Appendix C
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members

Otis A. Shelton, Chair, is director for Safety and Environmental Services Compliance and Operational Assessments Program for Praxair, Inc., a position he has held since 1992. In this position, Mr. Shelton is responsible for managing Praxair’s assessment program that focuses on environmental, process safety, personnel safety, industrial hygiene, emergency planning, distribution, and medical gases programs. Previously, Mr. Shelton worked for Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) for 25 years in a variety of assignments, including production, distribution, financial analysis, and safety. Starting in 1986, he managed UCC’s Regional Corporate Health, Safety, and Environmental Protection Audit Program. This program reviewed UCC’s health, safety, and environmental compliance in all UCC’s operations, worldwide. He holds an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Houston. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) and has served on its board of directors. He has also served on the National Society of Black Engineers’ National Advisory Board for 20 years. He was elected as secretary of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2004. Mr. Shelton was a member of the NRC Committee on Chemical Demilitarization and has served as vice-chair on the NRC Committee to Review Secondary Waste Disposal and Regulatory Requirements for the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives Program. He was also a member of the NRC Committee to Evaluate the Safety and Environmental Metrics for Potential Application at Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities.


Robert A. Beaudet is retired from the faculty of the University of Southern California, where he served continuously in the Department of Chemistry since 1962. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 1962. In 1961 and 1962, he was a U.S. Army officer and served at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a research scientist. He also has served on Department of Defense committees that have addressed both offensive and defensive considerations surrounding chemical warfare agents. He was chair of an Army Science Board committee that addressed chemical detection and trace gas analysis. He also was the chair of an Air Force technical conference on chemical warfare decontamination and protection. He has participated in numerous NRC studies relating to chemical demilitarization. Most of his career has been devoted to research in molecular structure and molecular spectroscopy. Previously, Dr. Beaudet served as a member of the Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST), as a member of the NRC Committee on Review of the Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Disposal Program, and as a BAST liaison to the NRC Committee on Review and Evaluation of the Army Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program (the Stockpile Committee). He was a member of the NRC Committee to Examine the Disposal of Activated Carbon from the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems at Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities; the NRC Committee to Review and Assess Developmental Issues Concerning the Metal Parts Treater Design for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant; and the NRC Committee on the Review of the Design of the



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Appendix C Biographical Sketches of Committee Members Robert A. Beaudet is retired from the faculty of the Otis A. Shelton, Chair, is director for Safety and University of Southern California, where he served Environmental Services Compliance and Operational continuously in the Department of Chemistry since Assessments Program for Praxair, Inc., a position he 1962. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry has held since 1992. In this position, Mr. Shelton is from Harvard University in 1962. In 1961 and 1962, responsible for managing Praxair’s assessment program he was a U.S. Army officer and served at the Jet Pro- that focuses on environmental, process safety, person- pulsion Laboratory as a research scientist. He also has nel safety, industrial hygiene, emergency planning, dis- served on Department of Defense committees that have tribution, and medical gases programs. Previously, Mr. addressed both offensive and defensive considerations Shelton worked for Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) surrounding chemical warfare agents. He was chair for 25 years in a variety of assignments, including of an Army Science Board committee that addressed production, distribution, financial analysis, and safety. chemical detection and trace gas analysis. He also Starting in 1986, he managed UCC’s Regional Cor- was the chair of an Air Force technical conference on porate Health, Safety, and Environmental Protection chemical warfare decontamination and protection. He Audit Program. This program reviewed UCC’s health, has participated in numerous NRC studies relating safety, and environmental compliance in all UCC’s to chemical demilitarization. Most of his career has operations, worldwide. He holds an M.S. in chemical been devoted to research in molecular structure and engineering from the University of Houston. He is a molecular spectroscopy. Previously, Dr. Beaudet served fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers as a member of the Board on Army Science and Tech- (AICHE) and has served on its board of directors. He nology (BAST), as a member of the NRC Committee has also served on the National Society of Black Engi- on Review of the Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel neers’ National Advisory Board for 20 years. He was Disposal Program, and as a BAST liaison to the NRC elected as secretary of the American Institute of Chemi- Committee on Review and Evaluation of the Army cal Engineers in 2004. Mr. Shelton was a member of Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program (the Stockpile the NRC Committee on Chemical Demilitarization Committee). He was a member of the NRC Commit- and has served as vice-chair on the NRC Committee tee to Examine the Disposal of Activated Carbon from to Review Secondary Waste Disposal and Regulatory the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems Requirements for the Assembled Chemical Weapons at Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities; the NRC Com- Alternatives Program. He was also a member of the mittee to Review and Assess Developmental Issues NRC Committee to Evaluate the Safety and Environ- Concerning the Metal Parts Treater Design for the Blue mental Metrics for Potential Application at Chemical Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant; and the Agent Disposal Facilities. NRC Committee on the Review of the Design of the 42

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43 APPENDIX C Dynasafe Static Detonation Chamber (SDC) System (the Stockpile Committee), because of his more than for the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility 25 years of experience in toxicology and occupational (Anniston). He was also a member of the standing NRC safety and health. Dr. Gibson was appointed as the U.S. Committee on Chemical Demilitarization. representative to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Mauricio Futran, NAE, is currently an independent in October 2003. He has served on a variety of chemical c onsultant. Previously, he was vice president for demilitarization ad hoc committees, including as chair Process Research and Development at Bristol-Myers of the NRC Committee to Review and Assess Industrial Squibb Company, where he was responsible for lead- Hygiene Standards and Practices at Tooele Chemical ing process development. He was responsible as well Agent Disposal Facility (TOCDF). for small molecule and semibiologic API development Randal J. Keller is currently a professor in the Depart- from its interface with discovery to manufacturing validation. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dr. ment of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray Futran held positions with Merck Research Labs and State University. He received a B.A. in chemistry from Maquinaria Plastica, Morderna, in Mexico. He has Eisenhower College in 1979; an M.S. in toxicology published in journals such as the Journal of Chemi- from Utah State University in 1984, and a Ph.D., also cal Physics, made invited presentations at national in toxicology, from Utah State University in 1988. He scientific meetings, and lectured at universities such as is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial Harvard and North Carolina State. He holds two pat- hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, ents, “Crystallization method to improve crystal struc- the comprehensive practice of safety by the Board of ture and size” and “Process for producing N-amino- Certified Safety Professionals, and in the general prac- 1hydroxyalkylidene-1, 1-bisphosphonic acids.” He is tice of toxicology by the American Board of Toxicol- a member of the National Academy of Engineering, ogy. Dr. Keller is widely published and maintains an the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and independent consulting practice related to toxicology, the American Chemical Society. Dr. Futran formerly industrial hygiene, and safety. He served on the NRC’s served on the Board on Chemical Sciences and Tech- Committee to Review and Assess Industrial Hygiene nology. In addition, he serves as chair of the chemical Standards and Practices at Tooele Chemical Agent engineering advisory board at Princeton. He received Disposal Facility (TOCDF) and on its Committee on the B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from Rice Evaluation of Safety and Environmental Metrics for University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Potential Application at Chemical Agent Disposal Princeton. Facilities. J. Robert Gibson retired as a director in DuPont’s Tim Overton is president of TOPS Consulting. Before Crop Protection Products Division in Wilmington, this, he was the group head for process safety at BP. Delaware, in 2001. During his 30-year career with His expertise is in development and implementation of DuPont, Dr. Gibson held positions in R&D, chemical process safety standards and management systems and plant management, and corporate administration, as of corporate process safety metrics and incident reduc- corporate director of safety and health. He was also tion and risk reduction programs. Prior to joining BP, assistant director of DuPont’s Haskell Laboratory for Mr. Overton was chief process safety engineer at the Toxicology and Industrial Medicine. He was board-cer- Dow Chemical Company, where he had oversight of tified in toxicology by the American Board of Toxicol- process safety practices and standards. He holds a B.S. ogy from 1980 until 2005 and is currently a consultant in chemical engineering from the University of Texas. in toxicology and occupational safety and health. Dr. Mr. Overton serves as chair of the Center for Chemical Gibson graduated from Mississippi State University Process Safety’s Committee on Process Safety Metrics. with a Ph.D. in physiology. He holds a master’s degree He is also a member of the standing NRC Committee in zoology and a B.S. in general science from that same on Chemical Demilitarization. institution. He has chaired the standing NRC Com- Carol A. Palmiotto is the global safety health and mittee on Chemical Demilitarization and served on its predecessor, the Committee on Review and Evaluation environmental manager for the agriculture, nutrition, of the Army Chemical Stockpile Disposal Program and applied biosciences businesses at E.I. du Pont de

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44 PROCESS SAFETY METRICS AT THE BLUE GRASS AND PUEBLO CHEMICAL AGENT DESTRUCTION PILOT PLANTS Nemours. During her 30 years there she has worked tion control and industrial hygiene, from the Harvard for a variety of businesses and at several manufacturing University Graduate School of Public Health. She is a sites, including the Department of Energy’s Savannah certified industrial hygienist. River Plant in Aiken, South Carolina. In the 10 years Styron N. Powers is currently vice president, environ- Ms. Palmiotto spent at the Savannah River plant she was responsible for safety, health, and environment at mental, health, safety and security, at U.S. Foodservice. the Savannah River laboratories, P-reactor area and F Before that, he was the director for health, safety, secu- area separation facilities, which included the naval fuels rity and the environment (HSSE) at BP Refining and operations. She has served as a panel member on the Marketing, Global Fuels Value Chain. Prior to that, Mr. National Safety Council’s Off the Job and Community Powers held senior HSSE positions for Invensys, RR Safety programs. From 1997 through 2005 she served Donnelly, and Lockheed Martin. He is a member of the on the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Pro- board of directors of the Virginia Tech Department of ducers Environmental Health Committee. Currently Industrial and Systems Engineering. Mr. Powers was she is a member of the European Crop Protection educated at Harvard’s Advanced Management Program Association Manufacturing and Supply Chain EHS (2002); he holds an M.B.A. from Rutgers University committee. Ms. Palmiotto graduated magna cum laude and B.S. degrees in chemical engineering and biologi- with a B.S. degree in biology from Tufts University. cal life sciences from North Carolina State University. In 1978 she received an M.S. in environmental health/ He is a certified safety engineer and certified hazardous engineering and air pollution, with recognition in radia- materials manager.