Martha Grabowski

Senior Research Scientist, Member of National Academy of Engineering

Martha Grabowski

My research is focused in three general areas:

  • the impact of technology in safety-critical systems
  • risk analysis and risk mitigation in large-scale systems
  • the role of human and organizational error in high-consequence settings.

For a number of years, my research group has developed a series of embedded intelligent ship's piloting systems for government, shipping, and piloting organizations. Recently, our research has focused on evaluating the impact of technology on individuals, groups, and organizations in saftey-critical settings. Our research teams have also conducted several risk assessments in marine transportation and other mission-critical systems. At present, our research focuses on discovering and validating predictive safety indicators in distributed, large-scale systems.

Contact Information: 

Twitter: @Grabowsk2

Focus Area: 

management information systems, knowledge-based systems, human and organizational error in large-scale systems, impact of information technology on systems and organizations.


Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
M.B.A. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
B.S. (US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY)

Sample Research Projects: 

  • Impacts of wearable, immersive, augmented reality (WIAR) in extreme settings
    • Evaluation of WIAR technology for ship navigation
  • Arctic oil spill response:
    • National Academies’ Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine
  • Environment
  • Data challenges in dynamic, large scale resource allocation in remote settings
  • Dynamic network modeling in Arctic supply chain logistics
  • Reliability seeking virtual organizations, high reliability organizations
  • Social media in tsunami warning systems
  • Technology impacts in high-reliability virtual organizations:
    • Financial cybersecurity
    • Offshore oil & gas
    • Large-scale disaster debris removal systems
  • Predictive safety and security indicators in distributed large-scale systems
  • Links between safety culture and safety performance
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