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Vaughen, B.K.


Bruce K. Vaughen (PhD, PE, CCPSC) is the Lead Process Safety Subject Matter Expert at the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), a technology alliance at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He has more than 25 yr of process safety experience, including engineering, research, teaching and consulting experiences, and as a visiting assistant professor at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. His roles have included leading global process safety management (PSM) efforts, updating and developing corporate PSM standards, and developing PSM training and workshops. He is coauthor of Process Safety: Key Concepts and Practical Approaches, the principal author of three CCPS guideline books, and has developed training modules for AIChE’s Safety and Chemical Engineering Education committee. He holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as an MS degree and a PhD in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Vaughen is a registered professional engineer in the U.S.

Looking back at the Phillips 66 explosion in Pasadena, Texas: 30 years later

Contributing Writer: Bloch, K. P.
AIChE: Vaughen, B.K.

October 23, 2019 marks the 30-yr anniversary of a devastating fire and explosion that claimed the lives of 23 workers at a major chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas.

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