John Lavrakas is a leading authority in the field of Global Positioning System technology and an expert in marine science technology, including fishery information systems and wave energy. He currently serves as a subject matter expert on GPS to the U.S. Department of Transportation He is a past president of the Institute of Navigation
and an ION Fellow. In 2011 he was selected as Oregon’s Small Business Person of the Year
by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has spoken on GPS and its applications at numerous national and international conferences, published articles
, and served as an expert consultant to corporations, law firms, and trade periodicals. His forty year career in software and systems engineering in the aerospace and ocean science industry includes thirty-five years in GPS, in which he provided engineering support in the development and maintenance of the GPS Control Segment in Colorado, activation and operation of the GPS Operations Center
, development and marketing of the StarWatch Asset Location System integrating GPS with terrestrial and satellite communication technology. He serves as co-chair of the Yaquina Bay Ocean Observing Initiative
, which seeks to establish Newport as a hub for ocean observing in the Pacific Northwest. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics are from Harvey Mudd College and Claremont Graduate University, respectively.
Contact: jlavrakas @ oregonarc.com