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Michael L. Barr


Michael L. Barr currently teaches Aviation Safety Management Systems in the Aviation Safety
& Security Program at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

Mr. Barr joined the U.S.C. faculty in 1985. In 1991, he became the Director of the U.S Air Force aviation safety education program managed by USC. In 1993, he was selected as the Director of the prestigious USC Aviation Safety Program. He is an expert in Aviation Management Systems and specializes in the development of pro-active safety programs.

He is nationally and internationally known for his studies on management culture, Safety Management Systems (SMS) and risk management programs. He has taught in Israel, Indonesia, Singapore, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, South Africa, Trinidad, Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand. Mr. Barr was chosen to give the keynote address to the International Aviation Safety Seminar in Sao Paulo Brazil in April, 2004. In October 2006, the Flight Safety Foundation requested he speak on Aviation Safety Management Systems at their international meeting in Paris, France. In August 2007, he conducted a one week tutorial in SMS for the FAA Safety Team (FAAST). In 2008, he instructed Air New Zealand Airlines and New Zealand CAA. He is a frequently called upon to discuss aviation safety matters by the national and international media.

On September 12, 2001, he appeared on the CNN Larry King show to discuss aviation safety risks as it related to commercial airlines after the tragic event of the World Trade center in New York. In March 2002, he presented techniques on incident investigation to the NBAA Maintenance leadership seminar. The International Society of Air Safety Investigators invited Mr. Barr to present a tutorial on incident investigation and risk analysis at its annual international meeting in Taiwan, September 2002. In 2005, Mr. Barr was selected as the outstanding presenter at the Mitre seminar in Washington D.C. His topic was worldwide acceptance of Safety Management Systems. In February, 2006, He taught Management Systems in Seoul, Korea. It was the opening class in USC’s Asia Pacific aviation certificate program. This program is the first of its kind in Asia. Mr. Barr is an invited member of the Flight Safety Foundations corporate advisory committee.

Mr. Barr was an F-100 combat fighter pilot while flying 137 combat missions in The Republic of Vietnam where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism with combat ‘V’ and 7 Air Medals.

Michael Barr is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Engineering. He was awarded a MA in Human Relations from Webster College of St. Louis, Missouri. He is a graduate of the U.S.C. Flight Safety Officers and Advanced Safety Management courses. He holds a commercial pilots certificate and is a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.