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Staff_GraduationThe MEng-ASEM graduate program is taught by a team of practicing safety and health professionals with Dr. Martha Bidez serving as overall Course Master. Practitioner-Scholars facilitate online discussions on key topics of interest in their industry sector and provide industry-specific case studies. Students participate in peer to peer learning activities discussing current topics of interest and real world experiences using on line discussion boards.

Donny headshotDonald S. Burke, III, Ph.D., 
Program Director – MEng in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management,
Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Administrative Affairs 

Donny Burke has over ten years of experience in the bioengineering field, during which he has made extensive contributions to consumer products safety. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and teaches in the Masters of Engineering program in Advanced Safety and Engineering Management. He is the Director of the Advanced Safety and Engineering Management program and leader of the Advanced Safety Engineering track in the Interdisciplinary Engineering PhD program. He spent over ten years as a Senior Research Engineer and Project Manager for the biomedical engineering firm, BioEchoes, which specializes in providing customized solutions to government, corporate, and legal organizations in system safety, product design and development, injury prevention and serious mishap analysis, and ethical leadership training. Donny has been published in numerous scientific journals and conference proceedings, has delivered technical presentations around the world, and has patented devices on motor vehicle restraint design. He is currently an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He was the founding president of the ASSE student section at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and currently serves as the section's faculty advisor.  He is also the current chair of the Next Generation Board of the ASSE Foundation.  Donny holds a dual B.S degree from UAB - Biology with honors and Biomedical Engineering and graduated with his PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering in May 2013.

Donny and his wife, Nikole, have two young daughters; Avery who is 9 years-old and Elle who is 5 years-old.  Family time is mostly spent on trips to the beach, attending the girls’ gymnastic events, visiting out-of-state family, or simply working in the garden at home.

MarthaBidezMartha Warren Bidez, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Martha Bidez was Professor, Graduate Program Director and Founder of the MEng in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Engineering and President and CEO of BioEchoes, Inc. ( BioEchoes, Inc. is a biomedical engineering service and consultancy firm specializing in the fields of system safety, technology transfer, and adult education and training. Dr. Bidez graduated with a BS in Biology from Auburn University (1979), BS in Mechanical Engineering (1985) and MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from UAB (1983, 1987). She served as a full-time, tenured faculty member within the UAB School of Engineering from 1987- 1996. In 1997, she moved into the private sector as the founding President and CEO of BioHorizons, Inc. (, an international oral reconstructive device manufacturing company with a flagship product line based upon patented technology developed within Dr. Bidez’ UAB laboratory. As Chair of the Board of Directors, Dr. Bidez led the company through its sale to Health Point Capital in 2006. Her personal entrepreneurial story of becoming the first female CEO in the global medical device manufacturing industry has inspired audiences worldwide.

Dr. Bidez received numerous recognitions for her accomplishments in both the academic and the private sectors. She was named a National Leadership Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (1993-1996), UAB Distinguished Alumnus (1998), Alabama’s Business Woman of the Year (2002), inaugural inductee into the Alabama Women Business Owners Hall of Fame (2003) and recipient of the Jesse J. Lewis Community Service Award (2005) for her work in serving Birmingham’s homeless women and children. She has appeared on a broadcast of the ABC 20/20 news magazine addressing child auto safety and was featured in the book: Women Who Mean Business – Success Stories of Women Over Forty. Dr. Bidez has published extensively, provided 30 international invited presentations and workshops in 13 countries, and participated actively in public policy advocacy at the local, national and international levels, particularly related to consumer safety and women’s issues. Her career accomplishments were nationally recognized with her induction as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), which represents the top 2% of biomedical engineers in the United States. In 2011, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) named Dr. Bidez as one of “100 Women” (living or dead) who had made the greatest contributions to global safety. Most recently, the International System Safety Society designated Dr. Bidez as “2011 Educator of the Year.”

Long dedicated to community service, Martha’s many civic activities focused on the poor and excluded, particularly women and children. She was a founding director, Board President and now 20-year volunteer with Pathways ( a Birmingham-based, NGO providing comprehensive services to homeless women and their children to assist their re-entry into the mainstream of life. Martha also served as a Founding Director of the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and Director of VOICES for Alabama’s Children ( She served as the sole Public Member on the prestigious Executive Council of the Commission on Colleges, the accreditation body for all colleges in the 11-state southern region of the U.S.A. Martha presently serves as a Trustee for the Union Institute and University (, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

HerbShiversDr. Charles H. "Herb" Shivers is Professor and Associate Graduate Program Director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Master of Engineering track in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management and is also a member of the UAB Graduate Faculty. Shivers provides safety engineering consultation for legal and aerospace activities.

Shivers retired at the end of 2011 as deputy director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Appointed to the position in 2006, he led an organization of 150 civil service and more than 200 contractor employees responsible for safety, reliability and quality assurance of all Marshall Center programs, projects and institutional services in support of NASA mission goals, including space shuttle, space station, space exploration, and Marshall facility safety and quality activities. He provided technical and managerial guidance associated with related engineering, scientific and program management activities. He served on a special NASA Administrator safety study team at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

At NASA, Shivers also served as manager of Engineering Programs and Systems; deputy manager of Engineering Systems; deputy group lead in the Configuration and Data Management Group; manager of Safety, Reliability and Quality Assurance; director of Payload Assurance; and system safety engineer in Safety and Mission Assurance. Before joining NASA in 1988, Shivers worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority (1977-1988) and the US Army (1975-1977) and served with the National Guard (1971-1977).

Shivers earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University (1975), an MS in Industrial and Safety Engineering from Texas A&M University (1976), and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) (1997). Shivers is a licensed Professional Engineer in Alabama and a Certified Safety Professional.

He has made keynote addresses and presentations on industrial safety, system safety, risk management, and engineering ethics to civic and professional societies as well as NASA work groups, and he has published articles in technical and professional publications. Shivers was the state president of the Alabama Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE) as well as the president of both its Muscle Shoals and Huntsville chapters.

He has been honored with many awards, including the NASA Exceptional Service medal in 2003 and a Marshall Center Director's Commendation in 1993. He was named ASPE’s Young Engineer of the Year (1987); the ASPE Muscle Shoals chapter's Engineer of the Year (1988); the Alabama Professional Engineer of the Year in Government (1989); the ASPE Huntsville chapter's Engineer of the Year (1994); and the International System Safety Society’s Manager of the Year (2004). In 2007, he received the Auburn University Industrial and SystemsEngineering Department's Outstanding Alumnus Award as well as the UAH Alumni Association's Alumni of Achievement Award.

Shivers and his wife, Alisa Walker Shivers, graduated from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City and live in Auburn.

RandyCadieuxRandy E. Cadieux, Major, USMC (Ret), M.S., MEng,  
Adjunct Professor

Major Randy Cadieux entered the United States Marine Corps in 1993, and upon completion of Navy flight training, he received his designation as a Naval Aviator. He has a diverse leadership background with extensive Marine Corps aviation experience, including serving in Naval Aviation primary flight training units and Fleet Marine Force aviation units. In addition to flight leadership, Cadieux has served in multiple safety and operations management positions. He has served as the Director of Safety and Standardization for a Navy and Marine Corps aviation training squadron and as a Marine Aircraft Group assistant operations officer, providing oversight for the safe operations of 10 squadrons.

Cadieux has extensive experience preparation student naval aviators during high-risk training missions. In addition to hands-on technical instruction, this training also included mentoring, Crew Resource Management (CRM), and Operational Risk Management (ORM) instruction and application. He currently serves in a director-level capacity as the Marine Officer Control Officer-In-Charge at Marine Aviation Training Support Group-21. In this position he oversees aviation officer training throughput with a focus on safety leadership, mentoring, and building a culture of high-reliability. Cadieux has collaborated extensively with researchers and practitioners from High-Reliability Organizations (HROs) and has numerous years of experience working in HROs. He has developed and implemented High-Reliability Team Training (HRTT), a training curriculum that focuses on judgment, decision-making, mentoring, ORM, CRM, high-reliability attitudes, character, and team problem solving.

Cadieux has been qualified in numerous aircraft, including the KC-130 F, R, and J model Hercules, the UC-12B, the T-34C, and the T-44A. He has been designated as a KC-130 Transport Plane Commander, Section Leader, and Tactical Refueling Area Commander; a UC-12B Transport Plane Commander; and a T-34C Instructor Pilot. His operational flying experience includes acting as a squadron detachment assistant operations officer and as a KC-130J Transport Plane Commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Cadieux has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Master of Science in Information and Telecommunications Systems Management, and a Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management. A graduate of the U.S. Navy’s School of Aviation Safety Aviation Safety Officer Course, Cadieux has achieved certification in an additional military occupational specialty as an Aviation Safety Officer (ASO). He is also a graduate of the Navy’s Crew Resource Management Instructor School and the Naval Security Manager’s Course. Cadieux is married and has 3 children.

*Note: Randy Cadieux’s participation as an Adjunct Professor at UAB does not imply DoD endorsement.

JudithEttererJudith Etterer, MSPH, Adjunct Professor
Staff Assistant, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA MNM) Metal Nonmetal Southeast District Office

Judith Etterer is currently the staff assistant in the Metal Nonmetal Southeast District Office of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA MNM). MSHA MNM is a federal safety and health agency that regulates safe mining activities in the metal nonmetal mining sector of the US. Etterer reports directly to the Southeastern District Manager, who has the administrative and enforcement authority in MNM mining for nine states and Puerto Rico. She helps oversee and support all activities that direct and improve the District's management. She participates in legal, jurisdictional, and congressional issues; develops presentations; arranges/conducts meetings; and provides answers to MSHA enforcement questions.

Etterer served as the District Industrial Hygienist/Health Specialist for MSHA's MNM Southeast District from 2000-2010. In that capacity, she conducted health investigations at mine sites, conducted health surveys, and provided technical assistance. She also managed the health compliance program for ten MSHA field offices and 80 inspectors across the Southeast. Her duties included training (internal and external), the development of internal safety and health programs, and on site investigations of mines.

From 1978-2000, she was an industrial hygiene compliance officer with OSHA’s Birmingham, Alabama Area Office. Her OSHA inspection activity involved heavy metal industries, textiles industry, chemical processes, coke ovens and many general manufacturing sites.

Etterer earned her MSPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her BS in Chemistry from the University of North Alabama.

Lanny FloydH. Landis (Lanny) Floyd II, PE, CSP, CESCP, CMRP, CRL, Life Fellow IEEE, Adjunct Professor
Principal Consultant, Electrical Safety & Technology (retired)

In his 45-year career with DuPont, Lanny Floyd specialized in electric power system reliability, electrical safety, and risk mitigation in plant construction, operation, and maintenance for global operations. For more than 20 years he had responsibility for improving management systems, competency renewal, work practices, and the application of technologies critical to electrical safety performance in all DuPont operations. In this role, he helped achieve break-through performance in electrical safety. Prior to 1993, DuPont was experiencing a fatality from electrical contact on average every 33 months. When he retired in 2014, DuPont had demonstrated breakthrough performance in fatality prevention from electrical hazards, having gone more than 21 years without a fatality from contact with electrical energy.

Floyd received his BS degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1973. He joined DuPont in 1973 and held a series of assignments in engineering support to manufacturing operations, including facilities design and industrial electric power systems operations and maintenance. In 1979, he transferred to DuPont Engineering as a consultant in industrial electric power systems maintenance and reliability and held various assignments in electrical technology and safety management.

He is a member of Electrical Safety Advisory Committee of the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation. In recognition of his leadership and contributions in advancing electrical safety, he has received awards from the National Fire Protection Association, Electrical Safety Foundation International, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Active in IEEE for more than 30 years, he is currently Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Industry Applications Magazine. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, a professional member of American Society of Safety Engineers, and holds certification as a Safety Professional, Electrical Safety Compliance Professional, Maintenance & Reliability Professional, Reliability Leader and is a registered professional engineer. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 published papers and articles on occupational electrical safety, and has given more than 150 presentations on electrical safety at conferences, seminars and webcasts.

Lanny and his wife Pam live in Elkton, Maryland and spend time in Denver, Colorado area where their daughter Anna is a professor in psychology at Regis University.

Carla SilverCarla Silver, CSP, MEng in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management, Adjunct Professor
Safety Specialist, Merck

In her 34 years at Merck, Carla Silver has gained diverse experience and expertise in pharmaceutical operations and management. In 1983, Carla joined Merck with the development and start-up of their Merck Wilson pharmaceutical facility. As a chemist, she developed validation and testing procedures for new pharmaceutical products. In 1986, Carla transitioned into manufacturing and packaging operations, where she directly supervised manufacturing, sterile fill and packaging operations. From 1992 until today, Carla holds the position of Safety Specialist within the Environmental Health and Safety department reporting to the site and Global Safety and Environment.

Within Environmental Health and Safety organization at Merck, Wilson, Carla has been responsible for all aspects of safety compliance including contractor management, industrial hygiene, ergonomics and high risk work programs. Within Merck she has been a global safety auditor, developed and staged 4 mass disaster drills which accredited local agencies for casualty response and was instrumental in the start-up of the Durham N.C. Vaccine Facility. In 2000, her leadership in developing a total team safety culture gained her and the site the prestigious Merck Global Safety Award.

Her true passion for safety can be seen in prevention through design. Within Merck, she has lead the division in developing an equipment and machinery safeguarding management system. As a committee member of the ANSI PMMI 155.1 Safety Requirements for Packaging and Processing Machinery standard, she has been a global driving force to build in safeguards through riskassessment and design. She has provided several presentations on machine safeguarding and is a keynote speaker on Machine Safeguarding at ASSE technical meetings.

Carla has a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from Atlantic Christian College. She has a Masters in Safety Engineering and Management from UAB and is a Certified Safety Professional. She serves on the Board of Directors for Y.O.U.T.H of Wilson which is a non-profit agency which works with high risk youths in Wilson, N.C.

Carla and her husband Harry live in Clayton, N.C., have two children and a grandson.