2014 International Process Safety Symposium Continues with Record Attendance

The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center 17th Annual International Symposium “Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature” in Association with IChemE, held on October 28-30 drew record attendance for its fourth consecutive year. More than 640 participants from industry, government and academia attended the symposium. Brian Salerno, Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, presented the Frank P. Lees Memorial Lecture entitled, “Reducing Risk Offshore: A Systematic Approach” the first day of the symposium. Eamonn Naughton, Group Head of Risk, Learning, and HSSE at BP presented the keynote address entitled “BP’s Global Process Safety Journey: What are we learning about learning?” on the second day. Dwight Johnston, Vice President of Safety, Environment, and Social Performance in Shell’s Deep Water Business Unit, delivered the day three keynote lecture, “Process Safety Management”.

In addition to the highlighted keynote addresses, nearly 100 presentations were given on various safety-related topics, including safety culture/operational discipline, risk analysis, process management for safety, and inherent safety. Exhibits from 39 companies that demonstrated products, technology and software related to process safety were displayed at the symposium. On Wednesday evening, the Center sponsored a banquet for guests at the Traditions Club. Entertainment for the evening was provided by two Aggie Student organizations, TAMU Bellydance Association and Percussion Studio, and also featured professional classical Indian musicians.

A highlight of the symposium is the presentation of the Merit and Service awards. The annual Trevor Kletz Merit Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of education, research, or service activities related to process safety concepts and/or technologies. The contributions or accomplishments leading to the annual Merit Award need not be associated with the Center, but must fit within the central theme of the Center: Making Safety Second Nature. In establishing the Merit Award, the Steering Committee underscored the importance of promoting and recognizing significant contributions and accomplishments of practitioners and researchers worldwide. The 2014 Merit Award was presented to Paul Amyotte. The Harry H. West Service Award, on the other hand, was established by the Steering Committee to honor and recognize individuals who have contributed directly to the success of the Center and have played a significant role in advancing the mission of the Center. The Service Award was presented to Jack Chosnek.

The Lamiya Zahin Memorial Safety Scholarship was presented to Lubna Ahmed. In fond and living memory of Lamiya Zahin, the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center have established the Lamiya Zahin Memorial Safety Scholarship. On July 31, 2004, an explosion and fire occurred in a university apartment on the Texas A&M University campus. Four members of the family of Saquib Ejaz, a chemical engineering graduate student were critically injured and hospitalized. Saquib’s mother and his four-year old daughter, Lamiya Zahin subsequently passed away a few days later in the intensive care burn unit at Galveston Hospital from injuries sustained in the fire. Graduate students in the department are encouraged to apply for the scholarship by writing a 1000-word essay on “Safety Innovations in Research Projects.” The Honorable Mention recipient was Ravi Chawla.

The symposium and banquet photos are available here: http://psc.tamu.edu/library/photo-gallery

The 18th Annual International Symposium is scheduled for October 27-29, 2015 at the Hilton Conference Center at College Station, TX. The Call for Papers is being solicited through March 13, 2015; information can be found here: http://psc.tamu.edu/symposia/2015-sym.

For more information on the International Symposium, contact Valerie Green, Associate Director, at 979-845-6884 or val-green@tamu.edu.