Dr. Lee’s notable career in industrial hygiene spanned three decades. A Salt Lake City, Utah native, he completed his engineering degree at the University of Utah and began his career with the Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a doctorate degree in environmental health sciences from the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. Lee then returned to Salt Lake City as the Deputy Director of NIOSH’s western operations.
After NIOSH closed its Salt Lake City facility, Lee became one of the original members of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Health Response Team. Later, he departed OSHA to help establish and direct the industrial hygiene program at the University of Utah Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, a NIOSH Educational Resource Center.
In addition to the many accomplishments while at NIOSH, OSHA, and the university, Lee co-founded Industrial Health, Inc., an occupational health and safety consulting firm. He also chaired the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, served on the American Industrial Hygiene Association Board of Directors, and co-founded the International Occupational Health Association, serving as its first president. Lee also authored and co-authored a number of articles and books related to industrial hygiene and served as editor of the Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Journal (later known as the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health). He received several recognition and awards for excellence, including being the first recipient of the International Occupational Health Association’s lifetime achievement award and AIHA’s Donald E. Cummings Award (posthumously).
Lee was a wonderful husband to Mary Ann, an attentive father to two sons, Chris and Alex, a caring and true friend to many, and a respected professional. Outside of the professional realm, he was an avid and accomplished skier of the Cottonwood canyons of Utah, an experienced outdoorsman, and a world traveler. Dr. Lee leaves a legacy of innovative thinking, good humor, hard work, dedication to important causes, and a life lived with vitality.
Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
In awarding the Jeffrey S. Lee Scholarship, preference is given to students attending the University of Utah Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health or the University of California, Berkeley.
Current and Past Recipients
2019 - 2020
Sharly Coombs, University of Utah
2018 - 2019
Angela Ho, University of Utah
2017 - 2018
Lauren E. Haggerty, University of Utah
2016 - 2017
Aaron M. Cox, University of Utah
2015 - 2016
Danielle McKenzie-Smith, University of Utah
2014 - 2015
Alex A. Shahan, University of Utah
2012 - 2013
Travis H. Jones, University of Utah
2011 - 2012
Ryan L. Payne, University of Utah
2010 - 2011
Nisha Parikh, University of California, Berkeley
2009 - 2010
Josh Corbridge, University of Utah
2008 - 2009
James P. McDonald, University of Utah
2007 - 2008
Justin J. Mecham, University of Utah
2006 - 2007
Zulma Machillanda-Hahn, University of California, Berkeley
William Pockels, Hunter College