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Groth, Katrina

Groth, Katrina

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
0151C Glenn L. Martin Hall, College Park, MD 20742

Katrina M. Groth is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the safety, risk, and reliability of complex systems. Her work supports decision making for energy and transportation infrastructure, including hydrogen fueling stations, nuclear power plants, aviation, and natural gas transportation. Groth established the Systems Risk and Reliability Analysis Lab (SyRRA) in 2017. Before joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Groth was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, where she led a diverse portfolio of research projects involving quantitative risk assessment, human reliability, and sparse data.  Groth developed HyRAM (hyram.sandia.gov), a risk assessment and consequence analysis framework for hydrogen infrastructure. HyRAM enabled the development of the first United States and international safety standards for hydrogen fueling stations (NFPA 2 and ISO 19880-1). Dr. Groth has also made important contributions to the field of human reliability analysis.

Education

  • Ph.D., Reliability Engineering, University of Maryland (2009)
  • M.S., Reliability Engineering, University of Maryland
  • B.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of Maryland

Honors and Awards

  • DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program R&D Award “for outstanding leadership and technical contribution to hydrogen safety and risk assessment” in Safety, Codes, and Standards. June, 2016
  • Robert Schefer Memorial Best Paper Award,“HyRAM: A methodology and toolkit for Quantitative Risk Assessment of Hydrogen Systems,” International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS), Tokyo, Japan, October, 2015
  • George Apostolakis Fellowship Award “in recognition of early career accomplishments and contributions to the field of Probabilistic Safety Assessment,” International Association for Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management (IAPSAM), Helsinki, Finland, 2012

Professional Memberships and Services

  • Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
  • American Nuclear Society (ANS)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Reliability Society
  • International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) - Founding member of Hydrogen Safety Division
  • Associate Editor, Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), 2015 - Present
  • Co-chair, Sub-task on safety methodology and distances, ISO TC197 WG24, 2014 - 2017
  • Technical Program Committee, European Society for Reliability Annual Meeting (ESREL), 2015-present
  • Scientific Advisory Board, 1st International Conference on Human Error, Reliability, Resilience, and Performance (HERPP), 2017
  • Leader, Task A (safety integration toolkits), IEA/HIA Task 37, 2014 - 2017

Risk analysis, system safety, failure analysis, Human Reliability Analysis, human-machine interaction, decision making under uncertainty, Bayesian Networks, Bayesian methods,

Applications in: Nuclear power plants, hydrogen fueling stations, oil and gas, energy and transportation infrastructure


  • Katrina M. Groth and Ethan S. Hecht. HyRAM: A methodology and toolkit for quantitative risk assessment of hydrogen systems. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 42(11): 7485-7493, March 2017.
  • C. San Marchi, E. S. Hecht, I. W. Ekoto, K. M. Groth, C. LaFleur, B. P. Somerday, R. Mukundan, T. Rockward, J. Keller, and C. W. James. Overview of the DOE hydrogen safety, codes and standards program, part 3: Advances in research and development to enhance the scientific basis for hydrogen regulations, codes and standards. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42(11): 7263-7274, March 2017.
  • A. C. LaFleur, A. B. Muna, and K. M. Groth. Application of quantitative risk assessment for performance-based permitting of hydrogen fueling stations. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42(11): 7529-7535, March 2017.
  • T. Skjold, D. Siccama, H. Hisken, A. Brambilla, Prankul Middha, K. M. Groth, and A. C. LaFleur. 3D risk management for hydrogen installations. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42(11): 7721-7730, March 2017.
  • Kilian Zwirglmaier, Daniel Straub, and Katrina M. Groth. Capturing cognitive causal paths in human reliability analysis with Bayesian network models. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 158:117-129, February 2017.
  • Huafei Liao, Katrina Groth, and Susan Stevens-Adams. Challenges in leveraging existing human performance data for quantifying the IDHEAS HRA method. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 144:159-169, December 2015.
  • Katrina M. Groth, Curtis L. Smith, and Laura P. Swiler. A Bayesian method for using simulator data to enhance human error probabilities assigned by existing HRA methods. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 128:32-40, 2014.
  • Katrina M. Groth and Laura P. Swiler. Bridging the gap between HRA research and HRA practice: A Bayesian network version of SPAR-H. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 115:33-42, July 2013.
  • Katrina M. Groth and Ali Mosleh. A data-informed PIF hierarchy for model-based human reliability analysis. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 108:154-174, December 2012.
  • Jeffrey L. LaChance, Bobby Middleton, and Katrina M. Groth. Comparison of NFPA and ISO approaches for evaluating separation distances. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37(22):17488-17496, November 2012.
  • Katrina M. Groth and Ali Mosleh. Deriving causal Bayesian networks from human reliability analysis data: A methodology and example model. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part O: Journal of Risk and Reliability, 226:361-379, August 2012.
  • Katrina Groth, Chengdong Wang, and Ali Mosleh. Hybrid causal methodology and software platform for probabilistic risk assessment and safety monitoring of socio-technical systems. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 95(12):1276-1285, 2010.
  • Takashi Kashiwagi, Fangming Du, Karen I. Winey, Katrina M. Groth, John R. Shields, Severine P. Bellayer, Hansoo Kim, and Jack F. Douglas. Flammability properties of polymer nanocomposites with single-walled carbon nanotubes: effects of nanotube dispersion and concentration. Polymer, 46(2):471-481, January 2005.
  • Takashi Kashiwagi, Eric Grulke, Jenny Hilding, Katrina Groth, Richard Harris, Kathryn Butler, John Shields, Semen Kharchenko, and Jack Douglas. Thermal and flammability properties of polypropylene/carbon nanotube nanocomposites. Polymer, 45(12):4227-4239, May 2004.

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