2012 Fellow

Presented to: Dr. John Raquet

Citation: For leading the development of numerous GPS and non-GPS navigation technologies; and for significant impact on the next generation of navigation professionals through education.


For more than 20 years, Dr. John Raquet has dedicated himself to outstanding technical service in the Position, Navigation and Time (PNT) community as an active duty United States Air Force officer, civil servant, educator, professional society leader, and community volunteer. He rapidly developed a professional career path focused on PNT technology-related research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) and education that have made a significant impact on the PNT community – especially those that are dependent upon accurate, reliable, available, and robust PNT information. Collectively, his professional and personal record has demonstrated PNT technical expertise, leadership, and initiative in and across a wide range of activities and organizations where he is an internationally recognized PNT expert.

His accomplishments include the creation of AFIT's Advanced Navigation Technology (ANT) Center where he established a robust research capability. The ANT Center has quickly become the USAF's top PNT research laboratory for GPS accuracy and robustness, alternative PNT (non-GPS technologies), and multi-sensor and system integration.

Additionally, through his extensive involvement with The Institute of Navigation (ION), he sought out world-class researchers performing PNT research using technology and techniques not involving GPS. His leadership in these efforts provided the foundation for the creation of a government, university, and industry consortium to address PNT R&D challenges and issues. Membership in the "Consortium of Ohio Universities on Navigation and Timekeeping" (COUNT) provides the USAF with direct access to over 40 faculty members, more than 100 students, and more than $10 million in annual research funding.

Dr. Raquet has published over 100 navigation-related conference and journal papers and taught 35 navigation-related short courses to over 1200 students. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland (2010); recipient of the John L. McLukas Basic Research Award (2007); the Col. Charles A. Stone Award (2006); the ION's Early Achievement Award (2002); the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Time-Space Position Instrumentation Data Collection and Electro-Optic Test and Evaluation Award (1994); and the John von Neumann Award (1989).

John has held numerous volunteer positions within the Institute including general and program chair of the ION GNSS meeting, member of the ION Executive Committee and Council, and he is currently chair of the Satellite Division Executive Committee.