The Fellow grade of ION membership was established in 1998 to honor notable members of the Institute who have made outstanding sustained contributions to the art and science of Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT). Fellow is the Institute’s highest honor.
Individuals are nominated for selection as Fellow grade based on their important contributions to the advancement or application of the art and science of PNT. The intent is to select Fellows for sustained contributions through technology, management, practice and teaching, rather than specific accomplishments, for which other awards are more appropriate.
It is desirable to maintain a balance of professional backgrounds in the selection of ION Fellows. This includes Fellows that come from industry, government/military and academic backgrounds. Special consideration should be given to practitioners and technologists in both industry and government, as well as science and technology managers in industry and government. It should be recognized that professionals from academic backgrounds are more likely to have a greater number of publications than other professionals, but contributions to the art and science of PNT are also evidenced by breakthrough designs, products and demonstrated professional leadership, management skills and/or excellence in teaching. It is incumbent on Council members to actively seek nominations for individuals from these diverse backgrounds.
A. Contributions and their Impact on the PNT Community: Sustained professional accomplishments that have significantly contributed to the advancement of the arts and sciences of PNT in the areas of technology, management, practice or teaching and a demonstrated and sustained impact on the PNT community. Fellows should be selected based upon impact of their contributions, not based on the type or number of areas in which they have contributed (between technology, management, practice or teaching).
B. Additional considerations: Awards received from ION or other navigation-related awards/recognition. An observable presence in the ION community over the long term, including contributions to ION programs and publications.
If multiple nominees are judged to have equally compelling contributions, their contributions to the ION may also be taken into account in order to establish their relative ranking. These contributions include active participation in ION’s technical programs, including papers published in NAVIGATION and at ION conferences; an instructor at an ION-sponsored tutorial, leader of an ION technical working group, and sustained and significant volunteer leadership within the Institute such as ION Council, ION Divisions and ION conference committees.
Nominations can be submitted online, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Chair, Fellows Selection Committee
The Institute of Navigation
8551 Rixlew Ln., Suite 360
Manassas, VA 20109
Nominations must be received by October 15. Submissions received after the closing date will not be considered. To be considered for following years, nominees not selected in the current year must be resubmitted.
1999: Mr. Victor E. Carbonara (Posthumous)
1999: Dr. Charles Stark Draper (Posthumous)
1999: Mr. Sherman M. Fairchild (Posthumous)
1999: Mr. Kenneth Fertig (Posthumous)
1999: Colonel Norman P. Hays, USAF (Ret.) (Posthumous)
1999: Dr. Samuel Herrick (Posthumous)
1999: Mrs. Mary Tornich Janislawski (Posthumous)
1999: Mr. Elrey Borge Jeppesen (Posthumous)
1999: Mr. Paul S. Jorgenson (Posthumous)
1999: Dr. Richard B. Kershner (Posthumous)
1999: Mr. Edwin A. Link (Posthumous)
1999: Captain Alton B Moody, USN (Ret.) (Posthumous)
1999: Dr. Thomas D. Nicholson (Posthumous)
1999: Mr. John A. Pierce (Posthumous)
1999: Major William L. Polhemus, USAF (Ret.) (Posthumous)
1999: Mr. Wladimir A. Reichel (Posthumous)
1999: Colonel Thomas L. Thurlow (Posthumous)
1999: Captain Philip Van Horn Weems, USN (Ret.) (Posthumous)
1999: Mr. Vernon I. Weihe (Posthumous)
1999: Dr. Walter Wrigley (Posthumous)