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ASSE Names IE’s Joel Haight Safety Professional of the Year

Haight Photo_0840PITTSBURGH (November 22, 2016) … The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) selected Joel Haight, associate professor of industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, as the recipient of its 2016 Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award for the Engineering Practice Specialty. 

The SPY awards recognize ASSE members “who have helped advance the occupational safety, health and environmental profession through exemplary volunteer service to the Society and to their respective Practice Specialty during the ASSE calendar year.” There are 16 categories of practice specialties for the SPY awards, including Engineering, and the ASSE chooses winners from its 37,000 members nationwide.

Dr. Haight has been a member of ASSE since 1985. He joined the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. In the previous 33 years he served as Chief of the Human Factors Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at their Pittsburgh Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, where he managed a research branch of 35-40 researchers in the areas of ergonomics, cognitive engineering, human behavior and training. Dr. Haight also served for nearly 10 years, as an Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Haight worked as a manager and engineer for the Chevron Corporation for 18 years prior to joining the faculty at Penn State. His research interests include health and safety management systems intervention effectiveness measurement and optimization and human performance measurement in automated control system design 

He serves as the chair of the research committee for the ASSE foundation and Board of Trustees member. He is the editor in chief and contributing author of Handbook of Loss Prevention Engineering published by J.W. Wiley and Sons in 2013 and the Safety Professionals Handbook published by ASSE in 2012. In addition, he has published nearly 60 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings.

Dr. Haight is also an active member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Institute of Industrial Engineers and American Industrial Hygiene Association. He is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania and Alabama and certified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and the American Board of Industrial Hygienists.


Author: Author: Matt Cichowicz, Communications Writer

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