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USU Industrial Hygiene Students Receive National, Statewide Recognition

Isabella Muffoletto, 2016 national Board of Certified Safety Professionals Scholarship recipient.

Three Utah State University industrial hygiene undergraduates are recipients of awards from professional organizations promoting occupational health and safety.

Isabella Muffoletto is a 2016 recipient of the national Board of Certified Safety Professionals Scholarship administered by the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation. Muffoletto is the first Aggie to receive this honor.

Michaela Forbes and Mike Nay are recipients of 2016 Outstanding Student of the Year Scholarships from the Utah Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. They’re among four scholars selected statewide for the annual award. The students were recognized in an Oct. 13 ceremony in Salt Lake City.

“To receive national and statewide scholarships demonstrates the quality of students coming from USU’s industrial hygiene 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 is glad to see recognition of these particular students, as they truly exemplify hard work and dedication to their education.”

Muffoletto, Forbes and Nay are public health majors with industrial hygiene emphasis. 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.

Muffoletto completed an industrial hygiene internship with the Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight of the 75th Aerospace Medicine Group at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base. Her duties included air and noise sampling during maintenance operations of C-130 cargo aircraft and F-22 ‘Raptor’ fighter jets.

A third-year cadet in USU’s Air Force ROTC 860th Cadet Wing, Muffoletto completed field training at Alabama’s Maxwell Air Force Base and Camp Shelby in Mississippi and advanced to the professional officer course. The Logan, Utah, native plans an industrial hygiene career as an Air Force officer.

A native of northern California, Forbes completed an internship with the environmental health and safety team of W.L. Gore & Associates, a multinational materials science manufacturer based in Delaware.

Following graduation from USU in May 2017, Forbes, who enjoys travel and has lived in Thailand, China and Lithuania, plans to pursue an industrial hygiene career.

Nay completed internships with Autoliv in Ogden, Utah, and Big West Oil in North Salt Lake, Utah, where he participated in sampling procedures to analyze workplace hazards, including noise, particulates and varied chemicals.

A Mapleton, Utah, native, Nay plans to pursue a career in industrial hygiene following graduation from Utah State in May, 2017.

USU’s AIHA student section was named the 2012-13 Outstanding Student Local Section of the Year by the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

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Contact: Carl Farley, 435-797-2566,

Michaela Forbes, 2016 Utah Local Section of the American Association of Industrial Hygiene Association Scholarship recipient.

Mike Nay, 2016 Utah Local Section of the American Association of Industrial Hygiene Association Scholarship recipient.


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