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DeMik earns national recognition for aviation safety work

Lewis University professor earns national recognition for aviation safety work

Published: October 28, 2011.


(Left to right) Dr. R. Kurt Barnhart, president of
University Aviation Association presents Dr. Randal J.
DeMik, director of graduate studies in Aviation and
Transportation at Lewis University, the John K.
Lauber Award for Aviation Safety.

Dr. Randal J. DeMik, director of graduate studies in Aviation and Transportation at Lewis University, was awarded the John K. Lauber Award for Aviation Safety. DeMik recently received the award at the University Aviation Association Fall Education Conference in Indianapolis.

The award is given in honor of John K. Lauber, a pioneer in the field of aviation safety and human factors. Each year, it is given to an individual or organization, who demonstrates clear advancement in aviation safety. The UAA is a non-profit organization and the voice of collegiate aviation that represents the aviation industry, government and general public.

DeMik was invited to be a member of the Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which convened in Washington D.C. to report on policies critical to airline safety and collegiate aviation training from the ARC. He also addressed the 2010 UAA conference in St. Paul, Minn. DeMik’s aviation safety work includes over 28 years and 18,000 hours of accident- and incident-free aviation experience including 20 years as a pilot with United Airlines. He served as Line Check Airman for United Airlines from 2005-2009 where he trained United Captains and First Officers and evaluated their ability to operate the Boeing 737 in order to provide safer airline service. Among the many articles he has published, he co-authored an article in the International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies regarding human factors and safety issues for regional airline pilots. In 2008, DeMik completed his doctorate work in the field of Technology Management at Indiana State University.

As director of graduate studies in Aviation and Transportation at Lewis University, DeMik has developed and taught graduate courses focusing on the theory and practice of Safety Management System in the aviation industry.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.



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