We are proud of our status as a Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVO SB). The combination of former military personnel and private sector professionals has created a company of true subject matter experts that lead the way in technological advances. We’re multi-focused and our team of “entrepreneurial-minded experts” is functionally aligned with our products and services.
UrsaNav is guided by leaders who contribute to ground-breaking endeavors in their respective realms of expertise. Below are a few of our leaders to watch.
Charles A. Schue, III
Founder & CEO
To define what UrsaNav represents, look no further than CEO Charles A. (Chuck) Schue, III. Since the mid 1970’s, Chuck has moved in and out of Loran and eLoran efforts on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard and the private sector. A recognized expert in radio navigation systems, his contributions have led to major critical infrastructure and safety-of-life PNT 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.
Steve Bartlett joined UrsaNav in 2013 as Vice President of Operations, moving up to Executive Vice President, and becoming its President in 2019. He is responsible for all aspects of business operations including manufacturing, engineering, quality control, program management, and project delivery. Steve brings more than 20 years of engineering and manufacturing business industry expertise to UrsaNav. Prior to joining UrsaNav, Steve led worldwide teams at both Autodesk and PTC focused on helping clients gain the most value from their technology investments in product lifecycle management and engineering solution software.
Chief Business Development Officer
Erik Johannessen is Chief Business Development Officer at UrsaNav. He is responsible for leading business development and provides technical and operational expertise with Low Frequency systems, services, and products. Prior to joining UrsaNav in 2013, Mr. Johannessen was President of Megapulse, Inc. Prior to serving as President of Megapulse, he was instrumental in promoting the adoption of several key eLoran technologies including secure low data rate communications on Loran and H-field antennas.
Dr. Paul McIntosh
Paul McIntosh joined the UrsaNav team in 2023 as Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing working on delivering Low Frequency systems to UrsaNav’s global customer base. Paul is a graduate of the University of Leeds with M.Eng and Ph.D degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a focus in RF/Microwave design. He has 25 years of experience in the RF/Microwave field working as a business leader, designer, and technical manager focused on complete systems, modules, and components for a range of wireless applications such as microwave radio infrastructure, handsets, and WiFi/WLAN.
Prior to joining UrsaNav, Paul was Director of Engineering at Starry and a Senior Engineering manager at ONsemi as well as holding various roles at Paratek Microwave, M/A-Com, and Raytheon. Paul’s experience covers all aspects of product and business development through specification, design, and verification, transition to production, customer support, and management of engineering teams.
Dr. Gerard Offermans
Principal Research Scientist
Dr. Gerard Offermans joined UrsaNav in 2010 as Senior Research Scientist, leading its R&D project work and eLoran product development. He supports customers and operations in the European, Middle East, and Africa region from UrsaNav’s EMEA office in Belgium. Gerard is maintaining, expanding, and educating eLoran technology within UrsaNav, more specifically on eLoran Monitor and Control equipment, the Loran Data Channel, receiver technology, and Differential eLoran for Maritime and Timing applications. Gerard is the principal investigator of UrsaNav’s Private eLoran patent.
Prior to joining UrsaNav, Gerard worked as Technical Director at Reelektronika. He served as board member of the International Loran Association and Chairman of the GAUSS Standardization Group. He is one of the developers of the Eurofix Loran Data Channel deployed at Loran installations around the world, for which he received ILA’s Medal of Merit. Dr. Offermans received a Ph.D. degree, with honors, and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is lead- and co-author of over 50 scientific papers.