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AAE 590: Projects in Aeronautical Engineering

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Arianne Cohen. (2009). Anatomy of a plane crash: Behind the scenes with the NTSB. Retrieved from 

Saleh, J. H., Marais, K. B., Bakolas, E., & Cowlagi, R. V. (2010). Highlights from the literature on accident causation and system safety: Review of major ideas, recent contributions, and challenges. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 95(11), 1105–1116. 

Adams, E. (2018). Inside the safety issues surrounding the NY helicopter crash. Retrieved from  

Steve Hanley. (2018). Autonomous cars: How safe is safe enough? Retrieved from

Malcolm Gladwell. (2015). The Engineer’s Lament: Two ways of thinking about automotive safety. Retrieved from  

Lee, M. T., & Ermann, M. D. (1999). Pinto “Madness” as a flawed landmark narrative: An organizational and network analysis. Social Problems, 46(1), 30–47.

Pidgeon, N. (2012). Complex organizational failures culture, high reliability, and lessons from Fukushima. Bridge, 42(3), 17–22. 

EUROCONTROL/FAA White Paper: CEOs on safety culture. (2015). Retrieved from 

Alexander, I. (2003). Misuse cases: use cases with hostile intent. IEEE Software, 20(1), 58–66.

Baybutt, P. (2015). A critique of the Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 33, 52–58. 

Liu, H.-C., Liu, L., & Liu, N. (2013). Risk evaluation approaches in failure mode and effects analysis: A literature review. Expert Systems with Applications, 40(2), 828–838. 

Giardina, M., & Morale, M. (2015). Safety study of an LNG regasification plant using an FMECA and HAZOP integrated methodology. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 35, 35–45. 

Manger, R. P., Paxton, A. B., Pawlicki, T., & Kim, G.-Y. (2015). Failure mode and effects analysis and fault tree analysis of surface image guided cranial radiosurgery. Medical Physics, 42(5), 2449–2461. 

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Peeters, J. F. W., Basten, R. J. I., & Tinga, T. (2018). Improving failure analysis efficiency by combining FTA and FMEA in a recursive manner. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 172, 36–44. 

​Sarter, N. B., & Woods, D. D. (1995). How in the world did we ever get into that mode? Mode error and awareness in supervisory control. Human Factors, 37(1), 5–19. 

Hetherington, C., Flin, R., & Mearns, K. (2006). Safety in shipping: The human element. Journal of Safety Research, 37(4), 401–411. 

Leveson, N. G. (2004). Role of software in spacecraft Accidents. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 41(4), 564–575. 

Favarò, F. M., Jackson, D. W., Saleh, J. H., & Mavris, D. N. (2013). Software contributions to aircraft adverse events: Case studies and analyses of recurrent accident patterns and failure mechanisms. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 113, 131–142. 

​Khakzad, N., Khan, F., & Amyotte, P. (2011). Safety analysis in process facilities: Comparison of fault tree and Bayesian network approaches. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 96(8), 925–932. 

Paté-Cornell, M. E. (1996). Uncertainties in risk analysis: Six levels of treatment. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 54(2), 95–111. 

Collins, H., & Pinch, T. (2002). The golem at large : what you should know about technology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

EUROCONTROL. (2014). Systems thinking for safety: Ten principles. Retrieved from

Richard Feynman. (1986). Personal observations on the reliability of the shuttle. Rogers Commission Report. Retrieved from

Gander, P., Wu, L., Van den Berg, M., Signal, L., Mangie, J., & Phillips, A. (2017). Preparing safety cases for operating outside prescriptive fatigue risk management regulations. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, 88(7), 688-696.

Kearney, & Li. (2018). Multiple remote tower for Single European Sky: The evolution from initial operational concept to regulatory approved implementation. Transportation Research Part A, 116, 15-30.