The following is an extract from Texas A&M “Process safety pioneer M. Sam Mannan passes away“.
Dr. M. Sam Mannan’s work, as executive director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC), has influenced the entire chemical engineering industry in the U.S. and worldwide. Process safety, which was once seen as little more than wearing safety goggles or a lab coat, has become one of the most important areas of chemical engineering. Throughout Mannan’s more than 20 years with the center, the MKOPSC has been a driving force in industry’s adoption of more rigorous safety standards.
Mannan, Regents Professor and holder of the T. Michael O’Connor Chair I in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, fellow of the U.K. Institution of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and National Fire Protection Association.