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Three USU Undergrads Receive National Industrial Hygiene Awards

Wednesday, May. 03, 2017


USU student Dylan Anderson

USU industrial hygiene student Dylan Anderson is the recipient of a 2017 American industrial Hygiene Foundation Scholarship.


USU student Tanner Christensen

Tanner Christensen, a USU industrial hygiene major, is a 2017 recipient of an American industrial Hygiene Foundation Scholarship.


USU student Isabella Muffoletto

USU industrial hygiene student Isabella Muffoletto is a 2017 recipient of the TSI, Inc. / Andrew J. Abrams Scholarship, administered by the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation.


Three Utah State University undergraduate scholars are recipients of national academic scholarships awarded by the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Dylan Anderson, Tanner Christensen and Isabella Muffoletto competed with undergrads and graduate students throughout the nation for awards. The trio will be recognized at the 2017 AIHA annual conference June 4-7 in Seattle.

“We are delighted to see this well-deserved national recognition for three of our distinguished Industrial Hygiene students,” says Al Savitzky, head of USU’s Department of Biology. “Our IH program, and the broader program in Public Health to which it belongs, are a source of great pride for our department. We celebrate the successes of these deserving students.”

A native of Bothwell, Utah, Anderson is the recipient of a $2,000 American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Scholarship. The 2011 graduate of Garland’s Bear River High School will pursue a 2017 summer internship with Orbital ATK at the aerospace manufacturer’s Bacchus facility, west of Salt Lake City. Anderson will participate in safety operations at the facility’s nitroglycerin plant.

During his undergraduate career, Anderson has also received a USU transfer academic scholarship, a Department of Biology Scholarship and USU’s David B. Drown Public Health Scholarship.

Christensen is the recipient of a $2,000 American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Scholarship. The Tremonton, Utah native will pursue a 2017 summer internship with ready-mixed concrete and asphalt manufacturer Staker Parson Companies in Ogden, Utah, where he’ll be involved in noise exposure monitoring and air quality sampling.

A 2013 graduate of Bear River High School, Christensen was named to the College of Science Dean’s List and is a recipient of the David B. Drown Public Health Scholarship. In addition to industrial hygiene certifications, he plans to pursue graduate studies in health care administration.

Muffoletto is the recipient of a $2,500 TSI, Inc./Andrew J. Abrams Scholarship, administered by the AIHF. This fall, the Logan, Utah native enters her fourth year as a cadet in USU’s Air Force ROTC 860th Cadet Wing. The 2013 Logan High School graduate completed an industrial hygiene summer internship in 2015 with the Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight of the 75th Aerospace Medicine Group at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base, where she participated in air and noise sampling during maintenance operations of C-130 cargo aircraft and F-22 ‘Raptor’ fighter jets.

Muffoletto received a 2016 Board of Certified Safety Professionals Scholarship from the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation and is a past recipient of a College of Science Scholarship, a Department of Biology Scholarship and the David B. Drown Public Health Scholarship. She will serve as a College of Science Ambassador for the 2017-18 academic year and plans an industrial hygiene career as an Air Force officer.

“To receive national scholarships at this level of competition demonstrates the outstanding caliber of students in USU’s IH program,” says Carl Farley, lecturer in USU’s Department of Biology and advisor of USU’s Public Health programs in industrial hygiene, public health education and environmental health. “The Public Health faculty applauds the recognition of these hard-working scholars.”

USU’s industrial hygiene program is one of only four undergraduate programs in the nation accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. Requirements of the degree program include coursework in industrial hygiene-specific disciplines, biology, chemistry, epidemiology, toxicology and environmental engineering, as well as a professional internship; all of which prepare graduates to pursue professional certification.

Related Links
“USU Industrial Hygiene Students Receive National, Statewide Recognition,” Utah State Today 
USU Department of Biology
USU Industrial Hygiene Program
USU College of Science 

Contact: Carl Farley, 435-797-2566, carl.farley@usu.edu





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