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Global Center for Safety Initiative

Keynote Speaker Dr. Rod Simmons

Dr. Rod Simmons

Rodney J. Simmons, Ph.D., CSP earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering (with a specialization in safety and industrial hygiene engineering) at Texas A&M University, and also holds a S.M. in industrial hygiene from Harvard University School of Public Health and a M.S. in environmental chemistry from California State University, Northridge, where he also earned a B.S. in environmental health science. Since Fall of 2010, he’s served on the engineering faculty of The Petroleum Institute, which is now a part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology. He’s also a Visiting Professor at Huddersfield University in the UK. Prior to 2010, he held faculty posts at University of Cincinnati, Texas A&M University, Illinois State University, Tunghai University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is an elected Fellow of the International System Safety Society and serves as its Immediate-Past President. He’s a two-time recipient of the Society’s Educator of the Year Award; he’s also received the Society’s International Award and the President’s Award. His professional interests include integration of system safety and risk analysis into engineering education and strategies for embedding an HSE Through Design approach in corporate engineering culture. He’s authored two books (including System Safety and Risk Management, which he co-authored with Pat Clemens) and over 170 papers and technical presentations. He is one of less than five people worldwide to be certified in five different aspects of professional safety practice by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, including: system safety; engineering aspects, construction aspects, management aspects, and comprehensive practice.