This year's keynote speaker is Charles A. Poupard !!
NASA Langley Research Center Safety and Mission Assurance Office
Lead Mishap Investigator
Interim Response Team Manager
In his nearly 40-year career at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, Mr. Charles Poupard has seen America's space agency go through worlds of change, but one thing has remained the same — NASA's strong focus on safety. And that focus on safety is at the core of Mr. Poupard's work as the Lead Mishap Investigator in the Safety and Mission Assurance Office at NASA Langley. In that role, he has completed numerous training courses from the NTSB, NESC (NASA), FEMA, OSHA, NIA, NAFI and NSTC (NASA) covering such topics as: aircraft accident investigation; managing and directing safety investigations; human factors in mishap investigation; human factors; root cause analysis; crew resource management; and cognitive interviewing for accident investigators. He has led numerous mishap and close-call investigations. He was the NASA Langley's Field Recovery Team Lead for the Space Shuttle Columbia debris recovery efforts. In addition, he has served not only as a board member but as a chairman on mishap boards for many Type A and B incidents at NASA Langley and as the lead investigator for several Type C and D incidents. Mr. Poupard has a highly specialized knowledge of the many different types of research and support facilities at NASA Langley — almost 30 total, ranging from large/small wind tunnels to various material development laboratories — and that's given him a keen insight into what it takes to operate unique high energy research facilities safely. Beyond his core responsibilities as Lead Mishap Investigator, Mr. Poupard is the NASA Interim Response Team (IRT) manager for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at the agency level. This role requires that he travels to the other NASA Centers and contractor facilities to teach mishap interim response on what to do until an investigation board is appointed. He's also a member of the Center’s Emergency Operations Team and serves as the Center’s Continuation of Operations (COOP) coordinator.