Dr. John Raquet
Class of 1985 · Inducted 2021
John F. Raquet graduated from Lutheran High School West in 1985, then from the United States Air Force Academy, where he was a Distinguished Graduate in the Class of 1989. He holds a Master of Science degree in Aero/Astro Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991) and a Ph.D. in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary (1998).
Dr. Raquet has over 30 years of experience in navigation-related research and development. During his
graduate studies at MIT, he developed autonomous docking algorithms for the NASA space shuttle. He then proceeded to the 746th Test Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, where he was instrumental in the development of a new aircraft flight reference system that combined inertial, differential GPS, and ground transponder measurements to provide high-accuracy truth data for testing other navigation systems. Dr. Raquet earned a PhD at the University of Calgary, where he pioneered the use of a network of reference receivers for near centimeter-level GPS accuracy over large coverage areas. His core
algorithm has been implemented and deployed throughout the world. In 1998, he began as an Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) professor, and has pursued research areas including image-aided inertial navigation, navigation using signals of opportunity, pseudolite/beacon-based navigation, GPS multipath mitigation, space navigation, precision differential GPS, and GPS receiver design.
Dr. Raquet served for 22 years as a professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at AFIT, where he was also the Founding Director of the Advanced Navigation Technology (ANT) Center. Dr. Raquet was the research advisor for 58 Masters-level students and 16 PhD students. He was also responsible for teaching all of the GPS-related classes at AFIT. His professional credentials include the publication over 190 navigation-related conference and journal papers and the instruction of over 75 navigation short courses. Dr. Raquet has been an active participant in the Institute of Navigation (ION), having served as a session chair, program chair, track chair, general chair of ION conferences, and on the ION Council. Recently, he served a term as President of the ION. He received the 2006 Air Force McLucas Basic Research Award (Honorable Mention), 2002 Institute of Navigation Early Achievement Award, the 1994 International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Time-Space Position Instrumentation Data Collection and Electro-Optic Test and Evaluation Award, and the 1989 John von Neumann Award (presented to the top cadet in the Astronautical Engineering Department at the U.S. Air Force Academy). He was AFIT’s first U.S. Fulbright Scholar, serving as a visiting professor at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland for six months in 2010.
Currently, Dr. Raquet is the Vice President for Dayton Operations of Integrated Solutions for Systems (IS4S), where develops open-architecture navigation approaches for the Department of Defense that are less expensive and quicker to deploy than current approaches. John and wife Cynthia have been married for 30 years and together they have eight children. They have recently published a book entitled Purposeful and Persistent Parenting. For the past 17 years, he has served as an elder/pastor at Arbor Church in Dayton, OH, where he regularly teaches, preaches on occasion, and provides spiritual leadership.