Faculty Perceptions of Process Safety Judgment Criteria

A Pilot Study





Process safety remains an area of importance in chemical engineering education. Process safety incidents are tied to individuals’ choices that require exercising judgement in weighing competing criteria. While safety is paramount, we need to acknowledge the competing criteria practitioners need to consider (budget, leadership, personal relationships, plant production, and time). Our work examines the relationship between individuals’ beliefs versus behavior in process safety decisions, and explores use of a process safety game as an intervention.

Author Biographies

Elif Eda Miskioğlu, Bucknell University

Dr. Elif Miskioǧlu is a chemical engineering educator and engineering education scholar passionate about developing a stronger engineering workforce to contend with increasingly complex societal challenges. A faculty member at Bucknell University, her work focuses on the development of engineering expertise, with emphasis on problem-solving approaches and support structures for underrepresented populations in STEM.

Cheryl A. Bodnar, Rowan University

Cheryl A. Bodnar, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Experiential Engineering Education Department at Rowan University. Her research interests relate to the incorporation of active learning techniques such as game-based learning in undergraduate classes as well as integration of innovation and entrepreneurship into the engineering curriculum. In particular, she is interested in the impact that these tools can have on student perception of the classroom environment, motivation, and learning outcomes.

Brittany Butler, Rowan University

Brittany Butler is currently pursuing a PhD in Engineering Education in the Experiential Engineering Education department at Rowan University. Her research focuses on the differences in the way chemical engineering students and industry professionals develop knowledge and apply fundamental concepts within a process safety realm, and how to shift student’s development processes closer to industry professionals.

Jeffrey Stransky, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Jeffrey Stransky, PhD, is a post-doctoral research associate in the School of Applied Engineering and Technology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He holds a PhD in Engineering Education from Rowan University. Dr. Stransky seeks to understand the engineering ideologies that promote potential disparities between engineers' practices and their micro- and macroethics. Specifically, he pursues to empower engineers with the skills required to incorporate macroethical considerations in their professional practice.

Cayla Ritz, Rowan University

Cayla Ritz is pursuing a PhD in Engineering Education in the Experiential Engineering Education Department at Rowan University. Her research focuses on how story-driven games can be used to help engineering students understand how they may make decisions in professional engineering roles. She is particularly interested in how engineers make decisions in public welfare, community/environmental safety, and social contexts.





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