Professor Dr. Sam Mannan Receives Doctoris Honoris Causa

Regents Professor Dr. M. Sam Mannan, holder of the T. Michael O’Connor Chair in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University was awarded the honorary degree of Doctoris Honoris Causa by the Senate of the Technical University of Lodz in Poland. He was formally awarded at the convocation ceremony of University of Lodz on September 20, 2011, in recognition of his distinguished expertise in the field of process safety and risk analysis.

Dr. Mannan has been teaching for over 33 years, and mentoring the next generation in the quest for new knowledge has always remained his interest. In this context he shared, “Every moment of a student’s experience in the university should involve some kind of learning.” Dr. Mannan also thinks that there is a lack of integration between today’s engineering education and modern industrial practice. Engineering students must understand the social and global role of engineers and they must be able to accept and face the challenges, he added.

Apart from teaching, Dr. M. Sam Mannan is also serving as the director at Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. An internationally renowned expert on process safety and risk assessment, Dr. Mannan is a member of AIChE, American Society of Safety Engineers, the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He is also a co-author of the book “Guidelines for Safe Process Operations and Maintenance.” His research interests include abnormal situation management, aerosol research, inherently safer design, quantitative risk assessment, reactive chemicals, modeling of silane releases,LNGsafety and design and flammability research. He has served as a consultant to numerous entities in both academic and private sectors. He believes that engineers have both professional and global responsibilities to design materials, processes, products and systems to sustain safe and sound conditions for human health and environment.

In his speech at the Convocation Ceremony of University of Lodz, Dr. Manna mentioned the honor of receiving the award as one of the most significant and highest honors conferred upon him. He also added that during the influential period of his undergraduate education, Professor Dr. Iqbal Mahmud, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) left an indelible impression on him, which propelled him forward in his lifelong quest.

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