MASTER of ENGINEERING
Faculty and Staff
The 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.
Martha Warren Bidez, Ph.D., Director of eLearning and Professional Studies
President & CEO, BioEchoes, Inc.
Martha Bidez is Professor and Graduate Program Director – MEng in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Engineering and President and CEO of BioEchoes, Inc. (www.bioechoes.com). 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 holds 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. (www.biohorizons.com), 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 has 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 have focused on the poor and excluded, particularly women and children. She was a founding director, Board President and now 20-year volunteer with Pathways (www.pathwayshome.org) 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 (www.alavoices.org). 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 (www.myunion.edu), based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Married to her college sweetheart and best friend, Earle Bidez, for thirty-one years, Martha enjoys her time at home with Earle as well as their animal family. Their furry children include two dogs, Norton and Nellie and a precocious cat named Claire. Reading, bird-watching, gardening and adventure travel are her favorite pastime activities.
Charles Herbert (Herb) Shivers, PhD, PE, CSP, Professor and Associate Director
Deputy Director, Safety and Mission Assurance (retired), Marshall Space Flight Center - NASA
Dr. 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 affiliate member of the Graduate Faculty at University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).
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 UAH (1977).
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 Systems Engineering 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.
Jennifer M. Bailey, MSPH, CIH, CHMM, Adjunct Professor
Safety Manager, AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company
Jennifer Bailey is the Safety Manager at AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company and Adjunct Professor of the MEng in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management, University of Alabama at Birmingham, (UAB). AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is the largest individual pipe manufacturing company in the world. Bailey holds a BS in Environmental Health Sciences (1992) from the University of Georgia as well as a MS in Public Health (1996) from the University of Utah. She also holds the prestigious CIH certification.
Following her tenure as an OSHA compliance officer, Bailey moved into the manufacturing sector in order to more fully improve the health and safety of employees. She has worked exclusively in the foundry industry since 1997 where she found her passion for not only for both industrial hygiene and safety, but also for the art and science of metal casting.
Bailey has been a leader in developing safety and health programs in the foundry industry in Alabama. She served as the Chair of the Safety Committee for the Alabama Cast Metals Association from 1997 to 2011. She also served as the Chair of the Environmental/Safety Committee for the American Foundry Society, Birmingham Chapter from 2003-2007. At the national level, Bailey participated in the AFS 10Q –Safety Committee from 1997-2003.
In 2007, Bailey was named by Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao to serve as the management representative on the National Advisory Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), which was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to advise the secretaries of labor and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs and policies. Members of the 12-person advisory committee are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and experience in occupational safety and health.
In 2006, Jennifer and her husband, Mark, welcomed their daughter Margo into their family, which also includes multiple rescued pets.
Randy E. Cadieux, Major, USMC (Ret), M.S., MEng, Program Manager and Instructor
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.
Judith 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.
H. Landis (Lanny) Floyd II, PE, CSP, CMRP, Fellow IEEE, Adjunct Professor
Principal Consultant and Global Electrical Safety Competency Leader, DuPont
In his 40+ year career with DuPont, Lanny Floyd specialized in electric power system reliability, electrical safety, and risk mitigation in plant construction, operation, and maintenance. Since 1992, he has chaired the DuPont Global Electrical Safety Team, which is responsible 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. Since 1993 there have been zero fatalities from electrical contact in DuPont facilities worldwide. In addition, he provides leadership for the DuPont initiative on advanced management systems for fatality prevention.
He 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. In 2013, he moved to his current role in DuPont Safety, Health and Environment
He serves on the Board of Directors of Electrical Safety Foundation International and is a member of Electrical Safety Advisory Committee of the 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 25 years, he is currently Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Industry Applications Magazine. He is an IEEE Fellow, a professional member of American Society of Safety Engineers, a Certified Safety Professional, a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional, and a registered professional engineer in Delaware. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 published papers and articles on occupational electrical safety, receiving twelve prize paper awards from IEEE. He 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 where their daughter Anna is a professor in psychology at Regis University.
Edward (Ed) H. Kiessling, III, MSME, MSISE, MSCEE, PE, Adjunct Professor
Manager, Safety, Quality, and Management Services, Marshall Space Flight Center - NASA
Edward H. Kiessling has over 23 years of experience in aerospace, 5 years in nuclear power generation, 3 years in coal-fired power generation R&D, and 2 years in oil and gas exploration and production.
Since 2007, he has been Manager of Safety, Quality, and Management Services at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. He leads a department of over 75 engineers, quality and safety specialists, business professionals, and IT professionals that provides quality and safety engineering program functions for the MSFC Team and financial program management functions for the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. Kiessling’s present emphasis is process improvement (including implementation of risk based inspection) for pressure systems management, ground-based infrastructure hazard analysis (test facilities, manufacturing facilities, laboratories and supporting systems), and procurement quality assurance. Other department responsibilities include hazardous operation inspections, mishap reporting/ investigation, configuration control, facilities readiness reviews, quality assurance for in-house manufacturing, quality audits of in-house Quality Management System as well as external vendors, IT applications support for quality, reliability and safety functions, administration of Center Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Program, and intra-Directorate planning, estimating, budgeting and funds distribution.
At NASA, Kiessling has also served as Manager, Industrial Safety Department; Chairperson, Source Evaluation Board; Manager, Engineering Business and Integration Office; Assistant to the Director of Engineering; Technical Assistant, Nonmetallic Materials & Processes Group; Manager, System Safety, Reliability, & Quality Assurance Office; Manager, Program & Project Support Office; and Senior Reliability Engineer.
Prior to joining NASA in 1987, he worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority Office of Nuclear Power (1981-1987), the University of Tennessee Energy Conversion Division (1978-1981), the Mobil Oil Corporation (1977-1978), and the US Army Corps of Engineers (1973-1977). He also served with the US Navy Reserve (1988-2003) and the Tennessee Army National Guard (1979-1988).
Kiessling earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Rutgers (1973) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (1984) from the University of Tennessee. From the University of Alabama in Huntsville, he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering (1990), an MS in Industrial & Systems Engineering (2004), and an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering (2007).
Nikole (Niki) Burke
Business Development Manager
Niki is the Business Development Manager of the Master of Engineering, Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (ASEM) program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Prior to joining ASEM, Niki worked for the financial firm Sterne, Agee and Leach, Inc. Sterne, Agee and Leach is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama and is one of the largest privately owned investment firms in the United States. At Sterne, Agee Niki was an accomplished Financial Manager with over 10 years’ experience. Niki managed and specialized in diverse areas that included Cash Management, Securities Transfer, Stock Loan, Internet Support, Fail Control, and Trade Settlement. Niki’s key roles were to monitor and increase operational accounts and streamline efficiency. Niki was known for her team-based management style, value-based leadership skills, and vision-based organizational design.
Niki earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Business with concentrations in marketing and finance. Niki’s community service includes the Special Olympics, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Big Springs 5K race.
Outside of work Niki enjoys spending time with her husband Donny and two daughters, Avery (born August 2007) and Elle (born May 2011). Together they enjoy gardening, traveling and developing their daughters interests in sports and creativity.