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Illinois to host AIChE process safety boot camp

The University of Illinois Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce it has been selected by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to host a process safety boot camp this fall. AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) will hold the two-day workshop on September 10-11 in Roger Adams Laboratory in Urbana.

“We’re pleased to hold this event at Illinois, given the department’s longstanding commitment to safety education throughout the undergraduate curriculum,” said Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Lecturer Dr. Troy Vogel. Vogel is faculty adviser for the student chapter of AIChE at Illinois and the North-Central Regional Safety Coordinator for AIChE’s annual Chem-E-Car Competition.

“A large portion of our students are AIChE members and our student organizations do many professional and social events. We are a very active chapter,” Vogel said. The chapter has won several “outstanding student chapter” awards over the years, most recently for 2014-2015.

The boot camp will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It’s geared toward ChBE students, especially juniors and seniors, but graduate students and faculty are also welcome. Alumni interested in attending may contact Troy Vogel at tvogelatillinois [dot] edu. Organizers have also extended an invitation to students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Purdue University, making the boot camp accessible to more students and creating the first ever mini-regional boot camp.

AIChE’s Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative aims to improve and accelerate process safety education at the university level. It has three core components: modernizing and developing curriculum; educating faculty; and engaging and educating students. The initiative is supported by Dow and Chevron.

The September workshop at Illinois will cover a variety of topics and is a shortened version of AIChE’s intensive 4-day industrial Process Safety Boot Camp. The first day includes lectures and discussions on the differences between process and occupational safety, an introduction to management systems, risk-based process safety and other issues. The second day looks at managing risk, design issues, asset integrity and reliability, operational readiness and more.

Bootcamp instructors will be AIChE CCPS Staff Consultant John Herber and CCPS Project Director Rich Sarnie. Also participating in the workshop are Illinois ChemE alumnus Dan Crowl (PHD ’75) and co-author of the textbook, Chemical Process Safety: Fundamentals with Applications; Ken Tague, Global Process Safety Manager at ADM.

Students can register by following this link. Priority registration is given to paid AIChE members; priority registration is available to students who register by 5 p.m. Aug 26. Registration will continue until 5 p.m. Sept 2.

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