Serving as a WDC Chapter Officer is an extremely important function and requires our members to step up and take charge of the operations for the membership.  Without these key individuals the chapter cannot exist! 


.     President: Mr. Emil Paul Denk - 2-year term <Bio>
.     Vice-President:
Mr. John W. Burchett - 2 year term <Bio>
.     Secretary: Ms. Amber Shampine - 1 year term <Bio>
.     Treasurer: Mr. Michael Ramsburg - 1 year term <Bio>
.     Webmaster/Past-President:
Ms. Donne DiFiglia <Bio>

In Memoriam:
John Leipper

Online Calendar:
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Chapter Newsletter:
Click Here for the May-Dec 2015 WDC Chapter Newsletter
Click Here for the Jan-Jun 2016 WDC Chapter Newsletter

Click Here for the July-Dec 2016 WDC Chapter Newsletter
Click Here for the Jan-Jun 2017 WDC Chapter Newsletter

Leading Edge Magazine

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Past Washington DC Chapter Officers:
.     President/ Webmaster: Ms. Donne DiFiglia
.     Vice-President :
Mr. Michael Ramsburg
.     Secretary:
Ms. Amber D. Shampine
.     Treasurer:
Ms. Lisa K. Hill
.     Education and Scholarships Officer:
Mr. Edward W. Kratovil
.     Memberships Coordinator:
Mr. John W. Burchett
.     Special Projects Officer:
Mr. Sean Peters

Past Events:

All Member Chapter Meeting:

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 starting at 6:00 PM
Who: For all WDC and Guest Chapter Members and their Guests
Where: AECOM 1671 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 107, Fred, VA 22401 <map>
Topic: "Roundtable Discussion on Navy Laser Safety Program"

All Member Chapter Meeting:
Thursday, 13 October 2016 starting at 5:30 PM (ET)
Where: SAIC Conference Room 1A/1B
Address: 16442 Commerce Dr # 100, King George, VA 22485
Guest Speakers: Mr. Robert E. Smith (Bio)
Time: Briefing starts at 6:00 PM (ET)
Copy of Presentation: Click Here
Topic: "Becoming a Certified Safety Professional"
Abstract:  Are you a safety professional and looking to add a safety certification to your resume?  Are you interested to hear about the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BSCP) and the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) process?  This presentation will provide an overview of the reasons safety professionals become certified, will summarize the advantages that come with the CSP designation, and will discuss the certification process.

All Member Chapter Meeting:
Thursday, 18 August 2016 starting at 5:30 PM (ET)
Where:   SAIC, Conf. Room 1, 16442 Commerce Dr # 100, King George, VA 22485
Guest Speakers: Mr. Michael H. Demmick (Bio) and Ms. Peggy Rogers (Bio)
Copy of Presentation: Click Here
Topic: "Enhancing Readiness through System Safety Engineering"
Abstract: Integrating System Safety into Forward Deployed Theater Operations. 
Combat System Safety Engineers (CSSE) Engineering: 1) addresses an existing gap in the operations/sustainment phase. Execution includes monitoring performance of mitigations, and in-theater mishap trends; 2) Validates incoming systems safety risk assessments; 3) provides liaison to Program Office[s]; 4) conducts mishap data collection & analysis.

All Member Chapter Meeting:
Thursday, 12 May 2016 5:00PM (ET)
Guest Speakers: Mr. Michael Goings and Dr. Lisa Chavez (Click Here for their Bios)
Copy of Presentation:  Click Here Play Video: Click Here
Guest Topic: "Human Factors and Safety Collaboration"
Abstract:  The presentation provides a high-level introduction into human factors by describing what it is, when to use it, and how it is applied. The main purpose of the presentation is to discuss the cumulative effects of risk while executing military operations and how risks can be mitigated using a human factors engineering approach. Recent physical and cognitive risks will be used as examples to illustrate the cumulative nature of risks. The presentation will conclude with ideas for increasing the collaboration between safety and human factors.

All Member Chapter Meeting:
Thursday, 10 March 2016 6:00PM (ET)
Where: AECOM Conference Center, 16156 Dahlgren Road, Dahlgren, VA 22448 <map>
Who:     For all WDC and Guest Chapter Members and their guests
Ms. Julie Simmons
Topic:  "Lithium Battery Safety"
More Information: Click Here for Julie's Bio and the Topic Abstract.

All Member Chapter Meeting:
When:  Tuesday 26 Jan 2016 6:00PM (ET)
Where: SAIC Dahlgren, VA Conf. Room 1A
Speaker: Mr. Greg Sellers <Bio>
Topic:: “Pointing and Firing Cutout (P&FCO) Mechanisms and Weapon
Abstract: Cutout mechanisms are devices installed on a shipboard weapon
system to limit the movement or firing of naval ordnance in accordance with
a predetermined cutout curve. They are utilized to ensure that the
movement or firing of naval ordnance is not hazardous to ship structure,
equipment or other naval ordnance.
Copy of Presentation:

WDC Holiday Party:
Free to Invited Guests & WDC Members & their Guest(s)
When: Friday Dec 11, 2015 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Splitsville/ 51 Towne Center Blvd./ Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Click Here for All the Details!

Training Session - Software and System Safety:
When:  Tuesday 12 May 2015 5:00pm
Where:  AECOM Conference Center, 16156 Dahlgren Road, Dahlgren, VA 22448 <map>.
What:   Introduction to System and Software Safety" presented by Donne DiFiglia, WDC President and David J. Shampine, WDC Past-President
Topic: This introduction was for the new Safety Engineer or for experienced engineers just looking to brush up on the basics and the latest safety guidance.

All-Member Monthly Meeting:
When: Thursday, June 13th at 5:00 PM
Guest Speaker:  Our Guest Speaker for this meeting will be Mr. John Mallino and he will be discussing Ship Design and sustainment relating to Safety, Mishap response, DOD and SECNAV system safety requirements and the NAVSEA risk acceptance process. Feedback and questions are encouraged.  Click here to read Mr. Mallino's Bio.

Annual Spring Fling - Oakcrest Winery:
When: Friday June 7th 2013,  5-9PM
Where: Oak Crest Winery 8215 Oak Crest Drive King George, VA  22485
Phone: 540-663-2813

All-Member Monthly Meeting:
The WDC Chapter System Safety Society held the May meeting on May 9th 2013.  The speaker for the meeting was Mr. Jim Bussert.  The topic of his presentation was be “Safety Through Cartoons.” Jim Bussert served several in the United States Navy and retired as a Master Chief Sonarman.  He now works as deputy PFS to the SQQ-89 program. Jim has also co-authored a book about Chinese Naval Combat Systems Technology entitled “People's Liberation Army Navy Combat Systems Technology, 1949-2010” and has written numerous articles for SIGNAL magazines. In 2011, he received the Sparky Baird Award from the AFCEA for contributing a well received article called “China Enters the Aircraft Carrier Club.” Additionally, Jim loves to draw cartoons.  His cartoons are entertaining and provide a great medium for introducing many safety concepts and understanding the culture of the safety community.  Click here to go to Jim's website.

All-Member Monthly Meeting:
The WDC Chapter System Safety Society held the November meeting on 13 Nov 2012 at the Qinetiq North America Stafford Office.  The speaker for this meeting was
Ms. Pam Wilkinson.  The topic of her presentation was “MIL-STD-882E.”  Click Here for Pam's Bio.

All-Member Monthly Meeting:
The WDC Chapter System Safety Society held the September meeting on Wednesday, September 12th.  The speaker for this meeting was
Dev Raheja and his presentation, “What Every System Safety Engineer Must Know About Design for Reliability”, was well received.  Click Here for Dev Raheja's Biography.

30th International System Safety Conference
August 6-10 2012
Loews Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

All-Member Monthly Meeting:

The WDC Chapter System Safety Society held their meeting on 26 January 2012 at the URS Dahlgren VA.  Ms. Amber Schauf, a Systems Safety Engineer and President of the WDC System Safety Society was the speaker for the evening.  The topic of her presentation was “Learn 15 Things that Will Empower You!”

In addition, our elite System Safety Society Member, Mr. Mike Demmick, in town from Afghanistan for a little Rest and Relaxation, attended our meeting.  Mike, our former Washington DC Chapter President, left mid-October for a one year assignment to the Global Joint Task Force Expeditionary Unit.  Additionally, Mike's son, Robert, is in Guam for his first tour in the Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician.  Click here for Mike's biography.

All-Member Monthly Meeting:
The Washington DC Chapter of the System Safety Society held their first regular monthly meeting of the year on Wednesday, 10 Jan 2012.  The speakers for this meeting were Mr. Mark Buffum and Mr. Paul Gorman.  Together they gave a presentation on “KC-130J Harvest HAWK Lessons Learned” in which they provided information on their joint System Safety efforts to get an armed USMC KC-130J to Afghanistan in support of ground forces.

All-Member Monthly Meeting:
The Washington DC Chapter of the System Safety Society held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, 21 September 2011. Click here for more information.

The speakers for this evening were
Mr. Bob Smith (Booz Allen Hamilton), Mr. Sherman Forbes (SAF/AQ) and Mr. Jeff Walker (Booz Allen Hamilton).  The title of the presentation was “The Pending Resurrection of MIL-STD-882.”

All-Member Monthly Meeting:
The WDC Chapter System Safety Society met on Thursday, August 25th 2011 at 5:00 PM at the URS PAX River Office located at: 46591 Expedition Drive, Lexington Park, MD  20653.  Click here for map.

The speaker for this meeting was Mr. James Spencer, Propulsion System Safety Engineer, Naval Air Systems Command and his topic was “Weibull Analysis Application.”

Mr. James Spencer studied at West Virginia University graduating in 2007 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering.  He started working at Patuxent River, Naval Air Warfare Center, doing propulsion safety in June 2007 supporting the F404 and F414 on the F/A-18 program.  He has also worked on or assisted with the E-2, C-2, EA-6B, AV-8B, and N-UCAS programs.  He learned Weibull by reading Dr. Abernethy's book, and has been able to apply it in several places.  He has developed some new methods of using Weibull which Dr. Abernethy and his partner Wes Fulton have integrated into their software.  He is also working on getting these new Weibull methods published with the support of Wes Fulton.

Topic: "Practical Applications of Weibull Analysis including New Methods and Lessons Learned."  Weibull analysis is a method of analyzing and predicting failures and malfunctions of all types and provides the quantitative information needed for making reliability decisions. Weibull failure predictions are accurate even with very small samples of data and is needed for making risk based inspection decisions to take action or defer action on potential failures. Additionally, Weibull analysis calculates optimal parts replacement intervals for minimizing cost.  Click here for more information on Weibull. 

Other Prominent Speakers:

Mr. Ken Chirkis from Sierra High Chapter.  Click here to read Ken's biography.

Sergeant Ryan Schauf conducted a well-received presentation on "Less Lethal Weapons".  Sgt. Schauf has been a member of the United States Capitol Police (USCP) since 1995. His duties have included Patrol Operations, Building Security, Site Security, Dignitary Protection, Hazmat Operations, Crime Scene Search, and Civil Disturbance Unit/ Less Lethal Operations.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 and has been assigned to Patrol Operations since 2008.  As a part of this assignment he was placed in charge of the Less Lethal Operations for Patrol and Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU).  Sgt. Schauf is currently the lead instructor for the USCP in Less Lethal and is certified through Combined Tactical Systems (CTS) and Fabrique Nationale Herstal (FNH).

All-Member Monthly Meeting:
A Chapter meeting was held on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 at URS in Dahlgren, VA.   Our speaker was Ms. Julie Banner and her topic was "An Overview High Energy Lithium Battery Hazards." 

The ASNE Connection:
Mr. James M. O'Sullivan,
former President of the DC Chapter of the American Society of Naval Engineers attended our monthly meeting along with two of his colleagues.  Members of ASNE are welcomed and encouraged to attend our Monthly Chapter meetings!

The WDC Chapter of the System Safety Society provides a Scholarship Fund for academically worthy students.  Our Scholarship and Education Officer is
Mr. Edward W. Kratovil

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