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International System Safety Training Symposium 2014


August 4-8, 2014 | St. Louis Union Station DoubleTree Hotel | St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Keynote and Luncheon Speakers


4 August - Keynote Speaker


Carl A. Avila, Director, Advanced Programs, Boeing Phantom Works

Carl Avila

Carl Avila is the Director of the Advanced Weapons and Missiles Systems organization within the Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft organization in Phantom Works. Carl’s team is responsible for developing products and technologies supporting next generation tactical systems.

Carl has held various Program Management and Engineering assignments during his 36 year career with Boeing.

Prior to this assignment Carl was Program Manager of the Air Launched Cruise Missile and Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM/CALCM) Program, responsible for ongoing production of CALCM missiles, as well as support of fielded systems. Carl was the F/A-18 Affordability Manager, responsible for developing and implementing the Program's Affordability plan, including Cost Reduction programs aimed at reducing the cost of the F/A-18 E/F. Carl was Program Manager of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), responsible for the day-to-day operations of this joint U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps missile program during its transition from development into high rate production.

Joining Boeing in 1978 as a logistics engineer, he also held several engineering positions associated with the design, development and fielding of tactical missile systems and launch platforms. He was Chief Engineer and Deputy Program Manager on the Bradley-Linebacker program, and Chief Engineer for the Avenger Air Defense System.

Avila holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and an Executive Masters in International Business at Saint Louis University.

5 August - Sponsor/Exhibitor Luncheon Speaker


Tom Pfitzer, President, A-P-T Research

Tom Pfitzer

Mr. Pfitzer holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering (System Safety Option) from Texas A&M University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Intern Program in Safety Engineering. He has over 35 years in System Safety, Range Safety, and Risk Analysis experience and has held various positions in safety and risk assessment both government and industry. Prior to establishing the Safety Engineering and Analysis Center (SEAC), he founded A-P-T Research, Inc. in 1990, a company that employs over 100 practicing safety professionals. Early in his career he was the Safety Officer at a national range monitoring safety for over 200 launches.

Tom has supported numerous U.S. and international agencies that are developing risk-based standards. He is currently a member of the Society of Risk Assessment, a senior member of System Safety Society, and on the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, chairing the Launch Safety Committee. He has authored more than 20 papers in technical journals.

6 August - International Luncheon Speaker


Dr. Carl Sandom, Director and Principal Consultant, iSys Integrity Limited

Carl Sandom

Dr Carl Sandom is the Director of iSys Integrity Limited; a UK-based independent safety consultancy operating worldwide and specializing in safe systems acquisition, development and certification within the Aerospace and Defence domains. He has extensive experience of managing the programme and technical risks associated with systems safety programmes compliant with safety standards such as DO-178, DO-254, MIL-STD 882, IEC 61508 and Defence Standard 00-56.

Carl has recently been helping organizations to develop staff safety competence with his unique Safety Competence Transfer approach which uses a progressive mixture of classroom and on-the-job training to transfer safety competence into the business. Current safety roles include providing independent safety advice to the NATO Communications and Information Agency based in Belgium and providing Safety Competence Transfer training to Lockheed Martin in Colorado Springs.

Carl is a member of the British Standards Institute committee contributing to IEC 61508 development and he is the Chairman of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology Systems Safety Conference. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a registered Member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and current Chairman of the IET System Safety Conference. Carl has published and presented numerous peer-reviewed papers and articles on the subject of Systems Safety.

7 August - Awards Luncheon Speaker


Alexander Garza, MD, MPH, Associate Dean and Professor in Epidemiology,

Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice

Dr. Alexander Garza

Dr. Garza came to Saint Louis University after service in the Federal Government. In August of 2009, Dr. Garza was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate as the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he served until April of 2013. Dr. Garza led the health and security efforts for DHS which included the health aspects of terrorism and natural disasters.

His office led DHS programs in CBRNE including the BioWatch program and the National Biosurviellance Integration Center. He has served as the DHS lead in response to the H1N1 pandemic, and the health lead for multiple disasters including the Fukishima Tsunami, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Haiti earthquake among others. In 2009, Dr. Garza was also appointed by President Obama to serve on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He participated and helped author reports to the President on numerous issues including the use of Synthetic Biology and the ethics of bioterrorism medical countermeasure development and testing on children.

Dr. Garza began his career in health as an EMT in 1986 and has worked in every level of providing care and leadership in emergency medicine. He has extensive experience working as a paramedic and flight medic and is a board certified emergency physician working at academic medical centers. Dr. Garza has worked as the Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services for the City of Kansas City Health Department and the State of New Mexico. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He has written and lectured extensively on issues involving EMS, health, security and preparedness and has counseled leadership at the highest levels of government. Dr. Garza is considered an expert in weapons of mass destruction, health threats to national security and strategic and operational excellence.

Dr. Garza has received numerous awards for his military service and civilian career including the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge as well as the Young Investigator Award by the American Heart Association for his research in out of hospital cardiac arrest. He and his wife Melissa enjoy spending time with their three boys doing camping, scouting, swimming and baseball.