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For Immediate Release
CAIB PA 23-03

Date: April 21, 2003
Contact: Lt. Col Woody Woodyard, 281-283-7520 or 713-301-2244
Contact: Terry N. Williams or Patricia Brach, 281-283-7565


HOUSTON - The Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) will host a safety seminar with nationally recognized safety professionals from industry and academia, April 27-28, at the CAIB headquarters to raise their awareness of industry and organizational safety standards and practices.

As part of their investigation into the cause of the Columbia Shuttle mishap, the board will meet with Dr. Nancy Leveson, Dr. M. Sam Mannan, Allan McMillan, James Wick, Dr. David Woods, and Deborah Grubbe to discuss NASA's safety management and programs, decision-making processes, and culture. They will also review risk analysis and risk management in addition to reviewing accident investigation models, safety culture, metrics, indicators and decision-making processes.

Panel Members:

Dr. Nancy Leveson is a professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. M. Sam Mannan, is a professor at Texas A&M University and director of the Mary Kay O'Conner Process Safety Center.

Allan McMillan is executive vice President, chief operating officer, National Safety Council.

James Wick is Corporate Safety and Health Manager, Intel Corporation, Chandler, Arizona.

Dr. David Woods is a professor at Ohio State University and co-director, Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory.

Deborah Grubbe is Corporate Director - Safety and Health, Dupont.

The event is closed to the media and public.

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