Systems Engineering Seminar

NASA/Navy cooperation including:
NNBE activities and PBMA-KMS functional support to program and project managers

Presented by:
Capt. (Select) Steve Iwanowicz/ NAVSEA 07 NAVSEA SUBSAFE Program Director
Henry N. Hartt, ARES Corporation
Don Vecellio, ARES Corporation

April 5, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Building 3 Auditorium

NASA/Navy cooperation including: NNBE activities and PBMA-KMS functional support to program and project managers

After a dramatic multimedia opening to his presentation, Captain Stephen Iwanowicz from the US Navy's SUBSAFE program will be talking about the Navy's successful safety program for submarines and how that program has partnered with NASA in the NASA Navy Benchmarking Exchange (NNBE). NNBE is a joint effort for NASA to capitalize on the Navy's past efforts and lessons learned and similarly for the Navy to capitalize on NASA's past effort and lessons learned.

Captain Iwanowicz will be followed by Mr. Henry Hartt, speaking about the NASA Navy Benchmarking Exchange from the NASA perspective. Mr. Hart will then talk give an introduction to the NASA's Process Based Mission Assurance (PBMA) Knowledge Management System (KMS).

Capt. (Select) Stephen Iwanowicz is co-Navy Chair of the NNBE and is the current Navy Director of the US Navy’s SUBSAFE Program/Naval Sea Systems Command/ Undersea Warfare, established after the Thresher submarine accident in 1963.

Mr. Hartt and Mr. Vecellio of ARES Corporation are the NNBE Support Contractor Executive Directors of the NNBE and support the HQ Office of Safety and Mission Assurance in development and use of the PBMA-KMS.



CAPT(s) Steve Iwanowicz entered the Navy in 1983 following graduation From the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with BS degrees in biochemistry and chemical engineering.

Following his 1983 commission as an Ensign from Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and subsequent training at Submarine School in Groton CT, CAPT(s) Iwanowicz was assigned to ballistic missile submarine USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN where, during the height of the Cold War, he completed three strategic deterrent patrols and formally qualified in submarines, earning his gold dolphin warfare insignia.

In 1986, he converted from a Submarine Officer to an Engineering Duty Officer

In 1989, he began full-time graduate studies at MIT where he earned masters degrees in both Naval Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, formally completing his Engineering Duty Officer Qualification Program.

Following graduation in 1992, CAPT(s) Iwanowicz transferred to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. He subsequently served with the Board of Inspection and Survey in Norfolk, Virginia.

Since the fall of 2003, CAPT(s) Iwanowicz currently serves as the Director of Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Programs, NAVSEA 07Q, at the Washington Navy Yard, DC.

Henry N. Hartt is currently a Senior Consultant with ARES Corporation where he supports the NASA HQ Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) Review and Assessment Division in the areas of conceptual development and implementation of the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Programmatic Review and Assessment Program for all NASA program/projects, operation of the Process Based Mission Assurance Knowledge Management System, and interagency SMA benchmarking. He was the former Quality Assurance Manager and Principal Engineer, Quality and Reliability for BAE Systems’ 600-person Systems Integration Division where he spent 41 years providing systems engineering and reliability support to the Navy’s Strategic Systems Program office (Polaris, Poseidon Trident) as well as other Navy programs. This was in conjunction with supporting the NASA Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for the past 13 years. He is a Member of the Annual Reliability and Maintainability (RAMS) Symposium Board of Directors and a standing member of the IEEE Reliability Society Administrative Committee (AdCom) Technical Activities Board (TAB). He holds a BSEE from the University of Maine and is a Registered Professional Engineer, Quality, California.

Don Vecellio is an Engineer/Risk Analyst with ARES Corporation. He supports the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) Review and Assessment Division, acting as the Executive Secretary for the ongoing NASA/Navy Benchmarking Exchange activities for the last 2 years. He also supports OSMA Programmatic Audits and Reviews and the Process Based Mission Assurance Knowledge Management System. Mr. Vecellio’s previous experience includes 14 years supporting various DoD/DOE programs and projects in the areas of system safety and risk analysis. He holds a BSME from the University of Notre Dame.


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