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General Session

​Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award Lecture - External Influences on the Industrial Hygiene Curriculum​

Management and
Leadership Track​​

Tuesday, October 31 

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Presenter: Robert D. Soule, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA.

In general, those academic programs that are devoted to industrial hygiene, or industrial hygiene-related disciplines, take on the character of the academic unit from which they are derived. However, as the program develops in response to the needs of its constituencies, it is influenced more and more by entities outside t​​he program itself. These external influences include alumni, recruiters/employers of graduates, advisory committees, certification boards, and accreditation bodies. These external influences are described and discussed in this presentation. Particular detailed attention is devoted to one of the most impactful of these: ABET’s Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission. The accreditation process is described, and the current status of the accreditation activities is presented. Several recent initiatives, all of which should contribute substantially to the efforts to accredit academic program, are presented. ​​Anticipated return on these current efforts, in terms of improvements in industrial hygiene curricula, will be described.​​​​​​​​​​​


Name and Bio

Robert D. Soule, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA.

Robert D. “Bob” Soule has been an industrial hygienist for nearly 50 years. He has a B.S. (chemical engineering) from Michigan State, an M.S. (chemical engineering) from Purdue and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh.  He maintained certifications (CIH and CSP) and professional engineering licensing during his career, having voluntarily surrendered them recently. His career includes work in private industry (Dow Chemical Company), consulting (Clayton Environmental Consultants), government (Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Service) and academia (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). He has been a member of national AIHA since the mid 1960s. He has served as secretary-treasurer of the Academy of Industrial Hygiene and has been active on many national and local committees; he has served as president of three different local sections. He is a past Chair of the ACGIH. Currently, he is chair of ABET’s Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission.​