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VP, Environment, Safety & Health


Manage and/or support a commercial maritime HSE program.


THOR Solutions, LLC, Arlington, VA January 2012 – February 2014

Vice President, Environment Safety & Health

Member of the THOR Executive Team, responsible for developing and managing all company environmental, safety and health support efforts including:

• Total vessel, ship and shipboard and other maritime system environmental and safety evaluations and audits.

• US Navy, US Coast Guard new ship acquisition programs.

• Facility and shipyard occupational safety and health support.

• Commercial environmental and safety management system evaluation and implementation.

• Managing efforts for application of a predictive air emissions modeling tool for maritime application.

• Maritime environmental systems engineering and system safety and risk-based hazard identification, assessment and mitigation.

• Chairing the THOR Safety Committee, wrote the Safety Committee charter, and developed an Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS) 18001 certified Safety Management System (SMS).

• Corporate level operations and management efforts including; quality system implementation, contract management, human resources, personnel and utilization management, training, emergency action planning, etc.

Business Development Coordinator

Successfully coordinated corporate business development efforts that saw corporate revenue and company staffing double over a two-year period, efforts included:

• Managing all business potential opportunities by developing and implementing the PACE pipeline process across the company that included business driver identification, corporate capabilities assessment, market and SWOT analysis.

• Contributing to all company strategic planning and business case analysis efforts.

• Creating all corporate marketing, capability statements, and briefing materials.

• Establishing the proposal development flow process and all associated requirements and guidance documentation in addition to standardized proposal response materials.

• Managing more than 60 proposal and sources sought responses over a two year period and established a win percentage in excess of 46%.

• Expanding THOR’s capability expertise that included developing marine electrical engineering, environmental auditing, system safety and risk management analysis, and logistics management.

• Broadening THOR’s support domains within the US Navy and USCG and to Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the commercial sector. This included the successful capture of THOR’s 1st two (2) SEAPORT E prime awards valued at over $3.65M.

BMT DESIGNERS & PLANNERS, INC., Arlington, VA June 2001 – January 2012

Environmental, HSI, Safety & Health Group Manager, Senior Analyst

Created and developed the Environmental, Human Systems Integration (HSI), and Safety and Health Group within the D&P organization growing the group to over 10 full-time equivalents in excess of $2M in annual revenue serving US Navy, US Coast Guard, DHS, commercial maritime, cruise industry, offshore, and rail customers.

Integrated Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) Support Lead for Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) and Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Austal, USA, Mobile, AL.

Established and maintained the Integrated Environmental, Safety, and Health (ESH) Program that included human factors engineering (HFE) for the JHSV and LCS Programs that included:

• Minimizing both programs’ impact on the environment, controlling system safety and health risks, and providing the framework to identify, assess, mitigate, and track ESH concerns.

• Ensuring the systematic and forward-looking identification and control of all ESH hazards and the integration of HFE design standards and accepted best practices throughout the design, production, testing and delivery of the ships.

• Establishing the process for hazard identification and risk mitigation.

• Developing the strategy to integrate ESH issues into the systems engineering process, defining and outlining ESH responsibilities, and tracking the ESH integration status within the programs.

• Ensuring all six (6) ‘key’ elements of the ESH Program (Environmental Compliance, Systems Safety, Hazardous Materials, Pollution Prevention, and HSI, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Executive Order (EO) 12114 compliance) were fully integrated into the programs. This included developing comprehensive environmental aspects and impacts criteria and analyzing the impacts of the alternatives on ship design, operation and maintenance to drive critical design decisions.

• Outlining an integrated and comprehensive approach during functional and detailed design, ship systems integration, construction, testing, and delivery to ensure that both vessels meet or exceed all ESH requirements during its life cycle.

• Ensuring compliance with all ship specification, contract and data requirements and all applicable environmental and safety requirements included in the following federal and international regulations, Naval requirements and federal guidance documents, including, but not limited to: Naval Vessel Rules (NVR) Part 5, Chapter 7, OPNAVINST 5100.19 Series, OPNAVINST 5100.28 Series, OPNAVINST 5090.1 Series, NAVSEA OP-4, MARPOL Annexes I-VI, MIL-STD-882 Series, NAS 411, Uniform National Discharge Standards(s), Endangered Species Act.

Program Manager & Technical Lead for Occupational Safety & Health and Acquisition Safety Support to the Chief of Naval Operations Office of the Deputy Special Advisor on Safety Matters (N09FB).

• Developed and managed annual budget in excess of $500,000 and personnel for a multi-year support contract to provide the necessary professional expertise and technical assistance to CNO N09FB.

• Provided technical expertise and advice to N09FB and other senior officials and program managers in safety and health policy document development, standards and regulatory developments, acquisitions safety and best practices, onsite technical support, outreach and special projects. In addition, provided budgetary and strategic planning for the execution of organizational level health and safety goals and objectives including the development of plans of action and milestone documentation (POA&M), etc.

• Developed common approaches to system safety in non-ordnance acquisition products through update of the Navy and Marine Corps System Safety Program Policy Instruction (OPNAVINST 5100.24B) with associated program and process-specific guidance and the development and staffing of the System Safety Advisory Board (SSAB) created to assist PM's in integrating system safety into the systems engineering and risk management processes throughout a systems lifecycle.

• Reviewed and commented on DOD, OPNAV and SECNAV policies and guidance materials on safety and acquisitions including; DOD 6055.12, SECNAVINST 5000.2C, DON Acquisition Capabilities Guidebook, MIL-STD-882D, ASTM 1166.

• Reviewed required Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) and other required acquisition documentation and provided input of key safety capabilities including, but not limited to, safety and system safety management.

• Conducted a review of the British Safety Case methodology and history including an in-depth analysis of the Piper Alpha accident; UK MOD JSP 430, MOD Ship Safety Management policy; MOD Defense Standard 00-56, Safety Management Requirements for Defense Systems, MOD Acquisition Safety and Environmental Management System Project-Oriented Safety Management System, in order to provide a lessons learned report to Navy acquisition and operational commands.

• Developed acquisition safety issues for the Acquisition Safety website, presented acquisition safety issues and technical analyses at professional conferences (American Society of Naval Engineers, International System Safety Society) and represented acquisition safety at DOD and DON working groups including the Defense Safety Oversight Committee (DSOC) on Acquisition and Technology (A&T) and the Navy Acquisition Environmental Safety and Occupational Health (ESOH) Working Groups.

• Provided liaison for statistical support with the Naval Safety Center that included providing legacy asset input to new ship acquisition programs preliminary hazard list development and general acquisition safety support to current acquisition programs.

• Contributed to efforts designed to increase linkages between the operating fleet and the ship acquisition and design communities with emphasis on providing ship and ship system safety engineering design feedback to support the Secretary of Defense challenge to reduce mishaps by 75%. Specific efforts included: creating, managing and executing a DSOC funded project to assess HSI risks in systems acquisition; developing “Proposed Design Criteria for Access & Fall Protection for Ship Storage Tanks and Confined Spaces” in response to increasing evidence that Navy ships deep tanks and voids designs on large vessels can create hazardous environments; developed a “Noise Control Guidebook” in coordination with NAVSEA 03, to underscore the challenges for design engineers to understand noise and it potential impacts, identify existing and potential noise hazards, and find ways to reduce that impact by eliminating or controlling the noise; conducted HFE/safety evaluations of two in-port Navy ships to assess the vessels’ compliance with accepted HFE/safety design standards and HFE/safety ‘best practices’ and created a user-friendly pictorially-oriented HFE/safety lessons learned design guide based on real world examples for use by both ship acquisition program management and designers for application to existing and future ship programs.

Integrated Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) Support Lead for U.S. Navy Auxiliary Ship Class (T-AKE), National Steel & Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, CA.

Managed the ESH support for the design, development and construction of the U.S. Navy’s latest auxiliary ship, the T-AKE. Supported and analyzed concept design activities by the shipyard in areas of environmental protection, pollution prevention, system safety, HFE, and hazardous materials management. Collaborated in the development and assisted the shipyard in the implementation of ESH Program Plan for ship class. Analyzed ship and system specifications, designs/drawings, and procurement requirements for necessary for compliance with all ESH requirements. Reviewed system, equipment and material specifications in order to develop the class ship hazardous materials list (SHML). Managed the development of an ESH data management system (HAZTRACsm) designed to exceed the system safety requirements of MIL-STD-882D to identify, assess, mitigate, track, control, and document ESH mishaps risks encountered in the development, test, acquisition, use and disposal of the ship.

HFE and System Safety Technical and Programmatic Support Lead, LHD-8 Amphibious Assault Ship (Makin Island), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), 05D4, Washington, DC, USA.

Managed HFE efforts and provide system safety technical support to ensure that all ship and system specifications, designs/drawings, and procurement acquisition mandated HFE and system safety requirements are satisfied. This support included reviewing the procedures and provide recommendations to optimize crew size and workload; evaluating detail design in terms of system safety, quality of life, and quality of work; monitoring the contractor's HSI and system safety programs, including plans, analyses and recommendations; preparing presentations and documentation for Navy required reviews; evaluating all change, deviation and waver proposals for HSI and system safety impacts; and reviewing all test procedures for safety issues. In addition, provided recommendations for improving user efficiency and safety while minimizing impacts on mission and cost.

Additional Accomplishments:

• Developed all budgetary, project planning and execution, staffing and sub-contracting requirements and managed all against established performance and budget metrics for all projects under the purview of the HFE, Environment, Safety & Health Group.

• Conducted the US Coast Guard NSC 1 Boat Launch, Recovery & Transfer (BLRT) System Safety Assessment: Technical Report. Using the safety design requirements and established best practices, the system safety assessment identified hazards and associated mishap risks, defined in terms of probability and severity, directly attributable to design, operation and maintenance that were likely to cause or contribute to human induced errors, cause injury or death to ship personnel, reduce operational efficiency, cause damage to equipment or the ship itself or, cause environmental pollution during all operational conditions affecting the BLRT and associated systems.

• Managed the USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Program – Human Systems Integration Technical Support effort.

• Developed the MIL-STD-882 (series) compliant Safety Assessment Report (SAR) in support of NASSCO for the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) during the Ship Design Phase 2 and managed on-going hazardous materials controls and management support through pollution prevention analyses and Shipboard Hazardous Materials List(s) in detailed design and construction.

• Assisted in the development of ABS’ Guidance Notes for Human Factors Engineering Integration into Offshore Installations.

• Managed the effort to review Shell Oil Offshore Design and Engineering Practice HFE Specifications for: Controls, Displays, Alarms, and Consoles; Ladders, Stairs and Railings; Location and Orientation of Valves; and Workplaces.

• Provided peer review and expert input on the LHD CANBERRA Class Amphibious Ship Safety Program in support of the Commonwealth of Australia Navy.

• Revised ABS Guidance Note on Ergonomic Design of Navigational Bridges.

• Reviewed and revised the interim Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) Definition, Engineering, Logistics and Management Support (DELMS) deliverable, Human Systems Engineering (HSE) Report and provided a comprehensive HSE program as part of the AOPS vessel development in support of the Canadian Coast Guard.

• Managed the review and revision of ASTM-F1166-07, Standard Practice for Human Engineering Design for Marine Systems, Equipment and Facilities.

• Provided system safety consultative support to the Navy’s LHA(R) and CVN-21 programs.

• Developed a new ship construction ESH manual for the Canadian Coast Guard

• Served as the technical lead for the Hazardous Materials Control & Management Design Supplement for the implementation of the hazardous material requirements of the NVR.

• Provided hazardous material analysis, database maintenance, and technical document development support to Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) Code 632 for development and implementation of the Pollution Prevention for Submarines (P2S) Program.


M.S., Environmental Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University (1997)

B.A., Anthropology and History, Bowdoin College (1991)


• Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Acquisition 101 certification

• System Safety Society Continuing Education credits in system safety management and engineering technical areas

• ASNE Continuing Education courses in Human Factors and Safety Engineering

• 40-hour Hazardous Waste Worker certification in compliance with 29 CFR 1910.120 (expired)

• American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)

• Seafarers International Union (SIU) - Member

• International System Safety Society – Member

• Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) - Holder


Authored over a dozen articles presented at workshops and conferences throughout the US and abroad


Mr. Ruttenberg is educated and experienced in environmental policy and the environmental safety and health field with expertise in marine and maritime system environmental compliance, system safety, occupational safety & health, human factors engineering, training and hazardous material management for government and commercial maritime clients, including Chief of Naval Operations environment and safety offices, new ship program offices, U.S. Navy research & development programs, in-service engineering agents, commercial shipyards, and the offshore oil and gas industry. Over 19 years’ experience as a program and contract manager, analyst, trainer, and lead researcher on a wide range of environmental, safety and occupational projects, and ship operational background as a member of the engineering department in the U.S. merchant marine fleet.

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