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John J. Bloomfield Award

2014 Awardee

The John J. Bloomfield Award is presented to a young industrial hygienist who pursues the problem of occupational health hazards primarily by doing fieldwork, and who demonstrates significant contribution to the profession. This year's Bloomfield Award recipient is Catherine A. Hovde, CIH, CSP.

Ms. Hovde received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from St. Olaf College in 2003, and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene from University of Minnesota School of Public Health in 2006. During her graduate program, she received funding from the Pilot Projects Research Training Program of the Midwest Center for Occupational Safety and Health at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health to conduct research on welding fume generation. The research was subsequently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. She is a certified industrial hygienist and certified safety professional.

Since graduating, Ms. Hovde has served as an IH and EHS professional in facilities and regionally for 3M and Caterpillar. In those positions, she worked with employees, engineers and other team members to understand operations and evaluate potential exposures. She worked collaboratively to develop and implement practical controls. Ms. Hovde also completed an international assignment based in Germany as a divisional EHS manager for a global division of Caterpillar. In this role, she worked to integrate several newly acquired companies with all legal requirements and Caterpillar standards. In addition, she oversaw her German EHS team through ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications. Ms. Hovde is currently the Enterprise Industrial Hygiene Manager for Caterpillar. This entails reinvigorating the industrial hygiene strategy and developing the technical and leadership competencies throughout the enterprise.

Ms. Hovde is also active with the global IH professional community. She has served as a mentor at the School of Public Health and through AIHA's mentoring program, held leadership positions in her local AIHA section and the Students and Early Career Professionals Committee, and is a member of the Permanent Conference Committee and International Affairs Committee. She has arranged, moderated, and spoken in several roundtables at AIHce and led the first Unsession at AIHce 2013.

As a young industrial hygienist, Ms. Hovde has already made numerous contributions to the field and will continue to be a leader in environmental health and safety.

Previous Award Recipients

  • 1979 — Gary A. Wiederhoeft
  • 1980 — Ronald J. Young
  • 1981 — Lynn C. O Donnell
  • 1982 — Jack O. Geissert
  • 1983 — John M. Fajen
  • 1984 — Margie E. Zalesak
  • 1985 — Scott E. Merkle
  • 1986 — Deborah S. Green
  • 1987 — Miriam C. Vaughn
  • 1988 — Kathy L. Morring
  • 1989 — Michael G. Gressel
  • 1990 — Mark A. Ashworth
  • 1991 — Mary Giguere
  • 1992 — Patricia M. Holton
  • 1993 — Jeffrey C. Hutchins
  • 1994 — Teresa A. Seitz
  • 1995 — Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen
  • 1996 — David M. Zalk
  • 1997 — Dean R. Lillquist
  • 1998 — D. Scott Hayes
  • 1999 — Stanley J. Jossell
  • 2000 — Seth J. Burmeister
  • 2001 — Michael V. Van Dyke
  • 2002 — Lieutenant Robert E. McCleery
  • 2003 — Kimberley J. Nipko
  • 2004 — Anthony J. Intrepido
  • 2005 — Lieutenant Commander Lauralynn Taylor
  • 2006 — Aleksandr B. Stefaniak
  • 2007 — Robert M. Eninger, Maj, USAF, CIH
  • 2008 — Aubrey Grimes
  • 2009 — Jessica Ramsey
  • 2010 — Shannon Henshaw Gaffney, MHS, PhD, CIH
  • 2011 — Lilia Chen, MS, CIH
  • 2012 — Cara M. Mitchell
  • 2013 — Erica Jones, CIH


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