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2019 Fall P2SAC Conference - December 4-5

2019 Fall P2SAC Conference - December 4-5

Event Date: December 4, 2019
Hosted By: Purdue Process Safety & Assurance Center (P2SAC)
Location: Stewart Center
Priority: No
School or Program: Chemical Engineering
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Registration is now open for the Fall 2019 P2SAC Conference. All attendees please register at this link.

December 4: Industry-led tutorials on Process Safety

View the list of Poster Presentation Abstracts here.

Tentative Agenda:

9:00-11:00  Conference Registration

11:00-12:15  Lunch - STEW 302-306

12:30-5:30 Three (3) Tutorials - STEW 214 ABCD

View descriptions of the three tutorial sessions here.

  • 12:30-2:00: A Tutorial on the CCPS Risk Analysis Screening Tool (RAST): A Hazards Identification and Risk Analysis (HIRA) Approach for Effectively Understanding and Managing Your Process Safety Risks, Bruce K. Vaughen, Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)
  • 2:15-3:45: Using Calorimetry to Understand Reactive Chemical Hazards, Steven Horsch, Dow
  • 4:00-5:30: Introduction to Risk Assessment & Management & PHA Course, Stewart Behie, Oxy

6:00-7:00: Poster session and wine/beer/cocktail hour (open to all)

Presentations by:

  • Blake Finkenauer (Advisor: Prof. Letian Dou): Progress in lead-free perovskites and self-healing perovskites
  • Juan Carlos Vega-Vila (Advisor: Prof. Raj Gounder): Post-synthetic preparation of solid Lewis acids with controlled density of hydrophilic binding sites and consequences for sugar isomerization catalysis
  • Zachary Batts and Yang Lyu (mentored by 3M): Explosion analysis for hybrid mixtures containing dusts
  • Hunter Lavoine (mentored by Fauske & Associates): Design and assembly of benchtop thermal hazards calorimeter
  • Qiyuan Zhao (Advisor: Prof. Brett Savoie): Enthalpy of formation prediction via TAFFI Group Increment Theory
  • Cheng-Wei Tai (Advisor:  Prof. Vivek Narsimhan): Particulate motion in viscoelastic fluids -- effect of particle shape

7:00 Dinner/Banquet (open to all) - STEW 218 ABCD


December 5: 2019 Fall P2SAC Conference

View the list of Speaker Presentation Abstracts here.

STEW 310

Tentative Agenda:

Morning Session

7:30-7:50 Osman Basaran, Academic Director, Purdue ChE: Welcome and Overview

7:50-8:15 Ray Mentzer, Executive Director, Purdue ChE: Overview

8:15-8:50 Carl Laird, Sandia/Purdue ChE: Systems approaches to protection of critical infrastructure

8:50-9:15 John Cusimano, aeSolutions: Cyber PHA

9:15-9:45 Brett Savoie, Purdue ChE: High-throughput quantum calculations of thermodynamic properties

9:45-10:00 Short break

10:00-10:30 Raj Gounder, Purdue ChE: PTD in catalysis and rxn engineering

10:30-10:55 Laurence Pearlman/ Greg Rodway/Gabe Onofre, Marsh: How is your process safety culture? Better practices and approaches to self-assessment

10:55-11:20 Denise Albrecht, 3M: Right sizing combustible particulate management while meeting NFPA 652 requirements

11:20-11:45 Kingsly Ambrose, Purdue ABE: Sensing dust concentration using smartphone

11:45-12:45 Lunch


​Afternoon Session

12:55-1:20 Charles Fialkowski, Siemens: Reducing the human error impact on Safety Instrumented Systems using integrated lifecycle tools

1:20-1:45 Denny Yu, Purdue IE: Human factors in the workplace-sensing human performance

1:45-2:10 David Moore, AcuTech: The convergence of process safety and security strategies for critical infrastructure protection of emerging threats

2:10-2:35 Jeff Sperry, Vertex: Process safety at Vertex Pharmaceuticals (<5L scale)

2:35-3:00 Min Sheng, Corteva: Industrial examples of misuse of DSC crucibles for thermal stability hazard evaluation

3:00-3:10 Short break

3:10-3:35 Ed Marszal, Kenexis: Lithium ion battery thermal runaway

3:35-4:05 Vilas Pol, Purdue ChE: Batteries and battery safety

4:05-4:30 Bruce Vaughen, CCPS, and Kenneth Bloch: Remembering the lessons of the 1989 Phillips Petroleum Company explosion

4:30-4:45 Lab safety or cybersecurity project(s) – joint P2SAC/ CISTAR efforts funded by NSF

4:45-5:00 Cybersecurity or lab safety project(s) – joint P2SAC/ CISTAR efforts funded by NSF

5:00-6:00 Open discussion

6:00-7:00 Wine/beer/cocktails (no posters; attendees include Executive Committee, EC, and selected industry guests including members of the SAB)

7:00 Dinner (EC and selected guests) - PMU EW Faculty Lounge


Additional Information

Participation in the conference is free. Questions? Contact Professor Osman Basaran at or Ray Mentzer at for more information about this event.