Professional Development

Pre-Conference Workshop

Course Title: Process Safety in Engineering and Industry

Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Time: TBD
Location: Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel

This course offers the one-day overview of risk-based process safety from the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS). Participants will learn how process safety applies to all areas of engineering.

Course Details

A simple definition of process safety is the sustained absence of incidents. As engineers, we have a responsibility, and often a legal obligation, to ensure that we are designing, building and operating a structure, facility or operation in a safe and sustainable manner for the life cycle of that entity. Examples of these entities are a roadway, bridge, electrical conduit, piping system, transportation system, medical or diagnostic device, a manufacturing operation, a space shuttle, and a nuclear plant. The responsibility for safety goes beyond occupational or personal safety (slips, trips and falls) and focuses on the process safety of the entity during the evaluation, design, construction, operation, maintenance or dismantling.

Key points to ensure safety and sustainability are: understanding the risks associated with the entity for which we are responsible; knowledge and implementation expertise to manage those risks; controls and systems to prevent failures from occurring; and, controls and systems to mitigate failures if they do occur. Causes of failures can come from: technology; human performance (or lack of); management system failures; external circumstances or impacts; and, natural phenomena such as hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding.

This one-day course will include a review and discussion of the anatomy of an incident, examples, workshops and videos which will help the participants to understand how process safety applies to all areas of engineering.

Course Instructors

Shakeel H. Kadri
Executive Director and CEO of the Chemical Process Safety Center (CCPS®)

As a world leader in process safety, Shakeel H. Kadri, Executive Director and CEO of the Chemical Process Safety Center (CCPS®), brings nearly 40 years of broad industry experience, with a strong focus on improving process safety. Kadri came to CCPS in January 2015 as executive director. CCPS is an industrial technology alliance of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In nearly five years at CCPS, Shakeel has been expanding CCPS globally and driving the CCPS mission to minimize significant process safety incidents globally.

Before this role, Shakeel spent 36 years at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. In his most recent role there as director of Global Process Safety and Risk Management, which he held for twelve years, Shakeel was instrumental in building their global process safety team, raised company’s process safety risk awareness and focus globally, revitalized process safety performance measurement culture and developed a strong industry engagement. Prior to this role, Shakeel also held leadership positions in Process Engineering, Technology, Operations, Quality and HSE.

Shakeel is a Fellow of AIChE and a Fellow of CCPS. He is very engaged with the industry and its stakeholder. Shakeel has actively served on process safety committees of the American Chemistry Council, the American Petroleum Institute, the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, the International Council of Chemicals Associations, the Compressed Gas Association, the European Industrial Gases and Association, and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association.

Shakeel has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Finance.

Venkat Venkatasubramanian
Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, professor of computer science (affiliate), and professor of industrial engineering and operations research (affiliate) at Columbia University

Venkat Venkatasubramanian is the Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, professor of computer science (affiliate), and professor of industrial engineering and operations research (affiliate) at Columbia University. He earned his doctoral degree in chemical engineering at Cornell University, master’s degree in physics at Vanderbilt, and bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Madras, India. He taught at Purdue University for 23 years, before returning to Columbia in 2011. Venkat is a complex dynamical systems theorist interested in developing mathematical models of their structure, function, and behavior from fundamental conceptual principles. Venkat's research interests are diverse, ranging from AI to systems engineering to theoretical physics to economics, but they are generally focused on the theme of understanding complexity and emergent behavior in different domains. His contributions have been in fault diagnosis, process safety, materials analytics, pharmaceutical engineering, and complex adaptive systems. He is a past president of the CACHE Corporation. He currently serves as an Editor for Computers and Chemical Engineering. His book, How Much Inequality is Fair? Mathematical Principles of a Moral, Optimal, and Stable Capitalist Society, was published in 2017.

Pre-Conference Examination

Exam Title: Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP)

Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Time: TBD
Location: Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel

To be a successful mine safety and health professional, you must possess a wealth of professional knowledge and experience to effectively perform your duties and keep others safe. The Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) credential indicates to your peers and prospective employers that you have the experience, knowledge of domestic and international best practices and that you are dedicated to elevating safety and health standards on the job.

Candidates must be approved to sit for the exam and pay the certification fee. Apply now.