Candidates For 2018 Executive Committee

Nominated as Chair-Elect for 2018 (and to succeed to the Chair in 2019 and Past Chair in 2020)


Thomas E. Rehm, PhD, PE, CPSP, CSP, CPSA, CLP

I have had an interesting career; now semi-retired but still busy. It all started in 1972 with UOP – most of my time spent as a Senior Design Engineer. I left there in 1981 to complete graduate studies at Northwestern University, defending my doctoral dissertation in 1985, and joining Amoco Chemical in Naperville, Illinois at the Amoco Research Center, where I was primarily involved in commercializing new products. From there I joined CH&A in 1993, a small consulting firm in Kingwood, Texas, where I investigated industrial accidents, primarily for litigation. Saudi Aramco hired me in 1997 to improve their investigations and in the process of doing so I became involved on the steering committee that launched Saudi Aramco’s version of Process Safety Management in 2005, the year after I led the Saudi Aramco Compliance Review Team, essentially PSM auditing of several Saudi Aramco facilities and operations. Three of the last four groups of letters behind my name are Process Safety Certifications, the fourth being Certified Safety Professional.
I retired in 2009, toured all fifty states with wife Mary in 2010, and settled into semi-retirement in 2011 in the Houston area, near to the greatest concentration of grandkids (6 of 10). As with my career, I have had an interesting retirement – some process safety consulting work now and then and a little volunteer work. I am completing two years as the Human Resources Officer of the South Texas Section. I am a Director of the AIChE Safety & Health Division, a member of the S&H Division Virtual Meeting Planning Committee, the Chair of the S&H Division Student Outreach Committee, a member of the CCPS Process Safety Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and a member of the AIChE PAIC Climate Task Force.
As Chair-Elect of the South Texas Section, I will support our 2018 Chair Carlos Salamanca to achieve successful implementation of all STS programs. Before you cast your vote for me, it is important for you to know that I believe that AGW (anthropogenic global warming) is occurring and I will do everything I can to alter the course of our nation’s aversion to this important issue. Check out the PAIC Climate Task Force discussions on Engage. I was a moderator for the first two of eight discussions in this series, which will run through February. The objective of the AIChE PAIC Climate Task Force is to craft a new AIChE Climate Change Policy for consideration by the AIChE Board of Directors. My personal objective following a new AIChE policy is for the AIChE to be a leader among U.S. engineering societies in mitigative and adaptive measures.

Dr. Morgan Reed

Dr. Reed has extensive offshore & onshore experience in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. Dr. Reed works within Exponent’s Thermal Sciences group specializing in fluid flow and combustion events with regards to process safety incidents. His assessment of flammable and toxic vapor dispersions, jet/pool fires, explosions, to structural response calculations provide guidance to a wide variety of industrial clients for regulatory compliance and continual improvement of their corporate process safety and risk management goals.
Dr. Reed’s primary area of expertise is in modeling (analytical and Computational Fluid Dynamics) and development of studies such as Fire Risk Assessment (FRA), Explosion Risk Assessment (ERA), Escape, Evacuation, and Rescue Assessment (EERA), and Helideck Availability just to name a few. For the last several years, Dr. Reed has applied CFD analysis to a wide variety of risk problems associated with flammable and toxic vapor dispersion, explosions within enclosed modules and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals.
Dr. Reed is active with local and national professional organizations including the American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He has served as peer reviewer for books produced by the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) such as Guidelines for Process Safety Knowledge and Expertise, Guidelines for Siting and Layout of Facilities and Guidelines for Process Safety in Upstream and Shale Ops. He has also been a committee member for the development the Evergreen LOPA/IPL Database, Guidelines for Inherently Safer Design and Incidents that Define Process Safety..
Dr. Reed has been the 2017 Chair for the AIChE South Texas Section Young Professional Organization. 


Nominated as Secretary for 2018/2019


Debra McCall

Debra has been involved with the section for several years and is the current facilitator for the First Friday Networking Lunch series.  She has also previously served as the Communications Chair with the Young Professionals and volunteers regularly at the Offshore Technology Conference representing AIChE.
She has managed chemical manufacturing facilities in every major shale play in the US and is currently an independent consultant in the chemicals industry.
Debra earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Nominated as Position 4 (Membership) for 2018/2019


Jimmy Kumana

Mr. Kumana holds a masters degree in chem eng from the Univ of Cincinnati, and has more than 35 years of experience in process design and energy/water optimization, working for both manufacturing and engineering design companies before establishing K&A in 1997, specializing in Process Integration (Pinch Analysis). He has been a consultant to major corporations world-wide including Amoco (BP), Union Carbide (Dow), Dupont, Enron, Lubrizol, Mitsubishi, Monsanto (Solutia), Pemex, PetroChina, SABIC, Saudi Aramco, Southern Cal Gas, Tesoro, and Xcel Energy, as well as to US Dept of Energy, Natural Resources Canada, the World Bank, and UNIDO. He has authored or co-authored over 75 technical papers and book chapters, and regularly teaches courses on Pinch Analysis, Energy Efficiency in Oil Refineries, and related subjects.

Nominated as 2 (Outreach) for 2018/2019


Dr. Sheena Reeves

Dr. Sheena M. Reeves is an assistant professor in the chemical engineering department at Prairie View A&M University and has been a faculty member for about six years. She serves as the transfer student advisor and webmaster for the department. In 2006, Sheena obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU) in Starkville, MS. In 2011, she became the first African American to graduate from MSU with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. While at MSU, she also completed the college’s Material Engineering and Science certification program.  Dr. Reeves is the faculty advisor for the Omega Chi Epsilon honor society and the creator of the CHEG Senior and Awards Recognition Ceremony.  In the past, she has served on the Faculty Senate as Secretary, Elections Chair, and Facilities Committee Chair. Sheena participates in several professional organizations and has leadership roles in the South Texas local section of AIChE and the Minority Affairs Committee of AIChE. Recently, Dr. Reeves was award the honor of being named one of AIChE’s 35 under 35 for 2017. 


Dr. Emmanuel Dada

Emmanuel Dada is currently an adjunct faculty member and faculty advisor to the AIChE Student Chapter of Prairie View A & M University.  He worked for FMC for over 14 years in many areas of innovative technologies becoming an Associate Research Fellow in 2004.  Prior to joining FMC in 1995, he had worked at Rohm and Haas Company (acquired by Dow Chemical's) from 1989 to 1994. Emmanuel received his BSChE from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and his M.S. and Ph.D. ChE from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
An AIChE Fellow, Emmanuel is a member of AIChE National Separation Division and Process Development Division. He was an active member of the Delaware Valley Local Section before he relocated to Houston in 2009 and now participates actively in the South Texas Local Section meetings.  He served as the chair of the centennial General Arrangement Committee (GAC) at the AIChE conference in Philadelphia, 2008. He also served as Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) from 2000-2002 and Chair of the MAC –AIChE Student Awards since 1999.  He was awarded the AIChE-MAC Distinguished Service Award in 2000, William Grimes Award in 2012, and pioneer award at MAC@25 in 2015.  He served 2 terms from 2006 to 2007 as chair of the Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC) and as its secretary in 2009. In 2007 as the chair of SIOC, he welcomed the idea of partnership with EWB, Engineers Without Borders-USA, a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life that eventually led to an MOU and a rewarding partnership to both organizations. For many years, he represented FMC in the AIChE's Center for Sustainable Technology Practices (CSTP), an industry consortium that has created among other notable achievements a Sustainable Development Guide for technology development.  He is a member of the Admissions Committee of AIChE. He served as a technical advisor representing AIChE on worldwide ETHICANA video on The Global Anti-Corruption Education and Training (ACET) initiatives   to reduce corruption in the engineering and construction industry, involving contractors, governments, financial institutions, management and others. Emmanuel is active in other professional organizations where among others he served as an Associate Member, Committee on Minority Affairs of ACS and as past President of the NY/NJ Chapter of NOBCChE.