Risk Modeling, Data Integration Drive NASA Next-Gen Air Travel Safety Project

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Low visibility, bird strikes, incorrect landing approach speed, runway debris, airframe icing, engine fires, unexpected weather and sensor malfunction are but a handful of potential causes of airplane accidents.

They also are among more than 60 incident scenarios identified by an ambitious NASA effort to develop the next generation National Airspace System, known as NextGen NAS.

Vanderbilt risk and reliability engineering experts will be involved in studying many of them. They are playing a key role in

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