Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium

Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature

In association with IChemE

October 28-30, 2014

Hilton Conference Center
801 University Drive East
College Station, Texas

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Future Symposium Dates
October 27-29, 2015
October 24-27, 2016
October 23-26, 2017

This symposium serves as the crossroads for process safety where industry, academia, government agencies and other stakeholders come together to discuss critical issues of research in process safety. Experts from around the world will gather as part of this two and a half-day symposium, to share the latest information on the hottest topics aimed at making the process industry a safer place. The 2014 International Symposium of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center will be held at the College Station Hilton Conference Center on October 28-30, 2014.


Brian Salerno

Brian Salerno was sworn in as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on August 26, 2013. He is responsible for promoting safety, protecting the environment and conserving resources through the vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement of offshore operations on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. Prior to his appointment as Bureau Director, Salerno served as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deputy Commandant for Operations where he was responsible for establishing and providing operational strategy, policy, guidance and resources as needed to meet national priorities for U.S. Coast Guard missions, programs and services. Previous Washington, D.C.-based assignments included serving as the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, Assistant Commandant for Policy and Planning, and Director of Inspections and Compliance.

Salerno was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard in December 1976 after attending Officer Candidate School. Over the course of his 36-year active duty career, Salerno attained the rank of Vice Admiral, serving predominantly within the U.S. Coast Guard’s marine safety program. His field assignments included commanding units in Boston, MA and San Juan, PR, in addition to other assignments in Baltimore, MD; Port Arthur, TX; Portland, ME; and as the marine safety adviser to the Panama Canal Authority. Salerno is a 2000 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, with a Masters in Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College nonresident program, and holds a Master’s Degree in Management from the Johns Hopkins University. He is licensed as a master of small passenger vessels.

Ian Cameron

Ian Cameron is a professor at the School of Chemical Engineering, an inaugural Senior Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and ALTC Discipline Scholar in Engineering & ICT. He is also a director and principal consultant at Daesim Technologies, Brisbane. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).He completed Chemical Engineering degrees at the University of NSW, and a masters degree at the University of Washington. He worked for 10 years for the CSR Group in diverse industry sectors such as sugar, building materials and industrial chemicals, having roles in process and control system design, plant commissioning, production management and environmental protection.

He obtained his PhD and DIC from Imperial College London in the area of Process Systems Engineering (PSE), and then worked full-time for 3 years as a United Nations (UNIDO) process engineering consultant in Argentina and a further 6 years in Turkey on a part-time basis. He has spent the last 25 years in research, consulting, teaching and learning innovation at The University of Queensland, having received numerous awards including the J.A. Brodie Medal of the Institution of Engineers Australia, the Australian Award for University Teaching in Physical Sciences 2003 and the Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year. He was part of the team from UQ Chemical Engineering that won a national AAUT institutional award in 2005 for educational enhancement via project centred curriculum and course innovation. He has held visiting appointments at Imperial College London, University College London, the Technical University of Denmark, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Edinburgh.

Steve Flynn

Dr. Steve Flynn is the Vice President of Health, Safety, Security, and Environment at BP. Steve was appointed Vice President for Health, Safety, Security & Environment, BP Group in November 2007. In November 2010, Steve’s role was expanded to oversee the company-wide risk processes for engineering, HSSE and operations risks and a program to enhance the capability and processes for investigating incidents and embedding learnings. Steve graduated in Chemical Engineering from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1981. Steve went on to earn Masters and PhD degrees from Manchester for his research work, prior to joining BP Research at Sunbury-on-Thames in 1984.

Steve spent the early part of his career with BP in technology, initially involved in mineral processing and going on to coordinate BP’s environmental technology programmes in the early nineties. Since then Steve has had a variety of roles in the area of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) management in the Exploration and Production business. This included senior roles in North Sea operations in the late 1990’s, and more recently as HSE Manager for BP’s Gulf of Mexico Projects. Steve was also Head of HSE for Exploration and Production during the BP Amoco merger and spent an assignment in BP’s corporate planning department in London supporting executive management on strategy, commercial planning and financial analysis. Following the Texas City explosion in March 2005, Steve returned to London to support the development of BP’s strategic agenda in the area of Safety and Operations prior to taking up his current role. Steve was closely involved in BP’s response to the Deepwater Horizon incident during 2010 through leading the technical HSSE support response team and in testifying for BP at a US Senate hearing on Work Place Safety in July.

Dwight Johnston

Dwight Johnston graduated from Texas A&M University in 1977, with a BS in Civil Engineering. He began his career with Shell in Houston, working his first few years in a variety of Facilities and Project Engineering positions. Dwight and his family moved to Bakersfield, California in 1983, where he served in his first supervisory position. While in California, he held positions as Field Operations Foreman and Facilities Engineering Supervisor. He then spent one year, back in Houston, in a corporate planning position before he transferred to New Orleans in 1988. In New Orleans, Dwight held a variety of positions, including Asset Manager, Project Manager, HSE Manager, Operational Excellence Manager, and Operations Services Manager for Shell’s Gulf of Mexico operations. In August 2009, he moved to The Hague, Netherlands to serve as the Global Process Safety Manager. He moved back to New Orleans in April 2012, and currently serves as Vice President Safety, Environment, and Social Performance in Shell’s Deep Water Business Unit. Dwight is married, has three children, one grandchild, and goes fishing whenever he gets the chance.