James Spilker

California Entrepreneur and Engineer Dr. James Spilker

About James Spilker

A life fellow with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and an inductee into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, Dr. James Spilker has contributed extensively to the development of new, high technology. A consulting professor in Stanford University's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dr. Spilker co-designed the civil global positioning system (GPS) by writing the first material on the Delay Lock Loop for the code involved in signal tracking. This world-changing achievement earned him numerous awards from international organizations. Further benefiting Stanford during his several decades with the university, Dr. James Spilker started the Stanford Center for Position, Navigation, and Time, and donated nearly $30 million to Stanford’s School of Engineering in 2012.


Outside of Stanford University, Dr. Spilker has held leadership positions in several companies. For over 25 years, he served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Stanford Telecommunications, Inc., which he also founded. Throughout his tenure with the digital communications and ASIC chip firm, the company grew from three to more than 1,300 employees.

As the executive chairman of AOSense Corporation, another company he co-founded, he presently oversees an enterprise working on cooled-atom inertial navigation and precise measurement of time and gravity tensors. Currently, Dr. James Spilker is investigating space-time vector processing of signals used in GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) navigation and digital wireless communications. Additionally, he is creating three-dimensional, tomographic, false-color imaging based on readings of atomic gravity tensor arrays.

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