Hunter Austegard has been teaching courses in system safety and software safety since 1992. These courses have been attended by many notable organizations. Standing ovations are not unusual.
He is known internationally for his knowledge of system safety, which dates back to 1988, and software safety, which dates back to 1986. His experience spans the safety-critical sectors of defense, aviation (ground-based and airborne), rail (light, heavy, subway, commuter, and high speed), nuclear power generation (reactor control, shutdown, and fuel handling), process control, and medical devices.
He is the originator of Optimal Hazard Identification (OHI) and Optimal Hazard Logging (OHL) techniques as well as Fault Tree Analysis Acceptance/Rejection Criteria. As a result of the depth and breadth of his knowledge and experience, he is classified as a seasoned system safety engineer.
He has received numerous commendations, been interviewed by newspaper reporters, and has appeared on television. He is known for his key note speaking engagements and continues to receive invitations from organizations and interest groups to participate in conferences and to sit on technical committees. In addition he receives calls on a regular basis from Government (e.g., FAA, Army) and corporate staff to solicit his professional opinion.
Hunter Austegard received Bachelor's and Master's degrees summa cum laude in electrical engineering (graduating 3rd in a class of 116 students) and computer science. He was also accepted into the PhD program at M.I.T. with scholarships.