International System Safety Society Awards 2008

Mr. Tom Pfitzer, Founder of A-P-T Research Inc., was awarded the Professional Development Award and the President’s Award at the International System Safety Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada, on 28 August 2008. The Professional Development award is the highest award given annually by the Society, and the Presidents Award is given for unusual contributions to the purposes of the Society as selected by the Society president. The awards read: “Mr. Pfitzer is a true innovator who leads by example. He continually seeks ways to bring discipline to the discipline of System Safety — discipline as to both the engineering aspects and the underlying ethical principles of practice. He pushes the envelope and promotes development of leading edge system safety approaches to practical problem solving. He contributes to the good of the System Safety profession by unselfishly volunteering use of company facilities and resources. He fosters and nurtures perpetual growth and professional advancement among his employees, whom he genuinely considers to be colleagues in practice. They, in turn, reward him with an extraordinarily low turnover rate. In addition, he seeks to promote change and initiatives that enhance the technical aspects of the system safety discipline — for example, tailoring of the risk assessment matrix, developing and promoting risk-based explosives safety applications, identifying System Safety management “Goodness” measures, visualizing risk, and innovative techniques for risk summation.”

Addy Award

Congratulations to Heather French for winning a Bronze Addy in the Tennessee Valley Advertising Federation Addy Awards. The award was for an APT advertisement design that was published in a publication of USASMDC. The award was presented at the Addy Awards on February 23rd, 2008.

International System Safety Society Awards 2007

Manager of the Year

Congratulations to Bob Baker, who has been selected as the recipient of the System Safety Society’s Manager of the Year Award for the Year 2007. This award is presented annually to an individual member of the Society who has made significant contributions through the implementation of an effective system safety management program for a major system effort.

Tennessee Valley Chapter Awards

Congratulations to Susan Cantrell who has been named “2007 Engineer of the Year” and Bob Baker who has been named “2007 Educator of the Year” by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the International System Safety Society. The awards were presented in June 2007.

International System Safety Society Awards 2006

Engineer of the Year

Congratulations to Chris Olson, who has been named “2006 Engineer of the Year” by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the System Safety Society. Chris received this award for his excellent system safety skills specifically in support of unmanned ground vehicles.  The award was presented in June 2006.

Manager of the Year

Congratulations to Rhonda Barnes, who has been selected as the recipient of the System Safety Society’s Manager of the Year Award for the Year 2006. This award is presented annually to an individual member of the Society who has made significant contributions through the implementation of an effective system safety management program for a major system effort.

Educator of the Year

Congratulations to Sid Smith, who has been selected as the recipient of the System Safety Society’s Educator of the Year Award for the Year 2006. This award is presented annually to an individual or group for outstanding achievement in, or contribution to System Safety education and the advancement of the state of knowledge in System Safety. Sid’s contributions over the last several years in presenting formal classes and seminars pertaining to the management and engineering of safety programs has contributed to the growth and advancement of this essential discipline.

Who’s Who in IAASS

Tom Pfitzer was recognized in the June 2006 issue of the IAASS Newsletter as Chairman of the newly established IAASS Launch Range Safety Committee.

Scientific Research and Development Award

The System Safety Society presented the Scientific Research and Development Award to A-P-T Research, Inc., in recognition of Outstanding Development of System Safety Engineering Methods during the Risk Summing Workshop.