The 32nd Annual
INTERNATIONAL VON KÁRMÁN WINGS AWARD
The 2016 recipient is Charles Trimble, founder and former CEO of Trimble Navigation, Ltd. Mr. Trimble is being honored for his visionary leadership contributions to the aerospace industry, and distinguished service to the nation’s defense and aerospace programs.
The Athenaeum, California Institute of Technology
Thursday, 6 p.m., November 17, 2016
Hosted Reception 6:00 p.m.
Banquet 7:00 p.m.
Speakers to be announced
Presentation of the International von Kármán Wings Award to
Awards will be presented by
Chair, Aerospace Society
Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering
Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
Charles Trimble is the founder and former CEO of Trimble Navigation, Ltd., a leading developer of commercial equipment utilizing the Global Positioning System (GPS). He led the company from a start-up in 1978 through a public offering in 1990. Trimble Navigation was largely responsible for the commercialization of GPS. At the time of Trimble's departure in 1998, the company was the dominant worldwide supplier of GPS equipment. Since then he has mentored start-ups and served on small-company boards of directors, both public and private.
Trimble is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Council on Foreign Relations. He served on the NASA Advisory Council, the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, the Silicon Valley Defense/Space Consortium, and as chair of the United States Global Positioning System Industry Council. Trimble is the past chairman and currently a member of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Committee of Caltech’s Board of Trustees. He has served as a Caltech Trustee since June, 2002.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Inc. magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1991, the American Electronics Association Medal of Achievement in 2000, the NASA Public Service Medal in 2001 and 2004, and the Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award. He received the Piper General Aviation Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for pioneering the manufacture and application of affordable GPS in 2000.
Trimble earned his BS in engineering and applied science in 1963 and his MS in electrical engineering in 1964, both from Caltech.