Implementing Conservation of Life Across the Curriculum


  • Richard A. Davis University of Minnesota
  • James A. Klein DuPont, North America Operations


This paper presents our pedagogy for chemical process safety (CPS) education across the curriculum. Building on a unifying theme of “Conservation of Life” (COL), we have four goals: 1) Make students aware of CPS/COL principles. 2) Promote a culture of safety, 3) Assess student learning, 4) Require minimal resources.
We discuss our experience and recommendations for reaching these goals through planning, coordination, identification, and use of existing resources as well as student and faculty accountability.

Author Biographies

Richard A. Davis, University of Minnesota

is a professor and the head of chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he teaches computational methods, green engineering, and separations. His current research interests include process modeling and simulation applied to energy conversion, pollution control, safety, and environmental management in mineral processing. He received his chemical engineering degrees from Brigham Young University (B.S.) and the University of California Santa Barbara (Ph.D.).

James A. Klein, DuPont, North America Operations

is a Sr. PSM Competency Consultant, North America PSM Co-lead, at DuPont. He has more than 30 years of experience in process engineering, research, operations, and safety. He received his chemical engineering degrees from MIT (B.S.) and Drexel (M.S.) and also has an M.S. in management of technology from the University of Minnesota.