Dr. Wagdi George Habashi to receive first James C. Floyd Award
Nov. 1, 2010, Ottawa - 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 to him the very first AIAC-James C. Floyd Award, as part of the AIAC Annual General Meeting and Conferences, which took place in Ottawa on October 26th and 27th, 2010.
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.