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 high reliability 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.

Mr. Day’s deep intuitive understanding of safety, quality, risk management and organizational governance developed over three decades at NASA.  He led large interdisciplinary teams to develop state-of-the-art space science and Earth science research satellite systems and was promoted to senior executive leadership roles in the oversight, independent review and risk assessment for the entire portfolio of space flight programs at Goddard.  Mr. Day served as Goddard Assistant Center Director for Management Systems, Director of Mission Success, Acting Director/Deputy Director of Systems Safety & 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. 

Mr. Day subsequently served for five years as Chief of Space Mission Assurance and Deputy Chief Quality Officer at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory prior to joining Johns Hopkins Medicine.  He is also on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.  He created an innovative graduate degree course, Assuring Success of Aerospace Programs, he continues to teach each semester.

The U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Senior Executive Service, the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal are among his various honors and awards.      

Mr. Day earned a M.S. in Space Technology from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland.  Postgraduate executive education includes the Contemporary Executive Development Program at 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