Safety engineering degree program recognized by IChemE

MannanAwardThe Master of Science in safety engineering degree, conferred by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC), has been recognized by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as satisfying the requirements to register as a professional process safety engineer. It is considered a preferred pathway to obtaining the qualification. 

IChemE presented the program certification to Dr. M. Sam Mannan, director of MKOPSC and regents professor, at the 2015 MKOPSC International Symposium.

“We are excited to have our degree program certified,” Mannan said. “This provides a new and recommended avenue for engineers to become recognized as process safety experts.”

In addition to the program certification, IChemE conferred the title of professional process safety engineer on Mannan at the event. He joins a pool of less than 100 engineers who have achieved this qualification.

“I’m honored to be the first professional process safety engineer from MKOPSC,” Mannan said. “I’m looking forward to working with many students as they go through our program.”

Professional process safety engineers are globally recognized. The title holds the same level of status as chartered engineer and professional engineer. IChemE established the program to distinguish practitioners as professionals in process safety.

MKOPSC has worked with IChemE, the leading professional engineering organization in Europe, since 2014. They have collaborated on process safety education, chemical product design and strategic leadership and direction.

For more information about the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, please visit the website