The ICNS Champion Award recognizes specific individual(s) with significant contribution to the CNS field (scientific/policy contributions), and in addition, if possible support of the ICNS Conference (organization/success).
2024 Nomination Deadline: 29 February, 2024
Past Award Winners
Roy Oishi retired as an ARINC Fellow in 2010 after 20 years working in air-ground voice and data communications. He has more than 30 years’ experience in software related to the automatic testing of avionics equipment. He served as chairman and then executive secretary of the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) developing aviation standards in support of member airlines in avionics design and development.
Dr. Bernd Korn
Dr. Bernd Korn is the head of the Pilot Assistance Department at the Institute of Flight Guidance of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The department comprises a staff of about 60 researchers. Main research topics of his department are flight guidance concepts and technologies, human machine interfaces in the cockpit, U-space/UTM and future ATM concepts / performance-based operations.
Ms. Denise S. Ponchak is currently a space communications consultant for Teltrium Solutions LLC supporting NASA Headquarters’ Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program. Previously, she was the branch chief of the Communications Architectures, Networks and Systems Branch at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
Chris Wargo is no stranger to ICNS. He has been one of the participants of the NASA workshop on ICNS technologies for Advanced Future Air Transportation Systems organised in May 2001, which effectively was the first ICNS conference. He has over 30 years of experience developing and implementing telecommunication and information systems for the commercial and government sectors, with a specialty in the CNS systems associated with aviation mobile platforms.
Steve Bradford & Michael Standar
Steve Bradford, in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Michael Standar, in SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), have been leading the international harmonization activities of their respective organizations and have been instrumental at the discussion at global level and in particular in the ICAO.
Diana Liang was the first recipient of the ICNS Champion Award in 2017. Diana has dedicated herself towards the advancement of the CNS tools that support the aviation community’s needs of the future. She has successfully provided direction on the development and fielding of many of the FAA’s NextGen programs and enabling technologies.