Dr. Ralph Soule is a Nuclear Engineer and High Reliability Organizing (HRO) consultant. He is interested in doing applied qualitative research with organizations engaged in high reliability work.
Ralph Soule graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in May 1982, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning Master of Science Degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Electrical Engineering in 1991. Captain Soule retired from the United States Navy on 1 November 2011 after twenty-nine years of naval service. He specialized in applying High Reliability principles to the operation, testing, maintenance, and repair of nuclear powered aircraft carriers and submarines. He was awarded a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) by the George Washington University in 2016.
Dr. Soule served on five U.S. Navy warships and in a variety of shore assignments during his career as a naval officer. He was the Commanding Officer of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, US Navy, Newport News, Virginia 2007 to 2010, leading the shipyard – government team transition of the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) and the USS NEW MEXICO (SSN 779) from collections of steel and wire to fleet assets.
Dr. Soule enjoys applying innovative safety and high reliability approaches to complex, high consequence work. He is an accomplished project leader, educator, mentor, and performance coach. He consults on issues related to engineering management, technical judgment, decision-making, and organizational safety. He is interested in qualitative research in organizational learning, accelerating proficiency, human resources development, resilience, and high reliability.
Dr. Soule lives with his wife in Albuquerque, NM. They have two adult sons. He enjoys running on desert trails in the very thin air of Albquerque, camping, and traveling. He can be reached through Twitter (ralphsoule) and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ralphsoule.