ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors AL’s Martha Bidez as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety
The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Martha Bidez, Ph.D., of Birmingham, AL, for making a difference in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project. Women from around the world and throughout history have been honored for their dedication to protecting people, property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a difference.
With more than 25 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Bidez is currently a professor and graduate program director of the Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Engineering. She is also the President and CEO of BioEchoes, a biomedical engineering professional services firm that provides a proactive, results-oriented approach to system safety and technical training in the realm of workplace safety and health. Bidez is an internationally renowned biomedical engineer, business entrepreneur and systems safety consultant with experience in serious injury investigation, academic research and instruction.
In 1992, shortly after earning tenure at UAB, Bidez served as the founding Director of Injury Prevention for the university’s Injury Control Research Center, which at the time was one of only seven centers of its kind in the country, and was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has investigated hundreds of motor vehicle crashes and has identified many areas of need for updated public policy regarding regulation of safety vehicles and she has submitted reports, as well as testified, regarding the need for improved Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Bidez is a member of the Alabama Chapter of ASSE and is an avid volunteer. She has received numerous honors for her accomplishments and was named a National Leadership Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (1993-1996), a UAB Distinguished Alumnus (1998), Alabama’s Business Women of the Year (2002), was an inaugural inductee into the Alabama Women Business Owners Hall of Fame (2003) and was a recipient of the Jesse J. Lewis Community Service Award (2005) for her work in serving Birmingham’s homeless women and children. She recently was named the 2011 Educator of the Year by the International Society of Safety Engineers for her leadership in developing the first-of-its-kind graduate degree track within the UAB School of Engineering. Bidez has also been featured in an episode of ABC’s popular 20/20, addressing child auto safety, and was featured in the book Women Who Mean Business – Success Stories of Women Over Forty. She is passionate about volunteer service and was a founding director, Board President and volunteer for more than 20 years for Pathways, a Birmingham-based NGO that provides comprehensive services to homeless women and children. Bidez is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, OH.
The ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project honors women who, throughout history, have dedicated their careers to promoting innovation in safety, health and environmental issues. The valuable contributions of women to the SH&E profession have been recognized through this project and later this year WISE will consolidate the profiles of all 100 honorees into a single publication, titled 100 Women, Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession as part of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th anniversary.
WISE was established to foster the advancement of women in the SH&E profession. The group provides professional development opportunities, evaluates the ongoing state of women in SH&E, mentors women in the profession, provides opportunities for women to obtain professional certifications and promotes the development and peer review of written material related to issues specific to women in the SH&E workplace. For more information about WISE and upcoming events, please visit www.asse.org/practicespecialties/wise/mission.php.
Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society 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, healthcare and education. For more information, please go to www.asse.org and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety.