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Nancy Leveson is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Previously, she was a professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Washington. Prof. Leveson conducts research on all aspects of system safety including design, operations, management, and social aspects. While she started in computer science and software engineering, she has migrated to the larger field of system engineering and subfields of particular importance such as system and software safety, requirements engineering, system analysis, human factors, human–automation interaction, and organizational safety management. Her techniques are used in a wide variety of safety-critical industries including aerospace, transportation, chemical plants, nuclear power, medical devices, and many others. One particular common element throughout all her work is an emphasis on applying systems theory to complex systems. Prof. Leveson has degrees in mathematics, computer science, and management along with graduate study in developmental and cognitive psychology.
Dr. Leveson is author of two books: Safeware: System Safety and Computers (1995) published by Addison-Wesley and translated into Japanese and Engineering a Safer World (2012) published by MIT Press and currently being translated into Japanese and Chinese. She has won many awards for her work and is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Leveson consults extensively in many industries on the ways to prevent accidents and has served on numerous national and international committees and accident investigations including being an expert consultant for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, the Presidential Commission on Deepwater Horizon, the Baker Panel on the Texas City accident, and a Navy committee investigating one of the V-22 Osprey accidents as well as lesser-known accidents.