AIHA values the profession and our members by providing opportunities and resources to share their work and recognize those who exemplify excellence and leadership. AIHA Named Awards are given to industrial hygienists and other occupational and environmental health and safety professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in contributing to the growth and development of the profession.
AIHA members have a chance to recognize and elevate their peers for their dedicated commitments to health and safety in the workplace. In many cases, some of those recognized are not AIHA members. The overriding factor is that these individuals' efforts significantly strengthen IH/OEHS professionals' capabilities and improve the health and safety of workers around the world because that kind of work needs to be recognized, valued, and honored.
The selection of individuals for AIHA Named Awards and Fellows designation is performed by the AIHA Named Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee. The committee includes six AIHA members. The committee chair is the current AIHA Past President (Board member), AIHA Past, Past President (non-Board member), and four general membership members. The AIHA CEO and AIHA President participate in the committee's final discussions to ensure objectivity and fairness. The committee chair selected this year’s four general members from our members from six applicants received through the open-call process. The final six committee members included retired, late-, mid-and early career professionals, four Fellows, active volunteer group members, and active local section members. The committee members represented academia, government, industry, and consulting.
2020 Named Award Winners
“I am always so honored and amazed by the hard work and dedication that these IH/OEHS professionals demonstrate, and it’s during this special event that we can recognize all of their efforts and contributions to profession and community,” said Kathy Murphy CIH, President of AIHA. “It is because of every one of them that we can move a bit closer to healthier workplaces and healthier work. I am so proud of their continued commitment and congratulate all winners of the 2020 AIHA Named Awards.”
The AIHA Board is pleased to announce the 2020 AIHA Named Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee selections.
Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award
The Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award recognizes individuals or group of individuals, company, academic institution, organization, or association that has made the significant contributions to industrial hygiene in recent years through technical expertise, technological innovations, research and scientific advancements in the field of industrial hygiene, and interaction with or influence on other scientific disciplines. Awardee(s) do not have to be an AIHA member. Apex Companies, LLC sponsors this award.
M. Andrew Maier, PhD, CIH, DABT, FAIHA
Nominated by Jeanne Fallon-Carine, CIH
Dr. Maier has been a significant driving force in industrial and risk assessment for decades. He continues to be a thought leader regarding the integration of industrial hygiene, toxicology, and understanding of risk into the daily practice of safety and health across multiple industrial segments. Dr. Maier has authored > 50 peer-reviewed publications, 10 book chapters, and well over 100 government technical reports. He continues to build the scientific community for occupational risk assessment, occupational risk development (OELs), and industrial hygiene through technological development, engaging in committee and the work of multiple scientific forums/communities with leadership and expertise, and mentoring legions of industrial hygienists.
Examples of scientific advancements and technical expertise that Dr. Maier has contributed to are:
- NIOSH occupational exposure publication series (OEL Series) that outlines the current methodology/science of OEL setting
- Development of the hazard control banding protocols
- Development of occupational exposure limits for pharmaceuticals
- Developed the IH/OEHS program for the US Dept of Energy sites, modernization of OELS to include SKN notation and IDLHs
In addition to being a thought leader, post-doctorate fellow, editor, and author of scientific research, Dr. Maier has continued to foster young professionals' development through graduate studies and scientific research. His body of work stands on its own merit. Dr. Maier serves as a living example of the consummate professional, educator, and scientist who embodies our profession's gravity and responsibility to communicate risk as clearly and intelligently as practical to all.
Distinguished Service to AIHA Award
The Distinguished Service to AIHA Award recognizes distinguished service in the advancement of industrial hygiene and unique technical contributions to the aims and goals of AIHA national. The awardee must be an AIHA National member.
Carter B. Ficklen, III, CIH, CSP
Nominated by Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Cathy Hovde, CIH, CSP; Megan Canright, MPH, CIH; and Shannon H. Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH
Carter has been a champion of IH/OEHS for over 20 years, especially early career professionals. He has been a passionate advocate for the profession and the certification. He has taken a leading role in planning and leading Future Leaders Institute since 2008 and was the president of AIHF, Local Section President of Tidewater Local Section, and chair of SECP. He organized and led the trendy CIH Prep round table at AIHCE for over 10 years. He recently edited the fourth edition of the Industrial Hygiene Reference and Study Guide, not only an important reference for CIH's and those studying but also one of AIHA's most popular publications. Carter is extremely motivated, intelligent, professional, and dedicated to his work. He is an influencer, often bringing a unique perspective and creative, innovative ideas to help solve difficult problems.
As a Program Manager with Facility Assurance, Inspection, Monitoring, and Occupational Safety (FAIMOS), Carter is responsible for multimillion-dollar contracts that provide EH&S consulting support, directly and indirectly managing over 50 workers and consultants. In this role, Carter has developed a wide range of technical expertise in various subject matters, including industrial hygiene, general safety, health physics and laser safety, emergency response, risk assessment and management, and construction support. He consistently engages with Senior Leadership at the NASA Langley Research Center to make the financial and business case in support of important EH&S-related projects to improve and protect NASA workers' safety & health. Carter is respected and revered by leadership and his colleagues as an influential leader in EH&S.
While Carter has made significant contributions to IH/OEHS's advancement through the development and promotion of IH/OEHS professionals, Carter has also contributed technically. Most recently, Carter revised and edited the Industrial Hygiene Reference and Study Guide, 4th edition. This useful reference takes on a broad range of topics, which speaks to Carter’s knowledge and practice's volume and breadth. Carter is a selfless and enthusiastic proponent of industrial hygiene and human health. Carter does very little to promote his own accomplishments; instead, his dedication to IH/OEHS's advancement is most apparent through others' motivation and mentoring. His most significant influence is in leading others by inspiring them to be technical, professional, and personal.
Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award
The Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of the profession of industrial hygiene, demonstrated the practical application of industrial hygiene knowledge to protect worker health, an acknowledgment of these contributions outside of the field of industrial hygiene.
Harry J. Beaulieu, PhD, CIH, CSP
Nominated by Michael Amster, PE, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA
Harry is having a long and creative professional career. He has made significant technical contributions to the protection of worker health as an educator, researcher, field investigator, speaker, and author. He has worked in academia, government (compliance and enforcement), and as the longtime President of his own consulting company. This effort is not confined specifically to the field of industrial hygiene. In this day and age, Harry is the real Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Professional. His work extends into the realm of the current and future protection of the worker, the public, and the environment.
Most importantly, Harry’s effect on the people with whom he has worked, mentored and helped. There are many practitioners at all levels who owe a great deal of their professional success to Harry. If I have a tricky technical question, Harry is my first call. He is always willing to give his time and share his expertise. As an educator, he has directed numerous research projects resulting in at least 19 technical publications detailing technical, research, and scientific innovations.
While leading a successful consulting practice, he has had time to make contributions as a member of a variety of professional organizations involving Industrial Hygiene (AIHA), Safety (ASSP), Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association (SESHA). He has held senior appointed and elected positions that have put him in place to affect these organizations' future directly. Specific to AIHA, he always focused on the betterment of the organization and the members.
Harry become active in the AIHA as a member of the Board, Treasurer, and Chairman and member of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Education (ABIH, AIHA, ACGIH, and AAIH). Harry always demonstrated a commitment to scientific rigor, ethics, and practicality to promote worker health and safety. Harry has brought practical solutions for protecting worker health to hundreds of businesses and organizations as the founder and President of a respected industrial hygiene consulting firm. His work to promote worker health and industrial hygiene will be seen for many years to come in many organizations.
The Kusnetz Award recognizes industrial hygienists who exhibit high ethical standards and technical abilities, have provided for the highest standards of health and safety protection for employees for whom they are responsible, and show promise of leadership in the industrial hygiene profession. Mrs. Florence Kusnetz sponsors this award.
Dana M. Hollins, CIH
Nominated by Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Megan Canright, MPH, CIH; and John Henshaw, CIH, FAIHA; and Shannon H. Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH
Dana exhibits both the technical skills and expertise and the personal character and professional dedication qualities consistent with other past recipients of this award.
Dana has accomplished an impressive amount in her career before the age of 40, demonstrating a commitment to the industrial hygiene profession and significant leadership skills. She became certified as an industrial hygienist (CIH) in 2012 and has been employed in the private sector for the entirety of her career with the Cardno ChemRisk company. Dana earned both her BA and MPH at the University of Michigan, one of the top schools in the public health profession. With a strong interest in occupational epidemiology, Dana began researching and publishing in the peer-reviewed literature early in her career and has already co-authored over 13 papers in the public health and epidemiology literature on topics ranging from exposure to asbestos, silica, beryllium, solvents, and flavorings, to the use of epidemiology in public health research and the application of advanced exposure reconstruction techniques to many different scenarios. Her work has helped to significantly advance our understanding and application of exposure analysis for many other chemicals. I am pleased to say I have personally published with Dana and found her to be a mature, collaborative, and careful scientist. Her expertise has also resulted in her appointment as an Associate Editor of the Toxicology and Industrial Health Journal.
Dana has also displayed exemplary leadership and dedication to AIHA, specifically throughout her career. She was selected to the AIHA Future Leaders Institute in 2012. After attending this prestigious and competitive program, she served as the Chair of the Occupational Epidemiology Committee twice in 2013-2014 and 2018-2019. She has also taught many professional development courses at the AIHce, including exposure reconstruction and epidemiology topics.
Alice Hamilton Award
The Alice Hamilton Award recognizes the outstanding women who have made definitive, lasting achievements in the field of occupational and environmental hygiene through public and community service, social reform, technological innovation or advancements in the scientific approach to the recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace hazards.
L. Faye Grimsley, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
Nominated by Kerry-Ann Jaggassar, CIH
Faye has had a storied industrial hygiene career that should be recognized for the same respects that the Alice Hamilton Award exemplifies. She has served as a mentor to many minority and women health and safety professionals throughout her career. She has been a researcher and presenter on significant advances in the environmental health and safety profession since 1997. She has been a trailblazer in many ways changing the way industrial hygienists are viewed and adding diversity to our profession. She is a reflection of this award and deserving of recognition for her research, teaching, and commitment to the community. She is an inspiration to her peers, as well as a future generation of industrial hygienists. She works tirelessly on improving the industrial hygiene profession and has opened doors for minorities and women alike, bringing diversity to the industrial hygiene profession.
Over the past 17 years she has been a passionate and electrifying professor at Xavier University (Historically Black College and University) and Tulane University in the industrial hygiene department for both schools. Being connected to two well-known schools in Louisiana has allowed Faye to influence many young professionals entering the industrial hygiene field. She has written numerous papers, given many presentations, counseled all types of professionals about industrial hygiene concerns. Her work on the health and safety issues that New Orleans faced with Hurricane Katrina is still being talked about today. The impact of her research and publications brought to light many health concerns for a under-served population.
She was part of the Formation Committee of the Minority Special Interest Group (MSIG) and has been an active member since its inception in 2000, helping to influence social reform. She has served on several boards (AIHA, ABIH, Fellows, etc.) and is regularly called onto voluntary her expertise in multiple arenas. The most empowering attribute of Faye is her willingness to contribute the profession and the pride she takes in teaching the future industrial hygienist. She has bridged many gaps in industrial hygiene, as she understands the practice of industrial hygiene and incorporates the relevance of research in the science of industrial hygiene.
Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award
The Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award recognizes individuals who have made substantial, evidence-based solutions and contributions in identifying the diverse needs of the industrial hygiene profession, thereby creating a major impact on and improving public welfare.
Frank M. Renshaw, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Nominated by Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Frank has a lot of passion for industrial hygiene and has made many contributions to the field. He is a Past President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Academy of Industrial Hygiene. He has served on the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors, two local AIHA sections, and on numerous AIHA technical committees.
As the Director of Industrial Hygiene at the Rohm & Haas Company, I served an internship under Frank, as did many others active in the field. He became a lifetime mentor to many of us.
Frank is both personable and tenacious. He is driven to thoroughly understand the issues and has helped reduce exposures for many workers through his practical solutions recommended after careful observation and discussions with workers and management. He has also worked diligently to implement systems approaches to institutionalize industrial hygiene improvements.
Although now retired from his corporate life, he continues to contribute to the field through serving as Co-Chair of the NIOSH Manufacturing Sector Council and working with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is well known both inside and outside of the industrial hygiene community for his writing and presentations on “Prevention through Design.”
Frank is also a compassionate, active volunteer with humanitarian agencies contributing his technical knowledge to improve conditions for other volunteers and aid recipients. For example, he works with the American Red Cross delivering supplies and food to families in areas hit with natural disasters and makes sure that programs are in place to protect those providing the aid.
In summary, Frank has been involved in industrial hygiene for 50 years and has positively influenced the lives of many people. He has worked in diverse areas of industrial hygiene, including the military, manufacturing, and consulting. He has nurtured, mentored, and befriended many younger industrial hygienists who have actively served the profession, thus amplifying his positive impact on the field.
Social Responsibility Award
The Social Responsibility Award recognizes individuals, entities, or groups who work inside organizations to develop and promote practical solutions to social responsibility issues related to industrial hygiene or environmental health and safety issues. Apex Companies, LLC sponsors this award.
National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH)
Nominated by Scott P. Schneider, CIH, FAIHA
In 2019, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) engaged our thriving network of community, health, and labor organizations and activists in our shared mission of ensuring that all workers earn their living and return home safe, well, and with their dignity intact.
Workers faced grave threats to their well-being – with workplaces becoming increasingly fissured and employment “tempified,” workers facing punishment for reporting hazards and injuries, and the pace of work accelerating– with workers’ bodies paying the price.
To counter this, National COSH fostered the knowledge, leadership capacity, and engagement of low-wage workers to improve their workplaces' conditions and protect and advance workplace protections in public policy arenas. National COSH convened workers with community, public health, and labor groups to learn together, share best practices and unite to strengthen worker protections.
In 2019, National COSH achieved tangible improvements to the health, safety, and wellbeing for hundreds of thousands of workers across the country - strengthening workplace protections, thwarting efforts to weaken OSHA and other federal agencies, and advancing public policies in local and state arenas, including:
- Bolstered the tools and skills of the more than 2000 members of our thriving and diverse network of community and labor educators, health and safety professionals, and nonprofit activists through monthly webinars, a robust listserv, active committees, and a bilingual national conference.
- Strengthened the knowledge and leadership of over 1000 low-wage, immigrant, and women workers of color to take action for their rights through:
- A new worker leadership curriculum designed to provide low wage, low literacy, and mono-lingual Spanish workers with the tools to take action for their health and safety rights at work.
- Health and safety training is conducted by our network of trainers in Spanish and English in community centers, English language learning programs, and workplaces.
- Achieved landmark victories in the worker-led workplace and public policy campaigns that resulted in meaningful improvements to working conditions – protecting workers from the harmful effects of wildfires in California, requiring fatality investigations for public employees in New Hampshire and extending OSHA protections for public employees in Massachusetts, and ensuring that the Chemical Safety Board continues its critical practice of naming victims of workplace fatalities - to name a few.
- Advanced efforts at the state and federal levels protect workers from heat exposure, sexual harassment, violence, and retaliation.
- Served as watchdogs for OSHA and guides for workers and unions navigating OSHA’s enforcement, helping hundreds of workers file and navigate complaints and meeting with OSHA to press for effective enforcement and strong anti-retaliation (11c) protections.
- Shined a spotlight on the toll and factors contributing to worker injuries and fatalities by:
- Hosting the nation’s only “open source” fatality database engages teams of volunteers in researching and updating fatalities from across the country and producing maps of workplace deaths.
- Spearheading Workers Memorial commemorations across the country, providing resources and support to maximize this important occasion's impact.
- Responding to incidents of fatalities to ensure that they are properly investigated, and actions are taken and to shift the public discourse from messages about “freak” accidents to one that recognizes the preventable nature of these incidents.
- Achieved widespread visibility and coverage in dozens of mainstream media outlets and tens of thousands of views in social media through an aggressive and proactive communications strategy.
The Yant Award recognizes outstanding contributions in industrial hygiene or allied fields through academic research, teaching, professional practice, solving major Industrial Hygiene issues, and service to professional societies and/or international stature. The award recipient must reside outside the United States. The Mine Safety Appliances Company sponsors this award.
Nominated by Marianne Levitsky, MES, CIH, ROH, FAIHA, and Jennifer Galvin, PhD, CIH
Global industrial hygiene (IH) projects have always been hampered by the lack of necessary IH/OEHS equipment, knowledgeable people, and affordable analysis. Steven Verpaele, Founder and President of the non-profit Belgian Center for Occupational Hygiene (BeCOH), have found solutions to all these problems and, in doing so, has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the industrial hygiene profession and promotion of global occupational health. Steven founded BeCOH (www.becoh.be) in 2014 with the vision of promoting knowledge of occupational hygiene. BeCOH occupies a unique global IH/OEHS space, offering air sampling equipment and analysis at no cost to universities, government entities, and other non-profits. Recently, Steven donated air sampling equipment to Tanzania OSHA through his partnership with an air sampling equipment manufacturer.
He is involved in a research project in Tanzania evaluating silica exposure in the informal Stone Crushers sector. He is using his laboratory to perform analysis of those samples at no cost. He also has projects in Egypt’s brick kilns with associated free use of silica equipment and research. Additionally, BeCOH performs free analysis of biological samples for metals and metalloids in waste pickers in Brazil. India Environics is receiving free asbestos analysis because Steven is involved with the Developing World Outreach Initiative, another IH/OEHS non-profit.
Training is an important component of Steven’s and BeCOH’s vision. Therefore, Steven has become a board member of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA), a global non-profit IH/OEHS training organization. Also, representing BeCOH, Steven has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB) and its branches in the US and the UK and personally assisted with their IH/OEHS training. He has presented IH/OEHS equipment training in Tanzania and Egypt in association with WHWB. Additionally, he is a volunteer faculty member at the University of Ghent in applied bioengineering. Recognizing the need is great, and his time is limited, Steven has participated in an AIHA grant to create a video for silica sampling that will be made available globally when completed. He is just beginning to knock down roadblocks that formerly prevented the data collection and understanding of global occupational hygiene problems. With awareness comes resolution. With resolution comes a safer global workplace.
Independently selected by the current AIHA President to recognize an individual or group of individuals that s/he feels have demonstrated exemplary service in some capacity. The recipient is announced at the Mark of Excellence.
Perry W. Logan, PhD, CIH
Nominated by Kathleen S. Murphy, CIH
Perry has made many impressive technical contributions to AIHA. The profession, including in the academic study and application of leadership to industrial hygiene roles (something that he has successfully practiced himself as the Global Director of Environment, Health, Safety, and Management at 3M Corporation), his most important technical contributions are in the critical arena of professional judgment by industrial hygienists. This topic is a fundamental and yet often misunderstood or misinterpreted aspect of the practice of industrial hygiene. During the course of his doctoral research, Perry took on the critical analysis and research needed to better scientifically characterize and statistically improve the process of industrial hygiene professional judgment, something most of us in the profession use in some way nearly every day. Through this research, he highlighted the critical parameters surrounding the appropriate application of qualitative professional judgment. He also demonstrated the limitations to professional assessment and identified what information was necessary to make accurate professional judgments. A key tool in the appropriate use of professional appraisal has also been Bayesian Data Analysis. Perry has been an important promoter of this critical tool for industrial hygiene decision-making. He has written book chapters and served as a presenter in many training courses and seminars on this important tool.
Some of Perry’s key publications and contributions on this topic include the “Desktop study of occupational exposure judgments: Does education and experience influence accuracy?” in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, “Occupational Exposure Decisions: Can Limited Data Interpretation Training Help Improve Accuracy?”, published in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene, and “Rating Exposure Control using Bayesian Decision Analysis,” published in the Journal of Occupational and Industrial Hygiene.
Perry’s success can be attributed to his exceptional intelligence, vast experience, technical knowledge, and ability to influence and inspire industrial hygienists to think outside the box and pursue continuous learning. He attended the inaugural 2005 AIHA Future Leaders Institute and has since been heavily involved in facilitating the development of content for the FLI program, serving as an Advisory Board Member for 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2018 FLI classes.
“We’re extremely proud of this year’s Fellows,” said Larry Sloan, CAE, and AIHA CEO. “They have each made a tremendous contribution to the community of IH/OEHS, and we’re confident they will continue to help improve workplace health and safety.”
The AIHA Fellows designation recognizes those who are AIHA members in good standing, have 15 years of continuous Full membership, and have made recognized contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines, either through research, leadership, publications, education, or service to AIHA... Fellows are nominated by an AIHA local section, special interest group, committee, or peers. The Fellow designation is limited to no more than five percent of the membership. Fellows who do not maintain their AIHA membership will continue to be considered Fellows and can use the FAIHA designation but will not be counted towards the membership count's five percent to allow new Fellows.
“As the chair of this year’s Nominating Committee, it was a privilege to read and review all of the fellow nominations from the AIHA community. The quality of the nominations was such that the selection process was difficult for the committee. We are very excited to recognize the extraordinary contributions of these eight distinguished AIHA Fellows, as well as the overall effort and time put forth by all nominators, nominees, and the nominating committee,” said Cynthia Ostrowski, MS, CIH, FAIHA.
The AIHA Board is pleased to announce the AIHA Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee selections for Fellows.
Stephanie R. Carter, MSPH, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
Stephanie R. Carter, MSPH, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
Nominated by Gary W. Bangs, CIH, RN on behalf of the AIHA Pacific Northwest Local Section
Dr. Carter has been one of the most visible leaders in the Pacific Northwest industrial hygiene community for over 20 years. She has been a guiding hand for the Seattle Local Education Committee as long as she has been a member, providing learning and networking opportunities at various venues and industrial settings. Building on her consulting and educational connections, Dr. Carter promotes the IH/OEHS profession to young people in multiple academic locations, including universities, community colleges, and high schools.
She has served the Pacific Northwest Section of the AIHA for many years as President and in many other capacities. She also served on the national ACGIH Board of Directors and represented the local Section to the national AIHA organization. Her continued professionalism, enthusiasm, and tireless volunteerism serve as an inspiration and model for early and mid-career professionals. She is integral to the PNS AIHA and a highly respected technical professional and educator in the field.
Dr. Carter has published papers and presented her research at multiple conferences.
William S. Carter, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
William S. Carter, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
Nominated by Marianne Levitsky, MES, CIH, ROH, FAIHA
Bill Carter’s dedication and commitment to the cause of worker health is demonstrated through his long service in many different capacities: as a professor at the University of Findlay, a laboratory director, a Fulbright Specialist, and a volunteer for AIHA and non-profit organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB).
His readiness to share his in-depth technical knowledge is appreciated by those who work with him on committees like the AIHA International Affairs Committee and WHWB and his students and those he mentors in his international work, such as PhD candidates Kathmandu University in Nepal. His many publications attest to his research capabilities, technical knowledge, and dedication to global occupational health.
Through his modest leadership style, coupled with his commitment and persistence, Bill gets things done, as exemplified by his achievements as Chair of the WHWB Brick Kiln Committee, which received the first IOHA Collaboration Award. In his work with Doctors Without Borders in Bangladesh, he developed a pilot intervention to improve factories' working conditions. He also developed plans to offer industrial hygiene training in Bangladesh in the spring of 2020.
Bill’s contributions in so many facets of the industrial hygiene profession, his readiness to work with others, and the devotion he has shown in committing his own time and resources to the cause of international occupational health.
Jeffrey A. Church, CIH, CSP, REHS/RS, FAIHA
Jeffrey A. Church, CIH, CSP, REHS/RS, FAIHA
Nominated by Lawrence G. Wylie, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA on behalf of the AIHA Toxicology Committee
Jeffrey A. Church has made a significant contribution as a chapter author for a prominent AIHA book: Toxicology Principles for the Industrial Hygienist 2nd Edition published by AIHA; author of numerous industrial hygiene articles, papers, and presentations from 2003 to 2019. He developed several significant occupational and environmental health policies for his organizational units and numerous occupational health and safety policies for the general industry.
He has held numerous technical and leadership positions that contributed to the scientific depth and breadth of knowledge in anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of workplace health hazards. Jeffrey served on two AIHA committees and has remained heavily involved in the Toxicology Committee, including serving in leadership, progressive officer positions, and several awards.
Joy Erdman, MS, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Joy Erdman, MS, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Nominated by Celia Booth, CIH, CSP
Joy Erdman is a safety and health professional with over 30 years of industrial hygiene and occupational safety experience. She is currently President of Joy Solutions, LLC. As a certified safety professional (CSP) and certified industrial hygienist (CIH), she supported the U.S. Navy in the Pentagon, overseeing safety and health policy, serving on DoD and inter-agency committees, leading development and implementation of a strategic plan, all to improve the safety and health of military and civilian Navy employees.
Skilled in Government policy, Occupational Health, Hazardous Materials, U.S. Department of Defense, Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS). Strong problem-solving professional. Completed the Senior Executive Fellow Program focused on Leadership in Government from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA, FAIHA
Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA, FAIHA
Nominated by Steven M. Thygerson, PhD, CIH
Dr. Thomas P. Fuller is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional with over 38 years of experience in occupational safety, radiation protection, emergency planning, industrial hygiene, infection control, environmental management, and chemical hygiene. He has healthcare, nuclear power plants, labor organizations, biopharmaceutical labs, manufacturing, and universities.
Dr. Fuller is the President-Elect of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) and Chair of the Education Committee. He is a past chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) International Affairs Committee (IAC) and is the AIHA Ambassador to France and Chair of the IAC Microgrant Subcommittee.
Dr. Fuller is a Contributing Editor for the American Journal of Nursing, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the National Safety Council, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of the Journal of Occupational Hygiene Southern Africa. He is also a past President of the Board of Directors of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.
As a member of the International Commission on Occupational Health, he serves on the Industrial Hygiene Committee. He is also on the Board of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association. Dr. Fuller is a member since 2002 and twice Chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Nonionizing Radiation Committee. He is also a member of Workplace Health Without Borders.
Ling-Ling Hung, PhD, FAIHA
Ling-Ling Hung, PhD, FAIHA
Nominated by Stephen Derman, CIH, FAIHA on behalf of the AIHA Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committee
Ling-Ling Hung has been working in the mold and indoor air quality field for over 25 years. Ling-Ling has made many significant contributions to AIHA committees, publications, and AIHce sessions and has been a member of the Biosafety/Biosafety and Environmental Microbiology Committees since 1995, serving as Chair in 2002.
Ling-Ling co-led the development of AIHA’s first Mold Fact Sheet (2003) and its update (2012) and AIHA’s 2013 Mold Position Statement. She co-edited the bestselling 2nd edition of the Field Guide for the Determination of Biological Contaminants in Environmental Samples. She contributed sections to the first edition of Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold (2008, aka the Green Book) and Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Legionella in Building Water Systems (2015). As author, section editor, and co-editor, she significantly contributed to the 2nd edition of the Green Book. Currently, she is leading the effort on updating AIHA’s Facts About Mold document.
Ling-Ling has also been an active member of the AIHA IAQ Committee and a contributor to numerous AIHce sessions. She has organized and arranged several symposiums, technical sessions, and roundtables addressing biological hazards and coordinated and co-taught PDCs, and made many presentations. She has taught workshops and presented papers at numerous national and international conferences.
Ling-Ling has received several individual and shared awards from AIHA, including Outstanding Project Team Award on Mold Analysis (2019), and Legionella Guidance (2016), 8th Annual Publications Award-2005 Critic’s Choice, Friend of the Press (2006), and Volunteer Group Service Award (2011).
Georgi I. Popov, PhD, QEP, CSP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FAIHA
Georgi I. Popov, PhD, QEP, CSP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FAIHA
Nominated by Mary Kay Snow, CIH, CSP
Dr. Georgi Popov is a professor in the School of Geoscience, Physics, and Safety at the University of Central Missouri (UCM). Georgi Popov received a PhD in Chemistry and an MS in Engineering Physics from Defense University in Bulgaria. In 2001, Dr. Popov graduated from the Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He also has a post-graduate certification in Environmental Air Quality. Dr. Popov is a recipient of the ASSP Global Safety Management, Executive Program in Safety Management and Risk Assessment Certificates.
Dr. Popov began his career in Cambodia, serving as an Environmental, Health, and Safety Officer. Later, he worked for the Defense Research Institute in Bulgaria. Dr. Popov also worked as a laboratory director for an AIHA accredited laboratory.
Dr. Popov has been an AIHA member for 15 years. He is an AIHA Mid-America Local Section past president; AIHA Joint Science Subcommittee chair, the Value Strategy SIG past chair, and the Environmental Issues Committee past chair. For his contributions, he received the UCM Excellence in Teaching award in 2009 and the AIHA President’s Award in 2011. Popov is a recipient of the ASSP Chapter’s 2015 Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award and the 2016 ASSP Region V SPY Award. In 2017 Dr. Popov received ASSP Outstanding Safety Educator Award.
Noah Seixas, PhD, CIH, FAIHA Nominated by Donald J. Garvey, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA
Noah Seixas, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
Nominated by Donald J. Garvey, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA on behalf of the AIHA Construction Committee
Dr. Seixas has focused primarily on his industrial hygiene contribution to the construction industry over the past two decades. As construction safety and health professionals, we have an exceptional appreciation for his work. Not only for identifying problems but offering solutions that work in the unique construction environment. This is not to ignore his research and publications in other areas that are equally extensive. But there has been far too little IH/OEHS research in the construction industry. Dr. Seixas has put forth considerable effort over the years to correct this.
Dr. Seixas had provided his expertise in developing public policies. From working with NIOSH, the auto industry, to address machining fluids, Washington OSHA reviewed the state lead regulations and state political representatives regarding health issues at an international airport.
He has been an educator at the University of Washington since 1992, providing graduate-level classes and mentoring/advising both masters and PhD-level students. In addition to the UW, he has traveled internationally to educate occupational health professionals. Dr. Seixas has been a member of AIHA since 1982 and has held offices on both the AIHA Epidemiology and AIHA Social Concerns Committee.