The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center was established in 1995 at Texas A&M University in memory of Mary Kay O’Connor, an operations superintendent who died in an explosion on 23 Oct. 1989 at a petrochemical complex in Pasadena, Texas. 

The center’s mission is to promote safety as second nature in industry around the world with the goal of preventing future accidents. In addition, the center develops safer processes, equipment, procedures and management strategies to minimize losses within the processing industry. 

On 1 July 2013, Qatar Energy (known as Qatar Petroleum at the time) and Texas A&M University at Qatar officially launched the MKOPSC extension in Qatar. The MKOPSC extension in Qatar is currently supported by a consortium of industries that forms the Steering Committee, supported by a Technical Advisory Committee, that meets to define the direction of the center, in order to ensure that the research endeavors are of high importance and relevance for the local industry in Qatar.

Texas A&M University at Qatar connects professionals to cutting-edge knowledge through first-class continuing education. Our faculty and researchers support industry with specialized expertise, and our worldwide network of collaborators provides access to the latest advancements
to ensure your team has the skills to sustain a competitive edge. 

Continuing and Professional Education at Texas A&M at Qatar offers remarkable value in professional development for industry professionals working in Qatar and the Arabian Gulf. In addition to regularly scheduled courses, bespoke offerings can be created upon request.