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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  • Ioannis (Yannis) P. Androulakis
    Rutgers-RWJ Medical School

    Ioannis (Yannis) P. Androulakis is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Surgery at the Rutgers-RWJ Medical School. His research focuses on systems biology and pharmacology of inflammation with special emphasis on ...

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  • Christine Ortiz
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Christine Ortiz is a higher education leader, professor, engineer, scientist, former dean, board director and trustee, and social entrepreneur. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education and a passion for advancing emerging, cross-disciplinary, integrative science and technologies toward sustainable and equitable societal outcomes. As ...

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  • Roger L. McCarthy
    McCarthy Engineering

    Roger L. McCarthy is the founder and owner of McCarthy Engineering. He previously worked 30+ years at Exponent, Inc. (formerly Failure Analysis Associates, Inc.) where he became CEO and chair.

    He has investigated some major disasters over the decades. He currently chairs the National Academies committee on Analysis of Cause(s) of Failure and ...

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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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