Keynote Tour: Dr. Jeevan Perera, NASA’s Senior Engineer on NASA’s Risk Management Architecture

The RMIA is excited to announce a keynote tour taking place in most state capitals commencing in April. Dr. Jeevan Perera will draw on more than 26 years’ experience with the USA National Space Administration to give an overview of NASA’s new architecture to implement its exploration initiatives. This will be presented including a discussion of Orion, NASA’s new spacecraft which will support forays to Lunar, Mars and other destinations. Orion is central to NASA’s architecture to implement human space exploration objectives and initiatives beyond low earth orbit. A comprehensive and rigorous approach to risk management will be discussed that was implemented following the Columbia disaster, a failure who’s root cause included the lack of proper risk monitoring, assessment and control.  As a result, NASA introduced a risk management paradigm, with procedures to comprehensively identify, analyze, track and control elements of risk. These risk processes, tools and systems are deployed within the whole enterprise and integrated with other management processes including system engineering & analysis, project control of budgets & schedules, and safety & mission assurance requirements.  Lessons learned from developing and implementing risk management will also be discussed.

NASA’s risk management approach will be explored, addressing the philosophy and techniques that are generally applicable to all domains. The keynotes will take place in
Perth 4 April
Canberra 6 April
Sydney 7 April
Adelaide 11 April
Melbourne 13 April
Brisbane 18 April

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Dr. Jeevan Perera

Jeevan PAO Pic resizedDr. Jeevan Perera is a Senior Engineer at NASA, Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is currently working on advanced countermeasure systems to mitigate human health risks for future exploration missions. He has been the risk manager for several key manned space programs including the International Space Station, Orion Spacecraft and others. Orion is NASA’s new manned spacecraft to begin to further explore our solar system. In his previous position within Orion, he shared associated responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Orion Project’s business and project planning roles including overall management and assessment of project budgets, procurement, contracts and assessment functions (including risk management), configuration management, information technology, schedules, and the development of management plans and processes. Formerly as the International Space Station, Johnson Space Center, and then Orion Project Risk Manager, he designed, developed, implemented and improved the agency’s risk management processes through a phased, systematic approach setting the standard for NASA’s risk practice. Prior to his work in risk management, he has worked in different technical fields in support of many NASA programs and projects. These duties have included management responsibility for versions of the primary and back-up flight software for the Space Shuttle and development responsibility for other software used aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions. Dr Perera has been with NASA for over 26 years and has both a Jurisprudence Doctorate (law) and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.


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