April 22, 2013 | Mark Paradies

Another Early TapRooT® Adopter Passes Away – J Persensky

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J Persensky passed away this weekend as a result of his battle with cancer.

J was Anne Ramey-Smith’s boss at the NRC when we developed a process for the NRC to look into human performance problems at nuclear utilities. This work helped SI (at that time just Mark and Linda) test certain aspects of TapRooT® and allowed us to observe regulators performing root cause analysis.

After that initial contract, I worked with J at several nuclear industry conferences and as a member of the team developing a guideline for the IEEE for nuclear industry root cause analysis.

We’ll all miss J and know that industry has lost another human factors pioneer.

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