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Hugh DeHaven



Exodyne Headquarters
in Phoenix, Arizona

History of Exodyne, Inc.

Hugh DeHaven's* appointment as a research associate at the Cornell University Medical College in 1942 soon led to the formation of the Aviation Crash Injury Research group (AvCIR). From this small, pioneering research group has grown a diversified and dynamic technical services company devoted to the same principles of science and safety that Hugh DeHaven embraced nearly a century ago.


Hugh DeHaven is injured in airplane training flight and begins to research aviation safety.

1937 US Navy asks DeHaven to make its planes safer.
1942 DeHaven becomes research associate at Cornell University Medical College, which leads to formation of Aviation Crash Injury Research group (AvCIR).
1950 Cornell-Guggenheim Aviation Safety Center assumes oversight of AvCIR.
1957 AvCIR moves from New York to Phoenix, Arizona.
1959 Flight Safety Foundation assumes ownership of AvCIR.
1962 By September 1962, AvCIR is operating out of Deer Valley Airport, north of Phoenix.
1963 On 1 May 1963, AvCIR's name changes to Aviation Safety Engineering and Research (AvSER).
1968 Dynamic Science, Inc. (DSI), a division of Marshall Industries, purchases AvSER. Ralph Rockow joins DSI.
1972 Ultrasystems, Inc., acquires DSI in March.
1976 Talley Industries, Inc., purchases DSI.
1982 Exodyne, Inc., owned by Ralph Rockow, purchases DSI in October 1982.
1985 DSI begins to work with youth as a Department of Labor contractor.
1986 Exodyne, Inc., forms Exodyne Properties, Inc. (EPI) on 1 May 1986 as a real estate management and investment vehicle.
1990 DSI's Dynamic Educational Systems division wins 11 new contracts with the Department of Labor and is incorporated as Dynamic Educational Systems, Inc. (DESI) on 20 September 1990.
2007 Exodyne, Inc., celebrates its 25th anniversary.
2008 DSI awarded contract at Detroit Metro Airport to expand aviation services into ramp control and gate management.
2012 Exodyne, Inc., celebrates its 30th anniversary.
2016 DSI wins the management of Ramp Control Tower Services for SeaTac.
2016 DESI wins grant with Arizona Department of Veterans' Services and partners with Veterans First, Ltd., to help women veterans successfully assimilate back to civilian life.

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