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New members inducted into Embry-Riddle Hall of Fame

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott campus officials inducted two new members to the Chancellor's Alumni Hall of Fame this month.

Inductees include Norman Knight, a 1990 graduate with a bachelors of science degree in aeronautical engineering; and William Thompson, a 1987 graduate with a bachelors of science degree in Aviation Business Administration. Thomas Trask, who earned a bachelors degree in aeronautical engineering in 1984, was also inducted earlier this year, according to ERAU officials. Both Knight and Thompson were honored as inductees at the Alumni Awards during the school's OctoberWest Homecoming.

Knight worked for more than 20 years at the NASA Johnson Space Center and currently works as the center's Chief of the Flight Director's Office in charge of all human spaceflight operations. Those operations include the International Space Station, coordinating commercial space flights and new space exploration initiatives.

Thompson currently works as the ERAU executive director of alumni relations, which oversees operations for all three campuses. Thompson is the recipient of the Embry-Riddle Global Service Award and a three-time winner of the Staff of Semester Award presented the school's graduating class.

Trask currently works as the director of force structure, requirements, resources and strategic assessments at the U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida where he oversees more than 67,000 personnel.

Prescott Chancellor Frank Ayers started the local Alumni Hall of Fame lat year as a way to recognize the contributions of graduates to the Prescott campus, the ERAU campus and university, and their professions. Five leaders in the field of aviation and aerospace were inducted in the hall of fame last year.

Embry-Riddle is the world's largest accredited university that specializes in aviation and aerospace. Residential campuses are located in Daytona Beach, FL, and Prescott. Their worldwide campus offers more than 150 locations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more information, visit their website at www.embryriddle.edu.

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