Sean J. Dee is a managing engineer at Exponent, Inc. and the CCPS vice chair at the 2021 AIChE Virtual Spring Meeting & 17th Global Congress on Process Safety, which takes place April 18–23, 2021. We recently caught up with Sean to find out what we can expect at this year's virtual conference.
What is your role for the 2021 AIChE Virtual Spring Meeting & 17th Global Congress on Process Safety?
In addition to attending, presenting, and chairing various sessions this year, I will also be serving as the vice chair for the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) International Conference. The vice chair serves under the current chair, Jim Klein, to learn the ropes and prepare to serve as the CCPS conference chair the following year.
I’ve helped with the development of the call for abstracts, reviewed many great abstracts that were submitted to CCPS, and watched as the various conference chairs and leadership have navigated the planning process for the 2021 conference. As someone who has attended GCPS for many years, and served as a session chair as well, it gives me a new appreciation for the dedication and passion that goes into planning and coordinating a conference that has so much great programming and content for the attendees.
Can you give us some insight into this year’s GCPS and what events shouldn’t be missed?
One of the unique and rewarding responsibilities I've had as the vice chair is collaborating with the vice chairs in the Loss Prevention Symposium (LPS) and Process Plant Safety Symposium (PPSS) to plan the GCPS Joint Case Histories session. The Case Histories session has always been a session that I’ve looked forward to at the conference because it’s a venue where the process safety industry comes together to share, listen, discuss, and learn.
This year, the planned programming will encompass a variety of topics that relate to incidents that you’ve probably seen in the news, as well as some you probably haven’t. It’s been rewarding to help plan the session that has become one of my favorites at the conference over the years.
What information are you hoping attendees walk away with?
Every year, I hope the attendees at the conference walk away with practical solutions to process safety problems that they encounter in their jobs. I also hope that attendees walk away with an improved network, with contacts (presenters, chairs, or even other attendees) who can help them as they try to implement the ideas, programs, and learnings that they pick up during the conference.
Sean J. Dee, P.E.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Dee has investigated incidents in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. In many of these cases, Dr. Dee has helped his client understand the strengths and weaknesses of their process safety management programs. Read more