“The solutions to the most complex research, technological and societal challenges cannot be accomplished entirely within one academic discipline; they require contributions from neighboring disciplines as well. ERVA is a new, independent, diverse and collaborative platform that will enable just that.”
Dorota A. Grejner-Brzezinska possesses an extensive research, service, and administrative resume to serve as principal investigator for ERVA.
She arrived at The Ohio State University more than 20 years ago as a Fulbright Scholar from Poland, intent on studying geodetic science and engineering, focused on the size and shape of the Earth and the estimation of spatial coordinates — two keys to creating reliable global positioning systems. She went on to earn a doctorate degree and become a faculty member in the College of Engineering. Her early research helped build more reliable GPS navigation, adding to the body of work that would eventually allow for navigation systems to be built into today’s smartphones. In recent years, she and her research teams have built navigation systems that rely on artificial intelligence and image-based navigation rather than satellite systems alone, allowing for autonomous vehicle navigation and for navigation and positioning in confined environments, where GPS signals are not available.
Grejner-Brzezinska possesses significant administrative and leadership expertise both within and beyond academia. At OSU, she served as chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, associate dean of research in the College of Engineering, and recently was named senior associate vice president for research — corporate and government partnerships. These strategic leadership roles require the ability to frame the overall research innovation agenda and support the management of strategic research partnerships. They also demand expertise in framing tactical projects and activities, support for expansion of the College of Engineering and university-wide innovation and partnership portfolio, and engagement with the venture capital and startup ecosystem.
Previously, she was president of the Institute of Navigation, which is the world’s premier non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing positioning, navigation, and timing. ION’s international membership includes individual professionals, corporations, consulting firms, private scientific and technical institutions and universities, and civil and military government agencies. Grejner-Brzezinska also served as president of the International Association of Geodesy Commission 4 — Positioning and Applications, an international professional organization focused on the science and engineering of reference systems establishment using modern space-based method, on monitoring the gravity field, rotation and deformation of the Earth, and on positioning and navigation solutions for interdisciplinary use.
In 2016, she completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering program at Drexel University. In 2019 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering — the first woman from OSU to be named to this prestigious body. She is appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology as well as the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board. These roles require research leadership and visioning, strategic planning, the ability to convene council, executive committee and membership meetings of multi-disciplinary work groups and task forces; and the ability to lead planning of technical meetings and technical scope.