Hunter Austegard 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), unmanned system safety, process control, and medical devices.
He has been teaching courses in system safety and software safety since 1992. These courses have been attended by many notable organizations from around the world. In addition, he is often invited to teach courses on site both here in the U.S. and overseas. Standing ovations are not unusual.
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.
Hunter is experienced with all system safety standards (e.g., FRA, SAE ARP4754A, SAE ARP4761, MIL-STD-882, DEF STAN 00-56, IEC 61508, CENELEC EN 5012x), all software safety standards, all guidelines (e.g., FAA System Safety Handbook, FAA SRMGSA, JSSSEH, AMCOM 385-17), and all system safety, software safety, and risk analysis techniques (e.g., SSMP, SSPP, PHA, HL, SSHA, SHA, CCA (including PRA, ZSA and CMA), O&SHA, FHA, PSSA, SSA, FTA, SFTA, FMEA, FMECA, SFMEA). He is also experienced in the areas of RAM, safety audits, safety management, system safety working groups/committees, software safety working groups/committees.
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.