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Future Leaders in EHS 2012

Nurturing and Celebrating Our Future Leaders

Application Deadline: Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012


What is the Future Leaders in EHS program?

The Future Leaders program was created to support and encourage EHS students as they respond to the challenges of the 21st century workplace and lead the way in keeping tomorrow’s workers safe, healthy and on the job. The program’s initial focus will be a scholarship program recognizing outstanding students in EHS-related programs.

“Today’s EHS students will shape the future of this critical profession, and we’re proud to sponsor this ambitious program to enhance their education,” said Bill Grana, PureSafety’s president and CEO. “This is a natural extension of our ongoing university outreach efforts to help students understand how technology can empower EHS professionals to overcome safety and health challenges, while delivering bottom-line results for their organizations.”

Additional outreach support includes UL PureSafety’s safety, health and risk management professionals contributing time and expertise to educate and mentor students, as well as providing the company’s software and information solutions to several programs.

“Effective EHS practices are essential to how successful companies conduct business,” said Sandy Smith, executive editor of EHS Today. “EHS Today is proud to partner with UL PureSafety to recognize the EHS leaders of tomorrow in this first-of-its-kind program.”


Application & Requirements

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Future Leaders includes, but is not limited to:
An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher with at least a 3.25 GPA in EHS-re­lated courses.
Three recommendations from professors or professional mentors.
Three documented examples of outreach to the student’s local com­munity or broader EHS community.
Must be a US Citizen

How are winners chosen?

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of EHS editors, representatives from UL PureSafety, members of EHS Today’s Editorial Advisory Board and other industry leaders.

Student Scholarship & College Incentive

A $5,000 scholarship to be awarded in December 2012. Professors, academic advisors, program administrators and EHS professionals are encouraged to identify top students and help them apply.

In addition to the scholarship, the winning student will serve on the EHS Today Editorial Advisory Board for two years, and will be profiled in a special section of the December 2012 issue of EHS Today dedicated to the Future Leaders program. All applicants will receive a free, one-year digital subscription to EHS Today.

The winning student’s school will also receive one year of free access to UL PureSafety’s workforce safety and health software and information solutions. In addition to online training courses that may be integrated into the school’s EHS curriculum, these solutions will give students and faculty hands-on experience in how technology can transform EHS management and enhance performance. The solutions can also be used by the school’s own EHS professionals to better manage the delivery, tracking and reporting of their safety and health programs for university students, faculty and staff.

Born out of a workplace tragedy in 1999, PureSafety empowers its customers to protect their organization's most valuable assets: their people and profits. UL PureSafety provides comprehensive, web-based software and information solutions that support compliance requirements, overall risk management needs, and the enhancement of governance and company culture through improved programs, processes, awareness, understanding, visibility, and accountability within workforce safety and health. The company’s growing team of 160 employees serves more than 2,000 companies operating in more than 20 major industries including manufacturing, construction, distribution, energy, and healthcare, and encompasses 34 percent of the Fortune 500. Headquartered in the Nashville area, PureSafety has an additional location in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To learn more, visit www.puresafety.com or call 888.202.3016.

Previous Future Leaders

2011 Future Leaders in EHS Winner Jeffrey R. Walls

Exerpt from 'Jeffrey R. Walls Named 2011 Future Leader in EHS'

"I have spent the majority of my professional career working side-by-side with people from marginalized populations (primarily immigrants from Latin America)," Walls wrote in his application. "I am continually impressed and humbled by the sorts of working environments people will tolerate, so long as it allows them to support their families. In ten years I would like to be in a role and have enough technical expertise to protect the health of workers who are otherwise underrepresented in the workplace."  Read more about Jeffrey.



2011 Future Leaders in EHS Runner-Up, Mary Ellen L. Hicks

Excerpt from "Q&A with Future Leader in EHS Runner-Up Mary Ellen L. Hicks"

"I became involved with the field of EHS during my undergraduate studies at Purdue University. I had a wonderful mentor who told me about the field of environmental and occupational health sciences, and I decided to change my major from pre-medicine and completed a double major in Occupational Health Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences. I chose to pursue my Master of Public Health degree in Industrial Hygiene at the University of Michigan because of their excellent Industrial Hygiene program. I felt that continuing my education and receiving an MPH degree would expand my knowledge of workplace hazards to better protect people in the workplace, and would give me more opportunities for growth in my future. The faculty and students at the University of Michigan are wonderful to work with, and I have loved my time here at Michigan."  Read more about Mary.


2010 Future Leaders in EHS Winner Jason Townsell

Excerpt from, "Future Leader in EHS: Jason Townsell"

'Townsell currently is a senior at Columbia Southern University, where he will earn a bachelor's of science in occupational health and safety in Spring 2011. He intends to earn a second bachelor's degree in fire science administration from Waldorf College in Fall 2011 before going on to pursue a master's degree.

In addition to his coursework, Townsell works full time as an assistant safety manager/trainer for LA World Airports (LAWA) Airport Development Group. He works at LAX on the Bradley West Project, a $1.545-billion development to create a new terminal as part of the LAX Master Plan.

To top it off, Townsell is married with three children and pastors full time at the church he and his wife, Brandy, founded in 2004. In fact, Townsell credits Brandy with helping him reach his goals by making sure daily life runs smoothly for him and their three children: Taya, 7; Brandon, 4; and Joshua, 2.

“It takes a high amount of focus and dedication,” said Townsell of his hectic schedule. “To be frank with you, I really enjoy it.”' Read more about Jason.


2010 Future Leaders in EHS Runner-Up, Beauregard Middaugh

Beau Middaugh, a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in occupational and environmental health at Purdue University, impressed the judges with his demonstrated leadership, academic performance and focus on field research.

“I believe EHS is a vital field of study because it is an applied science, where theoretical health, psychology and engineering knowledge are applied to real-world situations to prevent future injury or illness.”


2010 Future Leaders in EHS Runner-Up, Tran Huynh

As a student pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial hygiene from the University of Minnesota, Tran Huynh exhibits a strong dedication to the field of industrial hygiene and the challenge of protecting workers from health and safety risks.

“With the ever increasing public awareness of environmental and corporate social responsibility, businesses now face greater pressure into doing the ‘right’ thing more than ever before … It is no coincidence that companies with good and sustainable EHS practices happen to consistently outperform their competitors.”

Contact Us

Please contact EHS Today Executive Editor, Sandy Smith.
Email: Sandy.Smith@penton.com
Phone: 216-931-9464

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