Keynote Speakers

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Monday Keynote Speaker: Nancy Leveson

Position: Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Affiliation: MIT



About Dr. Nancy Leveson

Dr. Nancy Leveson is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. She has been working in the field of system safety for 37 years and supervises research in system engineering, hazard analysis, accident analysis, human-automation interaction, management of safety-critical projects, and safety culture. Her latest book, Engineering a Safer World, was published in 2012.



"Building Safety (and Security) into Your Products"

To be cost-effective, safety must be built into products from the beginning. In this talk I will describe a new, more powerful approach to safety based on systems theory that can be used in the early product concept analysis. The analysis method, called STPA (System-Theoretic Process Analysis) is being used successfully on hundreds of products in most industries around the world. 

STPA works for hardware, software, human-automation interaction, and management/operations aspects of safety. It also applies to cyber-security.



Tuesday Keynote Speaker: Necia Werner

Position: Associate Teaching Professor
Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon University

About Dr. Necia Werner

Necia Werner is Associate Teaching Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, Vice President of the IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS), and the PCS Coordinator for IEEE Women in Engineering. Her research interests include developing new methods for blending learning sciences and technology-enhanced learning tools in writing education for STEM students. At Carnegie Mellon, Werner directs the undergraduate writing programs in professional and technical communication, and teaches courses and workshops on proposal writing, oral presentation, technical writing, public communication of research, and engineering communication. Werner holds degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University.