George DavisDr. George Davis received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 for his research into the precise orbit determination of low altitude satellites using the Global Positioning System.  His work there supported the development of groundbreaking geodetic missions such as ICESat and GRACE.  His current interests include spaceborne GPS, autonomous spacecraft navigation, relative navigation and formation flying, and orbit determination.

 Upon graduation, Dr. Davis joined the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research at the University of Colorado as a post-doctoral research engineer.  He managed the development of an automated orbit determination system for EarthWatch, Inc.’s (now DigitalGlobe’s) EarlyBird-1 high resolution imaging satellite.  The purpose of the system was to provide high accuracy orbit information in near-real time for the enhanced geo-location of ground-based imaging targets. 

In 1997, Dr. Davis joined the Technical Services Division of the Orbital Sciences Corporation as a support contractor at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  He worked with Dr. Glenn Lightsey in GSFC’s spaceborne GPS technology group, providing systems engineering, algorithm development, receiver testing and data analysis support to a variety of missions, including the International Space Station, EO-1, and the Vegetation Canopy Lidar. 

In 2000, Dr. Davis left Orbital to join Appnet Systems, which subsequently became Commerce One e-Government Solutions, to break into the information technology industry.  In addition to managing a variety of software development projects for NASA GSFC science data and spacecraft ground system applications, he supported Commerce One’s new business development activities to sell web portals and e-commerce exchanges to the federal government. 

In 2001, Dr. Davis founded Emergent Space Technologies, Inc., an aerospace and information technology company headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland that applies emerging navigation, communication, and information technologies to civil and military space missions.  The goal was to combine experience in emerging technologies from the web and Internet, e-commerce, and retail industries with broad and deep knowledge of space mission engineering to produce highly capable and reliable autonomous spacecraft.  Under Dr. Davis’ leadership as President, Emergent has experienced rapid growth, almost doubling in staff and revenue each year since its inception.  While doing so, the company has achieved a high level of customer success and employee satisfaction.