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Randall Hoven is a retired Boeing Technical Fellow and is now a Lecturer in the Electrical and Systems Engineering Dept. at Washington University in St. Louis. He worked at Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) from 1982 to 2008. He most recently led the navigation analysis on the Small Diameter Bomb program. He invented "A Method and System for Estimating Ionospheric Delays from Dual and Single GPS Signals" (patent # 6,781,542) and applied it to SDB, the Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and other programs, winning the 2005 Boeing Special Invention Award. From 2006 though 2011, he was an adjunct instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Dept. of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He joined the faculty at Washington University in 2012.

Prior to joining McDonnell Douglas he worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory from 1979 to 1982.  He was also an enlistee in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1975, serving on the USS Wichita (AOR-1), earning a Vietnam Service Medal for some brief stints in Vietnam combat waters.

Beyond writing on current events, his non-professional interests include piano, community theater, motorcycling, blackjack and now golf.  He wrote the script, music and lyrics for an as yet un-produced musical.

He lives with his wife in Alton, Illinois.  He has three adult children.

  • M.S. Systems Science & Mathematics, Washington University, 1985
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins U., 1982, with honors
  • B.S. SSM Wash. U., 1979, cum laude

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Contact Randall at randall.hoven@gmail.com.