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Our Team
Dr. Samer Khanafseh
Co-Founder and Principal

Dr. Samer Khanafseh is co-founder, Technical and Executive Manager of TruNav. He is also a Research Assistant Professor at Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He received his MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from IIT, in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Dr. Khanafseh has been involved in several aviation applications such as Autonomous Airborne Refueling (AAR) of unmanned air vehicles, autonomous shipboard landing for NUCAS and JPALS programs and Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS). He published 13 journal articles and more than 30 conference papers. His research interests are focused on high accuracy and high integrity navigation algorithms for close proximity applications, cycle ambiguity resolution, high integrity applications, fault monitoring and robust estimation techniques. He was the recipient of the 2011 Institute of Navigation Early Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the integrity of carrier phase navigation systems.

Dr. Mathieu Joerger
Sr. Research Scientist

Dr. Mathieu Joerger is Senior Research Scientist at TruNav. He is also Assistant Professor at Mechanical and Aerospace Department of University of Arizona. He obtained a Diplome d’Ingenieur in Mechatronics from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Strasbourg, France, in 2002, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), in 2002 and 2009, respectively. Dr. Joerger’s topics of research have included autonomous ground vehicle navigation and control, integration of carrier phase GPS with laser-scanner observations, and augmentation of GPS with low- earth-orbiting Iridium satellites. Dr. Joerger is currently  working on multi-sensor integration, sequential fault-detection for multi-constellation navigation systems, and relative and differential receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM). Dr. Joerger is a member of IEEE, AIAA, and of the Institute of Navigation (ION). He is the 2009 recipient of the ION Bradford Parkinson Award, and the 2014 recipient of the ION Early Achievement Award. 

Dr. Boris Pervan
Co-founder and
Lead Research Scientist 

Dr. Boris Pervan is co-founder and Lead Researcher at TruNav. He is also a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at IIT, where he conducts research on advanced navigation systems. Prior to joining the faculty at IIT, he was a spacecraft mission analyst at Hughes Aircraft Company (now Boeing) and a postdoctoral research associate at Stanford University. Prof. Pervan received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame, M.S. from the California Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He was the recipient of the IIT Sigma Xi Excellence in University Research Award, Ralph Barnett Mechanical and Aerospace Dept. Outstanding Teaching Award, Mechanical and Aerospace Dept. Excellence in Research Award, IIT University Excellence in Teaching Award, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society M. Barry Carlton Award, RTCA William E. Jackson Award, Guggenheim Fellowship (Caltech), and the Albert J. Zahm Prize in Aeronautics (Notre Dame). He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, a Fellow of the Institute of Navigation (ION), and Editor-in-Chief of the ION Journal Navigation.

Our Mission
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Our Mission 
TruNav LLC was founded in 2013 to provide consulting, engineering services, and products in the area of navigation and guidance. TruNav develops affordable, high-precision and high-integrity navigation solutions to meet the demands of mission-critical aerospace/defense, high-precision geographical survey and monitoring, and transportation safety applications—on ground and in air.
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Current Projects
Currently, TruNav is under contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, for a Phase-II SBIR to develop, implement, and experimentally validate a new Differential Global Navigation Satellite System (DGNSS) capable of providing sub-centimeter positioning accuracy for quasi- static scientific, mapping, and survey applications. TruNav has other clients including Booz Allen Hamilton, US Navy, and EGIS-AVIA. 
TruNav is acting as a subcontractor (through Booz Allen Hamilton) for the US Navy in the Government Guidance and Quality (GQ-team) for its expertise in high integrity navigation systems, and has a contract with EGIS-AVIA for reviewing their Advanced RAIM (ARAIM) prototype architecture proposed for Next Generation aviation systems. 
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