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Tom O. Spicer III

Tom O. Spicer III

Professor, Maurice E. Barker Endowed Chair

Department of Chemical Engineering

College of Engineering

(CHEG)-Chemical Engineering

Phone: 479-575-6516

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Dr. Spicer’s primary research interests are in the assessment of hazards from airborne contaminants and from fire and explosion phenomena. Spicer collaborates in the Chemical Hazards Research Center (CHRC) at the University of Arkansas. The CHRC conducts major research programs to develop and verify mathematical and wind tunnel models of the atmospheric dispersion of hazardous chemicals. The CHRC houses an ultra-low-speed environmental wind tunnel — presently the largest in the world. This tunnel was built to investigate atmospheric dispersion processes at extremely low wind conditions which frequently define worst case conditions for atmospheric dispersion. Spicer is also a member of the Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SACHE) Committee of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the AICHE; SACHE develops course material for safety education in chemical engineering.

  • Assessment of hazards from airborne contaminants and from fire and explosion phenomena
  • Spicer collaborates in the Chemical Hazards Research Center (CHRC) at the University of Arkansas. The CHRC conducts major research programs to develop and verify mathematical and wind tunnel models of the atmospheric dispersion of hazardous chemicals. The CHRC houses an ultra-low-speed environmental wind tunnel — presently the largest in the world. This tunnel was built to investigate atmospheric dispersion processes at extremely low wind conditions which frequently define worst case conditions for atmospheric dispersion.
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, 1981 
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, 1983 
  • Ph.D., Engineering, University of Arkansas, 1985 
  • Spicer, T.O., R.J. Willey, D.A. Crowl, and W. Smades, “The Safety and Chemical Engineering Education Committee – Broadening the Reach of Chemical Process Safety Education,” Process Safety Progress, Vol 32, No. 2, 2013.
  • Ogden, K., and T.O. Spicer, "Strategies for Addressing ABET Safety Curriculum Requirements," AIChE Webinar, 6 February 2013.
  • Havens, Jerry, Heather Walker, and Tom Spicer. "Bhopal atmospheric dispersion revisited." Journal of Hazardous Materials 233 (2012): 33-40.
  • Spicer, Tom. Modeling concepts in DEGADIS to characterize important behavior of ground-level, denser-than-air contaminant clouds. American Meteorological Society, 2010.