Co-Founder, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board
To define what UrsaNav represents, look no further than President and CEO Charles A. (Chuck) Schue, III. Inspired to discover innovative solutions to tomorrow’s challenges, Chuck’s strategic vision has shaped a company that helps solve real-world problems and improves customers’ operational capabilities. Chuck sees his role as that of “Architect of Ideas” and “Strategic Gambler”.
For more than three decades, Chuck’s quest for knowledge within diverse technology areas has enabled him to build experience and leadership in the government and private sectors as well as with academia. A recognized expert in radio navigation systems, his contributions have led to major critical infrastructure and safety-of-life navigation system improvements. Chuck champions providing alternative positioning, navigation, time, frequency, and data solutions to “sky-challenged” users through low-frequency, “co-primary,” alternatives to GNSS.
Chuck’s expertise also extends to hardware and software product development, corporate memory management, robotics, biomedical engineering, and advanced engineering and IT solutions in support of military, government, and commercial critical infrastructure systems. This extensive repertoire adds greatly to UrsaNav’s ability to apply “street cred” to its multi-focused capabilities. Chuck’s imaginative and entrepreneurial approach to technology is an advantage as he leads a company of like-minded subject matter experts who focus on delivering the highest quality products and services to customers.
Chuck tells his employees that combining passion with the right tools and resources results in the ability for almost anyone to “be a star.” He challenges and empowers employees to push beyond boundaries, explore the impossible, and make excellence a habit—not an occurrence. As a leader, he sets the bar high and expects UrsaNav to exceed all expectations.
He completed his B.S. degree in two years at DeVry University, with honors. He also completed M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, with honors, and Engineering Management from Western New England College. Most recently, Chuck completed an Executive MBA from George Mason University (GMU), where he was selected as the outstanding graduate.
In April 2013, Chuck received GMU’s School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2014 was selected for George Mason University’s 2014 Class of 20 Prominent Patriots. A Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Auditor, Chuck participates in many industry organizations. He is a past Chairman and Treasurer of the Washington, D.C. Section of the Institute of Navigation; a past Marine Representative for the Institute of Navigation; a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation; a Director of the International Loran Association; and a founding member of RTCM Special Committee 127 on the Enhanced Loran Data Channel and RTCM Special Committee 131 on Multi-System Shipboard Navigation Receivers. He is also a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Participation in such organizations and other business and community service efforts is a top priority, and Chuck believes it helps provide diversity of thought and additional perspective. His goal is to navigate UrsaNav on a course that includes making the world a safer and better place.