2000 Fellow

Presented to: Mr. Ronald R. Hatch

Citation: For sustained and significant contributions to satellite navigation.


Mr. Ronald R. Hatch´s entire career has been involved with satellite navigation and surveying, first with the TRANSIT system and then with GPS. Ron is perhaps best known for his innovation of smoothing the code measurements with the carrierphase measurements to mitigate multipath effects. Ron was one of the founders of NavCom Technology, a John Deere Company, and is currently the Director of Navigation Systems. Prior to joining NavCom, and after 23 years at Magnavox, Ron worked as a GPS consultant with a number of companies and government agencies. Included among these were Leica, Honeywell, Northrup, NASA and the FAA. Mr. Hatch received a B.S. degree in 1962 in Math and Physics from Seattle Pacific University. He has held a number of positions with the ION and is currently chair of the Satellite Division. Ron was the 1994 recipient of the Satellite Division´s Kepler Award.