October 18, 2017

AIHA Announces 2017 Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award Recipient

Release No. SPR-17-1018-01

Sue Marchese
AIHA Communications
(703) 846-0700

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (October 18, 2017) — The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) is pleased to announce Robert D. Soule, PhD, CIH, CSP, as the recipient of the 2017 Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award. The honor is presented annually to an individual who has recognized the needs of the industrial hygiene profession and contributed to the improvement of the public’s welfare. AIHA will honor Dr. Soule during an awards dinner at the 2017 AIHA Fall Conference on Leadership and Management, which will be held October 30–31 in Tampa, Florida. As this year’s recipient, Dr. Soule will present the annual Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award lecture at the conference.

“Dr. Soule has had a very large footprint in the industrial hygiene world. In addition to his decades as a professor and administrator at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Soule has been a leader in occupational health and safety professional accreditation, contributing author to benchmark publications, and has held leadership roles in AIHA, ACGIH, and ABET,” said AIHA President, Deborah Nelson, PhD, CIH. “He is a strong advocate and a champion of maintaining a strong technical emphasis in the industrial hygiene profession.”

Dr. Soule has over forty years of experience in the comprehensive practice of occupational health and has demonstrated competencies in the profession by maintaining credentials as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) throughout his active career. He has contributed to the profession by serving as Chair of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), secretary-treasurer of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AAIH) and Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). He has also worked extensively as an expert witness, on behalf of industrial clients, governmental agencies and plaintiffs, in the evaluation of data pertaining to occupational health, including exposure assessments and the feasibility of engineering and other appropriate controls.

Dr. Soule is Professor Emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently the Vice Chair of Operations of the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, a position that will progress to Chair Elect and Chair of the Commission in the future. He has been intimately associated with the academic preparation of nearly 4000 safety, health and environmental professionals via the development and delivery of undergraduate and graduate courses in safety sciences programs. In addition, Dr. Soule has been responsible for providing technical assistance to private-sector businesses by serving as the first director of the Pennsylvania/OSHA Consultation Program and has directed broad-ranging consultative services in evaluation and control of health hazards as Vice President of Industrial Hygiene Services for Clayton Environmental Consultants.


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