AIHA values the profession and our members by providing opportunities and resources to share about the profession and recognizing those professionals who have exemplified 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 workplaces. In many cases, some of those recognized are not AIHA members. The overriding factor is that these individuals' efforts significantly strengthen the capabilities of IH/OEHS professionals and improve the health and safety of workers around the world. Because that kind of work needs to be recognized, valued, and honored.
2019 Award Winners
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 have 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. This award is sponsored by Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
Michael A. Jayjock, PhD, CIH
Nominated by Mark Stenzel, CIH, FAIHA
Michael is recognized by his peers as an expert in multiple facets of industrial hygiene including the use of mathematical models for estimating occupational exposures; for uncertainty analysis including the use of Monte Carlo simulations; development of criteria that serves as the basis for establishing occupational exposure limit guidelines; and in the conduct of occupational exposure and risk assessments. As a mentor to colleagues and junior professionals, which can be intense and challenging, he is able to accomplish this with a very non-threatening demeanor. This is a very rare talent.
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. Awardee must be an AIHA National member.
Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA
Nominated by Marianne Levitsky, MES, CIH, ROH, FAIHA and Charles F. Redinger, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
Tom has been active in AIHA since he became a member in 1996. Anyone who has worked with him on AIHA committees and projects will attest that he has an impressive ability to engage volunteers and get things done. Often selected for his “think outside the box” approach to solutions, he specializes in some topics that may initially not be considered pure industrial hygiene.
In January of 2018, Tom represented IOHA at the International Labor Organization at the Meeting of Experts to Adopt a Code of Practice on Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2017-2018, Tom was the Chair of the AIHA International Affairs Committee (IAC). During his term as Chair, the IAC created a Micro-Grants Subcommittee on Emerging Economy Projects Fund and earned the prestigious Soaring Star Award for ongoing excellence by a committee.
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 practical application of industrial hygiene knowledge to protect worker health, an acknowledgment of these contributions outside of the field of industrial hygiene. Awardee presents the Cummings Memorial Lecture at the annual AIHce EXP.
Noah Seixas, PhD, CIH
Nominated by Martin A. Cohen, ScD, CIH and Marissa Baker
Throughout his career, Dr. Seixas has conducted research evaluating exposures to, and subsequent health effects from, chemical, physical, and psychosocial hazards that impact worker health and safety. Frequently, he has turned that research into usable prevention materials and strategies for managers and workers in the field. His work research has assessed health effects related to exposures, developed methods to better assess exposures, developed and implemented interventions to control exposures, and has demonstrated practical application of industrial hygiene knowledge to protect worker health.
Dr. Seixas has helped to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to be used to decrease exposures in a variety of workplaces. He has worked with community-based organizations to help them educate under-served and under-represented worker populations, receive practical health and safety training that they would not have received at their workplaces.
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 he or she is responsible, and shows promise of leadership in the industrial hygiene profession. Sponsored by the late Howard Kusnetz and his wife, Mrs. Florence Kusnetz.
Megan Canright, MPH, CIH
Nominated by Shannon H. Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH and Chris L. Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, COH, FAIHA, AIC Fellow
Megan is one of our brightest, most respected and most capable young leaders in the profession today. She is presently Director of Scientific Operations, Forensic Analytical, one of the most robust EHS management consulting firms today, with an outreach both domestic and global.
From a leadership standpoint, Megan has served as Chair, AIHA's Risk Assessment Committee; President, San Diego Local Section; Conference Planning Committee, California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC); Officer, CIHC; and one of the primary leaders of the Future Leaders Institute. She is overwhelmingly passionate about industrial hygiene and seeing our profession grow through recruiting new members.
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.
Marilyn Fingerhut, PhD
Nominated by David M. Zalk, PhD, CIH, MPH
With a professional career spanning over 50 years, it can be objectively stated that Dr. Marilyn Fingerhut, PhD, may be one of the most successful, inspirational, innovative, and well-rounded champions of occupational health and industrial hygiene on the national and international levels. She retired from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), where she worked for over 25 years as an epidemiologist, manager, and Chief of Staff.
Marilyn also worked for NIOSH at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, and continues as a consultant for NIOSH. Throughout her career at NIOSH and at WHO, she was a never-ending champion of the industrial hygiene profession internationally. Marilyn served as International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) Vice President for Scientific Committees for the Trienniums 2006-2009 and 2015-2018.
Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award
The Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award recognizes individuals who have made substantial, evidence-based solutions and contributions in recognizing the diverse needs of the industrial hygiene profession, thereby making a major impact on, and the improvement of, the public welfare. Awardee presents the Smyth Award Lecture at the annual AIHce EXP.
Dr. Charles L. Geraci, PhD, CIH, FAHA
Nominated by Amanda Archer, CSP, CIH
Throughout his career, Dr. Geraci has been a problem solver and an innovator. He is highly skilled and successful in recognizing technical or scientific challenges that, when solved, tremendously benefits the industrial hygiene profession. Starting with some of the creative approaches he developed to assess hazardous waste site workers’ complex exposures in the early 1980s, to developing analytical sampling and analysis approaches to evaluating complex exposures in chemical and pharmaceutical industries; to developing and delivering professional development training on topics ranging from hazardous waste site remediation evaluations to the contemporary issues of nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing. He is most noted for being able to translate complex scientific issues into action and language that is understood by a wide range of audiences: from manufacturing line operators, to CEOs, academic researchers, and students.
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. This award is sponsored by Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
Scott P. Schneider, CIH, FAIHA
Nominated by Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPEA, CSPHP, FAIHA
Scott is an active thought leader regarding the role of our profession in the world we support. He's a hard worker and caring individual, one who epitomizes the best of our profession. Scott has been a member of the AIHA Ergonomics Committee for more than 20 years, as well as serving on the Social Concerns, Construction, and Noise Committees. He serves as co-chair of the CPWR Institutional Review Board.
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. Awardee presents the Yant Memorial Lecture at the annual AIHce EXP. This award is sponsored by the Mine Safety Appliances Company.
Marianne Levitsky, MES, CIH, ROH, FAIHA
Nominated by Nancy McClellan, MPH, CIH, CHMM
Marianne has been actively engaged in the philanthropic endeavors of our profession for many years. Her efforts in organizing and sustaining the Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB) organization are nothing short of amazing to those of us who are fortunate enough to work with her. The ongoing diligence that she exhibits in growing an organization that has global impact is an inspiration and truly illustrates the “power of one.” She is very effective in engaging large numbers of other professionals around the world in a most humble and cooperative manner and consistently seeks opportunities with an open heart and mind.
Specific projects include creating professional networks, directly organizing occupational health (OH) service delivery and training in developing economies, addressing world-wide OH issues such as silica and asbestos. Because of her efforts, the WHWB organization has made major contributions toward directly impacting global occupational hygiene for the most under-serviced workers and has promoted the profession in the developing economies around the world.
Independently selected by the current AIHA President to recognize an individual or group of individuals that s/he feels has demonstrated exemplary service in some capacity. The recipient is announced at the Mark of Excellence.
Daniel H. Anna, PhD, CIH, CSP
Nominated by Cynthia A. Ostrowski, CIH, AIHA President
Daniel Anna, PhD, CIH, CSP, served as President of AIHA's Board of Directors in 2015, a Senior Industrial Hygienist and Assistant Group Supervisor at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, he brings years of experience. His strong background in comprehensive IH and safety area including risk and exposure assessment and control, ergonomics, and system safety. Anna has been an active member of AIHA since 1991 and a graduate of the Future Leaders Institute. He also serves as the editor of The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control, and Management, Third Edition, also known as "The White Book".
AIHA is also proud to annually award the FAIHA designation as well as exemplary awards to outstanding members. All Fellows and awards are nominated by the AIHA membership. The AIHA Fellows designation recognizes those who are full 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 recognized at the Mark of Excellence Breakfast during the annual AIHce EXP. The Fellow pinning ceremony takes place during the Fellows SIG meeting at the same conference.
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 as Fellows, can use the FAIHA designation, but will not be counted towards the five percent of the membership count to allow capacity for new Fellows.
New Fellows to the Association
Finis L. Cavender, PhD, DABT, FAIHA
Nominated by George M. Rusch, PhD, DABT, ATS, ERT, FAIHA on behalf of the Emergency Response Planning Committee
Kermit G. Davis III, PhD, FAIHA
Nominated by Sean Gallagher, PhD, CPE, FAIHA
John D. Elias, CIH, ROH, FAIHA
Nominated by Alison Reineke, CIH, CRSP on behalf of the AIHA Manitoba Local Section
Peter B. Harnett, MS, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Nominated by Timothy A. Rice, CIH on behalf of the AIHA New Jersey Local Section
Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Nominated by Bradley S. King, PhD, MPH, CIH
Maharshi P. Mehta, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Nominated by Richard B. Hirsh, MPH, CIH on behalf of the International Affairs Committee
Robert N. Phalen, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
Nominated by Derek A. Newcomer, CIH, CHMM, CSP, REHS on behalf of the Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee
Peter C. Raynor, PhD, FAIHA
Nominated by Deborah Brown on behalf of the AIHA Upper Midwest Local Section
David C. Roskelley, MSPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Nominated by Thomas E. Smith, MPH, CIH on behalf of the AIHA Utah Local Section
Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Nominated by Michael Larranaga, PhD, PE, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Mohammed Abbas Virji, ScD, CIH, FAIHA
Nominated by Dana M. Hollins, CIH on behalf of the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Committee
Lawrence G. Wylie, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Nominated by Robert Lieckfield, Jr., CIH, FAIHA