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33rd International System Safety Conference


August 24-27, 2015 | Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego | San Diego, California, USA


Keynote and Luncheon Speakers


24 August - Keynote Speaker


Harvey C. "Chuck" Dorney, Chief of System Safety

U.S. Air Force Materiel Command

Chuck Dorney

Mr. Chuck Dorney is the Chief of System Safety for the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio. He possesses a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA). He has over 45 years of experience in system safety engineering with particular emphasis on aircraft safety design features.

As a young USAF officer, he was responsible for developing and publishing the Air Force System Safety Design Handbook. He later became the system safety engineer for the A-10 and F-15 aircraft program offices. In 1981, he became the lead system safety engineer for the Air Force Logistics Command, and later became the chief of the USAF System Safety Engineering Analysis (SSEA) team. This team is responsible for certifying the safety of unusual aircraft ground operations, such as refueling aircraft with engines operating. He is also responsible for developing and publishing MIL-STD-882. He has served on several aircraft mishap investigation boards and has extensive experience in aircraft safety design. He continues to provide technical advice to newer systems, including the B-2, F-22, and F-35.

Chuck is a registered professional engineer in Ohio. He was awarded the Society's Manager of the Year in 2000, and is a past president of the Ohio Chapter of the Society.

25 August - Sponsor/Exhibitor Luncheon Speaker


Dr. Geoffrey R. McIntyre, Editor, Freeridestate.com

Geoff McIntyre

Dr. McIntyre is a retired senior Transportation Safety Analyst, FAA Flight Standards and author of Patterns In Safety Thinking: A Literature Guide To Air Transportation Safety. He holds a PhD in Public Administration and Transportation from New York University.

He was the senior advisor on the FAA Academy’s System Safety course for managers and inspectors. He conducted safety seminars in the U.S., Russia, and Southeast Asia. In 1996, the FAA awarded him for leadership in the agency’s first Safety Risk Assessment seminar. Other accomplishments include studies of foreign air charters, and the use of decision support tools for assessing the safety of foreign airlines in U.S. airspace.

As a former ISSS Director, he chaired aviation panels at the European Commission and in Singapore. He was an adjunct professor of public policy and comparative administration at three graduate universities. His pro bono website, Freeridestate.com is about exceeding expectations for system-wide air travel safety, security and consumer protection.

26 August - International Luncheon Speaker


Gabriele Schedl, Director of Safety Management, Frequentis

Gabriele Schedl

An Austrian safety pioneer, Gabriele Schedl has been strongly dedicated to the development of appropriate safety education, information and research in Austria over more than a decade.

Her notable contribution was not only the establishment and implementation of a Safety Management System at the company Frequentis, but also the foundation of a safety education program as well as development of a study program for integrated safety (security) management at the University of applied sciences in Vienna. She also gives regular lectures in IT Service Management and Project Management in the safety-critical area at university.

Ms. Schedl’s responsibility as Director of Safety Management at Frequentis, where she has been working since 1999, contains furthermore, the management and performance of extensive safety training programs for employees and safety training for international customers.

Raising Safety awareness, putting the priorities of team above individual success as well as stressing the impact of one’s own actions in a safety critical environment are the main topics her work is focused on.

She holds an Engineering Degree and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology, Vienna, has finished a post-graduate education in business computer science and has completed several safety courses at Eurocontrol, the University of York and the University of Southern California. She is committed to lifelong learning.