President, Process Safety Risk Assessment LLC
John Bresland worked for Honeywell International Inc. (formerly AlliedSignal Inc.) in West Virginia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hopewell, Virginia and Morristown, New Jersey from 1966 until 2000. He held positions in process engineering, environmental compliance, project management and manufacturing. Before moving to Honeywell’s headquarters in Morristown in 1995 he was Plant Manager of the Honeywell phenol and acetone manufacturing plant in Philadelphia. From 1995 until 2000, he was Director of Environmental Risk Management for Honeywell International Inc. in Morristown, New Jersey.
In 2002 he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve a five-year term as a Board Member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). In July 2007 President Bush nominated him for a five-year term as the Chairman of the CSB. He served as Chairman from March 2008 until June 2010. He resigned from the CSB on August 31, 2012.
He is President of Process Safety Risk Assessment LLC, a company offering consulting expertise in chemical process safety.
He served as Chairman of the Board of Health in Jefferson County, West Virginia and is a member of the Water Board in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Institution of Chemical Engineers and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He graduated in Chemistry from Londonderry Technical College, Northern Ireland and from Salford University, England.
Professor and Associate Chair for Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University College of Engineering
Ronald Willey has been a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University College of Engineering since September 1983. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering (74) from University of New Hampshire (summa cum laude), and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (84) from UMass, Amherst. He has 6 years industrial experience in the paper industry.
Prof. Willey interests centers on process safety and the integration of it into the education of chemical engineers. He is a contributor to the SACHE (Safety and Chemical Engineering Education) committee having provided over 10 teaching modules and case histories including the accident in Bhopal. He serves on a number of national committees including NFPA 45, Commonwealth Board of Registration of Engineers and Land Surveyors, and the NCEES fundamentals examination committee.
Chief Technology Officer, Emerson Automation Solutions
Peter Zornio is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Emerson Automation Solutions. He has spent 36 years in the automation industry and joined Emerson in 2006. Prior to Emerson, Peter was with Honeywell for over 20 years in a variety of project implementation, product and industry marketing roles, as well as technology. As CTO for Automation Solutions, Peter has responsibility for overall coordination of technology programs, product and portfolio direction, and industry standards across the Automation Solutions group, and serves on Automation Solutions’ executive management team. Automation Solutions offers of a broad portfolio of solutions and services for manufacturing automation and reliability, including equipment mounted devices such as sensors and valves, control systems for factory, hybrid, and process automation, and software and solutions for digital transformation of operations and reliability.
Peter is based in Austin, Texas, and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.