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Oklahoma State University

Jan Wagner

Professor Emeritus




Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas, 1976

M.A., Biology (Systematics & Ecology), University of Kansas, 1975

M. S., Environmental Health Engineering, University of Alaska, 1970

B.Ch.E., Cleveland State University, 1967



Process safety

Process design

Educational resources for chemical engineering



For the last several years, Jan has been working on resources and materials for integrating principles of process safety into the capstone design courses.  Currently, he and Rob Whiteley are developing teaching materials to introduce the fundamentals of compressible and two-phase flow of real fluids in the undergraduate chemical engineering courses.  Resources include software for sizing and rating pressure relief systems.  These materials are used in the  junior fluid mechanics and the senior capstone design courses at Oklahoma State University.  In 2010, they will be available to all of the accredited chemical engineering programs in the United States through the Safety and Chemical Engineering (SACHE) program of the Center for Chemical Process Safety, American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Jan is also setting up a calorimeter for hazard screening and vent sizing for runaway reactions that can be operated from the classroom using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection.  This apparatus will provide the opportunity to demonstrate runaway reactions and to design pressure relief systems for reactors using laboratory measurements.  Another set of classroom demonstrations includes fundamentals of static electricity and design methods to prevent these types of ignition sources.



Wagner, J., and J. R. Whiteley. Compressible and Two-Phase Flow with Applications to Relief System Sizing. Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SACHE), Center for Chemical Process Safety, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York, NY, 2010.

Neely, B. J., J. Wagner, R. L. Robinson, Jr., and K. A. M. Gasem. “Mutual Solubility Measurements of Hydrocarbon-Water Systems Containing Benzene, Toluene, and 3-Methylpentane.” Chemical Engineering Data, 57, pp. 165-174, 2008.


Whiteley, J. R., and J. Wagner. “Process Threat Management Case Study.” Process Safety Progress, Volume 23, No. 4, p. 279, December, 2004.


Whiteley, J. R., and J. Wagner. “Generalized Findings from a Process Threat Management Case Study.” Proceedings of the 38th Annual Loss Prevention Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana, pp. 623-632.



Wagner, J., Consequence Modeling, Source Models I:  Liquids and Gases, ISBN 0-08169-0798-6, Center for Chemical Process Safety, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York, 2003.


Neely, B., D. Ratzlaff, J. Wagner, R. L. Robinson, Jr., and K. A. M.,Gasem.  “Mutual Solubilities of Hydrocarbon-Water Systems.” Proceedings of the Sixth International Petroleum Environmental Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 7, 2000.