Grace X. Gao – Biography

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Grace Xingxin Gao is an assistant professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her Ph.D. degree at Stanford University. Before joining Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an assistant professor, Prof. Gao was a research associate at Stanford University. Her research is on GPS/GNSS-based positioning, navigation and timing with applications to manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics and power systems.

Prof. Gao has won a number of awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, RTCA William E. Jackson Award and Institute of Navigation Early Achievement Award. She has won Best Paper/Presentation of the Session Awards 12 times at ION GNSS+ conferences. She received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. For her teaching, Prof. Gao has been on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students at University of Illinois multiple times. She won the College of Engineering Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015, AIAA Illinois Chapter’s Teacher of the Year in 2016, and the Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising in 2017.

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