MIT Faculty Speaker: Prof. Barnett on Aviation Safety: A Whole New World?

Join us to hear MIT Prof. Arnold I. Barnett speak about Aviation Safety on Thursday September 21st, 2017 at 6pm.

As of August 4—when this passage is written—there has not been a single passenger death in 2017 on any scheduled flight anywhere in the world. China is headed towards becoming the world’s largest aviation nation, and already has a plausible claim to being the world leader in passenger safety. What do these and other developments mean about how we should think about the mortality risk of air travel? Is aviation safety essentially a solved problem that we should stop worrying about?

Arnold Barnett is George Eastman Professor of Management Science and Professor of Statistics at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He holds a BA in Physics from Columbia University and a PhD in Mathematics from MIT. Dr. Barnett’s research specialty is applied statistical analysis generally focused on problems of health and safety.

Aviation safety is among his primary areas of application: he has been called “that nation’s leading expert” on the subject and received the President’s Citation from the Flight Safety Foundation for “truly outstanding contributions on behalf of safety.” He has also worked with crime data, and his analysis on homicide risk was presented to President Ford at the White House. He has received the President’s Award for “outstanding contributions to the betterment of society” from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the Blackett Lectureship from the Operational Research Society of the UK. A popular instructor, he has been honored 15 times for outstanding teaching at MIT.

Hope to see you there!

Damian Fernandez
MIT Club of DFW


DATE: Thursday September 21st, 2017 at 6pm - 10 pm
COST: Free with RSVP
LOCATION: Fossil Group 901 S. Central Expwy. Richardson TX 75080

6:00 - 6:30 pm—Network and registration
6:30 - 7:30 pm— Prof. Barnett “Aviation Safety: A Whole New World?”

Questions/Feedback please contact Damian Fernandez