Integrating Evolutionary and Engineering Approaches to Failure Analyses

Integrating Evolutionary and Engineering Approaches to Failure Analyses

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  • Susan Blumenthal
    New America


    Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal (ret.) is a visiting professor, MIT Media Lab; senior fellow, health policy, New America; senior medical advisor, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research; and clinical professor, Tufts and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine. She served for 20+ years as a federal government health official in the ...

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  • Denis A. Cortese
    Mayo Clinic (retired)

    Denis A. Cortese is a Foundation Professor at Arizona State University (ASU), director of the university’s Center for Healthcare Delivery and Policy, and president of the nonprofit Healthcare Transformation Institute based in Phoenix. He is a former president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, and currently serves on the boards of directors for ...

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  • Joon Yun
    Palo Alto Investors

    Joon Yun is president and managing partner of Palo Alto Investors LP, where he focuses primarily on the evaluation of pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology companies. Board certified in radiology, he previously served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University (2000–06). He has served on ...

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  • William B. Rouse
    Georgetown University

    William B. Rouse is a research professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy and senior fellow in the office of the senior vice president for research, both at Georgetown University; professor emeritus and former chair of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and principal at Curis Meditor, a ...

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  • Alton D. Romig, Jr.
    National Academy of Engineering

    Dr. Alton D. Romig, Jr. is the executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering. Under Congressional charter, the Academy provides advice to the federal government, when requested, on matters of engineering and technology. As executive officer, Dr. Romig is the chief operating officer responsible for the program, financial and ...

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Explaining system failures is the focus of enormous efforts in engineering. Explaining vulnerability to disease is the focus for parallel efforts in medicine and public health. Methods from engineering have potential important applications in medicine, and evolutionary explanations for vulnerability to disease may prove useful in engineering. This virtual colloquium of the Forum on Complex Unifiable Systems will engage engineers, clinicians, evolutionary biologists, and related scholars and practitioners, to develop the opportunities at this interface. Questions to be addressed include:

  1. How are failure modes in engineered and evolved systems similar and different?
  2. How can engineering approaches to failure analysis assist in understanding disease?
  3. How can evolutionary explanations of disease vulnerability advance the analysis of engineering failures?
  4. What characteristics make some systems intrinsically vulnerable to failure?
  5. What next steps can develop the synergies between evolutionary and engineering explanations approaches to system failures and expand them to social and financial systems?

Meeting Agenda

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