American Institute of Chemical Engineers Taps Dow Safety Leader as AIChE Fellow

FREEPORT - March 12, 2018 -

A distinguished record of developing safety expertise within Dow, and sharing that expertise with the industry to benefit society, has led to the selection of John Champion, Process Safety Technology Leader in the Monomers Technology Center, as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Champion, based at the Deer Park Dow Center, will be introduced as a Fellow on April 24 during the AIChE Fellows Breakfast at the Spring NationalMeeting in Orlando, Fla.

“John’s selection as an AIChE Fellow is an excellent tribute to all he has done to advance Dow’s constant drive to improve the safety of our plants and our communities,” said Peter Holicki, senior vice president, Operations, M&E, EH&S Operations, and ES&S. “This is a rare honor, one that very few people are able to earn.”

AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 60,000 members from more than 110 countries. Fellow is AIChE's highest grade of membership and is achieved only through election by the AIChE Board of Directors. By laws limit the number of Fellows to no more than 5 percent of the full professional membership, with a host of selection requirements including “service to the profession” and “significant professional accomplishment.”

Champion has an impressive list of advocacy engagements with AIChE’s Safety & Health Division, the Center for Chemical Process Safety, the Process Plant Safety Symposium, and the Southwest Process Technology Conference. He also has an extensive publishing record, often focused on sharing the safety standards Dow has developed with the public. In one note worthy paper, Champion and a team of co-authors shared the lessons that Dow learned from its outsider’s review of the 2010 spill at BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2017, Champion and several co-workers published a paper that shared comprehensive details of Dow’s process safety programs that helped drive down the Company’s Tier 1 Process Safety events from 69 in 2008 to an average of 10 in 2013–2015.

“Sharing what we have learned about safety is the right thing to do,” Champion said. “I’m proud of how I’ve been able to serve as an ambassador for Dow in the area of safety, and of how Dow has come to be a leader in the field. I’m honored to be selected as an AIChE Fellow, and grateful to the many otherswithin Dow who have been part of the work that it recognizes.”