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University of New Haven-United Airlines Partnership Takes Off

University of New Haven-United Airlines Partnership Takes OffThe Wall Street Journal examined a data visualization project led by University of New Haven students that has helped the country’s third largest airline reduce its aircraft ground damage by nearly a third.

University of New Haven interns are at the center of a data visualization project at United – the nation's third largest airline – that has been credited with reducing workplace injuries and preventing damages to its aircraft. 

Students have traveled around the world – to Tokyo, Frankfurt, Paris, Guam, Las Vegas, Denver and Honolulu – to gather data about workforce injuries, damages incurred by airplanes at the gates and airplane delays.

The program is the brainchild of Mike Quiello ’74, United’s vice president of corporate safety and a member of the University’s Board of Governors. On a campus visit several years ago, he talked to Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences dean Mario Gaboury about using the College’s Center for Analytics to help examine some of the airline’s reams of data.

The Results

Since 2014, injuries have been cut by almost a quarter and ground damage to aircraft is down nearly a third. The project also earned the 2016 Green Cross for Safety Innovation Award from the National Safety Council.

“It’s eye-popping stuff,” Quiello said in a recent Wall Street Journal story about the collaboration.

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