ASSE Honors Jitentra (Jitu) Patel of Glendale, AZ with Annual Diversity Award
DES PLAINES, IL (April 5, 2012) – In recognition of his efforts to develop American Society of Safety
Engineers’ (ASSE) membership around the globe, the Society has named Jitendra
(Jitu) Patel, of Glendale, AZ, and a native of India the recipient of the 2012
Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession Award. The ASSE Diversity
Award, voted on by peers is given annually to a member for outstanding
accomplishments, leadership and service in support of diversity enhancement in
the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession and ASSE.
Patel is a professional member emeritus and senior board advisor
of ASSE’s Arizona Chapter, and was instrumental in founding ASSE’s first
international chapter in the Middle East in 1982, and in 1987 and 2000 he
served as its president. The
establishment of the Middle East Chapter then led to the formation of more
international ASSE chapters; Egypt, Kuwait, the Philippine Islands and a
section in Guam.
Most recently, Patel was a key player in spearheading the
successful launch of ASSE’s new chapter in India on March 4th, 2012.
The brand new chapter currently has approximately 70 members, with that number
expected to increase as the news of its launch continues to spread throughout
In addition, Patel has spread ASSE’s message around the world by
sharing his vast knowledge of the SH&E profession by teaching seminars
organized by ASSE’s Middle East Chapter that took place around the region on
topics that included process and safety inspections and operations and maintenance.
Patel’s published article in ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal in May, 2002 on ASSE’s Middle East,
Kuwait and Philippines Chapter’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) made
the Society’s membership more aware of the fact that ASSE is a global
“Jitu has continuously promoted ASSE and the value of being a
member of ASSE regardless of career level or geography,” said ASSE President
Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM. “Through his work we have strong representation in the
Middle East and Asia, and the diversity of our membership has grown and added
richness to the member experience.”
In 2011, Patel was a recipient of the ASSE Society Fellow, the
highest honor granted by ASSE, in recognition for his efforts on behalf of the
Society and the SH&E profession.
“It is indeed a great honor for me and ASSE has been
so kind for awarding me with such wonderfully distinguished recognition,” said
Patel. “The achievements that I get credit for truly belong to so many others
who support me with a great team spirit that allows us to work together to
prevent workplace injuries all over the world.”
Patel will be presented the award during the ASSE
House of Delegates meeting Sunday, June 3rd at the ASSE Professional
Development Conference (PDC), June 3rd – 6th in Denver,
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 www.asse.org.