Mike DiBenedetto

Mike DiBenedetto

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DiBenedetto named Avionics Engineering Center director

Michael DiBenedetto has been named director of the Ohio University Avionics Engineering Center, part of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

The center performs aviation navigation research for major government and industry organizations and for airports across the globe.

DiBenedetto, who served as interim director since June 2011, has been involved with the center more than 26 years as an expert in navigation, landing and surveillance systems development, assessment, implementation, procurement and modernization.  

School of Electrical Engineering Chair David Juedes said that DiBenedetto has dedicated his career to the Avionics Engineering Center and takes on the role as the center prepares to enter its 50th year.

"Mike has a knowledge of research challenges and funding opportunities in this research realm that is unique," Juedes said. "I expect that this knowledge will serve the Center well during his tenure."

Since 1963, the Avionics Engineering Center has been the premier research arm of Ohio University, averaging $5 million of sponsored research annually while maintaining its world-class reputation in electronic navigation, surveillance and communication-based research and development.

DiBenedetto has published three journal articles, 14 conference papers, and more than 131 externally sponsored technical reports. Many form the basis, or have influenced, national and international standards and practices for electronic navigation and landing systems.

DiBenedetto is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institute of Navigation and the Air Traffic Control Association. He holds doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering, all from Ohio University.