United Airlines-UNH Safety Project Finalist for Award
United Airlines-UNH Safety Project Finalist for Award

by Karen Grava
Director of Media Relations

A project that partnered UNH student interns and United Airlines is one of three finalists for the National Safety Council’s 2016 Green Cross for Safety award.

The award, which recognizes safety innovation, will be given at a dinner in Chicago on May 12.  It recognizes a corporation, coalition, organization or individual that has achieved evidence-based success by taking an innovative approach to solving a long-held safety challenge.

“United Airlines needed to turn mountains of data into accessible, actionable, easy-to-use, multilingual information,” said Michael Quiello ’75, United’s vice president of corporate safety and a member of the University’s Board of Governors.

A group of UNH students that interned at United Airlines

Since United Airlines and its United Express partners operate nearly 5,000 commercial flights a day to 336 airports worldwide, Quiello said, the information had to quickly make sense to everyone from front-line workers to top executives in multiple countries.

That’s where UNH students come in. Their project provided flexible, easy-to-use data that helps better direct United employees’ attention to safety. They also pitched their ideas to top management, toured landing areas at U.S. and overseas airports and analyzed human and airline traffic patterns.

“The program has been a remarkable opportunity for our students to contribute to a real and meaningful project,” said Mario Gaboury, dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

“We continue to expand the program by adding real-time data sources, which increases transparency and improves the quality of our discussions about how we can improve as an organization.” Quiello said.

“The Green Cross safety award is highly competitive and would be fitting recognition for the work the UNH students have done,” Quiello continued. “This partnership has had tangible results for United and for the students. It was the ideal internship from both the corporate and the educational standpoint.”


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