2013 ISAP Keynote Speaker: Nancy Leveson

Dr. Nancy Leveson

Professor Nancy Leveson of MIT is a world leader in the field of system safety; a field she has worked in for the past 30 years. She has published over 200 research papers and consults extensively in many industries, including aerospace, transportation, chemical, nuclear power, medical, oil and gas, and many others. Professor Leveson conducts research on all aspects of system safety including design and development, operations, management, and culture. A common element throughout her work is an emphasis on applying systems thinking and sophisticated system engineering techniques to complex systems. She is author of a 1995 book, Safeware, and a new book, Engineering a Safer World, published in January 2012. In her new book, she revisits and updates the System Safety concept pioneered by 1950s aerospace engineers and presents her new “Systems-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes” (or “STAMP”) approach. STAMP’s extended model of causation creates a new approach to safety that is more effective, less expensive, and easier to use than previous techniques.

Professor Leveson is currently a professor at MIT in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and the Engineering Systems Division. Previously she held faculty appointments in Computer Science at the University of Washington and the University of California. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and has received many awards for her research and industrial work.

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