May 26, 2020

Dr. Yang Gao elected to ION 2020 Fellow Membership

The Institute of Navigation Announces that Dr. Yang Gao Has Been Elected to Fellow Membership
Yang Gao 2020 ION Fellow
Yang Gao 2020 ION Fellow ION

Manassas, Virginia, January 27 2020- The Institute of Navigation (ION) announced that Dr. Yang Gao has been elected to Fellow membership during the ION International Technical Meeting (ITM) and Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications (PTTI) meeting held January 21-24, 2020 in San Diego, California. Dr. Gao was recognized for significant contribution to the development, dissemination and commercialization of high-precision GNSS technologies; and for significant educational and training impact on navigation engineers and professionals.

Dr. Gao is an accomplished researcher who has dedicated his career to the development of high-precision GNSS technologies. He contributed to the development of early commercial GPS software and real-time kinematic (RTK) systems, and led a research team with 20 years of sustained contributions to the development and application of precise point positioning technology. Dr. Gao is also widely known for his sustained contributions to technology transfer of high-precision GNSS technologies. His research results have been transferred to GNSS receiver manufacturers, system integrators and service providers, with direct impact on product development.

Yang Gao 2020 ION Fellow

Dr. Gao is an enthusiastic educator who has trained scores of navigation engineers and professionals who are contributing to GNSS technology and product development in academic and industry sectors around the world. His students won many student paper awards. He has offered numerous lectures and presentations to the industry and academic sectors and received several teaching excellence and graduate education awards.

Dr. Gao’s contributions have been recognized by a number of national and international awards, including the ION’s Thurlow Award, the CIG Intermap Award and the APEGA Research Excellence Award.

Dr. Gao has provided extensive professional services and leadership to industry and academia. He is a member of editorial boards for six international journals, and a Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy, who has played a leadership role as chair of the technical commissions on high-precision GNSS positioning and navigation.

Dr. Gao is a professor in Geomatics Engineering at The University of Calgary. He received his BSc and MSc in Surveying Engineering, both from Wuhan University, and his PhD in Satellite Geodesy from The University of Calgary.

Election to Fellow membership recognizes sustained professional accomplishments that have significantly contributed to the advancement of the arts and sciences of Positioning, Navigation and/or Timing (PNT) in the areas of technology, management, practice or teaching and a demonstrated and sustained impact on the PNT community. Fellows have maintained an observable presence in the ION community over the long term, including contributions to ION programs and publications.

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