Dr. Rodney Simmons
Dr. Rodney Simmons Associate Professor
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Dr. Rodney Simmons is currently an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Khalifa University, with primary responsibility for teaching and research to support KU's Master of Engineering program in Health, Safety, and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Simmons also teaches HSE professional development courses for engineers employed by the ADNOC operating companies. During his career, he's worked for Shell Oil Co., Conoco, and Celanese, with additional consulting assignments with Boeing, Proctor & Gamble, General Electric Medical Systems, Kuwait Petroleum, the US Navy's Undersea Warfare Center and Surface Warfare Center, and Formosa Plastics. He's served as a faculty member at U of Cincinnati, Texas A&M University, Illinois State University (USA); The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Tunghai University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Dr. Simmons has served on ANSI standards writing committees, and was Technical Director for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

His main research interest is in the area of risk analysis and risk management, along with occupational safety and health, with an emphasis on decision making to support excellence in HSE performance in the ONG industry. He also has a professional interest in HSE manpower development, HSE professional credentialing, and competency assurance.

Dr. Simmons has published two books, edited four proceedings, plus numerous articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has also delivered several keynote presentations in international conferences and is the author of a few book chapters. Furthermore, he serves as a reviewer for international journals in the area of health, safety and environmental research.

Dr. Simmons was elected President of the International System Safety Society for 2015-2017, and currently serves as its Director for Education and Professional Development. A recognized leader in the system safety profession, he was elected a Fellow of the Society in 2012. He is the only academic in the world to be certified by examination in five different areas of professional safety practice (engineering, system safety, management, construction safety, and comprehensive practice) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (USA), which currently has over 16,000 certificate holders.

  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University (USA)
  • S.M., Industrial Hygiene,  Harvard School of Public Health (USA)
  • M.Sc., Environmental Chemistry, California State University (USA)
  • B.Sc., Environmental Health, California State University (USA)
Teaching Areas
  • System Safety Engineering and Management
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Industrial Hygiene Engineering
  • Safety Through Design
  • Occupational Safety and Health for Engineers
Research Interests
  • Applications of system safety in engineering design
  • Assessment of occupational exposure to airborne contaminants
  • Incorporation of HSE into engineering education
  • Application of novel technologies to enhance safety in process industries