AIHA Recognizes Dennis Paustenbach With 29th Annual Smyth Award

Sept. 17, 2010
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has announced that Dennis J. Paustenbach, PhD, CIH, DABT, will be recognized at the 2010 Professional Conference on Industrial Hygiene (PCIH) as the 2010 recipient of the Henry F. Smyth Jr. Award. being held Oct. 9–12 in Fort Worth, Texas. AIHA’s Academy of Industrial Hygiene hosts PCIH.

“The Smyth Award is reserved for honoring those members of the profession who have contributed not only to improving the practice of industrial hygiene, but in serving as an exemplary professional focused on improving the health and safety of workers,” stated Donna M. Doganiero, CIH, president of the academy. “With his personal and professional achievements, his drive for the betterment of public welfare, and his dedication and loyalty to his colleagues, Dr. Dennis Paustenbach exceeds these requirements. On behalf of the Academy, I am honored to present Dennis with the 2010 Smyth Award.”

Paustenbach, an active AIHA member, is the president of ChemRisk Inc. He received his BS in chemical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, his MS in counseling psychology from Indiana State University, followed by his MS in industrial hygiene from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in environmental toxicology at Purdue University. Among his many achievements, Paustenbach also has received honorary doctorates in science and engineering. Most recently, he served as the adjunct professor of toxicology at his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

Paustenbach is a certified industrial hygienist and safety professional, as well as a registered professional engineer-in-training. He is a certified environmental assessor who serves as diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, in addition to his position on the executive committee of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC). Paustenbach is a distinguished Fellow at the American College of Toxicological Sciences.

“I am honored to be among the many fine hygienists and toxicologists who have won this award over the years,” stated Paustenbach, who will be speaking during the PCIH conference. “My lecture will address the history and likely future of occupational exposure limits; a topic which has been at the center of both professions for more than 50 years.”

The academy established the Henry F. Smyth Jr. Award in 1981 and presents it to an individual who has recognized the needs of the industrial hygiene profession and made major contributions, thereby contributing to the improvement of the public’s welfare. Henry F. Smyth Jr. was a dedicated teacher and productive researcher whose projects enhanced the profession.

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