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Any Time, Any Place

International Expert to Discuss How Satellites Can Cut Carbon Footprint


Global navigation systems meet a wide range of uses beyond navigation of planes and automobiles. They also can help reduce carbon footprints when used for precision farming and mining. “Any Place, Any Time, Right Place, Right Time” is the title of the Outstanding Professor Lecture by Mohinder Grewal, professor of electrical engineering at Cal State Fullerton and an internationally recognized authority on satellite global positioning.


Monday, April 19 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Portola Pavilion, Titan Student Union, Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


Grewal, the university’s 2008-09 Outstanding Professor Award recipient, enjoys an international reputation for contributions to the development of the space-based positioning, navigation and timing systems that lie at the heart of the increasingly common global positioning technology found in everything from smart phones to navigation systems. He holds two patents with a third patent application pending, all for algorithms related to global positioning and navigation. Grewal was named one of the “50+ Leaders to Watch” by GPS World in both 2007 and 2008 and was recognized by the Orange County Engineering Council with its Engineering Education Award in 2009. He also authored two texts that are international standards, “Global Positioning Systems, Inertial Navigation and Integration” and “Kalman Filtering: Theory and Practice Using MATLAB.”


With current GPS, air and ground vehicles can spray fertilizers and weed inhibitors in rows within a centimeter of each other, eliminating the overlap that needlessly releases tons of the material into the air annually. In mining, GPS can mark a discovery so excavation begins precisely on the spot. With European and Russian systems’ cooperation in covering more of the sky, precision will increase.

Outstanding Professor:

The Outstanding Professor Award is the highest honor Cal State Fullerton can bestow on a faculty member and is given annually, in recognition of outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship and service to the university and community. The honoree is recognized at the university’s Honors Convocation on the eve of commencement, then serves as faculty marshal during the commencement ceremonies. The following academic year, the honoree presents the Outstanding Professor Lecture.


The lecture is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is $8 per vehicle for the day. Short-term parking also is available. Parking lot and permit machine locations are posted online.


The Outstanding Professor Lecture is sponsored by the President’s Office, President’s Associates, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Senate and Faculty Development Center.


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Mohinder Grewal, Electrical Engineering, 657-278-3874 or
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