The Washington DC Chapter
WDC Chapter Webmaster/Past-President
Donne Marie DiFiglia is Immediate Past-President of the Washington DC (WDC) Chapter of the International System Safety Society. As President of the WDC Chapter from July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017 she conducted annual elections, signed all formal Chapter correspondence, reviewed and forwarded the Chapter annual reports, and other business as required or decided by the President or the Executive Committee and ensured the routine and daily business of the Chapter was executed and completed as required.
As President, Ms. DiFiglia hosted many events and meetings and attended the 33rd International System Safety Conference in San Diego, CA. Ms. DiFiglia is very active in the Scholarship and Education activities of the society, and during her term presented scholarships to seven deserving students at the College of Southern Maryand.
Ms. DiFiglia is an experienced web designer with over 60 working websites and has been the sole Webmaster for the Washington DC Chapter since 2007. She also developed and maintained the website for the very successful 2010 International System Safety Conference in Minneapolis.
Ms. DiFiglia is currently a Senior Principal Systems Safety Engineer at SAIC. She has over 34 years of experience in Military Systems and Software Engineering. She completed the pre-medical curriculum at the State University of New York at Buffalo where she later taught. She received Masters certification in Real-Time Military Programming at Barrister, did her graduate studies in Computer Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and completed certification for Software Safety Engineering at the University of Southern California School of Engineering.
In her early career, Ms. DiFiglia was a Senior Computer Scientist developing software for Aegis and Aegis BMD at CSC in Dahlgren, VA. In response to an international incident, she was recruited to design and implement a set of improved Close Control Displays for the Aegis Class of Cruisers and Destroyers. Ms. DiFiglia received a U.S. Navy Commendation for her design which is now in use on Aegis ships. She received several other Naval awards including an award for fixing a vital sensor system onboard the DDG 72 USS Mahan. She was an Aegis Trainer and one of the chief developers of the software for the Training Consoles at the Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) in Dahlgren, VA.
Ms. DiFiglia sat on the Weapon System Explosives Safety Review Board (WSESRB) and the Software System Safety Technical Review Panel (SSSTRP) as a Software Safety Expert and served as deputy to the SSSTRP chairman and ISSS WDC Chapter Past-President Mr. David Shampine, with whom she co-authored a paper, “Examining the Use of Model-Based Development and Autocode Generation Tools in Safety-Critical Systems”. She worked with the former WSESRB Chair and NOSSA to develop policy for Joint Service Safety Review of Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard systems. She is an experienced instructor and trains military and civilian personnel in Systems and Software Safety and Agile Methodologies.