SVELC: Engineering Leadership in Safety-Critical Applications

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Engineering Leadership in Safety-Critical Applications,
Where Run-Around-And-Break-Things doesn’t cut it.

Some Silicon Valley Engineering environments have thrived on a culture of “Run Around and Break Things” and “Fake It Until You Make It”. Such an approach might be temporarily suitable in some applications, but it is not suitable in safety-critical applications.

Dr. John van Heteren, Director of Treatment Delivery Applied Research at Varian Medical Systems, will present lessons learned from working both in and out of “regulated” development. You’ll hear about mistakes made in safety-critical applications (more than just the mistakes made by Theranos), what regulatory attempts have been made to minimize such mistakes in future designs, and how Engineering Leaders can guide and motivate their design teams to deal with regulations.

John van Heteren

Dr. John van Heteren, Director of Treatment Delivery Applied Research at Varian Medical Systems


6:30 - 7:00 Networking / food
7:00 - 7:10 Intro
7:10 - 8:30 Presentation
8:30 - 8:35 Closing
8:35 - 8:45 Networking


Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you prefer public transport, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Ave station.


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