Janet A. Gill, PhD, is the computer engineer who pioneered software systems safety for U.S. naval aviation.  Her career is a milestone in the progress of women in software development.

Dr. Gill was responsible for the initiation and launch of the program that evaluates the software system safety of military aircraft weapons systems at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR, Patuxent River, MD). She is also a contributing author of the Navy's Joint Software Systems Safety Handbook, and an assistant professor at the University of Maryland.  Her job at NAVAIR crosses two departments: software engineering and systems safety. As a software system safety expert, she helps "ensure that software in aircraft cannot contribute to loss of life or property or damage to the environment.

Dr. Gill was the Education and Scholarship Officer for the Washington DC Chapter of the
International System Safety Association in SY 2014/2015.


Donne Marie DiFiglia is the current Webmaster and Immediate Past-President of the Washington DC Chapter of the International System Safety Association.  As President of the Chapter from July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017 she conducted annual elections, signed all formal Chapter correspondence, reviewed and forwarded the Chapter annual reports, and other business as required or decided by the President or the Executive Committee and ensured the routine and daily business of the Chapter was executed and completed as required. 

As President, Ms. DiFiglia hosted many events and meetings and attended the 33rd International System Safety Conference in San Diego, CA.  Ms. DiFiglia is very active in the Scholarship and Education activities of the society, and during her term presented scholarships to seven deserving students at the College of Southern Maryand. 

Ms. DiFiglia is an experienced web designer with over 60 working websites and has been the sole Webmaster for the Washington DC Chapter since 2007.  She also developed and maintained the conference website for the Minneapolis Chapter in 2010.

Ms. DiFiglia is currently a Senior Principal Systems Safety Engineer at SAIC.  She has over 34 years of experience in Military Systems and Software Engineering.  She completed the pre-medical curriculum at the State University of New York at Buffalo where she later taught.  She received Masters certification in Real-Time Military Programming at Barrister, studied Computer Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and completed certification for Software Safety Engineering at the University of Southern California School of Engineering.

In her early career, Ms. DiFiglia was a Senior Computer Scientist developing software for Aegis and Aegis BMD at CSC in Dahlgren, VA.  In response to an international incident, she was recruited to design and implement a set of improved Close Control Displays for the Aegis Class of Cruisers and Destroyers.  Ms. DiFiglia received a U.S. Navy Commendation for her design which is now in use on Aegis ships.  She received several other Naval awards including an award for fixing a vital sensor system onboard the DDG 72 USS Mahan.  She was an Aegis Trainer and one of the chief developers of the software for the Training Consoles at the Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) in Dahlgren, VA.

Ms. DiFiglia sat on the Weapon System Explosives Safety Review Board (WSESRB) and the Software System Safety Technical Review Panel (SSSTRP) as a Software Safety Expert and served as deputy to the SSSTRP chairman and ISSS WDC Chapter Past-President Mr. David Shampine, with whom she co-authored a paper, “Examining the Use of Model-Based Development and Autocode Generation Tools in Safety-Critical Systems”.  She worked with the former WSESRB Chair and NOSSA to develop policy for Joint Service Safety Review of Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard systems.  She is an experienced instructor and trains military and civilian personnel in Systems and Software Safety and Agile Methodologies.