STS AICHE January 2022 Online meeting

Thursday, January 13, 2022, 6:00pm-8:30pm CST
Event format: 
Virtual / Online
Posted by Kanjakha Pal

STS-AIChE welcomes in 2022 with exceptional speakers and topics focused on the interests of Industry!  Please join us for an evening of state-of-the-art information- now Online.  STS AIChE Board of Directors is placing safety of members as top priority.  Due to the increase in CoViD cases in our area,  STS AIChE is pivoting this meeting format from in-person to online.  The offer of a hybrid option was not practicable for this January meeting.


Online Meeting Agenda and Registration

6:00PM - 6:45PM Workshop, “Protect Your Process Plant with Process Safety Management,” by Dr. Vic Edwards

6:45PM - 7:00PM Social/Networking Time

7:00PM – 7:20PM STS Announcements & Awards Presentation

7:20PM – 8:20PM Keynote Presentation, “Operator Effectiveness,” by Honeywell Process Solutions, ASM Consortium, Tom Williams and Carolina Mendoza Barboza

Registration link

Note,  both the workshop and keynote will qualify for PDH credits.  Registration for this online meeting is for no fee.  A small $5 donation is welcomed to offset our online meeting costs. 


Keynote Dinner Presentation

“Operator Effectiveness” by Honeywell Process Solutions, ASM Consortium

Human error is often blamed for Process Industry incidents. A deeper dive shows most of these incidents occurred because best practices in human factors were not followed: Operators were presented with poor quality visual workplaces (i.e. displays), they experienced information overload (particularly alarms), they struggled with incomprehensible procedures, and they work in uncomfortable operating environments. The ASM Consortium has studied Abnormal Situations for more than 25 years and has documented best practices based on University Research and field trials. Come learn what’s known and what’s new in preventing or minimizing abnormal situations.


About the speakers

Tom Williams

Tom serves as Senior Engineering Program Manager for Operator Effectiveness at Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). He is also the Director of the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and Rutgers University, respectively. Tom’s career includes roles in R&D at Mobil Oil and Mobil Chemical, and in Process Development & Design, Plant Optimization, and Automation at Honeywell Performance Materials and Technology. Tom holds three patents, and is a certified Six Sigma black belt.


Carolina Mendoza Barboza

Carolina serves as Principal Project Engineer for Operator Effectiveness at Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). Carolina is also the Control Room Lead for the Americas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela. Carolina’s career started as a Process Control Engineer at PDVSA Amuay refinery. Later, she took roles as Automation Engineer for Major projects and Planning & Scheduling Analyst. She has worked for Honeywell since 2006, contributing to improving operator performance through Alarm Management and Operator effectiveness consultancy services.



Pre-dinner Workshop

STS-AIChE is pleased to offer a continuing education workshop on “Protect Your Process Plant with Process Safety Management,” by Dr. Vic Edwards, VHE Technical Analysis.  Local section members are welcome to attend continuing education workshops; annual local section dues covers the expense.  Dinner registration is separate to the continuing education pre-dinner workshops.


“Protect Your Process Plant with Process Safety Management” Workshop

Chemical Process Plants often process chemicals that are either reactive (such as acids) and/or flammable (such as fuels). These chemical processes are often energetic. These reactive process chemicals may react with humans and/or nature…often with harmful effects. It is thus essential to prevent loss of containment of process chemicals and to prevent unwanted reactions.  Process Safety Management is the chemical engineering specialty that has been developed by AIChE and the international chemical engineering community to prevent or mitigate process incidents. One of the key developments is the comprehensive and organized AIChE CCPS (Center for Chemical Process Safety) protocol entitled “Risk-Based Process Safety” This presentation will summarize how this set of best practices is applied to a given process plant.


About the speaker

Victor H. (Vic) Edwards, PhD, PE(TX)

Chemical Engineering Consultant

Vic consults in Process Safety Management, in Process and Environmental Engineering, and in Pressure Relief Systems.  In 2013, Edwards retired as Director of Process Safety for IHI Engineering and Construction International.  His projects included biochemical and chemical processes, biomass energy, coal gasification, methanol-to-gasoline, LNG, chemical weapons demilitarization, hazardous waste disposal, offshore hydrocarbons facilities, and emergency relief systems. In thirty years, he has participated in more than100 projects with a total installed cost of $11 billion.

Vic chaired the 9th American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Global Congress on Process Safety and numerous other professional activities. In 2015, Vic received the Walton/Miller Award for process safety from the Safety and Health Division of AIChE. He is an AIChE Fellow and has more than 70 publications, including a recent book with Suzanne Shelley entitled “Careers in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering”.

Edwards is a bachelor’s graduate of Rice University and a doctoral graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, both degrees in chemical engineering.