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Boeing, Embry-Riddle Partner on $5.1 Million Center to Advance Aviation Safety

March 29th, 2023 · Leave a Comment

The Boeing Company has provided Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a $5.1 million donation for a research center that will drive safety improvements throughout the industry.

The newly named Boeing Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety at Embry-Riddle, charged with advancing the safety of all who fly, will conduct independent research aimed at mitigating known and emerging operational safety risks. As examples, research may focus on topics such as data analytics to predict and potentially prevent safety incidents; runway safety; safety management systems; risk management; the safe integration of new entrants into the global airspace system; and more.

The Boeing Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety at Embry-Riddle will be housed in a 13,000-square-foot building on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Florida, campus that is currently under renovation. This building, which is expected to open in January 2024, will feature offices and lab space as well as a dedicated classroom for safety-related professional education courses.

The center will foster collaboration across academia, industry and government entities, establishing research partnerships — involving graduate and undergraduate students who will gain real-world exposure to the industry through hands-on research projects — that will benefit all who depend on air transportation.

Findings of the Boeing Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety at Embry-Riddle will be shared with the broader aviation community to advance knowledge and practices across the industry. Research projects will also foster thought leadership and encourage innovative ways to approach aviation safety challenges. Work conducted by the center will remain autonomous from, and independent of Boeing.

The center, headed by the Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, will also focus on attracting and retaining high-quality faculty and students from diverse and underrepresented populations who are interested in careers in aviation safety and related fields.

“By forging partnerships with industry and government, the center will leverage Embry-Riddle’s faculty of more than 1,300 aviation and aerospace experts to address urgent safety challenges,” said Sumwalt, the center’s executive director.

Further, Embry-Riddle’s graduate and undergraduate students will contribute expertise in related fields such as engineering, human factors, aviation safety, data science and risk management.

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