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Systems Engineering & Design Program

Our Systems Engineering & Design (SED) Program is focused on translating quality improvements and safety approaches from industrial and systems engineering, with human-centered design and design thinking strategies, to the field of radiation oncology. Newer approaches trend toward processes or systems focused on using data-driven quality and safety measures. Our goal is to bring meaningful changes to the practice of radiation oncology, thereby improving patient care. Learn more about transformation clinical medical physics (including radiotherapy automation and the Physics Direct Patient Care Initiative), non-linear safety modeling, and process control below.

Transformational Clinical Medical Physics

Our group is committed to designing, developing and
implementing a new role for the clinical medical physicist. The Physics Direct Patient Care Initiative (PDPCI) is an
instrumental component of this new role.

Non-Linear Safety Modeling

We are focused on using non-linear accident modeling to improve patient safety in complex socio-technical systems such as healthcare.

Process Control

Our goal is to develop and integrate clinical process control techniques for patient care and equipment performance.


The SED Program includes RMAS faculty, UC San Diego Design Lab faculty and collaborators at other institutions.

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Derek Brown PhD

UC San Diego

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Todd Atwood PhD

UC San Diego

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Jim Murphy MD

UC San Diego

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Titania Juang PhD

UC San Diego

 
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Don Norman

UCSD Design Lab

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Nancy Leveson PhD

MIT

Drs. Pawlicki and Mundt are Co-Editors of the 1st textbook on Quality & Safety in radiation oncology consisting of 100 chapters with contributors from 16 countries and 80 different institutions.