Othman Zainon is currently a senior lecturer at Geoinformation Programme, Faculty of Built
Environment and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia.
In 1998, Dr Othman got his bachelor’s degree in Land Surveying from Universiti Teknologi
Malaysia with his thesis titled “Comparison of OSU91A and EGM96 Models for Reference of
Earth Gravity Field of Peninsular Malaysia”. He received his master’s degree in Land Surveying
from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2001 with the thesis titled “Designing the Optimal
Network of Precise Level”. Finally in 2012 he received his Doctorate of Geomatics Engineering
also from from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with the thesis titled “Lanslide Monitoring Using
Global Positioning System and Inclinometer Techniques”.
In 2002, Dr Othman has been appointing as a lecturer at Diploma Programme Studies in UTM
Kuala Lumpur. From 2010 to 2012, Dr Othman was the coordinator for the Land Surveying
Programme of Diploma Programme Studies. Advance in the management also he has been
appointed as Cocurricular Coordinator at the Cocurricular Department UTM Kuala Lumpur
from 2010 to 2011.
In 2014, Dr Othman has joined Department of Geoinformation, Faculty of Geoinformation
and Real Estate, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Johor Bahru, Johor. He has taught Astronomy
course since 2002 until now. In 2014 he has upgraded his expertise in Islamic Astronomy and
well known among the citizens. He has been appointed as a member of International
Astronomy Union (IAU) in April 2021. He has a broad background in astronomy, with specific
training and expertise in field astronomy, astronomy education and Islamic astronomy research and
secondary data analysis on geomatic engineering aspects. As PI or co-Investigator on several
university, national and international funded grants. He laid the groundwork for the proposed
research by developing the teaching tools and method. He also has published more than 30 research
papers on astronomy and more than 50 papers in Geomatic Engineering and education in journal and
conferences. In addition, he successfully administered the projects (e.g., staffing, research
protections, budget), collaborated with other researchers, and produced several peer-reviewed
publications from each project. As a result of these previous experiences, he aware of the importance
of frequent communication among project members and of constructing a realistic research plan,
timeline, and budget. In summary, he has the expertise, leadership, training, and motivation necessary
to successfully carry out the proposed research project.