Evonik Corporation (retired)
Although safety can always count on lip service, to make the wise decision to invest in strengthening process safety where hazards loom is a different matter. This is certainly true in times when resources are scarce. A high level of safety in complex process plant systems requires knowledge, methods and measures, and in particular motivated engineers educated in recognizing hazards and knowing how to counter those. It is laudable that the Centre of Safety Excellence and the CSE-Society initiative intends to counter the trend of the last few decades of increasing neglect of this branch of science and technology by academic institutions of chemical engineering. The Centre should become an European asset and its Ph.D. graduates contribute to a safe industry.
TEES Research Professor
Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
Texas A&M University, USA
Emeritus Professor Chemical Risk Management
Delft University of Technology, Delft NL