President’s Award

This award is presented annually to an individual, task force, special interest group, or local section for outstanding contributions to efforts to achieve the mission of AIHA during the presidency year.

Back to Work Safely Task Force—Allan K. Fleeger, CIH, CSP, FAIHA and team lead; Hamid Arabzadeh, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA; David Beatty, MPH, CSP, CCEP; Corey Boles, PhD; Elizabeth Bussman, CIH; Mark Drozdov, MS, SSM, FSM, BSI, RSO, CAI, CMA, GPRO; Carter Ficklen, CIH, CSP; Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Shannon Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH; Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, FAIHA; John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA; Dana Hollins, MPH, CIH; Catherine Hovde, CIH, CSP; Neva Jacobs, MSPH, CIH; Perry Logan, PhD, CIH; Heather Lynch, MPH; Eric Miller, MPH, CIH; Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH; Melanie D. Nembhard MSPH, CIH; Justine Parker, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPH; Jennifer S. Pierce, MS, PhD; Aaron Schoemaker, CSP; Jack Springston, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Ken Unice, MS; Rachel Zisook MS, CIH; Matt Zock, CIH
Nominated by Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic brought global shutdowns of businesses starting in March 2020. Anticipating the need to reopen American businesses and non-profit organizations safely for employees and customers alike, the ad hoc task force members developed practical solutions for businesses in the United States and several Latin American countries to assist the economies of these countries to return to work with confidence that following these reopening guidelines would provide a healthy environment for employees, customers and other stakeholders of the operations described. More importantly, these guidelines assisted in the emotional recovery for these operations to societies that were traumatized by the uncertainly of infection and developing information on the spread and consequences of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The AIHA-sponsored BacktoWorkSafely.org website opened on May 1, 2020, with the first eight guidelines, which were made available to the public. Within a month of the website’s inception, another ten guidelines were added. By July, the team had prepared 27 guidelines for small business, public (schools and libraries), and non-profit (places of worship) entities and ten posters, many of which were translated into Spanish, to help with sound occupational health and safety advice for those workplaces. Many of these guidelines were available within months of the initial lockdowns to assist business owners with the challenge of getting their employees, customers, and other stakeholders back to work promptly once lockdowns were loosened. Within the first seven months of the website being open to the public, the guidelines were downloaded nearly 3 million times in both English and Spanish. Over 30 OEHS professionals contributed to the writing, reviewing, publishing, and translating into Spanish of these critical economic recovery documents.

BacktoWorkSafely.org earned the attention of OSHA as a resource for recovery and is listed on the OSHA website as a resource for reopening.

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.

Join us virtually as we celebrate the accomplishments of our members and their efforts in building and maintaining healthier workplaces.

2021 AIHA Fellows Inductees

Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award

Rachel Carson Award

Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award

AIHA® Fellows

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.

Daniel H. Anna, PhD, CIH, CPS, FAIHA

Nominated by Cheryl DuBois, CIH

Dr. Daniel Anna has been a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) since 1992 and has been an active supporter of the association and the industrial hygiene profession throughout this career. Dan has demonstrated his commitment with his 10 years on the AIHA board including his 2015-2016 term as president. In addition to holding these AIHA offices, Dan also served as the editor for the third edition of the AIHA publication “The Occupational Environment—Its Evaluation, Control, and Management” and is currently serving as the editor for the fourth edition. Dan also demonstrated his commitment and engagement to the profession through his service on the Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee and through his local AIHA sections. Dan has impacted and inspired the lives of many industrial hygienists through his nearly 15 years of teaching at Millersville University and now at Johns Hopkins.

In addition to his teaching at the college level, Dan has been an active presenter and writer of industrial hygiene topics in a variety of settings. Dr. Anna has been a dedicated industrial hygiene professional who has clearly demonstrated his commitment to the industrial hygiene profession, leadership, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the future of the profession.

Curtis W. Hintz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA

Nominated by Cheryl DuBois on behalf of the AIHA Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee

Curtis has been a CIH since 1988 and a CSP since 1993. He has been a current and active member of AIHA for over 35 years. Throughout that time, Curtis has been actively supporting both local and national AIHA work including AIHF, officer and volunteer committee involvement as detailed in his resume and other parts of this application.

Additionally, Curtis has been a technical and management leader for his employer, the Dow Chemical Company, for 24 years. In his most recent role, he served as the corporate SME for PPE and respiratory protection.

Furthermore, Curtis has been actively contributing to education within the IH profession for well over a decade in the form of PDCs and presentations at the AIHce, Synergist articles and his Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee participation.

David P. Kelly, FAIHA

Nominated by Robert Nocco, MS, DABT, CIH, CSP, RRPT on behalf of the AIHA Emergency Response and Planning Committee

Dave’s story is inspiring—he is a silent giant, plugging away on contributing over the decades to good science that has been applied to the larger OEHS space. Something he continues to do to this day well into his senior years—as he approaches 80 years of age, Dave is a current active prolific contributor to the ERPC.

Working his way up through the ranks starting as a research laboratory technician back in 1961 and then as a clinical laboratory technician while serving his country in the US Army during the Vietnam era, Dave found his calling in toxicology. These early career experiences piqued Dave’s interest in chemistry and toxicology, and he pursues academic training in these areas while holding a job and raising a family.

On the heels of Union Carbide Company’s Bhopal, India tragic catastrophic release incident in 1984, Dave’s employer, DuPont, called upon him to participate in an industry- and government-related response initiative to address preventive response measures here in the U.S. Dave was well suited for this because his expertise as an inhalation toxicologist and his commitment to sound science.

Dave has served the OEHS profession for over 50 years. His contributions are significant. He is a silent giant in developing and applying emergency response exposure values. He is a thought leader in applying sound scientific, health-based, and evidence-based toxicological principles. Dave is a role model who has paved the way for future generations of OEHS professionals.

Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award

Perry W. Logan, PhD, CIH

Nominated by Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA

Without a doubt, Perry Logan has been one of the top technical contributors to the profession. He obtained his PhD in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene at the University of Minnesota in 2010. While he has made many impressive technical contributions to AIHA and 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 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 helped to highlight the critical parameters surrounding the appropriate application of qualitative professional judgment. He also demonstrated the limitations to professional judgment and identified what information was necessary to make accurate professional judgments.

A key tool in the appropriate use of professional judgment has also been the use of Bayesian Data Analysis, and 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.

This award is given to the individual or group of individuals, company, organization, or association that has made the most significant contribution to industrial hygiene in recent years through technical expertise, innovations, or scientific advancement.

Rachel Carson Award

The AIHA Environmental Issues Committee awards this honor in recognition of their environmental advocacy in the spirit of Rachel Carson. This award is bestowed upon an environmental health and safety (EH&S) professional who has attained outstanding success and distinction in their environmental and industrial health and safety business, profession, or life's work. This year’s recipient is Sharon K. Beard, MS. Sharon was nominated by John Thomas Pierce, MD, PhD, FAIHA.

Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award

Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA

Nominated by Celia A. Booth, CIH, CSP on behalf of the AIHA Leadership and Management Committee.

Drawing on his three-year tenure as the Chief Ethics Officer for ITT, Alan also serves as the Chair of the Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee, a group that advises ACGIH, AIHA, and BGC. In this position, he has authored a series of Synergist articles on ethics case studies to stimulate thought and conversation about ethics in our profession.

Alan’s earlier contributions to the profession include leading the development of the first edition of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z10 – “Safety and Health Management System Standard” from 2001 to 2005. He has written or co-authored the Management, Ethics, and Emergency Response chapters for the 2021 update to Patty’s Industrial Hygiene and the AIHA “White Book.” Alan also served as the editor for the first AIHA auditing manual Industrial Hygiene Auditing: A Manual for Practice (2007).

A Director in the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) since 2016, Alan was a member of a team that published a new module on Health and Safety Awareness (2020). Alan’s participation in OHTA ensures that safety training curricula and materials are shared around the world to workers and employers who might not otherwise have access to this support. OHTA was formed to promote better standards of occupational hygiene practice throughout the world. The mainly volunteer-driven organization develops training materials and makes them freely available for use by students and training providers. It also promotes an international qualifications framework so that all hygienists are consistently trained to a high standard, recognized in all participating countries.

Alan’s contributions to the knowledge and practice of the profession of industrial hygiene, his demonstrated practical application of industrial hygiene knowledge to protect worker health, and the acknowledgment of these contributions outside the field of industrial hygiene are an inspiration and challenge us to continue to improve to our profession.

This award is bestowed upon an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of industrial hygiene and who has been acknowledged for his/her contributions outside of the field of industrial hygiene.

Kusnetz Award

Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award

AIHA's Birkner, Hamilton, and Yant Awards

Distinguished Service and Social Responsibility Awards

Kusnetz Award

Jennifer Lynn Holliday, CIH

Nominated by Crystal C. Brown, CIH, CSP

Jennifer Holliday is an exemplary young Industrial hygienist and advocate. Still under the age of 40, she has been a member of AIHA since 2016, has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health, has earned the title Certified Industrial Hygienist, and is currently preparing and striving to earn the title of Certified Safety Professional. She has served AIHA in several positions including as a student section member in 2013 and 2014, and Local Prairie Section President twice: once in 2017 and also in 2019 to present, among additional Local Prairie Section board member positions. She has also been the chair of the Leadership and Advocacy sub-committee for the Women in Industrial Hygiene since 2018, working on the WIH Leadership Scholarship and the 2021 AIHce WIH summit. Additionally, she has written several articles for publications like The Synergist and BOHS Exposure Magazine and was selected to attend the Future Leaders Institute in 2018.

Sponsored by Florence Kusnetz, this award honors a certified industrial hygienist who has reached his/her 40th birthday by May 1 of the year in which the award is presented, is currently employed in the private sector, exhibits high ethical standards and technical abilities, has provided for the highest standards of health and safety protections, and shows promise of leadership in the industrial hygiene profession.

Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award

S. Zack Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIHA

Nominated by Celia A. Booth, CIH, CSP on behalf of the AIHA Leadership and Management Committee.

During his distinguished career, Zack has consistently 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, public welfare. His continuing contributions to our profession are an inspiration and will guide us into our future.

His contributions to the topic of sustainability include the authoring of the new chapter in Patty’s Industrial Hygiene, “Sustainability and the Role of the Safety and Health Professional” (2021) and the Center for Health Sustainability’s “CSHS Best Practice Guide for Occupational Health and Safety in Sustainability Reports” (2016).

Drawing on his extensive career experience, Zack’s served as the Editor and as a contributing author of the Handbook of Occupational Safety and Health, 3rd Edition, Wiley (2019). This book was the culmination of over seven years of effort working with the authors, many of whom are pioneers in their fields, and the update has been described as “an ideal, go-to resource for those who need to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control conditions that can cause injury or illness to employees in the workplace.”

Zack is a current Director in the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA). He led the team that published a new module on Health and Safety Awareness (2020). OHTA was formed to promote better standards of occupational hygiene practice throughout the world. The mainly volunteer-driven organization develops training materials and makes them freely available for use by students and training providers. It also promotes an international qualifications framework so that all hygienists are trained consistently to a high standard, recognized in all participating countries.

A former Managing Principal Consultant with BSI EHS Services and Solutions (formerly EORM), Zack led a wide variety of safety, health, and environmental projects ranging from process safety hazard analysis to evaluation to plume dispersion risk assessments for accident releases. His work included frequent travel to Asia for assessments. Prior to BSI, Zack was Senior Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, for L’Oréal Worldwide. In this role, he had overall responsibility for safety, occupational health, and the environment for 42 worldwide manufacturing sites, over 70 distribution sites, and over 100 administrative centers around the world. L’Oréal has annual sales of approximately 25 billion dollars with more than 65,000 employees worldwide. Zack worked and lived in Paris, France. Prior to this work, he has held several other senior-level positions in the US Army (retired Lt. Col.), Goodyear, Midwest Research Institute, Clayton Environmental Consultants, Liberty International Risk Services, and Arthur D. Little Company. Zack spent almost 15 years as head of Mansdorf & Associates which was sold to Clayton Environmental Consultants in 1994.

Zack has a PhD, in Environmental Engineering from the University of Kansas, School of Engineering, with Masters’ degrees in EHS and Safety from the University of Michigan and Central Missouri State. He has certifications (by examination) in all three areas as well (QEP, CSP, and CIH). He is a Past President of both the Academy of Industrial Hygiene and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) as well as a past Board member of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

This award is presented to an individual who has recognized the needs of the industrial hygiene profession and has made major contributions to fulfill those needs, thereby contributing to the improvement of public welfare.

Birkner Leadership Award

The AIHA Leadership and Management Committee presents this award to honor the legacy of Ruth McIntyre-Birkner and Larry Birkner and is proudly awarded to an individual exemplifying extraordinaire leadership and management. This year’s recipient is Aileen Yankowski, MPH, CIH.

Alice Hamilton Award

Lydia Renton, B.Sc., CIH, ROH, FAIHA

Nominated by Steven Thygerson, PhD, CIH

With over 40 years of OHS work in Canada and throughout the world, Lydia Renton sets the bar very high for exceptional work in this noble profession. A native of Canada, Lydia has traveled the world as an OHS volunteer to offer expert services and training to build OHS capacity in developing countries. As an AIHA Fellow, she has passionately dedicated any spare time she has to serve on various AIHA and other organization's committees and working groups. She is well-deserving of the Alice Hamilton Award as an outstanding example of one committed woman making a difference.

This award is presented to an outstanding woman who has made a definitive, lasting achievement 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.

Yant Award

Sean Mahar, PhD, CIH, CSP, PE

Nominated by J. Slavin, CIH, CSP, CSHM, CPEA, FAIHA

Dr. Sean Mahar solves industrial hygiene problems by providing services such as workplace evaluations for ergonomic, chemical, noise and vibration hazards, training, and indoor air quality investigations. He has taught occupational health and environmental management at the University of Wolverhampton and environmental health and industrial hygiene at Ohio University. He has resided in the UK for more than 20 years and prior to that, he served as an industrial hygiene officer in the US Navy for 9 years, managing and performing environmental and occupational health program elements in international settings. He holds an LLB with honors (British Law Degree) from the University of Wolverhampton, a PhD in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Iowa an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Texas A&M University, and a BS in Chemistry from Sacred Heart University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). He is also a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) and a Chartered Member of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (CMFOH). His research has been included in both US and international publications.

This award is presented to an individual residing outside the United States for their outstanding contributions to industrial hygiene or allied fields through academic research, teaching, professional practice, solving major Industrial Hygiene issues, and service to professional societies

Distinguished Service to AIHA Award

Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, COH, FAIHA, AIC Fellow

Nominated by S. Zack Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIHA and Lynn O’Donnell, CIH, FAIHA

As Founder & President of The Environmental Quality Organization (EQO) LLC, Chris Laszcz-Davis has over thirty-five (35) years of executive management, professional, operational, technical, and consulting experience in occupational safety & health, environmental affairs, operational integrity, risk management, product stewardship/product quality, strategic planning, auditing, and corporate acquisitions/divestitures in industry and government.

Chris is a Fellow of both the national American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and American Institute of Chemists (AIC), a recipient of the national AIHA Kusnetz Award, the national AIHA Alice Hamilton Award, the AIHA-Yuma Pacific Southwest Section Clayton Award, and the AIHA-Northern California Section Dr. Christine Einert Award. As Past President of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AIH), Chris was instrumental in having the profession sponsor its first major Fall Conference on Risk Assessment in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada back in the early 1990s.

Service to the global professional community has earmarked Chris’s career. Over the years, she has served as a Director, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH); Trustee, American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF); Appointee to both the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); U.S. Department of Commerce appointed member, Board of Examiners, Malcolm National Quality Award; President, AIHA’s Northern California and Yuma Pacific Southwest Local Sections; President, California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC), a consortium of California’s local sections; Board Member, NIOSH’s Federal Board of Scientific Counsellors (BSC), one of 15 nationally appointed scientists; and an appointee to ASSP’s strategic Council on Professional Affairs (COPA).

This award recognizes distinguished service in the advancement of industrial hygiene, unique technical contributions to the aims and goals of AIHA, proven leadership in the industrial/occupational hygiene profession, influence on public policy or social reform, or public and community service.

Social Responsibility Award

Back to Work Safely Task Force—Allan K. Fleeger, CIH, CSP, FAIHA and team lead; Hamid Arabzadeh, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA; David Beatty, MPH, CSP, CCEP; Corey Boles, PhD; Elizabeth Bussman, CIH ; Mark Drozdov, MS, SSM, FSM, BSI, RSO, CAI, CMA, GPRO; Carter Ficklen, CIH, CSP; Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Shannon Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH; Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, FAIHA; John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA; Dana Hollins, MPH, CIH; Catherine Hovde, CIH, CSP; Neva Jacobs, MSPH, CIH; Perry Logan, PhD, CIH; Heather Lynch, MPH; Eric Miller, MPH, CIH; Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH; Melanie D. Nembhard MSPH, CIH; Justine Parker, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPH; Jennifer S. Pierce, MS, PhD; Aaron Schoemaker, CSP; Jack Springston, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Ken Unice, MS; Rachel Zisook MS, CIH; Matt Zock, CIH

Nominated by Celia Booth, CIH, CSP

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic brought global shutdowns of businesses starting in March 2020. Anticipating the need to reopen American businesses and non-profit organizations safely for employees and customers alike, the ad hoc task force members developed practical solutions for businesses in the United States and several Latin American countries to assist the economies of these countries to return to work with confidence that following these reopening guidelines would provide a healthy environment for employees, customers and other stakeholders of the operations described. More importantly, these guidelines assisted in the emotional recovery for these operations to societies that were traumatized by the uncertainly of infection and developing information on the spread and consequences of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The AIHA-sponsored BacktoWorkSafely.org website opened on May 1, 2020, with the first eight guidelines, which were made available to the public. Within a month of the website’s inception, another ten guidelines were added. By July, the team had prepared 27 guidelines for small business, public (schools and libraries), and non-profit (places of worship) entities and ten posters, many of which were translated into Spanish, to help with sound occupational health and safety advice for those workplaces. Many of these guidelines were available within months of the initial lockdowns to assist business owners with the challenge of getting their employees, customers, and other stakeholders back to work promptly once lockdowns were loosened. Within the first seven months of the website being open to the public, the guidelines were downloaded nearly 1.2 million times in both English and Spanish. Over 30 OEHS professionals contributed to the writing, reviewing, publishing, and translating into Spanish of these critical economic recovery documents.

BacktoWorkSafely.org earned the attention of OSHA as a resource for recovery and is listed on the OSHA website as a resource for reopening.

This award is presented to an individual, entity, group, or organization that works inside organizations to develop and promote practical solutions to social responsibility issues related to industrial hygiene or environmental health and safety issues.

Golden Seed Award

AIHA's Rising, Shining, and Soaring Star Awards

Other AIHA Volunteer Group and Local Section Awards

Outstanding Volunteer Group Awards

The Golden Seed Award

Established in 2007 by the AIHA Students and Early Career Professional Committee, this award recognizes an individual who has mentored and/or demonstrated a commitment to promoting industrial hygiene to students and early career professionals. This year’s recipient is Evan Floyd, PhD, CIH. Evan was nominated by Richard O’Mara, CIH, CIHC, FAIHA.

AIHA Star Awards (2020)

The AIHA Indoor Environmental Quality Committee, AIHA Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee, and the AIHA Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee were selected as the recipients of the Shining Star Award, which recognizes the "best in class."

The AIHA Ergonomics Committee was selected as the recipient of the Soaring Star Award, which recognizes an Outstanding Volunteer Group that has shown continued excellence and has been named an Outstanding Volunteer Group two years running.

The AIHA Construction Committee was selected as the recipient of the Rising Star Award, which recognizes a volunteer group that has returned to Outstanding Volunteer Group ranks after a period of two years.

AIHA Volunteer Group Awards

Lila Albin Award

Since 1997, the AIHA Indoor Environmental Quality Committee has recognized a peer reviewed article in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. The article must (a) provide practical information and expand the knowledge base of IEQ professionals; (b) address a critical IEQ issue; and (c) present the topic clearly and engagingly. The year’s recipients are Benjamin L. Augenbraun, Zack D. Lasner, Debayan Mitra, Sridhar Prabhu, Shivam Raval, Hiromitsu Sawaoka and x , Assessment and mitigation of aerosol airborne SARS-CoV-2 transmission in laboratory and office environments, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 17:10, 447-456.

Rochelle Crew Memorial Award

This award is given by the AIHA Construction Committee to honor the memory of Rochelle Crew, a long-time construction safety PDC presenter and former member of the committee. The award is given to the best construction-related paper, technical session, or PDC presentation at the previous year’s AIHce. This year’s recipient is Donald J. Garvey, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA.

Donna Doganiero Award

The AIHA Safety Committee presents this award to the presenter of the best safety-related crossover technical session at AIHce EXP in 2020. The award honors a truly outstanding individual whose achievements and vision continues to move the field of industrial hygiene and safety forward, Donna Doganiero, CIH, FAIHA. This year’s recipient is Vahid Ebadat, PhD for the session entitled How to Identify and Control Flash Fire and Explosion Hazards.

John A. Leonowich Award

This award is given by the AIHA Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee for educational excellence in nonionizing radiation, honors students who are actively pursuing NIR initiatives through research or education, and recognizes the achievements made by current students in advancing both theirs and the profession’s understanding of nonionizing radiation. This year’s recipient is Sayoojya Saju.

The Randy Ogle/Paul Baron Award

This award is presented by the AIHA Nan and Advanced Materials Working Group to recognize excellence in a peer-reviewed article, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (JOEH), which best advances knowledge and practice in our field. This award honors the work of Mr. Randy Ogle and Dr. Paul Baron who led the way in providing the management tools and the data that laid the groundwork for future generations of EHS professionals working in the field of Nano Technology and Advanced Materials. This year's award is presented to Sébastien Bau, Davy Rousset, Raphaël Payet, and François-Xavier Keller for Characterizing Particle Emissions from a Direct Energy Deposition Additive Manufacturing Process and Associated Occupational Exposure to Airborne Particles featured in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) 12:1-14.

David L. Swift Award Memorial Award

This award honors the memory of Dr. David L. Swift, for his outstanding contributions to aerosol and industrial hygiene research. Aerosol research papers published during the previous year in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene are reviewed by the AIHA Aerosol Technology Committee. This year’s recipients are David Leith, ScD; Christian L’Orange, PhD, PE, PMP; John Mehaffy; and Dr. John Volckens (2020) for Design and Performance of UPAS Inlets for Respirable and Thoracic Mass Sampling, featured in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) 17(6):274–82.

Upton Sinclair Lecture Award

The Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture on EHS Investigative Reporting is hosted by the AIHA Social Concerns Committee. Rachel Axon, an award-winning investigative reporter for USA TODAY and Sky Chadde, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting will co-present How Pork Plant Execs Sacrificed Safety for Profits on Monday, May 24 at 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. ET.

John M. White Award

The John M. White Award was established by the AIHA Respiratory Protection Committee to encourage scientific and application-oriented research in respiratory protection. This year’s award is presented to Scott Duncan, Paul Bodurtha, Cara Bourgeois, Eva Dickson, Cheryl Jensen, and Syed Naqvi, PhD, CIH, CPE (2020) for The Impact of Extreme Reuse and Extended Wear Conditions on Protection Provided by a Surgical-style N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator, featured in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH), 17:11-12, 546-559, DOI: 10.1080/15459624.2020.1829633.

2020 AIHA Bestseller

This award is presented to the editor(s) of a new publication that sold the most copies during the year. The 2020 best seller is presented to Ling-Ling Hung, PhD, RAC; Steven M. Caulfield, PE, CIH, LEED® AP; and J. David Miller, PhD, FAIHA for the Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold, 2nd edition.

2020 Critics’ Choice Award

The Critic’s Choice Award honors a publication completed in 2020. The Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) evaluates all publications and selects one to recognize for their impact on the profession, originality, and quality of writing. This year’s recipients are Erica J. Stewart, CIH, FAIHA, HEM and Robert Smith, RN, CIH, MSPH, CIC, COHN-S for the Guidelines for the Selection and Use of Environmental Surface Disinfectants in Healthcare, 2nd edition.

AIHA Local Section Awards & #IAMIH Challenge Winners

Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society Best Paper Award

The Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society Best Paper Award was established by MIHS in 1957 for recognition of an outstanding publication in the American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal. In 1989, the MIHS board of directors voted to also recognize the authors of the best paper in applied industrial hygiene from the Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Journal. In 2004 both journals were combined to form the current Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH).

MIHS continues to present a Best Paper Award each year. This year’s recipients are Lee Ann Greenawald, Kent C. Hofacre, and Edward M. Fisher for Fentanyl and Carfentanil Permeation through Commercial Disposable Gloves.

#IAMIH Challenge Winners (2020)

The #IAmIH Challenge is an easy way for you, our IH leaders, to inspire others, hone your leadership and presentation skills, and be part of a larger, ongoing movement to raise the public awareness of industrial hygiene amongst our newest generation.

1st Place—Timothy Paz, CIH of the AIHA Potomac Local Section

2nd Place—Michaela Hall, MPH of the AIHA Tennessee Valley Local

3rd Place—Michael D. Starr, CIH of the AIHA Rio Grande Local Section

AIHA Outstanding Volunteer Groups (2020)

Confined Spaces Committee—Chair Bonnie J. Lockhart, CIH; Vice Chair Caroline Switzer, CIH, CSP; Secretary Janet L. Keyes, CIH, FAIHA; Secretary-elect Kenneth C. Eck, CIH, CSP, CFPS, DABFE, FACFE; and Past Chair Stacy Barnett. AIHA Green Color Council Committee.

Construction Committee—Chair Janet L. Keyes, CIH, FAIHA; Vice Chair Daniel T. Woody, CIH; and Secretary Shelley R. Shortes, CIH, CSP. AIHA Green Color Council Committee.

Ergonomics Committee—Chair Gary Downey; Vice Chair Penney M. Stanch, CIH, CSP, CPE; Secretary Emily Macomber Driggers, AEP; and Past Chair Catherine White, CIH, CSP, CPE. AIHA Yellow Color Council Committee.

Fellow SIGs—Chair John “Jack” P. Springston, CIH, CSP, MS, FAIHA; Vice Chair Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Secretary Martin L. Jones, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, FAIHA; and Past Chair Cheryl Lynn Marcham, PhD, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA. AIHA Teal Color Council Committee.

Government Relations Committee—Chair Mark Drozdov, MS, SSM, FSM, BSI, RSO, CAI, CMA, GPRO; Vice President Anthony Oliveri, PhD, MPH; Secretary Charles W. Calmbacher, Ph.D., CIH; Past Chair Monica Nicole Netherly, MPH, CSP, CIH. AIHA Orange Color Council Committee.

Healthcare Working Group—Chair Michelle C. Rosales, CIH; Vice Chair Paul Lilley, CIH; Secretary Stephanie Caler, MPH, CIH, CSP, REHS; and Past Chair Jeffrey C. Nesbitt, CIH, CSP. AIHA Yellow Color Council Committee.

Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group—Chair Laura H. Weems, CIH, CSP, CHMM; Secretary Brian Harvey; Secretary-Elect Alva Amaker, M.Ed. CAA, AIC, CSVS; Past Chair Antonio Cofresi, CIH. AIHA Orange Color Council Committee.

Indoor Environmental Quality Committee—Chair George Gerald McCaslin, B.S.; Vice Chair Timothy F. Froehlig, CIH; Secretary Alex LeBeau, PhD, MPH, CIH; Past Chair John D. Krause, CIH, MSPH, PhD. AIHA Orange Color Council Committee.

International Affairs Committee—Chair Lydia N. Renton, B. Sc., CIH, ROH, FAIHA; Vice Chair Steven Verpaele; Secretary Laurence Svirchev, MA, BSc, CIH; Past Chair Steven M. Thygerson, Ph.D., CIH. AIHA Yellow Color Council Committee.

Laboratory Health and Safety Committee—Chair Garth Graham, CIH; Vice Chair Marian Lee Poore, CIH; Secretary David A. Acker, CIH; Secretary-Elect Ashwani Shukla, CIH, CSP, SMS; Past Chair James Stubbs. AIHA Blue Color Council Committee.

Leadership and Management Committee—Chair Bradley W. Rodgers, MS, CIH, CSP; Vice Chair Celia A. Booth, CIH, CSP; Secretary Eltaneice V. Bolden, CIH, CHMM; Past Chair Joy Erdman, MS, CIH, CSP, FAIHA. AIHA Violet Color Council Committee.

Mentoring and Professional Development Committee—Chair Melanie D. Nembhard, CIH; Vice Chair Justin D. Hoover, MS, CSP; Secretary Anthony Uliano, Jr., CIH, CHMM; Past Chair Michelle Coutu, MSPH, CIH. AIHA Violet Color Council Committee.

Museum and Cultural Heritage Working Group—Chair Kathryn A. Makos, MPH, CIH; Vice Chair Jeffrey R. Sotek, CIH, CSP, PE; Secretary Ralph A. Froehlich, MS, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIHA. AIHA Blue Color Council Committee.

Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee—Chair Mona Shum, MSc, CIH; Vice Chair Brandon Jensen, MS, CSP; Secretary Seth Satorius, CSP, CLSO; Past Chair Margaret L. Phillips, PhD, CIH. AIHA Red Color Council Committee.

Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee—Chair Cheryl K. S. DuBois, CIH; John J. Hill, CIH, CSP; Secretary Paul E. Allen, CIH, CSP, ARM; Secretary Kevin Joseph Mahoney, CIH, CSP; Past Chair Mark S. Tartaglia, MSPH, CIH. AIHA Red Color Council Committee.

Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee—Chair Evan Floyd, PhD, CIH; Secretary Derek J. Popp; Secretary Anand Ranpara; Past Chair Nicola M. Watson, PhD, MChem. AIHA Blue Color Council Committee.

Social Concerns Committee—Chair Enjoli C. DeGrasse, MSPH, CIH; Vice Chair Kathie A. Lavaty, CIH, CSP; Secretary Leo T. Old, CIH, CSP, PE. AIHA Teal Color Council Committee.

Teen Workplace Health and Safety Committee—Chair Jennifer L. Maclachlan; Vice Chair Brian Czarnecki, CHST, CSP, CIH; Secretary Michaela A. Hall, MPH. AIHA Violet Color Council.

Women in IH (WIH) Committee—Chair Crystal C. Brown, CIH, CSP; Vice Chair Joy Jacobsen, MS, CIH, CSP, CRSP, EP; Secretary Diana Harrington Peroni, CIH; Past Chair Stacey M. Croghan, CIH. AIHA Teal Color Council Committee.

AIHA Outstanding Project Groups (2020)

AIHA Indoor Environmental Quality Committee COVID-19 Guidance Document Team—Tim Froehlig, CIH; David Krause, PhD, MSPH, CIH; Alex LeBeau, PhD, MPH, CIH; Cheri Marcham, PhD, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA; George (Jerry) McCaslin, IH; Robert Rottersman, MS, CIH; and John Springston, CIH, CSP, FAIHA.

AIHA Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group Role of OEHS Professional in Continuity Planning Framework Development Team—Steve Graham, CIH, CSP; Brian Harvey; Karen Jones, CIH, CSP; Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Eugene Satrun, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Dana Stahl, CIH; and Laura H. Weems, CIH, CSP, CHMM.

AIHA Museum and Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group and the AIHA Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group Cultural Heritage Emergency Preparedness and Response Training—Ralph A. Froehlich, MS, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIHA; Steve Graham, CIH, CSP; Matt Gross; Kimberly A. Harmon, CIH; Catherine Hawks, PA-AIC, FIIC; David Hicks, CIH, CSP, CHMM; Julie A. Kowalsky; Steven Maloney; Edward Primeau, CIH; Eugene Satrun, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; and Jane Smith Stewart.

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With a variety of scholarships available, students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs that lead to a career in industrial hygiene can find varying levels of awards and assistance to further their educational opportunities. Find out more about all the scholarships available and the application process for 2022.

2021 AIH Foundation Scholarship Awardees

Yao Addor
University of Cincinnati
Gary and Bonnie Olmstead Scholarship

Elham Ahmadpour
Universite de Montreal
AIHA Local Section Scholarship and Dennis Paustenbach Scholarship

Lauren Arcement
Montana Technological University
Rick and Carol Fulwiler Scholarship

Ines Beganovic
University of Illinois at Chicago
AIHF General Scholarship

Devan Campbell
University of Georgia
Liberty Mutual Scholarship

Nathan Chen
University of Alabama at Birmingham
George and Florence Clayton Scholarship

Ryan Cirillo
CUNY School of Public Health
AIHF General Scholarship

Chris Claes
University of Michigan
Steven P. Levin Memorial Scholarship and Philadelphia Local Section Scholarship

Catherine Crott
Montana Technological University
AIHF General Scholarship

Kelvin Dam
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Liberty Mutual Scholarship

Madeline Demo
University of Illinois at Chicago
AIHA Scholarship and Chicago Local Section Scholarship

Kate Gardner
University of Utah
Jeffrey S. Lee Scholarship

Thomas Gerding
University of Cincinnati
Kyle B. Dotson Scholarship and Ohio Valley Local Section Scholarship

Jakalynne Gosnell
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago Local Section Scholarship and Pengfei Gao Memorial Scholarship

Trevor Hartmann
University of Michigan
AIHF General Scholarship

Carmel Hilal
University of Toronto
AIHF General Scholarship

Molly Hischke
Colorado State University
BCSP Scholarship

Kayna Hobbs
Colorado State University
President's Leadership Award

Michael Jeffery
University of Toledo
AIHF General Scholarship

Michael Kado
University of California, Berkely
Morton Lippmann Scholarship

Nikolas Kimbel
Montana Technological University
Liberty Mutual Scholarship

Kristina Lena
CUNY School of Public Health
Robert L. Harris Scholarship

Lu Li
University of Central Missouri
AIHF General Scholarship

Alex McCann
Tulane University
AIHF General Scholarship

David McMahan
University of Alabama at Birmingham
D. Jeff Burton Scholarship and Liberty Mutual Scholarship

Angela Czarina Mejia
University of British Columbia
Charles F. Redinger Scholarship and Ralph Vernon Memorial Scholarship

Rachel Miller
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Fred S. Venable/Deep South Local Section Scholarship

Puleng Moshele
University of Minnesota
TSI/Arthur J. Abrams Memorial Scholarship and Upper Midwest Local Section/John Pendergrass Memorial Scholarship

Vishal Nathu
University of Cincinnati
Robert W. Wheeler Scholarship

Kassie Olin
University of Washington
AIHF General Scholarship

Toluwanimi Oni
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Philip R. Morey Memorial Scholarship and AIHA Scholarship

Tiara Pamungkas
University of Michigan
Ralph G. Smith Scholarship

Khayati Patel
University of Toronto
MSIG Scholarship

Scott Pottorff
Montana Technological University
AIHF General Scholarship

Alessandra Pratt
University of Iowa
Clyde M. Berry Scholarship and Warren A. Cook AIHA Past Presidents Scholarship

Yoni Rodriguez
University of Washington
AIHF General Scholarship

Gyan Rusconi-Rodrigues
University of Michigan
AIHF General Scholarship

Samantha Russo
University of Toronto
Philadelphia Local Section Scholarship

Denali Sanders
Utah State University
Frederick W. Boelter Risk Science Scholarship and Gary S. Kephart Memorial Scholarship

Alina Schlichtkrull
Slippery Rock University
Pittsburgh Local Section Scholarship

James Seidel
Colorado State University
BCSP Scholarship

Pranav Srikanth
University of Washington
AIHA Fellows Scholarship

Shelley Stephan
University of Washington
Lawrence R. Birkner & Ruth K. McIntyre-Birkner Memorial Scholarship and Jerry Lynch Memorial Scholarship

Kelsey Strandberg
University of Iowa
Amazon "Invent and Simplify" Scholarship, Kyle B. Dotson Scholarship, Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee Scholarship

Kelsey Townsend
Colorado State University
AIHF General Scholarship

Kyra Villalon
University of Michigan
Philadelphia Local Section Scholarship

Jasna Williams
University of Alabama at Birmingham
AIHF General Scholarship

Spencer Williams
University of Utah
Los Alamos Industrial Hygiene Scholarship

Xin Zhang
University of Michigan
Michigan IH Society Merit Scholarship