USC VITErBI SCHOOL OF ENGINEErING
This is the brand new 2008–09 annual catalogue of the University of Southern California Aviation Safety and Security Program, offered through the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
For more than half a century, our program has been the gold standard for aviation safety training. In recent years as the aviation environment has continued to evolve, we have added Aviation Secu- rity to the curriculum. We also offer a certificate in Systems Safety to address the more technical side of safety planning.
The USC Viterbi School’s success stems from a vision where effec- tive research and education addresses real-world problems from a global perspective. The Aviation Safety and Security Program shares this vision, and is contributing to the creation of a significant global presence for the Viterbi School.
We have enjoyed considerable growth in our contract courses, con- ducting them in New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and Trinidad during the past year, as well as for U.S. government agencies. Our Threat and Error Management course is a very thoughtful and practical application of Safety Management System principles and will benefit anyone work- ing in an operating environment where hazards are encountered.
In May we will offer our first course through the Viterbi School’s advanced Distance Education Network. Students anywhere in the world with a high-speed (DSL or cable) Internet connection will be able to take this course.
We are proud that students are completing the new Systems Safety Certificate. This sequence of courses addresses the technical and engi- neering oriented issues that are encountered in industrial environments requiring systems safety.
We continue to focus on the investigation and aviation safety management programs that earned us our worldwide reputation. The concepts of Aviation Safety Management are being integrated into the Aviation Security course to bring an entirely new approach to the chal- lenge of managing security within the aviation environment.
The University of Southern California strives to be a university of choice for future leaders from all over the world. The USC Aviation Safety and Security Program has made strong contributions to this effort, and will continue to do so.
annis C. ortsos, Dean USC Viterbi School of Engineering
USC AVIATION SAFETY ANd SECUrITY PrOGrAM
In 1952, USC established the first Aviation Safety Program at a major research university. Since then the program has gained a highly respected reputation nationally and internationally, with more than 23,000 avia- tion professionals from over 70 nations having completed its courses.
The program was originally developed by a project team of faculty from three disciplinary areas: engineering, management and psychology. The courses they developed integrated appropriate subject matter from these areas into a comprehensive systems approach to safety.
There are 20 different courses available, with approximately 50 total sessions scheduled each year. Courses are scheduled consecutively to permit out-of-state and international students to stay for a period to complete a sequence of courses or an entire certificate program. Contract courses are conducted in addition to the scheduled courses at locations worldwide.
The Certificate Program in Aviation Safety and Security, which requires an individual to complete a series of courses, has been completed by over 1450 students.
A brief list of organizations with employees who have attended includes:
International air carriers recognized for their outstanding safety records, including Air New Zealand, Virgin Atlantic, SAS, Sin- gapore Airlines, Korean Airlines, and JAL;
U.S. government agencies managing air safety and accident inves- tigations and recommendations — the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, and the equivalent agencies of Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Singapore, New Zea- land, Trinidad/Tobago, South Africa and Taiwan;
All U. S. major air carriers and aircraft manufacturers;
Other international air carriers including Air Canada, Alitalia, El-Al Israel Airlines, Egypt Air, Nigeria Airways, Kenya Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Yemen Airways;