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2018 P2SAC Fall Conference - December 11-12

2018 P2SAC Fall Conference - December 11-12

Event Date: December 12, 2018
Hosted By: Purdue Process Safety & Assurance Center (P2SAC)
Location: Wilmeth Active Learning Center
Contact Name: Osman Basaran
Contact Phone: (765) 494-4061
Contact Email:
Priority: No
School or Program: Chemical Engineering
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Registration is now open for the Fall 2018 P2SAC Conference: All attendees please register at this link.

Company members: If your company is currently a member or will soon become a member of P2SAC, complete an additional survey at this link for the Executive Committee Dinner.


Tuesday, December 11 (day prior to the conference)

  • 6:00 pm Pre-conference dinner and discussion (Industrial members, guests, faculty, students, and postdocs)
    Location: 5th Floor Mingling Room at Ross Ade Stadium

Wednesday, December 12, Wilmeth Active Learning Center B058 (new venue)

  • 7:15-7:45 Coffee, tea, and light snacks

Session 1: Welcome and Introduction to P2SAC

  • 7:45-8:00 Osman Basaran (Professor of ChE and Academic & Founding Director P2SAC, Purdue): Welcome, what is P2SAC, and agenda
  • 8:00-8:20 Ray Mentzer (Visiting Professor of ChE and Executive Director P2SAC, Purdue): Report on broadening number and scope of P2SAC projects via PhD, MS, and UG student participation and industry mentoring; update on dual-level course on process safety management; new P2SAC initiatives and activities

Session 2: Quantitative and Simulation-Driven Approaches to Process Safety (Moderator: O. Basaran)

  • 8:20-9:05 Carl Laird (Professor of ChE, Purdue): Part 1: Systems engineering and optimization techniques for improved safety and security of critical infrastructure and process industries. Part 2: Gas detector placement in petrochemical and chemical facilities.

  • 9:05-9:45 George Harriott (Air Products): Leak detection on gas pipelines
  • 9:45-10:00 Ed Marszal (Kenexis): PMP project data structure standardization for PHA

  • 10:00-10:15 Coffee and snack break

Session 3: Improving Process Safety (Moderator: R. Mentzer)

  • 10:15-10:50 Raj Gounder (Professor of ChE, Purdue): Prevention through catalyst design for applications in the petrochemical industry
  • 10:50-11:20 Stewart Behie (Occidental): Driving PSM performance beyond KPI metrics

  • 11:20-11:50 Laurence Pearlman and Gabe Onofre (Marsh Risk Consulting): Process safety and the front line – How to simplify PS learning and establish safety critical equipment as a priority
  • 11:50-12:15 Tony Downes (Honeywell): Trust, but verify - the case for placing the entire safety lifecycle in one accessible place
  • 12:15-12:55 Catered lunch for participants (industrial reps, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and other guests)

Session 4: Broad Applications of Process Safety and Flow Assurance (Moderator: O. Basaran)

  • 12:55-1:20 Han Xia (Eli Lilly): Identifying autocatalytic decomposition reactions using model free kinetics

  • 1:20-1:45 Jay Deveraj (Dow Agrosciences): Improving R&D and academic lab safety through management of change and training
  • 1:45-2:05 Arvind Varma (Professor of ChE, Purdue): Parametric sensitivity and thermal runaway behavior in catalytic fixed-bed reactors

  • 2:05-2:20 Joseph Pekny and James Dietz (Professors, Purdue): Cybersecurity initiative with CISTAR
  • 2:20-2:30 Sai Swetha Sathanapally (ChE PMP student, Purdue): Characterization of reactive chemical hazards via calorimetry
  • 2:30-2:40 Zoltan Nagy (Professor of ChE, Purdue): Overview of continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • 2:40-2:50 Linda Wang (Professor of ChE, Purdue): Overview of efficient and safe separations and solvents
  • 2:50-3:00 Osman Basaran (Professor of ChE, Purdue): Overview of coalescence and flow assurance
  • 3:00-3:10 Refreshment break (but continue into next session)

Session 5: Open Discussion to be led by Industrial Representatives (Moderators: R. Mentzer and O. Basaran)

  • 3:15-5:10 Open discussion and needs led by industry reps (10 minutes per large member company, 5 minutes per small member company, and plus 20 minutes total to potential new members)

Session 6: Pitches for New PhD Projects (Moderator: O. Basaran and R. Mentzer)

  • 5:10-6:00 5 minute pitches by faculty for new PhD projects
  • 6:00 Adjournment (dinner to follow - see below)

  • 6:30 pm After conference dinner and discussion (Executive Committee only)
    Location: Bistro 501
    501 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901