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.

IMESAFR Available Now

Institute of Makers of Explosives Safety Analysis for Risk (IMESAFR), a probabilistic risk assessment tool used to calculate risk to personnel from explosives facilities, is available now. Click here for more information about IMESAFR.

APT Acquires RTI International’s CAST Operations in Cocoa Beach

A-P-T Research, Inc. has acquired RTI International’s Center for Aerospace Technology (CAST) operations in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This change was effective 21 December 2006. The office will remain in the Cocoa Beach area.

Established by RTI International in 1985, the CAST Cocoa Beach office has made significant contributions to the U.S. space program, particularly its ability to protect the general public from space launch accidents and to achieve mission success. These engineers have been recognized for their unparalleled understanding of aerospace science, and the innovative methods they have developed for performing safety-critical analyses that are considered industry standards and best practice.

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.

IAASS Launch Safety Committee

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

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.

Mayor Spencer Recognizes Excellence in Safety Engineering

At a meeting of the System Safety Society at the engineering offices of A-P-T Research, Huntsville, on September 21, Mayor Loretta Spencer proclaimed our city as the International Center of Excellence for the practice of System Safety Engineering. She stated, “Huntsville is one of the world’s preeminent research and engineering communities, providing technological leadership and state-of-the art hardware, software, and systems for the free world. This community of system safety engineering practitioners has grown to be known throughout the world as having developed technology, practices, and leadership that establishes the state of the art for ensuring safety of complex systems. The expertise and leadership residing in Huntsville is nationally recognized and includes dozens of acknowledged international leaders in the discipline of system safety engineering and risk management.”

Leaders of the Huntsville system safety community joined to witness the Mayor recognize the excellence with the community. From right to left: Herb Shivers, NASA System Safety Warrant Holder; John Frost, AMCOM Safety Director; Gary Braman, President of Tennessee Valley Chapter of the System Safety Society; Coy Newton, Hernandez Engineering; Dave West, SAIC Safety Program Manager; Larry Jones, National President of the System Safety Society; Pat Vittitow, SMDC Safety Office; Tom Pfitzer, President of A-P-T Research, Inc.; and center, Loretta Spencer, Mayor of Huntsville, AL.

Proclamation

Whereas, Huntsville, Alabama is one of the world’s preeminent research and engineering communities, providing technological leadership and state-of-the-art hardware, software, and systems for the free world, and

Whereas, consideration for the safety of rockets, missiles, aircraft, space, and other technology developed by Huntsville-based government and industry organizations has been paramount to ensure the lowest possible risk to system users, to the public, and to the environment, and

Whereas, during Huntsville’s more than half-century history of world leadership in research and engineering, local industry and government organizations both have played major roles in developing a community of practitioners in the discipline of System Safety Engineering with the specific goal of identifying, assessing, and controlling safety risks associated with high technology systems, and

Whereas, this community of System Safety Engineering practitioners has grown to be known throughout the world as having developed technology, practices, and leadership that establishes the state of the art for ensuring safety of complex systems, and

Whereas, the expertise and leadership residing in Huntsville is nationally recognized and includes dozens of acknowledged international leaders in the discipline of System Safety Engineering and risk management, and a workforce of over 400 scientists, engineers, and analysts supporting System Safety Engineering and associated disciplines, and

Whereas, Huntsville is home to the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the System Safety Society, which has been named the International Society’s “Chapter of the Year” for six of the last eight years, and

Whereas, numerous Government and industry organizations with international reputations for excellence in System Safety Engineering are based in Huntsville.

Now therefore, I, Loretta Spencer, Mayor of the City of Huntsville, Alabama, declare Huntsville, Alabama to be the International Center of Excellence for the practice of System Safety Engineering.

Loretta Spencer, Mayor of Huntsville, Alabama
Dated this the 16th day of September.

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.