PKE Alum Recognized with Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

August 28, 2019  | 1 min read

Pepperdine Graziadio Presidents and Key Executives MBA alum Hugo Fruehauf was recently recognized as part of the team that won the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Considered to be England’s version of the Nobel Prize, Fruehauf and his colleagues Bradford Parkinson, James Spilker, and Richard Schwartz were awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for their work in creating the GPS, or Global Positioning System. In 2000, the U.S. government, under the Clinton administration, lifted the restrictions on the commercial signal.

Overnight on May 1, accurate GPS technology became available to the whole world. The technology is used today by many for navigational purposes — be it cross-country road trips, giving directions to get to a friend's house, or figuring out where the nearest coffee shop is within walking distance. Freuhauf is also an Adjunct Professor at the Graziadio School. Read more here.