1st Edition

Technology, Human Performance, and Nuclear Facilities A Systems Engineering Approach to Reduce Human Error

By Jonathan K. Corrado Copyright 2023
    168 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book statistically confirms that complexity and changing technologies that affect the way operators interact within the systems of the nuclear facili-ties exacerbate the severity of incidents caused by human error and details the application of the systems engineering process to reduce human error given industries’ rapidly advancing technology.

    Technology, Human Performance, and Nuclear Facilities: A Systems Engineering Approach to Reduce Human Error provides a basic understand-ing of Human Error/ P erformance and its relation to industrial operations and advancing technologies incorporated into facilities. The book discusses the context surrounding the complexity of changing technologies at nuclear facili-ties and the potential worsening of problems caused by human error when technology advancements concerning operator interaction with control sys-tems are implemented. It presents how to reduce human error propensity given the incorporation of advanced technology and covers ways to reduce human error using the systems engineering process. Also offered are several concepts related to the operator’s involvement in the systems engineering process and the human performance integration with system operational requirements and system testing, evaluation, and validation, and the procedures and training development in the systems engineering process. This book presents empirical evidence for the importance of human performance management in the con-text of nuclear facilities and offers practical recommendations for the improve-ment of this function.

    Systems engineers, plant/ design engineers, the nuclear industry, plant operations management, and those involved in industrial and nuclear safety will find something of interest in this book.

    1. Incident Case Studies in the US Nuclear Power Industry and Impetus for Human Error Reduction. 2. Nuclear Incident Severity Determination and Public and Industry Perception of Incidents and the Impact this has on Nuclear Powers Future. 3. Why Nuclear Incidents Happen: A Detailed Review of Human Performance, Human Errors, and Technology Interface. 4. An Observational Study on the Interface Between Human Error and Technology Advancement. 5. The Data Analysis and Result Interpretation Correlating Human Error and Technology Advancement in Nuclear Operation. 6. The Application of the Systems Engineering Process to Enhance Human Performance Improvement in the Operation of Nuclear Facilities. 7. The Incorporation of Procedure and Training Development in the Systems Engineering Process as a Method of Human Performance Improvement in Nuclear Facility Operation. 8. Final Recommendations for the Favorable Combination of Advancing Technology and Human Performance in the Nuclear Setting. Appendix. Survey Structure, Analysis, and Results.


    Jonathan K. Corrado’s professional background is primarily in the nuclear industry, where he has expertise in program management, nuclear safety, nuclear criticality safety, regulatory compliance, event investigation and reporting, regulatory commitment management, and oversight of industrial safety, waste management, environmental monitoring, and Nuclear Materials Control and Accountability.

    Prior to his work in the nuclear industry, Dr. Corrado served in the US Navy, where he was a nuclear surface warfare officer. He continued his naval career in the US Navy Reserve where he is currently a senior officer and has held a breadth of assignments including command roles on several occasions. Dr. Corrado also briefly worked at a DoD Laboratory and in the defense industry managing systems engineering.

    Dr. Corrado holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Engineering Management from the Old Dominion University, a PhD in Systems Engineering from the Colorado State University and is a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power Program and Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering in the State of Ohio.

    He has several fields of research interest, including nuclear engineering, systems engineering, human performance, and military affairs, and has authored several refereed journal articles in these fields.