teaching style was great; encouraged questions and provided detailed answers. I appreciated the homework assignment to help us become more proficient. I also like learning new techniques that are not necessarily available in the literature.
  —  Military attendee, name withheld upon request
Course 551, March 2012, San Diego, California
"[My objective was] an understanding of new signals and how they will affect current and planned systems. Both [Dr. John Betz and Dr. James Sennott] are very knowledgeable and effective instructors. I always recommend NavtechGPS as the first source of GPS training." 
 — R. Walker

COURSE 557/556/546 TESTIMONIALS

Course 557/556/546: Inertial Systems, Kalman Filtering and GPS / INS Integration. Instructors: Dr. Alan Pue, Johns Hopkins University, APL and  Mr. Michael Vaujin, Consultant

Courses 557/556 are the same, just expanded from 4.5 days to 5 full days. Course 546 is a 4-day version of course 557.

Course 557-1607, May 2016, NASA Marshall, Alabama
The instructor explained everything clearly and was very knowledgeable about the subject. [I acquired a] better understanding of inertial navigation algorithms and Kalman filter design. Everything that was presented was very useful. Course was very well thought out and concise. I would definitely recommend this course to navigation engineers and anyone who wants to know more about navigation and Kalman filtering. 
Bill Bernard, NASA Marshall, May 2016
Course 557-1607, May 2016, NASA Marshall, Alabama
I’m a control systems engineer, so my goal was to gain some high level familiarity with guidance/nav concepts related to INS/Kalman filtering/sensor fusion. These objectives were met and exceeded. 
— Alexandra Dominquez, NASA Marshall, May 2016

Course 557-1607, May 2016, NASA Marshall, Alabama
All three instructors [Pue, Vaujin, Sennott] were able to keep my attention, even through all the detailed derivations. The mixture of having lectures and hands-on coding was useful.
— Eric Broshears, NASA Marshall, May 2016

 
Course 556-1610, June 2016, Lexington, Maryland
Dr. Pue was very detailed in his explanations of the topics covered. The material he was covering wasn’t necessarily all that exciting, but his hands-on teaching style and knowledge of the material kept you engaged throughout.
— Amy Samilton, U.S. Navy
Course 556-1605, November 2016, Tysons Corner, VA
I wanted to become more familiar with inertial navigation and the data fusion methods. The class fully met my needs and expectations. I would recommend the course to my colleagues working in tracking and navigation, particularly those doing counter-fire radar work. 
— Warner Warren, The MITRE Corporation, November 2016
Course 556-1605, November 2016, Tysons Corner, VA
My main objectives were to understand how to model tilt errors in INS. I was also intent on figuring out the Schuler correction. This course really enhanced my INS design abilities by meeting these objectives. 
— Charles F. Nelatury, Naval Surface Warfare Center
Course 556-1605, November 2016, Tysons Corner, VA
I found Mr. Vaujin’s lecture style to be concise and efficient without being overly terse. He was able to relay a great deal of information, clearly, in a relatively short period of time. I definitely felt that I got my money’s worth from this course.
— Henry McCabe, USAF 
Course 556-1605, November 2016, Tysons Corner, VA
I found the lecturer [Dr. Alan Pue] to have struck just the right blend of informality and academic rigor. I came into the course with a basic background in GPS and a “black box” knowledge of IMUs and Kalman filtration. I can confidently say that my knowledge of these subjects has been markedly increased. 
— Henry McCabe, USAF
 
Course 556-1601, March 2016, Redondo Beach, Calif.
The company I work for makes GNSS aided inertial navigation products, therefore, having an understanding of major concepts is essential. The course definitely helped. 
—George Phillip, Applanix, March 2016, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Course 556-1601, March 2016, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Yes, [I would recommend this course to] any other junior engineers who, like myself, may have been briefly exposed to the Kalman filters and INS, but may not have had much formal explanation on how to integrate them.
—Christian Lopez, General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems, Inc.; March 2016, Redondo Beach, Calif
Course 556-1601, March 2016, Redondo Beach, Calif.
As he [Mr. Vaujin] highlighted the first day, the combination of lecture and MATLAB examples provide a great vehicle to teach this complex subject. 
—Christian Lopez, General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems, Inc.; March 2016, Redondo Beach, Calif
Course 546-1504, 2015, California
Yes, the course met my objective (far and beyond!). Excellent teaching style. In regards to Mr. Vaujin, his examples really drive the material home. 
—Military attendee, Edwards Air Force Base, name withheld upon request
Course 546-1504, 2015, California
Yes, the course met my objective (far and beyond!). Excellent teaching style. In regards to Mr. Vaujin, his examples really drive the material home. 
—Military attendee, Edwards Air Force Base, California; name withheld upon request
Course 546-1504, 2015, California
I very much so like the teaching style of the instructor [Dr. Pue]. I felt the pace and level of complexity were perfect.
—Military attendee, Edwards Air Force Base, California; name withheld upon request
Course 546-1504, California,  2015
This is the best training course for the INS/GPS/Kalman modeling. [Dr. Pue] makes this well-known complex problem to be an understandable subject. Highly recommend to navigation flight test engineers to obtain mathematics/physics support for these models.
—Military attendee, Edwards Air Force Base, California; name withheld upon request
Course 546-1501, April 2015, Springfield, VA
"My main objective was to familiarize myself with the basic concepts of inertial navigation and learn the challenges of integration of INS and GPS. The course has met them. I feel empowered by the material and the knowledge that the instructor transferred to us. Mr. Vaujin builds a solid foundation for a student to understand the Kalman filter algorithms in order for them to advance their knowledge on their own with confidence and competence."
—    Dmitri Baraban, The MITRE Corporation
Course 546-1501, April 2015, Springfield, VA
"This course would be almost impossible to replicate at a university without taking several courses that would only comment on the subject. Having it all in one place over two days is well worth the money".
—    Ed May, i40 International, LLC
Course 546-1501, April 2015, Springfield, VA,
"I liked the amount of content covered and I was impressed how knowledgeable Dr. Alan Pue was. I found the explanations of transfer alignment and multi-sensor integration to be very logical and clear. My understanding of these topics is vital to my contributions on a current project."
—    Robert McBride, Boeing
Course 546-1501, April 2015, Springfield, VA 
"Yes! [I would recommend this course.] This course will be helpful not only for the area of navigation, but also any area which needs filter theory." 
—    Jinsil Lee, Kaist
Course 546-1501, April 2015, Springfield, VA 
"Mike Vaujin’s teaching style was effective and informative. This course has been very helpful to me for fulfilling my next project goals … highly recommended."
— Jeff Wilson, ST Microelectronics
Course 546-1403, December 2014, San Diego, CA
"The two instructor approach worked well, since I got to see some material presented two different ways. The styles are complementary between Alan and Mike. Mike has a lot of passion for the subject, and he brings a lot of practical knowledge and tips. The MATLAB® scripts were very helpful."
— Ian Barton, John Deere
Course 546-1403, San Diego, CA, San Diego, CA
"This was a very good introduction to the different Kalman filter architectures available. While very fast paced, I feel I got a lot out of this class. Mike is a great instructor. Mike is very detail focused and [I] loved the fact that he provided MATLAB® examples for his lectures."
--Gilberto Sada, L-3 Com
Course 546, November 2014, Rome
"The objective I [wanted to] reach with this course was a deep knowledge about GPS and INS integration through Kalman filtering. The objective has been met, and I also appreciated all the concrete examples treated, especially in the last two days. I would definitely recommend this course to any colleague dealing with GNSS/INS integration."
— Flavio Sbardellati, Northrop Grumman
 

COURSE 346/356 TESTIMONIALS

GPS /GNSS Operation for Engineers & Technical Professionals: Principles, Technology, Applications and DGPS Concepts. Instructor: Dr. Chris Hegarty, MITRE, OR Dr. Michael Braasch, Ohio University OR Dr. Stephen Heppe, Consultant 

Course 356 is a 5 day course that includes more DGPS concepts than Course 346, which is 4 days. (Course 111 and 112 are the first 2 days of Course 346 and 356.)

Course 346-1612, August 2016, NAVAIR, MD
I work with landing systems mainly on carriers, so knowing how the signals work is useful, as well as what effects signals, how to improve them, and jamming effects limitations. I would recommend this course to those who have any part in any system dealing with signals or navigation especially.
— Peri Jacobson, NAVAIR, August 2016 
Course 346-1612, August 2016, NAVAIR, MD
The understanding of the limitations and errors of GPS would be extremely important to anyone in GPS nav, antenna, design, post-processing, etc. The instructor [Dr. Chris Hegarty] did a good job of catering his examples and discussions to this audience, which makes the concepts easier to relate.
— Piper Rose, NAVAIR, August 2016
Course 346-1605, November 2016, Tysons Corner, VA
I have been working with GPS since 1976 and still learned a lot from this course. 
John Barry, FAA, November 2016
   
Course 346-1605, November 2016, Tysons Corner, VA
My employment position entails interfacing with customers and program offices that use GPS in the systems we test. All of the material in this course is beneficial for my understanding of these systems to better allocate resources for testing. The class material maximized useful content in a 4-day course. The teacher [Dr. Chris Hegarty] was wonderful and very useful and Mrs. McDonald was a joy to interface with. 
— Michael Mouser, USAF
Course 346-1601, March 2016, Redondo Beach, CA
I thought the instructor [Dr. Stephen Heppe] was very informative and knowledgeable and fully answered any questions that were brought up. This is a very thorough course for anyone looking to develop GPS receivers or want a better understanding of what happens inside the GPS receivers. 
— Stephan Bernstorf, JHU/APL
Course 346-1601, March 2016, Redondo Beach, CA
My main objective was to get a technical overview of GPS. The course met my expectations. The instructor [Dr. Stephen Heppe] was excellent and the charts will be useful as a future reference. 
— Jim Schaffner, HRL Laboratories
Course 346-1601, March 2016, Redondo Beach, CA
I wanted to learn more about the GPS message format, signals, receivers and how the data from the Sats [satellites] allowed GPS receivers to acquire and track. This course met my expectations. I learned a great deal about the ephemeris data and how the receiver uses this data.
—    Daniel Friedman, JHU/APL
Course 346-1601, March 2016, Redondo Beach, CA
Dr. Heppe was fantastic! Obviously an expert in his field, used analogies that helped a new-comer like me. His passion and excitement for the topic is contagious! Absolutely! [would recommend this course to colleagues] For general exposure, in-depth explanation on GPS topics – it’s a barrage of information, but I think anyone in avionics test could benefit from it. I had a great time and learned a lot over the 4 days!
—    Eryn Klager, USAF
Course 346-1501, April 2015, Springfield, VA
The course is useful for any professionals who have to know the GPS system design and its basics.
— Sven-Uwe, von Walter, European Patent Office
Course 346-1501, April 2015, Springfield, VA
The instructor is excellent. Dr. Hegarty is a very good presenter [who] shows a deep knowledge and a passion and active way of presenting. 
Salvador La Casta, European Patent Office
Course 346, February 2014
"There are many bright scientists and engineers, but very few are bright and gifted in teaching. Even fewer could explain each part of a very complex equation in simple layman’s term. Dr. Hegarty got my full attention. I would highly recommend this course to my peers if Dr. Hegarty is teaching it."
— Sigong Ho, NovAtel

Course 346-1403, December 2014, San Diego, California
"My main objective was to solidify the on the job training I’ve had thus far as a navigation engineer with my company. The instruction under course 346 met that main objective and exceeded it by expanding my knowledge of global positioning systems, DGPS, and Kalman filtering. For aviation and military applications, especially being a new engineer in the field, this class formed a base from which to learn more in-depth knowledge as well as to contribute to aircraft design improvement as GPS continues to evolve and advance. "
— Margaret Alfafara, Northrop Grumman

Course 346-1403, December 2014, San Diego, California
"Dr. Hegarty explained everything in a very easy to understand manner without dwelling on topics too long. His teaching style was very effective. His demeanor made it comfortable to ask several questions without feeling intimidated."
— Anthony Pham, Northrop Grumman

Course 346-1403, December 2014, San Diego, California
"I work in product support and wanted a more technical background on GPS. I wanted to learn more about interference and scintillation. This definitely met my objectives. I would recommend this to anyone looking to better understand GPS."
— Ryan Baumberger, Northrop Grumman

Course 346-1403, December 2014, San Diego, California
"For aviation and military applications, especially being a new engineer in the field, this class formed a base from which to learn more in-depth knowledge as well as to contribute to aircraft design improvement as GPS continues to evolve and advance."
— Margaret Alfafara, Northrop Grumman

Course 346-1402,  February 2014, NovAtel
"Really great, not a wasted word. He [Dr. Hegarty] really knows his stuff and answered all questions in great detail."
— Grismika Gupta, NovAtel

Course 356, March 2012, San Diego, California
"The instructors’ teaching and course layout were highly effective in that it was logical in flow, not creating confusion. My overall knowledge of GPS has grown ten-fold." 
   —  Dean Marta

Course 356, March 2012, San Diego, California
"[My objective was to] gain a better understanding of GPS operating principles with a focus on error sources and differential GPS. I thought [Dr. Hegarty’s] teaching style was excellent. He specifically tailored his approach to the small classroom environment with significant student interaction:  True teaching versus lecturing. [I would recommend this course to] system engineers requiring more than a black box knowledge of GPS."
  — Jim Sabin (Organization withheld upon request)

Course 356, June 2012, Annapolis, Maryland
"[My main objective was a] more in-depth knowledge of GPS and associated systems. [Dr. Betz’ was] a fantastic teacher; speed of material covered was perfect. Signal structures and satellite geometries will be particularly useful. [The] class struck a perfect balance between the high-level coverage needed for anyone in the industry and the in-depth material needed for the more technically motivated in the industry."
  — Adam Reinelt

 

 

 
 
 
 
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