Frank Groen, Ph. D

Frank Groen, Ph. D.

Director Safety and Assurance Requirements Division (SARD)


Frank J. Groen is the Director of Safety and Assurance Requirements Division (SARD) within NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA). In this position, Dr. Groen is responsible for the development and maintenance of NASA directives and standards pertaining to Safety and Mission Assurance, as well as related methods, tools and guidance.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Groen worked in OSMA as the Manager for Reliability and Maintainability at OSMA, and also served as the document manager for NASA’s Human Rating directive and program executive for NASA’s ELV Payload Safety program. During this period, he introduced the safety goal policy for human spaceflight missions into the Human-Rating directive, oversaw the development of an accident precursor analysis methodology for NASA, and initiated an objectives-driven approach for the standardization of R&M activities.

Prior to entering NASA, Dr. Groen was active in academia and industry, where he focused on method and tool development in the field of reliability and risk assessment, with a focus on Bayesian data analysis, accident scenario modelling and analysis, and monte carlo simulation. Dr. Groen received his PhD in Reliability Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2000 and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.


December 16, 2013