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Dr. Javad Ashjaee (1949 - 2020)

Monday, June 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Burk Cornelius
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Dr. Javad Ashjaee (1949 - 2020)

JavadIt is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our founder Javad Ashjaee, a GPS/GNSS pioneer and visionary, on the morning of May 30, 2020, due to COVID-19 in Moscow, Russia.

Over the course of 37 years, Javad made an incredible and far-reaching impact in the GNSS community. He pioneered the world's most advanced GNSS technology through a multi-national effort that combined GPS and GLONASS and established more than a quarter century of partnership between Silicon Valley and Moscow. He was always proud of this "success story of cooperation". Javad was a true industry disrupter long before the term and concept became popular. His whole way of doing business was challenging and disrupting to the status quo.

His hundreds of GNSS inventions and tens of thousands of products are in continuous use all over the globe, including above it! Often, his revolutionary innovations were imitated by his competitors. As Oscar Wilde wrote, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness."

At the height of the Great Recession in 2009, Javad bucked the offshore outsourcing trend and chose instead to invest in U.S. manufacturing. He declared "SILICON VALLEY IS BACK TO BUILD" and founded JAVAD EMS, which provides electronic manufacturing services where all JAVAD GNSS solutions are built as well as products from a diverse customer base which are deployed from the bottom of the ocean, to the International Space Station and beyond.

While advancing his technology and business efforts, Javad never lost his roots as a professor. He always aimed to educate and elevate everyone around him, even if it was an entire industry. His most profound skill was not in his technology: it was his ability to bring people together rather than to draw lines between them. At the end of life what matters is not what we bought but what we built, not what we got but what we shared, not our competency but our character, and not our success but our significance.


JavadOn the day of his passing, Javad's technology played a role in the first successful crewed space vehicle launch from U.S. soil since the final Space Shuttle launch nine years ago. Javad did not wait for all of us, he launched himself to the 'heavens' in his own special Javad way.

To learn more about Javad's GNSS history, written by the man himself, please click here, here.


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