Vincent Philip Paglioni
Ph.D. Reliability Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park (2023)
Advisor: Dr. Katrina Groth
Dissertation Title: Improving the Foundational Knowledge of Dependency in Human Reliability Analysis
M.S. Reliability Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park (2022)
B.S. Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2017)
Minor in Mathematics
Human reliability analysis (HRA)
Dependency in HRA
Human factors connection to HRA
Probabilistic risk assessment (PRA)
External Hazards PRA (XHPRA)
Nuclear safety engineering
Sparse data analysis techniques
Bayesian methods for data augmentation
Engineering ethics and safety nexus
Ethical bases for risk analysis
Equity in risk analysis
Running - trails, road or track (in that order)
Music - campfire guitar, mostly appalachian folk and country
Politics and Economics - specifically on issues of equality and equity
My name is Vincent Philip Paglioni, better known to most as simply Vinnie. I am a nuclear engineer by training and profession, and my research interests are mainly in the realm of nuclear safety, with a particular focus on human reliability analysis (HRA) and probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). I firmly believe that nuclear power is an essential element in a green, zero-carbon emission future that can also democratize access to energy across the globe. Before, and during, the nuclear renaissance, it is imperative to ensure that all aspects of nuclear safety are considered to the fullest extent possible. I study human reliability analysis to close fundamental gaps in our understanding of human operators, one of the most complex and poorly-understood aspects of nuclear power operations.
I was born and raised in the Piedmont area of Georgia, where I attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (fellow Georgia Tech graduates, what's the good word?) for my Bachelors of Science in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics. As a student at Georgia Tech, I gained industry experience interning with Sila Nanotechnologies and Southern Nuclear Operating Company and research experience working with the Fusion Research Center.
After graduating with High Honors in 2017, I worked for the U.S. Department of Navy as a Nuclear Test Engineer for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from 2017 to 2019. As a nuclear engineer, I developed and revised maintenance and testing procedures for primary system components onboard naval nuclear submarines. I helped to devise engineered solutions to emergent maintenance issues and worked with the Training Department to give lectures on the fundamentals of nuclear and electrical engineering.
In 2019, I felt ready to continue my education and was admitted to the University of Maryland, College Park to pursue a Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering, working in the Systems Risk and Reliability Analysis (SyRRA) Lab in the Center for Risk and Reliability (CRR). My research at UMD focused on addressing foundational technical gaps in human reliability analysis: how human actions and decisions influence (i.e., are dependent) on each other and on the situational context. I developed a Bayesian Network-based, causal approach to HRA dependency that conceptualizes dependency as a causal relationship between any HRA variables. I was very fortunate to share my knowledge with many students as a Teaching Assistant at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
I defended my Ph.D. in April 2023, and started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in July 2023.