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Nancy Leveson

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems

Dr. Leveson holds a Ph.D. from UCLA. She was a Computer Science professor at the University of California, then became Boeing Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

Professor Leveson’s research focuses on topics related to the design of complex systems containing software, hardware, and human components. Her goal is to stretch current limits of complexity and intellectual manageability of the systems we can build with reasonable resources and with confidence in their expected behavior, particularly safety. Current research topics include; model-based system and software engineering, system and software safety, software requirements specification and analysis, human-computer interaction, reusable component-based system architectures, interactive vludisualization, human-centered system design, and comprehensive approaches to risk management that include the organizational, political, managerial, and social aspects of system construction and operation. New work is starting in security. Current applications include space, aircraft, autos, rail systems, nuclear power, medical devices, hospital safety, defense systems, and others.


Books Published:

Books Published by Nancy Leveson

Nancy Leveson to be featured in new computer science book – October 31, 2008

Selected Publications:

Papers presented at the 2004 Engineering Systems Symposium:
> Co-Author of Monograph Chapter "A Systems Theoretic Approach to Safety Engineering"
> Co-Author of Submitted Paper "Beyond Normal Accidents and High Reliability Organisations: Lessons from the Space Shuttle"
> Co-Author of Submitted Paper "Effectively Addressing NASA's Organizational and Safety Culture: Insights from Systems Safety and Engineering Systems"

Related News:

Prof. Nancy Leveson and the ESD Student Society honored with Joseph A. Martore Awards – February 28, 2013

Prof. Nancy Leveson gave a plenary address on "Electronic Health Records: Unintended and Unanticipated Consequences" at the AMIA 2009 Health Policy meeting. Also, Prof. Leveson's 1995 book titled "Safeware: System Safety and Computers" has been translated into Japanese by some engineers at the Japanese Space Agency and will be published in Japan this month.

Nancy Leveson delivers Mitsui lecture – January 16, 2009

Leveson Named to Federal 100 List – February 15, 2008

Risk Analysis for NASA’s Constellation Program, MIT CSRL Final Report (.pdf) – March 29, 2007

Professor Leveson participates in BP Refineries' independent safety review panel report – January 18, 2007

INCOSE Gives Three Best Paper Awards to MIT – August 13, 2004

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld and Nancy Leveson Win Best Paper at International Conference of the System Safety Society – August 13, 2004

Leveson Honored with ACM's 2004 Outstanding Research Award – May 6, 2004

Computing Research Association Names ESD Professor Nancy Leveson as Distinguished Professor – December 2003

ESD professor and students receive INCOSE Best Paper Award – July 2003

Nancy Leveson

Contact info:

Nancy Leveson
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 33-334
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617.258.0505
Email to: leveson "at"

Support Staff:

Name: Sophia Hasenfus
Phone: (617) 252-1536


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