The Dr. Jeffrey S. Lee Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 through the generous donations of Dr. Lee’s former students, colleagues, friends and family. All students meeting the AIHF general scholarship criteria are eligible for this scholarship. However, preference is given to students attending the University of Utah Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the University of California Berkley.
Introducing Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee’s notable career in industrial hygiene spanned three decades. A Salt Lake City, Utah native, he completed his engineering degree at the University of Utah and began his career with the Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a doctorate degree in environmental health sciences from the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. After which, Dr. Lee returned to Salt Lake City as the Deputy Director of NIOSH’s western operations.
After NIOSH closed its Salt Lake City facility, Dr. Lee became one of the original members of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Health Response Team. Later, Dr. Lee left OSHA to help establish and direct the industrial hygiene program at the University of Utah Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, a NIOSH Educational Resource Center.
In addition to the many accomplishments while at NIOSH, OSHA and the university, Dr. Lee co-founded Industrial Health, Inc., an occupational health and safety consulting firm. He also chaired the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, served on the American Industrial Hygiene Association Board of Directors, and co-founded the International Occupational Health Association, serving as its first president. Dr. Lee also authored and co-authored a number of articles and books related to industrial hygiene and served as editor of the Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Journal. Dr. Lee received many recognitions and awards for excellence, including being the first recipient of the International Occupational Health Association’s lifetime achievement award and the AIHA’s Donald E. Cummings Award (posthumously).
Dr. Lee was a wonderful husband to Mary Ann, an attentive father to two sons, Chris and Alex, a caring and true friend to many and a respected professional. Outside of the professional realm, he was an avid and accomplished skier of the Cottonwood canyons of Utah, an experienced outdoorsman and a world traveler. Dr. Lee leaves a legacy of innovative thinking, good humor, hard work, dedication to important causes and a life lived with vitality.
Recipients of the Jeffrey S. Lee Memorial Scholarship
2015 - 2016
Alex A. Shahan, University of Utah
2013 - 2014
Travis H. Jones, University of Utah
2012 - 2013
Ryan L. Payne, University of Utah
Nisha Parikh, University of California-Berkeley
2010 - 2011
Josh Corbridge, University of Utah
2009 - 2010
James P. McDonald, University of Utah
2008 – 2009
Justin J. Mecham, University of Utah
2007 – 2008
Zulma Machillanda-Hahn, University of California – Berkeley
2006 - 2007
William Pockels, Hunter College