A Regents professor and holder of the T. Michael O,Connor Chair I at Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and executive director of Mary Kay’O Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, Dr. Sam Mannan was a graduate of this department and the inaugural holder of the M A Naser Chair. He was the first pioneer to bring the concept of process safety in Bangladesh. Prof. Sam Mannan was well known, whether it is in China, India, Malaysia, Colombia, Bangladesh, Qatar or the US. He left his footprint everywhere by his effort to change the safety culture all over the world.
Dr. J P GUPTA, distinguished Professor and Head of the Dept. Of Chemical Engineering at Shiv Nadar University, is a well-known in the field of process safety. He was the Founding Director General of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar; and Founding Director of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Rae Bareli (under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas). He has been bestowed with the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Pennsylvania, Trevor Kletz Merit Award by Texas A&M University, The Hutchinson Medal (jointly with David W Edwards) by the Institution of Chemical Engineers UK and IPCL Safety Award by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has worked closely with Dr. Sam Mannan, and recalled fond memories of his time spent with Dr. Mannan and remembered the contributions that Dr. Mannan made to the field of process safety.