Mr. Richard Day

Technical Management

Current Courses

Personal Bio

Richard Day is a nationally recognized leader in program management, system engineering, system safety, reliability, risk management, and mission assurance. His passion for excellence and unique experience with highly reliable organizations led him to Johns Hopkins Medicine where he now serves as senior director of systems engineering, leading the application of systems engineering methodology and high reliability principles to enhance the safety and quality of healthcare.

Day gained extensive experience in safety, quality, risk management, and organizational governance during the three decades he sent at NASA, where he led large interdisciplinary teams in developing state-of-the-art space science and earth science research satellite systems. He was a senior executive leader in the oversight, independent review, and risk assessment for NASA’s space flight programs at Goddard Space Flight Center, where he as the assistant center director for management systems, director of mission success, acting director/deputy director of systems safety and mission assurance, systems management office director, chair of the management system council, head of the spacecraft programs office, and head of the payload systems management office.

Day spent five years as chief of space mission assurance and deputy chief quality officer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory before joining Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is a member of JHU’s Whiting School of Engineering faculty and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. At the Whiting School, Day created and teaches a master’s program course, Assuring Success of Aerospace Programs.

Day has been honored with the U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Senior Executive Service, the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Day earned an MS in space technology from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. His postgraduate executive education includes the Contemporary Executive Development Program at the The George Washington University, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Building Relationships That Work at Wharton Executive Education, and Inside Washington: Business and Public Policy at the Brookings Institution.

Education History

  • Bachelor of Science Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Master of Science Space Technology, Johns Hopkins University

Work Experience

Senior Director, Systems Engineering (Mission Assurance), Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions


Pronovost PJ, Holzmueller CG, Callender T, Demski R, Winner L, Day R, Austin JM, Berenholtz SM, Miller MR.  Sustaining Reliability on Accountability Measures at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2016, in press.

Day R. and Bay M., X-ray Timing Explorer: Astronomy with Autonomy. Aerospace America. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. June 1996.

Day R., Leadership of Fast Track Projects. Invited paper, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Aerospace Conference. March 1998.

Honors and Awards

  • U.S. Senior Executive Presidential Rank Award (2004)
  • NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership (1997)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1993)

Professional Organizations

International Council on Systems Engineering
American Society for Quality