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ASSE Foundation Appoints Pittsburgh’s Joel Haight and New York’s Michael Murray to its Board of Directors

Posted in , on Tue, Jan 24, 2012

Des Plaines, IL (January 23, 2012) — The American Society of Safety Engineers
(ASSE) Foundation announced recently the appointment of two new trustees to its
board of directors, Joel M. Haight, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, CIH of Pittsburgh, PA,
and Michael Murray of New York, NY.

Both Haight and Murray joined the board in October,
2011, and will serve through June, 2015.

Haight is the branch chief of the Human Factors Branch
at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at their Pittsburgh Office of Mine
Safety and Health Research, where he manages the NIOSH branch that does human
factors, ergonomics, behavioral and training research for the mining industry.

In the nearly 30 years prior to joining CDC-NIOSH, Haight
was an associate professor of energy and mineral engineering at Pennsylvania
State University, and an engineer and manager for the Chevron Corporation. He
has published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and book
chapters, and is the editor-in-chief and a co-author of the ASSE Safety
Professionals Handbook.

Haight has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Industrial
and Systems Engineering from Auburn University. In addition to his membership
with ASSE, he is a professional member of the American Industrial Hygiene
Association (AIHA), and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Murray, a managing director with Aon’s Global Risk
Consulting Practice, leads the corporation’s risk control and claims broker
services division. He plays a key leadership role in driving cohesion and
partnership between the Aon risk consulting unit and the corporation’s retail
broking division.

Prior to his tenure at Aon, Murray served as a
consultant for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, and was an inspector with the
state of New Hampshire’s Department of Labor.

Murray has a B.S. in Occupational Safety from Keene
State College, and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. He has
served as president of both ASSE’s Metropolitan New York and Greater Boston
Chapters. As a student, he was also a recipient of one of the first ASSE
Foundation scholarships.

Haight will serve as Chair of the Foundation’s
Research Committee and Murray will help to advance the Foundation’s corporate
outreach initiatives.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation
(ASSEF) established by and in partnership with ASSE, generates funding and
provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation
and related academic initiative in order to advance the safety, health and
environmental profession.  For information
on the ASSEF and its programs, visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the
oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property
and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and
environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and
consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all
industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information
please go to



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