MENLO PARK, CA - IntegriNautics Corp., today announced that Mike
O'Connor, director of engineering, has been named to the 2003 list of
the world's 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, M.I.T.'s Magazine
The TR100, chosen by the editors of Technology Review and an elite panel
of judges, consists of 100 individuals under age 35 whose innovative work
in technology has a profound impact on today's world. Nominees are recognized
for their contributions in transforming the nature of technology in industries
such as biotechnology, computing, energy, medicine, manufacturing, nanotechnology,
telecommunications and transportation.
O'Connor was the first to use cutting edge GPS and control system technology
to autonomously steer a farm tractor. This invention became the cornerstone
of IntegriNautics Corporation, a company he helped found with several
other Stanford classmates. Under his leadership, the research and development
team have continued to push the technological boundaries in the agriculture,
mining and aerospace markets. His RTK GPS and DGPS systems for agricultural
machinery are now marketed by AutoFarm, Division of IntegriNautics Corp.
O'Connor received his S.B. from M.I.T. in 1992 in Aeronautics and Astronautics;
an M.S. in 1993 and his Ph.D. in 1997 from Stanford, in Aeronautics and
Astronautics. He has received several top product awards from the ASAE
(American Society of Agricultural Engineers), holds a patent for automatic
control of vehicles based on carrier phase differential GPS, and has at
least 15 patents pending on various GPS applications and guidance systems.
O'Connor will be honored September 24-25 at The Emerging Technologies
Conference at M.I.T. The event features keynotes, panels and breakout
discussions on the transformative technological innovations that have
the potential to fuel new economic growth and dramatically change the
future. Speakers include Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell Computer
Corporation; Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman of the Board and CEO of General
Electric; Bob Metcalfe, Founder of 3Com Corporation and General Partner
at Polaris Venture Partners; and Nathan Myhrvold, Ph.D., Managing Director
of Intellectual Ventures and former CTO of Microsoft Corporation. More
information on ETC2003 can be found at www.etc2003.com.
AutoFarm, division of IntegriNautics Corporation in Menlo Park, Calif.,
manufacturers and markets agricultural Global Positioning System (GPS)
guidance systems based on its experience in automatic aircraft landing
and other aerospace technology. AutoFarm can be found on the web at www.gpsfarm.com
or reached at 650-833-5600.
Contact: Lars Leckie, AutoFarm, Menlo Park, CA, (650) 833-5616 or Joe
Robertson, Fruehling Communications, San Diego, CA, (858) 453-3761
Mike O'Connor Tech Rev Awd 8.28.03