Incorporating Risk Assessment and Inherently Safer Design Practices into Chemical Engineering Education


  • Jeffrey R. Seay University of Kentucky
  • Mario R. Eden Auburn University


This paper introduces, via case study example, the benefit of including risk assessment methodology and inherently safer design practices into the curriculum for chemical engineering students. This work illustrates how these tools can be applied during the earliest stages of conceptual process design. The impacts of decisions made during conceptual process design are analyzed using risk assessment methodology. The application of this methodology to design problems considered by process design students is demonstrated.

Author Biographies

Jeffrey R. Seay, University of Kentucky

Jeffrey Seay is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He recently moved to academia after 12 years in industry. He holds a B.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (2008) from Auburn University, and an M.S. (2004) from the University of South Alabama, all in chemical engineering. In addition to his professional experience as a process design engineer, he is a trained PHA Team Leader with extensive experience in risk assessment methodology and layer-of-protection analysis.

Mario R. Eden, Auburn University

Mario Eden is presently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. He received his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2003) degrees from the Technical University of Denmark. Dr. Eden's work seeks to advance the state of the art in process systems engineering (PSE) research and education through innovative and novel systematic methodologies for integrated process and product design. Dr. Eden is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2006).