Kirsten Strandjord

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Kirsten Strandjord

Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics


Akerman Hall
Room 216
110 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, 2020

M.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University, 2015

B.A., Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science, Luther College, 2011


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Professional Background

Starting August 30,  2021: Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota

October 2020 to August 2021: Adjunct  Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota

2020 - 2021: Postdoctoral, University of Colorado – SENSE Lab

2016 - 2020: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder – COMPASS Lab

2015: Optical Navigation Intern, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

2011 - 2014: Electrophysicist/Software Engineer, Boeing Phantom Works

2008 - 2010: Astrophysics Research and Software Development

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Institute of Navigation (ION)
Research Interests

Professor Strandjord’s area of research is in Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology and applications for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). A current focus of her research is in the GNSS signal environment and signal reflections in urban environments to improve navigation. As part of this research, she characterizes the phenomena of GNSS multipath and the effects on position solutions. Another area of research related to urban navigation investigates the use of long-term evolution (LTE) signals typically used for communication purposes as signals of opportunity for navigation.

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Honors and Awards

2019-2020: Lockheed Martin Corporation Endowed Graduate Fellowship
2018-2020: Draper Fellowship
2019: John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award for demonstrated excellence in academics, research, and community service
2012: Award for Improved Modeling of IR Materials (Boeing)
2011: Herman E. Ellingson Prize and Scholarship in Physics
2011: David O. Lomen Scholarship in Mathematics
2009: Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honor Society)
2008-2010: Three time recipient of John G. & Mildred Breiland Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement in mathematics and physics

Selected Publications

Strandjord, K. L. and P. Axelrad, “Improved Prediction of GPS Satellite Clock Sub-Daily Variations Based on Daily Repeat,” GPS Solutions, 22:58, doi: 10.1007/s10291-018-0723-0, 2018.

Strandjord, K. L., P. Axelrad, S. Mohiuddin, “Improved urban navigation with shadow matching and specular matching,” Navigation, doi:10.1002/navi.378, 2020.

Strandjord K. L., P. Axelrad, D. Akos, S. Mohiuddin, “Going Direct: Improved Accuracy from Reflected Signals and Path Predictions,” Inside GNSS, 2020.

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