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03-07-2013

Clarkson University's Rossner Named Fellow of American Industrial Hygiene Association

Clarkson University's Alan Rossner has been named a fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Rossner is an associate professor of environmental health sciences in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

Alan RossnerRossner's nomination as a fellow is recognition by his peers of his accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the AIHA and to his profession.

Industrial hygiene is the science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and wellbeing, among workers or among citizens of the community.

AIHA is one of the largest international associations serving the needs of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals, practicing industrial hygiene in industry, government, labor, academic institutions and independent organizations.

Only five percent of the AIHA membership can qualify for the award, which is given to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene.

Rossner is the director of Clarkson's undergraduate programs in environmental health science and environmental science & policy.

He received his Ph.D. in occupational health from McGill University, his master of science degree in environmental health from the University of Washington, and his bachelor of science in biology from Clarkson.

Prior to coming to Clarkson, Rossner spent 10 years working in the industrial sector as an environmental, health and safety professional, performing exposure assessments, safety and health audits, and implementing control systems.

Over the last 14 years, he has taught and conducted research at Clarkson in environmental health science. The environmental, health and safety hazards he observed while working in industry have directly influenced the issues of concern and the nature of the research he has pursued as a faculty member.

Rossner directs his research into areas that minimize people’s exposure to contaminants, improve working conditions, improve living conditions and minimize risk of disease. His current research projects encompass three areas:  the development of air sampling methodologies; exposure assessment strategies for occupational and environmental air sampling; and indoor/outdoor air contaminant monitoring.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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