Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Case Studies in Software Safety: Accidents and Lessons Learned", Aug 2nd 2011, by Hardy at NASA GSFC

If you happen to be in the area of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Building 3 Auditorium on August 2nd, 2011 stop in for the Systems Engineering Seminar on Software Safety. You must register at least four days in advance, see below. For those that can't make it will be available on-line sometime after the 2nd.

The Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division (MESAD) of the Applied Engineering and Advanced Technology Directorate(AETD), the Office of Human Capital Management, and the Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) are co-sponsoring a series of seminar presentations on Systems Engineering concepts, philosophies, principles, and practices.

Goddard Space Flight Center

Systems Engineering Seminar

Case Studies in Software Safety: Accidents and Lessons Learned

Presented by:

Terry Hardy, Director, Safety & Risk Management, Great Circle Analytics, LLC

August 2,
2011, 1:00 p.m.

Building 3 Auditorium


Case Studies in Software Safety: Accidents and Lessons Learned

The complexity of our systems is increasing, especially with the use of software and computing systems. System safety approaches are therefore necessary to help manage risk and prevent accidents in these complex systems. An essential element in preventing accidents in the future is learning from past failures. This lecture will present case studies from many different industries describing accidents and mishaps related to software and computing systems. Such case studies can help us identify what can go wrong in our own systems. The focus of the talk will be on software safety as part of a broader system safety effort, and lessons learned will be discussed related to the system safety process. Recommendations will be provided based on lessons learned from those accidents as well as personal experience.


Terry Hardy leads efforts in system safety and software assurance at Great Circle Analytics. Mr. Hardy has over 25 years of experience and numerous publications in the areas of launch vehicles, space propulsion, cryogenics, software, safety analysis, and risk management. Prior to founding Great Circle Analytics, he led software safety and assurance efforts at Special Aerospace Services and at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; responsibilities included membership on the Constellation Safety Engineering Review Panel. Mr. Hardy also was the Principal Engineer for Reliability in FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, leading efforts to develop safety, reliability, and risk management regulations, guidance documents, and training. Mr. Hardy holds a BS degree in chemical engineering, an MS degree in chemical engineering, and an MS degree in civil engineering. He also has been certified as a Reliability Engineer, Quality Engineer, and Software Quality Engineer through the American Society for

The Fine Print:

  • Please allow 30 minutes for security check in.
  • Please bring a photo identification.
  • Badging for special situations may be at the Visitor Center Badging Trailer

The really important fine print:

Registration for a visitor badge:
  • Employees and visitors with a Goddard badge need not register.
  • Visitors without a GSFC badge must register for a visitor badge.
  • To register, please send your Name, Citizenship, Organization, Phone, and Email at least FOUR days prior to seminar to: Lindsay Macleod, 301.286.6493, Lindsay.B.Macleod [At]
  • The SE Seminar Committee is only able to process Visitor Registrations for US Citizens.

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