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Dr. Wagdi George Habashi receives first James C. Floyd Award

Nov. 1, 2010 – The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) hosted a tribute to Dr. Wagdi George Habashi for his exceptional contribution to Canada's aerospace industry – and bestowed upon him the very first AIAC-James C. Floyd Award – as part of the AIAC Annual General Meeting and Conference Oct. 26 and 27 in Ottawa.


November 1, 2010
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Nov. 1, 2010 – The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) hosted a tribute
to Dr. Wagdi George Habashi for his exceptional contribution to
Canada's aerospace industry – and bestowed upon him the very first
AIAC-James C. Floyd Award – as part of the AIAC Annual General Meeting
and Conference Oct. 26 and 27 in Ottawa.

The career of Dr. Habashi is true success story in both academia and
industry. His scientific contributions and industrial collaborations
with CAE Inc., Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bell
Helicopter and Textron have revolutionized the field of in-flight icing
by decreasing incidences of in-flight accidents, contributing to
Canadian international visibility in the area of aerospace technology.
 
As President and CEO of Numerical Technologies International, Dr.
Habashi’s university-industry effort has created a model for
computational fluid dynamics, one of Quebec’s most important exports in
the aerospace industry. The standard of his scientific research,
together with his dynamism have made him a unique leader in the domain
of collaborative research.
 
“As the inaugural winner of the James C. Floyd Award, I am humbled and
immensely proud of what this legendary man has achieved. I want to thank
the AIAC for admirably playing a continuing role as the coordinator of
this country’s aerospace aspirations,” stated Dr. Habashi in his
accepting speech.
 
He called on the government for greater collaboration in order to
maintain Canada’s global leadership position in aerospace. “It is now
time to stop internecine regional fighting, roll up our sleeves and
focus on how to maintain and grow Canada’s enviable position. It will
take a coordinated industry-government-academia action to do so, prodded
by proactive government actions and not reactive ones,” he concluded.
 
Established in 2009 in honour of the chief engineer who built the Avro
Arrow, the AIAC James C. Floyd Award for Recent Canadian Aerospace
Achievement is an annual award honouring the greats from the Canadian
aerospace sector. The James C. Floyd Awards, which are bestowed
annually, are given to visionaries whose contributions have made a
difference in the industry.


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