Dr. William E. Vesely, 80, died August 24, 2022 at his home in Midlothian, Virginia. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gail, and his daughters Patricia and Carolyn. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Eugenia, and his sister Carole. Dr. Vesely was born in Canton, Ohio in 1942.
He earned his BS in Physics from Case Institute of Technology and his MS and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois. Dr. Vesely has spent over 40 years in the field of risk assessment, working and consulting for numerous agencies, national laboratories and private companies, including NASA, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, Idaho National Laboratory, Oakridge National Laboratory, Battelle Inc. and SAIC. He was a lead author of the first major probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) performed on nuclear power plants, WASH-1400, and he has developed various approaches for risk and reliability assessments, including techniques data mining, pattern recognition and risk trending. Most recently, Dr. Vesely served as Technical Integrator for NASA’s completed PRA Space Shuttle and was employed as Technical Risk Manager for NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC prior to his retirement. Dr. Vesely has published over 100 articles and reports on PRA, statistical analysis, data analysis and expert systems. He will be remembered as a brilliant scientist, an excellent teacher, a loving husband and father, and a good friend.
Posted on September 10, 2022
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