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28 Inside GNSS S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 www.insidegnss.com G iven the tree from which she fell, it was perhaps to be expected that Anna Jensen should turn out to be no ordinary apple. Anna's father, Jens Jensen, spent much of his early life as a farm worker. "My dad grew up in a small village in Denmark," she told Inside GNSS. "He liked school very much, but had to leave at the age of 14 to work on farms. He spent time in the military and also worked on farms in France and the U.S." Anna's mother, Birgitta, Anna said, was basically the opposite. "Mom was a city-girl who grew up in an apartment in Malmo, Sweden, in a middle class family. She had a degree in home economics and worked as a teacher, and she was always very interested in fine arts and music." Anna's father saved money and took evening courses, eventually entering university himself, where he earned an M.Sc. in agriculture. And like the salmon that returns to the stream where it first saw light, he found his way back to the landscape of his youth, to the calm and fertile Danish countryside, where he bought a small farm. One evening, no doubt feeling the need to celebrate his good fortune, Jens got dressed up, went out to raise a little dust, and hit the jackpot. Anna explained, "My mother had been working as a teacher in the Swedish city of Gothenburg when she got a continu- ing education grant that allowed her to study for a few months in Aarhus, close to where my father had his farm." As From the Scandinavian farmlands to the hallowed halls of academia, Dr. Anna Jensen has traveled a remarkable road. She has now spent more than 20 years in GNSS research, development, teaching and consulting, focusing on GPS, Galileo, EGNOS, and GLONASS. Two Sides of the Same Coin Dr. Anna Jensen HUMAN ENGINEERING By PETER GUTIERREZ

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