Engineers and Accidents

COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIUM – SPECIAL SEMINAR

SPEAKER:          C. Michael Holloway, Senior Research Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center

TOPIC:            Why Engineers Should Read Accident Reports

DATE:       September 23, 2009

TIME:       3:30 p.m.  (Light refreshments served outside OLS 009 at 3:15 p.m.)

PLACE:            Olsson Hall room 009

Abstract:  Surveys have shown that very few engineers, whether practitioners or researchers, read accident reports. This is an unfortunate state of affairs, because people who regularly read accident reports can reap important benefits, both for themselves and the organizations for which they work. This talk will explain some of these benefits, using examples from famous and not-so-famous aviation and space accidents. Four specific benefits will be discussed: (1) an improved ability to separate myths from reality, both myths about specific accidents and myths concerning accidents in general; (2) an increased understanding of the consequences of unlikely events, which can help inform future designs; (3) a greater recognition of the limits of mathematical models; and (4) guidance on potentially relevant research directions that may contribute to safety improvements in future systems. Audience participation will be encouraged throughout the talk, and a challenge to all present will be issued at the end.

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