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Boeing honors ERAU as Supplier of Year in Academia category

The Boeing Company honored Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and 13 other organizations with its prestigious 2009 Supplier of the Year award.

Before selection as a Supplier of the Year, Boeing named each of the 14 companies one of the 486 recipients of a Boeing Performance Excellence Award for 2009. Boeing has more than 12,000 active suppliers worldwide.

ERAU Vice President for Research Dr. Christina Frederick-Recascino and Human Factors Professor Jon French accepted the award for ERAU at the Supplier of the Year ceremony in April at Bellevue, Wash.

ERAU was a winner in the Academic category, primarily because of research conducted by French at the university's Daytona Beach campus.

"Dr. French's recent effort on our Enplance/Deplane Aircraft Passenger Flow Model was a great success and was considered key to receiving this award," said Edward Winkler, a Boeing Technical Fellow. "He invented an outstanding analytical tool that give Boeing a method to analyze various passenger constraints and interferences while boarding an aircraft."

According to Winkler, Boeing will incorporate French's findings into future aircraft designs and will submit his passenger flow models for a U.S. patent, listing him as one of the inventors."