Janeen Kochan & Kelly Curran

System Safety Management Transformation

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Janeen Adrion Kochan, Ph.D., Engineering Research Psychologist, US Department of Transportation/Volpe Center

Dr. Kochan holds a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. Her B.A. degree was also earned from the Ohio State University in pre-medicine and psychology. Primary translational research interests include expertise, human performance, decision-making, stress, fatigue, automation, workload, resource management, unexpected events, and training. She is a former Boeing 767 captain and human factors instructor for a major US airline and holds current and active Airframe and Powerplant (mechanic), Inspector Authorization, Flight Instructor, and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner privileges. Dr. Kochan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. She routinely conducts training and gives presentations on human factors, pilot and mechanic operational topics. 


Kelly Ann Curran, PMP, US Department of Transportation/Volpe Center


Emerging Tools and Techniques for Risk Based Decision Making

The US FAA Safety Assurance System (SAS) documentation states that “the goal of system safety is to optimize safety by the identification of hazards within an environment and to eliminate or control their associated risk.” The objectives of this session are to (a) describe four risk based decision making tools developed by the US FAA’s System Safety Management Transformation (SSMT) program team; (b) explain a process used for estimating the risk associated with system change; and (c) demonstrate how these tools can be used synergistically to answer the call of SAS.

The SSMT tools include the Integrated Safety Assessment Model (ISAM), Airport Surface Anomaly Investigation Capability (ASAIC), Safety Investigation Toolkit for Analysis and Reporting (SITAR), and Wake Vortex Safety System (WVSS). Together these tools represent a structured and integrated approach to anomaly detection and thus the detection of risk. A TableTop Exercise (TTE) process for employing these tools has been developed and tested. The purpose of the TTE is to evaluate and validate risk models and data reliability using input from subject matter experts.

Using an example of loss-of-control inflight, the presentation team will walk the audience through a timely TTE operational example. This will demonstrate the capabilities and utility of these tools and how the data and information obtained can be beneficial to an operator’s risk based decision making and their associated safety risk management reporting requirements.