MEMS Seminar: Spaceflight Tragedies and Other Things to be Avoided

Feb 22

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A


Dr. Curtis E. Larsen

A personal view of the events leading to and consequences of NASA's spaceflight tragedies will be discussed. The most prominent events as Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia are well known, but lesser known close-calls are also worth examining for the lessons to be learned about both personal and organizational responsibility, authority, and downright hubris. As a prerequisite, attendees are encouraged to read the following:;; may also want to read any or all of the following books by Duke's own Prof. Henry Petroski: To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design (1985); Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering (1994); Success Through Failure: The Paradox of Design. (2006); To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure. (2012). Lunch will be served from 1:00 - 1:30 pm.

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