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Research Symposium on "The Future of High Reliability Organizations"

On Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m., a panel discussion on "The Future of High Reliability Organizations" will be held in Grewen Auditorium. The discussion is the first of two research symposia sponsored by the McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, Dr. Martha Grabowski, and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation.

The theme for the research symposia is "grand challenges" -- areas of critical importance that merit long-term research, exploration, and investment. By their nature, grand challenges often involve multiple disciplines, traverse system boundaries, and bear on large (often vulnerable or at risk) populations. Solutions to these challenges advance the disciplinary state-of-the-art and make significant contributions to society.

Taking part in the panel discussion on The Future of High Reliability Organizations will be:

Mr. Earl Carnes
Senior Advisor for High Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. John Carroll
Morris A. Adelman Professor of Management and Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences & Engineering Systems, MIT

RADM Tom Eccles, USN
Chief Engineer and Deputy Commander for Naval Systems Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command, U.S. Navy

Honorable Chris Hart

Vice Chair, National Transportation Safety Board

Dr. Karlene Roberts, moderator
Professor Emeritus Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

The second symposia,"Ethics in Disaster Management," will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2. For more information, contact the McDevitt Center at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu

Dr. Grabowski is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, a lifetime national associate of the National Academies/National Research Council and served as vice chair of the National Academies’ policy committee for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration assessing the nation’s tsunami readiness and the National Academies’ study examining the future of naval engineering in the 21st century for the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research. She is currently chairing the National Academies’ policy committee considering the adequacy of the U.S. capability to respond to oil spills in the Arctic. The results of that study are due to the 8 sponsoring agencies in early 2014.

Grabowski is widely published in engineering, information systems, large-scale systems, human systems, and safety science. Her research interests focus on the impact of technology in safety-critical systems; risk analysis and risk mitigation in large-scale systems; the role of human and organizational error in high consequence settings; and financial cyber-security in complex, heterogeneous data environments. Grabowski’s research group is currently studying the effectiveness of social media in extreme warning events and the impact of technology in highly reliable virtual organizations such as natural disaster prevention and response organizations.

posted on: 8/23/2013