Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Navigation


HRH Princess Anne presented Prof Ochieng's award

The Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) has awarded their highest accolade to Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng.

Professor Ochieng was confirmed as the winner of the Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Medal earlier this year, following his outstanding contribution to navigation.

The citation was, ‘In recognition of extensive valued advice to policy makers and for pioneering research in safety-critical navigation and positioning systems’.   

The award is scrutinised by the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) Awards Panel, and then the Membership and Fellowship Committee, with the final decision made by the RIN Council.

The award was presented by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal in a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society.

Professor Ochieng said, “I dedicate this award to all the excellent researchers (PhD students, research fellows, and established academics), industrial collaborators, and governmental organisations that I have worked with over the years.

“Without them the transformative achievements recognised by this award would not have been possible. I thank them most sincerely for their contributions.”

Professor Ochieng is the current Head of the Centre for Transport Studies, and Chair in Positioning and Navigation Systems in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.


Melanie Hargreaves

Melanie Hargreaves
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


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