MIT Summer Reading: An Introduction to System Safety Engineering

Categories: Faculty

The 2024 MIT Summer Reading List features Prof. Nancy Leveson’s An Introduction to System Safety Engineering, available through the MIT Press. 

Preventing accidents and losses in complex systems requires a holistic perspective that can accommodate unprecedented types of technology and design. Leveson’s book covers the history of safety engineering; explores risk, ethics, legal frameworks, and policy implications; and explains why accidents happen and how to mitigate risks in modern, software-intensive systems. It includes accounts of well-known accidents like the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear accidents, examining their causes and how to prevent similar incidents in the future.