Vol. 65, No. 3, October 2019

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Software Safety Seminar by Michael F. Siok

W. Eric Wong
Chair, Dallas Chapter
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Reliability
Lon Chase
Vice Chair, Dallas Chapter
AdCom Member, IEEE Reliability Society

The Dallas Chapter, in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, organized a technical seminar by Dr. Mike Siok on November 2, 2019.

The title of the talk was “Software Safety - Process Overview and Application”. In the beginning, there was an explanation of 1) the difference among safe software, secure software, reliable software, and software with low defect rates, and (2) impacts of software failures on our society.

After that, the discussion was divided into three major parts:

  • Introduction of the need for safety in software
  • Overview of a software engineering safety practice
  • Reinforce principles and concepts with interesting group exercise

Dr. Siok is a staff Software Systems Engineer with over 30 years experience in embedded avionic computer systems and software development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas. He works in the engineering department and has conducted research in computer performance and software assurance, developed detailed planning for avionics software programs, managed large avionics laboratory development projects, and conducted avionics systems test and analysis. In recent work, Dr. Siok led an inter-disciplinary inter-company senior engineering team to define and put into place the standard engineering practice for software safety at the company.

Dr. Siok received his D.Eng. and M.S. in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University (SMU), and a Bachelor's of Engineering Technology, Electronics (with a double major in Music) from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota. He is a senior member of the IEEE, a registered Texas Professional Engineer, and an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).

Seminar by Dr. Mike Siok at UT Dallas, November 2, 2019