Press Release


Cincinnati, Ohio — April 3, 2018 — ACGIH® will honor its 2018 Awards recipients at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) held May 21–23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Each year, ACGIH® honors individuals and/or groups who have made significant contributions to the profession through their leadership and dedication. This year’s awardees join that distinguished list.

Herbert E. Stokinger Award Recipient:  Mark D. Hoover, PhD, CHP, CIH

The Herbert E. Stokinger Award is given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution in the broad field of industrial and environmental toxicology.

Dr. Hoover is a senior research scientist in the Respiratory Health Division of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). He also currently serves as co-director of the Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies and as coordinator of the NIOSH Exposure Assessment Program. Dr. Hoover came to NIOSH in 2000 following 25 years of highly successful energy-related respiratory research at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (formerly the Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute) within the federal government’s special purpose laboratory system. He is a certified health physicist and a certified industrial hygienist.

Dr. Hoover became a member of ACGIH® in 1999. His substantial contributions to excellence over his 43-year career in the areas of inhalable materials and worker protection are documented in more than 240 open literature papers, chapters, edited books including the reference text on Radioactive Air Sampling Methods, and national and international standards, as well as in nearly 350 professional presentations and in the significant mentorship of nearly 50 students.

When asked to summarize his mission statement as an occupational health scientist, Dr. Hoover replied “My professional goal is to help make it easier for everyone to get the right things done right for occupational health by helping to build and sustain connected, protected, and respected communities of leaders, cultures, and systems, with all the tools, training, and experience needed to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, control, and confirm the protection of safety, health, well-being, and productivity from hazards, exposures, and resulting risks in all the places we live, learn, work, and play.”

Dr. Hoover’s contributions to the field of industrial and occupational toxicology have earned him the Herbert E. Stokinger Award

John J. Bloomfield Award Recipient: Carl E. Johnson, CIH, CSP

The John J. Bloomfield Award is presented to a young industrial hygienist who pursues the problem of occupational health hazards primarily by doing fieldwork.

Mr. Johnson earned his B.S. degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry, and M.S. degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Johnson is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and an Industrial Hygiene Specialist for 3M. In this role, he works with 3M facilities, new acquisitions, product developers, and business leaders around the world to improve workplace and product health and safety. His primary research interests are in the areas of hearing conservation, industrial noise control, and chemical exposure assessment. Mr. Johnson’s field experience has taken him throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Mr. Johnson is the past chair of the AIHA Noise Committee. He is an active member of both the AIHA Exposure Assessment Committee and the AIHA Student and Early Career Professionals Committee. Mr. Johnson is an instructor for several AIHA PDCs and is a frequent guest lecturer at the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health. Mr. Johnson was a keynote speaker at the 2017 International Health Forum and China-US Occupational Health Symposium in Beijing. He is a member of the team that won the 2016 NHCA/NIOSH Safe-in-Sound Excellence Award.

Mr. Johnson serves as a member of the Biomedical Medical Ethics Institutional Review Board at the University of Minnesota. He was inducted into the Delta Omega Honor Society for Public Health in 2017. Mr. Johnson was selected for the AIHA Future Leaders Institute in 2011. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

As a young industrial hygienist, Mr. Johnson has made outstanding contributions to the industrial hygiene profession through fieldwork and commitment to the profession. His significant impact in the field as a practitioner and a leader are exemplary.

Meritorious Achievement Award Recipient:  Robert F. Herrick, ScD, CIH

The Meritorious Achievement Award recognizes members of ACGIH® who have made an outstanding, long-term contribution to the progress of occupational health and environmental hygiene. First presented in 1957, it is the organization’s oldest award. It has been given to individuals for singular achievement and to groups for collective accomplishment.

Dr. Herrick is a Senior Lecturer on industrial hygiene in the Occupational Health Program at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health.  

Dr. Herrick has a 35-year history of service to ACGIH®. Joining ACGIH® in 1986, he became a member of the Board of Directors in the early 1990s and served as its Chair first in 1992 and again in 2013. Dr. Herrick also served the International Occupational Hygiene Association as the U.S. delegate to the Board shortly after the organization was founded in 1987. He served on the IOHA Board from 1991 to 1995 and was its President in 1996. Dr. Herrick is also a Fellow of AIHA. He was certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene in 1980.

Dr. Herrick has served in leadership roles on committees and panels for numerous other professional organizations and federal government agencies including AIHA, the EPA, and NIOSH.

Dr. Herrick is an author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in occupational and environmental hygiene. He has authored or edited 10 books or book chapters. He has made a strong contribution mentoring students and publishing other occupational and environmental health researchers by serving as guest editor of issues of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Dr. Herrick has also authored 44 technical reports of studies and investigations in occupational and environmental settings. He has given presentations at approximately 100 international meetings and symposia. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous occupational hygiene and health journals, helping to build the research and scientific bases for professional practice.

Dr. Herrick’s dedication and service to the occupational health and environmental hygiene profession, and his commitment to ACGIH®’s mission render him a worthy recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award.

William Steiger Memorial Award Recipient: 
Bennet I. Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH, CPE, DABP-AP, CP, FP, NP

The William Steiger Memorial Award honors individuals from the social/political sphere whose efforts have contributed to advancements in occupational health and safety.

Dr. Omalu, a Nigerian born physician, is a Volunteer Associate Clinical Professor at UC Davis in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Between 2002 and 2007, he discovered a disease he named Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in high impact contact sports athletes when he performed autopsies and examined the brains of American football players and World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers (2002–2007). His work facilitated elucidation of modern day concepts of traumatic brain injury that repetitive and innocuous impacts to the head, with time, can result in permanent brain damage and dementia. In 2010, Dr. Omalu discovered CTE in war veterans when he performed autopsies and examined the brains of retired Iraqi war veterans who suffered from PTSD and committed suicide. He termed it the “Blast Variant of CTE.” In 2013, Dr. Omalu’s work was featured in a bestselling and award winning book and PBS documentary, “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” and also in a book and film, both titled “Concussion.” Will Smith portrayed Dr. Omalu in the film.

ACGIH® is pleased to honor Dr. Omalu as the recipient of this year’s William Steiger Memorial Award

Robert T. Hughes Memorial Award Recipient:  Raymond (Ray) B. Hunter

The Robert T. Hughes Memorial Award was established in 2015 and first awarded in 2016. It recognizes outstanding individuals in the field of industrial ventilation.

Mr. Hunter retired from Ray Hunter and Associates, Inc. with 50+ years of industrial ventilation experience. A native of West Virginia, Mr. Hunter attended the University of Louisville on a naval scholarship and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Commissioned into the Navy, he served on the USS Cook based in San Diego, CA. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Hunter joined American Air Filter Corporation (AAF). At AAF he was the Manager of the Fabric Filter Products Group and opened the AAF Branch Office in Birmingham, AL for all product lines throughout the southern region. When AAF began closing its branch offices, Mr. Hunter founded Ray Hunter and Associates, Inc., as a manufacturer’s representative firm specializing in industrial air pollution control products and systems, where he served until his retirement.

Mr. Hunter was an Instructor for the Connecticut Industrial Ventilation Conference, the Michigan State Industrial Ventilation Conference, and the North Carolina State Industrial Ventilation Conference. He founded and chaired the University of Alabama-Auburn University Industrial Ventilation Conference and the Las Vegas Industrial Ventilation Conference.

Mr. Hunter has a legacy in the industrial ventilation community as a staunch supporter and promoter of the industrial ventilation guidelines and practices outlined by the ACGIH® Industrial Ventilation Manual. His clarity on applications insight and ethical practice has left an undeniable footprint in our industry.

Mr. Hunter has made significant contributions to the field of industrial ventilation and ACGIH® is pleased to posthumously honor Mr. Hunter as the recipient of this year’s Hughes Memorial Award. 

Note to Reporters:  Photos of the Awards recipients are available upon request.

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Amy Bloomhuff, Esq., CAE
Associate Executive Director