Safety Engineering & Risk Analysis Division

The Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division (SERAD) function is to stimulate interest in and disseminate risk analysis and safety information as applied to the process of mechanical engineering.

65 Years of SERAD

From the recommendation of Safety Committees in 1952 the Safety Division of ASME was formed and this year we celebrate our 65th anniversary as a division. Join us this year as we celebrate our history and look forward to the future!

"In 1951, Professor John V. Grimaldi... undertook the difficult task of convincing [the] Codes &Standards Committee...its worth and in reality, would benefit the society and the profession.Sometime earlier, ASME had incorporated several specialties it associated with the practice of mechanical engineering into professional divisions. The divisions reported directly to the ASME Council and so occupied a prominent as well as an influential status in the society's hierarchy. It was proposed that ASME should include safety as one of its specialized units within the structure of the various professional divisions.
Without any outside pressures, but motivated wholly by an intention to augment its service to safety, the Codes &Standards Committee, and the ASME Council approved the Safety Committees recommendation and permitted the formation of the Safety Division in 1952."

In 1986 the Risk Analysis Task Force was created and in 1991 merged with the Safety Division to create what we now know as the Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division (SERAD).

For more on our History check out SERAD: 50 Years of Progress from our 50th Anniversary.

About

The Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division (SERAD) was originally formed in 1991 by merging ASME's Safety Division (est. 1951) and the Risk Analysis Task Force. Its function is to stimulate interest in and disseminate risk analysis and safety information as applied to the process of mechanical engineering. Member activity has expanded to include product liability, loss prevention and occupational health.

Safety is the reduced risk achieved by successful application of engineering understanding and controls to hazards. For new products and processes, risk is identified and minimized by analysis of previous experience and conservative design.

The interests of SERAD extend across most of the other ASME Divisions. This Division works with industry, ASME Codes & Standards, and other relevant professional and regulatory organizations to discuss, review, and promote practices which lead to reduced risk and improved occupational environments.

The basic concern for human health and safety as well as the reduction in business interruptions and insurance costs makes the work of the Division increasingly important.

SERAD members include engineers conducting research and practicing engineers in risk analysis, mechanical equipment design, occupational health and safety, environmental control, toxic and explosive hazards from dusts and gases, radiation hazards, process (system) operations, design, maintenance, and testing.

Also important are ergonomics, consumer product safety, liability prevention, improvements to manufacturing processes for safety, and safety in transportation systems.

Goals & Objectives

  • To educate ASME members and others about the importance of risk analysis, safety engineering, and environmental and occupational health
  • To encourage members to provide their expertise in the standards-setting process
  • To promote codes and standards for new areas in risk analysis, safety engineering and environmental and occupational health
  • To provide closer interface with other ASME Technical Divisions through joint efforts
  • To enhance the quality of technical papers on safety To increase active participation by more ASME members in Division affairs
  • To help members keep pace with the latest developments

Honors & Awards

Recognition of outstanding achievement in engineering is one of the major objectives of ASME. Through its programs of honors and awards, ASME recognizes outstanding contributions to the art and science of engineering.

Division Awards

  • SERAD Student Safety Innovation Challenge
  • IMECE - Dinner Speaker's Plaque
  • IMECE - Technical Program Representatives Plaque
  • Executive Committee - Past Chair's Plaque
  • Ayyub-Weichel Risk Analysis Award
  • JURES Best Paper Award

Important Award Information For Recipients of Monetary Awards

Please note that honorariums cannot be distributed without receipt of applicable tax forms. If you are a recipient of a monetary award, you will be contacted by ASME staff regarding tax forms you will need to complete, as well as how to submit them to us.

Leadership

Visit SERAD Executive Committee to email leaders directly.

Arun Veeramany  |  Chair   

Stephen Ekwaro-Osire  | Vice Chair

Mihai A. Diaconeasa  | Treasurer

Andrey Morozov  |  Membership

Alba Sofi  |  Secretary

Ernie Kee | Communications & Outreach
 

Links

Links to helpful online resources related to the division are below. If you have suggestions for other resources, please contact the division chair or ASME staff.

History of SERAD
Read about the history of the division.

SERAD LTC Poster

Journal of Reliability Engineering and System Safety (Elsevier) Order Form
View the order form (and pricing info) from Elsevier for special pricing offered to SERAD members for the Journal of Reliability Engineering and System Safety.

ASME Landmarks Program
Landmarks, sites and collections of historic importance to mechanical engineering are designated by ASME through its History and Heritage Landmarks Program.

Other links:

Society for Risk Analysis
Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) / AIChE
RMS Homepage

Events

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October 21, 2022 at 9 AM ET
Join us as we highlight our Journal Best Papers and Student Contest Papers Presentations. The agenda is available for your review. Register at https://asme.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcocuGsqj0pGNWTbndu-c2U95-hMYts14Vp




 

Resources

2022 Fourth Quarter Newsletter

2022 Third Quarter Newsletter

July 2022 ASME TEC Talk Slides: Artificial Intelligence-based Anomaly Detection of Technical Systems
Presented by: Andrey Morozov, University of Stuttgart, Germany and Vice Chair, Safety Engineering & Risk Analysis Division (SERAD)

2022 Second Quarter Newsletter

Call for Papers for the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part B: Mechanical Engineering

2022 Quarter 1 Newsletter
Take a look at our latest updates!

4th Quarter SERAD Newsletter 2021

Please find the latest edition of the SERAD newsletter below. As always, feel free to share with your colleagues!

3rd Quarter SERAD Newsletter 2021

Enjoy the latest edition of the SERA Division's newsletter. Feel free to share with your colleagues. 

Have a wonderful holiday season,

SERAD Executive Committee

ASME SERAD Newsletter-2nd Quarter 2021

Dear SERAD Community,

The enclosed is the ASME SERAD Newsletter-2nd Quarter 2021. The newsletter includes the division activities for the second quarter of 2021  along several interesting technical articles from the community members.

Regards,

Mohammad Pourgol-Mohammad, Ph.D, PE

Chair, SERAD  2020-2021

ASME-SERAD Volume 8-1st Quarter 2021 Newsletter

Dear SERAD Community,

The enclosed is the ASME SERAD Newsletter-1st Quarter 2021. The newsletter includes the division activities for the first quarter of 2021  along several interesting technical articles from the community members.

Regards,

Mohammad Pourgol-Mohammad, Ph.D, PE

Chair, SERAD 

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