Integrating Evolutionary and Engineering Approaches to Failure Analyses

Integrating Evolutionary and Engineering Approaches to Failure Analyses

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  • Norman R. Augustine
    Lockheed Martin Corp (retired)

    Norman R. Augustine has been chair and CEO of Lockheed Martin; president and then CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation upon its formation in 1995; president, COO, CEO, and chair of Martin Marietta Corporation; and under (later, acting) secretary of the Army.

    He was chair of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering, president and ...

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  • Bernard Crespi
    Simon Fraser University

    Bernard Crespi, an evolutionary biologist with interests in social evolution, speciation, and evolutionary medicine, is professor of evolution, genetics, and human health and the Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Genetics and Psychology at Simon Fraser University. The purpose of his research is to use integrated genetic, ecological ...

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  • Jay Labov
    National Academy of Engineering

    Jay Labov, a former staff member at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (1997–2018), directed or contributed to 30+ STEM reports on precollege, undergraduate, and teacher education, advanced study for high school students, and international education. He directed the committee that authored Science, Evolution, and ...

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  • Carl S. Carlson is a consultant and instructor in failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), reliability program planning, and other reliability engineering disciplines. With 40 years of experience in reliability testing, engineering, and management, he supports clients in a variety of industries. He previously worked with ReliaSoft Corporation (as ...

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  • Joanna Masel
    University of Arizona

    Joanna Masel is an evolutionary theorist at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include the robustness and evolvability of biological systems, the evolution of molecular error rates, the impact of high deleterious mutation rates, the nature of competition, and protein evolution. She also recently worked on risk analysis in the ...

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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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