Jerry Lynch Scholarship

As a tribute to their father, Jayne and John Lynch established the Jerry Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2006. All students meeting the AIHF general scholarship criteria are eligible for this scholarship. 

Introducing Je​rry Lynch 

During a long and distinguished career, Jerry Lynch contributed many years of valuable service to the profession of industrial hygiene. Mr. Lynch served in a number of leadership roles, including serving as American Industrial Hygiene Association president, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygiene chair and an American Industrial Hygiene Foundation trustee. Mr. Lynch was also a member of the International Association of Occupational Health and the British Occupational Hygiene Society.  

Mr. Lynch made contributions to the profession’s scientific knowledge base, as well, publishing over 30 articles on air sampling, industrial ventilation, exposure analysis and other industrial hygiene subjects. He authored the chapter on “Prevention and Mitigation of Accidental Chemical Releases” in the classic reference work, The Occupational Environment—Its Evaluation, Control, and Management. He co-authored the "Handbook of Health Hazard Control in the Chemical Process Industry" (Wiley 1994).  

Mr. Lynch began his career in the U.S. Air Force as a sanitary and industrial hygiene engineer. He later joined the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, ascending to the role of director of the division of physical sciences and engineering before leaving to join Exxon Chemical Co. as manager of industrial hygiene. Mr. Lynch retired from Exxon Chemical in 1996 as Senior Environmental Health Scientist. Mr. Lynch attended the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning a bachelors degree. He also earned graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Mr. Lynch was a certified industrial hygienist, a certified safety professional, and a professional engineer.  

In recognition of his lifetime achievements and contributions, Mr. Lynch received the AIHA Cummings Award, the Academy of Industrial Hygiene’s Smyth Award, the U.S. Public Health Service Commendation and Meritorious Service Medals, and the AIHA Fellow designation.  


  • 2016 - 2017
    Adam Lucas, Montana Tech of the University of Montana

  • 2015 - 2016
    Suman Dhal, University of Toronto

  • 2014 - 2015
    Adewale A. Eniade, University of British Columbia

  • 2013 - 2014
    Travis H. Jones, University of Utah

  • 2012 - 2013
    ephanie C. Griffin, University of Arizona 

  • 2011 -​ 2012
    Susan Thompson, University of Oklahoma 

  • 2010 - 2011
    Josh Schaffer, Colorado State University 

  • 2009 – 2010 
    Chirag A. Patel, University of Illinois at Chicago 

  • 2008 - 2009
    Imelda S. Y. Wong, University of British Columbia 

  • 2007 – 2008 
    Zulma Machillanda-Hahn, University of California - Berkeley 

  • 2006 – 2007 
    Rena Saito, Colorado State University​​