System Safety

A crash investigator wearing an NTSB shirt approaches the burned-out body of a crashed passenger jet off the end of a runway.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board at the scene of a recent airline crash. (Photo courtesy of NTSBgov on Flickr.)


MIT Course Number

16.63J / ESD.03J

As Taught In

Fall 2012



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Course Features

Course Description

This class introduces the concepts of system safety and how to analyze and design safer systems. Topics include the causes of accidents in general, and recent major accidents in particular; hazard analysis, safety-driven design techniques; design of human-automation interaction; integrating safety into the system engineering process; and managing and operating safety-critical systems.

Nancy Leveson, and John Thomas. 16.63J System Safety, Fall 2012. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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