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Avionics Engineering Center staff, students honored

ATHENS, Ohio (June 8, 2005) -- Ohio University's Avionics Engineering Center, part of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, recently recognized staff and students for their outstanding contributions.

Dave Quinet, team leader for the center's instrument landing system group, and Hope Mills, administrative assistant for the group, both received the director's award. Quinet is responsible for obtaining $2.6 million in research funding, primarily from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He also was recognized for 20 years of service. Hope Mills was recognized for her administrative support to the instrument landing system team, and for 25 years of service.

The Richard H. McFarland Scholarship, established by Avionics founder Richard H. McFarland, was presented to electrical engineering undergraduate student Don Venable for the second year. The Avionics Engineering Center Award of Excellence was presented to electrical engineering senior Chris Engel and doctoral student Jeff Dickman. Another electrical engineering doctoral student, Jacob Campbell, received the Institute of Navigation's graduate award.

Faculty and staff members also received awards for their years of service. Five-year awards were given to Becky Tippie, Bryan Branham, Sanjeev Gunawardena, Carl Hawes, Kadi Merbouh and Jonathon Sayre. Maarten Uijt de Haag and Mike Mowry were recognized for 10 years; Mike Braasch and Janet Blazyk for 15 years; and Mike DiBenedetto for 20 years. Walter Phipps, who retired in April, was recognized for 29 years of service.

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