Instructor Bios

Dr. Abdul Aldeeb

Dr. Abdul Aldeeb is a Sr. Project Manager at Siemens Oil and Gas. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering, M.S. in environmental engineering, and Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Dr. Aldeeb has extensive theoretical and experimental experience in analyzing runaway reactions and identifying hazardous reaction pathways under process conditions. He has also performed quantitative risk assessments on flare headers and developed dynamic models of relief systems under runaway conditions, in addition to analyzing, sizing, and documenting pressure relief systems. Dr. Aldeeb is a member of the AIChE, IChemE, and ACS.

 

Mr. William A. Anderson, P.E., CFSE

Mr. William Anderson has twenty five total years experience in a variety of engineering assignments including PSM/RMP program review and development, Hazop & LOPA Facilitation, Safety Studies, Process Engineering Manager, Process Engineer, and Plant Engineer. Mr. Anderson has fifteen years experience in engineering offices in all phases of design on Capital Projects, six years time spent in plants maintaining, troubleshooting, starting up, and optimizing operations.  His design work includes design of a wide variety of unit operations like dry material handling, fluid beds, fractionation and distillation, extraction, filtration, fired systems, mixing systems, fixed bed reactions, and batch reaction and vacuum systems. Mr. Anderson has four years experience consulting exclusively in the area of Process Safety Management.  Experience includes work in Refinery, Chemical, Nutraceutical, and Foods plants, Safety and HAZOP studies, PSM / RMP auditing and documentation.  He has facilitated over 100 PHA reviews and multiple LOPA reviews.  He also has authored and co-authored multiple facility PSM programs,  PHA and LOPA standards. Mr. Anderson has participated in multiple plant startup, vendor qualification and selection, development of smart P&ID’s and PFD’s, design of systems handling hazardous chemicals, handling bulk solids, specification and selection of a wide variety of process equipment and utilities systems. Mr. Anderson’s capital project work includes active participation in pilot plant trials, participation in Safety and HAZOP studies, materials testing, front end engineering, detailed engineering, estimate development, management of change, and economic evaluation of capital projects.

 

Mr. A.W. Armstrong

A.W. Armstrong is a Principal with Kestrel Management and manages the Oil & Gas practice area. A.W. helps industrial clients quantify and manage safety and environmental risks associated with employee and contractor behavior. With regards to safety, A.W. helps clients improve safety performance by evaluating human factors in operations, identifying areas needing improvement and integrating these improvements back into the underlying safety management system. A.W. serves on the Steering Committee for the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, an organization whose mission is to improve safety performance within the process industries. A.W. is a Kestrel owner and manages the Austin, Texas office. In his 19 years of consulting, A.W. has assisted clients in the refining, chemical, railroad, mining, food and beverage, metals casting, and paper industries.

 

Dr. Scott Davis

Dr. Scott Davis is the President of GexCon US. He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and specializes in the engineering analysis and testing of combustion, thermal, and fluid processes.  Dr. Davis is responsible for fire and explosion related consulting activities at GexCon, applying his expertise to the investigation, prevention, and risk assessment of fires, gas and dust explosions, thermal runaway incidents and dispersion hazards such as flammable vapors and carbon monoxide exposures.  He has been the lead investigator on numerous industrial incidents.  GexCon specializes in explosion safety using the world-leading FLACS software. Dr. Davis is a member of NFPA, SFPE, NAFI, and AIChE.

 

Dr. Steven D. Emerson

Dr. Steven D. Emerson is President of Emerson Technical Analysis, LLC, a firm specializing in the safe handling of hazardous, explosive, reactive or flammable materials. Before founding his present firm, he was an executive in several companies in the process industry, including Kerr-McGee where he served as Vice President for Safety, Environmental and Technology across the entire corporation. He is also quite active in industry and professional organizations, and was Chairman of the 2011 Process Plant Safety Symposium at the 7th Annual Global Conference on Process Safety. He holds a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering, a master of Engineering Administration, and Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy. He is a registered Professional Engineer in chemical engineering (OK, NV), and member of AIChE and the Technical Advisory Board for the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center.

 

Dr. Nancy Faulk

Dr. Nancy Faulk is a Principal Engineer with Siemens, working primarily on pressure relief analysis and effluent handling systems training, guidelines, case studies, and workflows. She has 20 years of experience in process safety management, environmental regulations, and process engineering, including work at the Environmental Division of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station and Mobil Chemical. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

 

Mr. Bill Hearn

Mr. Bill Hearn is a TÜV Functional Safety Expert with more than 30 years of engineering and project management experience focused on instrumentation, process measurement, and safety systems. His experience ranges from managing major project installations to performing risk assessments and drill down compliance audits. Bill teaches and consults on Layer of Protection Analysis, Safety Integrity Level Verification, Safety Instrumented System Implementation, and establishing setpoints for SIS. He was a member of the API Task Group on Tank Overfill Prevention and actively supports several ISA Working Groups.

 

Mr. John R. Lockwood

Mr. John Lockwood is a Risk and Process Safety Consultant with Risknology, Inc. Houston. He has more than 40 years experience in risk engineering, health, safety & environment (HSE), operations management together with extensive consulting experience in refining, chemicals, offshore production and transportation facilities. John worked for BP for over 30 years in the UK, SE Asia and the USA. He has been involved with the training, implementation and auditing of Process Safety Management systems since 1993. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE UK), a registered Process Safety & Loss Prevention Specialist with the IChemE; a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and a Chartered Chemical Engineer.

 

Dr. M. Sam Mannan

Dr. M. Sam Mannan is a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University and Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. The Mission of the Center is to improve safety in the chemical process industry by conducting programs and research activities that promote safety as second nature for all plant personnel in their day-to-day activities. The Vision of the Center is to be an international leader in developing safer processes, equipment, procedures, and management strategies that will minimize losses within the processing industry.

Before joining Texas A&M University, Dr. Mannan was Vice President at RMT, Inc., a nationwide engineering service company. In that capacity, he was the national program manager for the Process Safety and Risk Assessment projects. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Texas and Louisiana, is certified by the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors, and is a Certified Safety Professional. His experience is wide ranging, covering process design of chemical plants and refineries, computer simulation of engineering problems, mathematical modeling, and process safety and risk assessment in the chemical process industries. Before joining RMT, Dr. Mannan served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Mannan is involved very closely with projects that include hazard assessment and risk analysis, process hazard identification, HAZOP (hazard and operability) studies, process safety management, and risk management. He co-authored the Guidelines for Safe Process Operation and Maintenance published by the Center for Chemical process Safety, American Institute for Chemical Engineers. Dr. Mannan has over 40 publications in national and international journals.

 

Mr. Ben Pratt

Mr. Ben Pratt is a Technical Advisor and Project Manager at Siemens Energy, Inc., specializing in pressure relief and disposal systems. In addition to analysis and documentation of existing relief systems for multiple refineries and chemical plants, his work includes extensive experience in resolution of relief systems deficiencies, quantitative risk assessments on flare headers, dynamic simulation of pressure relief scenarios, and design verification of relief systems for new facilities.
 

Dr. William (Bill) Rogers

Dr. William (Bill) Rogers, is a Research Scientist in the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center of the Chemical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University, where he has been a scientist since 1979. Dr. Rogers received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Ohio State University. He is experienced with experimental research techniques for the measurements of thermophysical properties. Current interests include the behavior of reactive chemical processes with measurements and calculations of fluid properties and chemical reactivity.

 

Mr. Roy Sanders, P.E.

Mr. Roy E. Sanders, P.E. is a free-lance chemical process safety lecturer and a part-time Research Associate of Texas A&M’s Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. Roy retired from PPG Industries, Lake Charles, LA, in 2008 after 43 years. He has specialized in Process Safety since 1974, and was Superintendent of Loss Prevention at PPG for 16 years.

He has been the principal author of about 20 practical articles published on Chemical Process Safety that offer a within-the-fence look. The third edition of his book, Chemical Process Safety: Learning from Case Histories was released in 2005.

Mr. Sanders is a lecturer on Process Safety topics throughout North America and taught short courses in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and India. His interactive process safety awareness course entitled “What Went Wrong?” has received excellent reviews around the world. He is a frequent contributor of papers to the AIChE’s Loss Prevention Symposia and the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Symposia. He assists the Lake Area Industries – McNeese University Engineering Partnership presenting OSHA Process Safety Programs to local industry and is on the editorial board of two publications.

 

Dr. Angela Summers

Dr. Angela Summers is President of SIS-TECH Solutions, LLC, specializing in SIS assessment and design. She is one of six US representatives to the international IEC 61511 committee and is a member of the US ISA 84 committee. She has taught courses on SIS assignment, verification and design to over 1,800 process industry representatives worldwide. Summers has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Alabama and a Masters of Engineering in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Management Department at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

 

Dr. Simon Waldram

Dr. Simon Waldram joined ICI Agricultural Division as a Student Apprentice in 1964 and studied chemical engineering in the UK and USA. He was awarded his PhD from the University of London where he was a faculty member (at University College London) for 21 years before spending 15 years as Technical Director and then Director for Business Development at Hazard Evaluation Laboratory Ltd. In 2007 he joined Texas A&M at Qatar as Professor of Chemical Engineering where he later become Interim Head of Department until December 2010. He is currently owner and Managing Director of Waldram Consultants Ltd where his recent projects have been in the areas of process safety, runaway reactions, Expert Opinion and Expert Witness in a fatal accident enquiry, undergraduate teaching and Continuing Professional Development and faculty selection for the engineering programs in a new university in Asia. He is an Honorary faculty member of the Chemical Engineering Department at University College London and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Centre in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University at College Station. He has written and published extensively and is author of over 100 papers approximately half of which are in the field of process safety.