Safety Engineering & Analysis Center Continuing Education & Training

The Safety Engineering & Analysis Center (SEAC) is debuting two new training classes in 2018; Reliability Engineering & Risk Management for Safety Engineering.

Reliability Engineering is designed for professionals wanting to advance their understanding and knowledge in reliability engineering tools and techniques and their application in technical assessments and special studies. This course is taught by Dr. Fayssal Safie who recently retired as the NASA Technical Fellow for Reliability & Maintainability Engineering.

Risk Management for Safety Engineering provides an overview of the underlying processes used to manage risks and demonstrates the common elements that can be applied to any sector of our economy. This course is taught by Tom Pfitzer & Tom Delong who combined have over 75 years of experience as safety professionals and risk management practices.

For course brochures, available offerings, course fees, and online registration please visit:

APT also conducts training classes at customer locations for clients who request them. Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373 or for information regarding availability.

APT Awarded $52M NASA Contract

APT received a $52 million contract from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Safety and Mission Assurance Support Services III (SMASS III) contract scope is to perform a broad range of specialty engineering services primarily at the Kennedy Space Center, in addition to various sites supported by Kennedy’s programs and projects.

SMASS III is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a two-year base period and three one-year options.

The services to be performed include safety and mission assurance risk assessments, inspections, investigations, engineering analyses, and evaluations of work performed by other government contractors and NASA organizations. SMASS III customers include NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (Orion, Space Launch System), Commercial Crew, Launch Services and International Space Station programs.

Huntsville-based Davis Strategic Innovations, Inc. (DSI), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business will perform specialized engineering support as an APT teammate on this effort.

Upcoming International Space Station Payloads Design and Operations Safety Training Course

Kayser Italia, Livorno (Tuscany), Italy
Course Duration: 3 days, 14-16 February 2018

T. Sgobba (ESA Ret. – Flight Safety Chair)
P. Kirkpatrick (NASA Ret. – Ground Safety Chair)

The Challenge: The course is designed to provide the participant with an understanding of safety requirements, procedures and processes that are used for design and operations of payloads for the International Space Station. 

Scope of the course: This course is designed as a guide to the ISS payload/cargo safety review process. The student will gain an understanding of the applicable safety documents and key safety technical requirements, of payload/cargo safety as it relates to the overall development and integration process, how the payload/cargo safety review process works, and the roles and responsibilities of the various players. In addition, the student will be instructed in the hands-on fundamentals of hazard analysis, hazard documentation, and presentation to the Payload Safety Review Panel.
Target Audience:

  • Safety engineers and managers, system engineers, QA personnel, project managers responsible for development, integration and operation of payloads/cargo for ISS;
  • Other technical discipline personnel who contribute to the design and operations of ISS payload/cargo and need to understand the process by which hazards are identified and controlled.


What You Will Learn:

  • Why safety management is important
  • The safety culture and philosophy
  • The safety documentation
  • Where to find requirements
  • Basic hazard analysis techniques
  • How to identify hazards
  • Common mistakes
  • The Phased Review Process
  • How to prepare for the Safety Panel Meeting
How You Will Learn It:

  • Verbal instructions using Power Point Presentations
  • Videos & Photographs
  • Case studies
  • Group exercises & problem solving
  • Preparing/completing forms
  • Mock presentation to safety panel
Why You Need to Know this:

  • To design your payload/cargo for safety
  • To understand the significance and procedures of the safety process
  • To identify resources for implementing payload safety
  • To know what the ISS Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) expects from you
  • To get safety certification to fly
What You Will Take With You:

  • The course e-binder including presentation  and selected set of reference documents.
  • Certificate of Course Completion.


APT has been supporting the Huntsville Green Team’s Adopt-A-Mile program since 2013. Thanks to all the employees who came out to support our recent effort to keep Huntsville a beautiful place to live and work.

Software System Safety Training at the 9th IAASS Conference

APT will be hosting a Software System Safety Training Class in conjunction with the 9th IAASS Conference. The 9th IAASS Conference, “Know Safety, No Pain,” is October 18-20 in Toulouse, France. The conference is the premiere international forum dedicated to the discussion of a wide variety of space safety topics.

>> Click here for more info about APT Training classes

>> Click here for more info about the 9th IAASS Conference

Model Based Systems Engineering & Software System Safety Workshop

The Model Based Systems Engineering & Software System Safety Workshop was held at APT’s Safety Engineering and Analysis Center on 2-3 May 2017. The objectives of the workshop were to understand model based concepts on modern complex programs, ensure MBSE, MBSwEng, & software/system safety integration needs are addressed, and collaborate on model based development and software system safety policies and best practices for complex and critical systems. Thank you to all of our presenters and attendees!

Workshop Presentations


Dr. Fayssal M. Safie Joins APT

A-P-T Research, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Fayssal M. Safie to APT’s Safety Engineering and Analysis Center (SEAC) in Huntsville, AL.  Dr. Safie will serve as the Principal Technical Engineer for Reliability and Safety.  Dr. Safie recently retired from a successful career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a prestigious Technical Fellow for the space agency.  He culminated his NASA career at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) as a senior technical lead engineer.  He has authored and published numerous technical papers on reliability and maintainability engineering enriched by his expansive space launch vehicle experience and lessons learned during his storied career.

Keynote Speaker for The 14th Workshop on Critical Software Systems

APT employee, Leslie Alford, has been invited to be the keynote speaker for The 14th Workshop on Critical Software Systems (14thWOCS2), December 12-13, 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. The purpose of the workshop is to accelerate progress of the techniques concerning the critical software and systems by providing engineers and researchers with an opportunity to exchange information between industry and academia, as well as to share ideas among the different application fields in Japan. For more information about the workshop, please visit

APT Attends the 8th IAASS Conference

APT employees attend the Gala Dinner
held at Kennedy Space Center.

Several A-P-T Research, Inc., employees recently attended the 8th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference in Melbourne, FL. The theme of the 8th IAASS Conference, “Safety First, Safety for All,” is reflective of a corporate principal of APT. The conference served as an opportunity for international participants to reflect and exchange information on a number of topics concerning space safety. APT was honored to present several papers at the conference. Ms. Leslie Alford presented a paper entitled, “Proposal for a Governing Space Safety Treaty Organization,” and Ms. Megan Stroud presented a paper entitled, “The Evolution of Continuing Education & Training for Safety & Mission Assurance Professionals.” Mr. Mark Raysich also co-authored a paper for the conference entitled, “You Can’t Reach for the Stars if You are Tripping Over the Ground! (Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls).” The two days prior to the conference, APT hosted a workshop for the IAASS Launch & Reentry Safety Technical Committee, which is chaired by APT President, Tom Pfitzer. For more information about the IAASS, please visit their website at