bb7’s Director of R&D and Systems Engineering, Steve Cantley, to Speak at ASQ Chicago’s General Meeting

bb7’s DIrector of Systems Engineering and R&D, Steve Cantley, is taking the show on the proverbial road. He will deliver his popular presentation, The Columbia Accident — Enduring Lessons from an Insider’s Viewpoint for a private audience at the ASQ (formerly the American Society for Quality Control) Chicago Section  general meeting on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017.

This presentation examines the Columbia tragedy. Steve was an International Space Station flight controller in NASA’s Mission Control Center when the accident occurred — he brings an insider’s perspective on the experience.


On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew aboard were lost during reentry. The direct cause of the accident was a piece of foam insulation that detached from the external tank during Columbia’s ascent sixteen days prior. As was the case with Challenger’s loss 17 years earlier, a complex system of enabling factors stretched back long before the launch.

This presentation examines the Columbia accident, reviews the event reconstruction, and explores available information and associated decision-making during the mission. You may never design or operate a system like the Space Shuttle, but there are important lessons that anyone with engineering or project management responsibility can learn.


Wednesday, September 13th, 2017


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