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ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Group Honors FL’s Michelle Demarest as One of 100 Women Making a Difference

Posted in on Thu, Aug 25, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored 100 women from around the world for making a difference in safety, health and the environment (SH&E).  Michelle Demarest of Orlando, FL, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment.

With more than 20 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, Demarest is currently a senior safety manager for Walt Disney World.  Her responsibilities include supporting rides and attractions, and through this role she has become an active member of the ASTM F24 committee, where she assists in writing standards that apply to amusement park rides and devises.  Prior to her current role with Walt Disney World, Demarest worked as a safety professional at the Naval Warfare Weapons Division at White Sands Missile Range, as an occupational safety and health specialist at Texas Tech University, and occupational safety specialist for Frito-Lay, Inc. and as a safety, health and security manager for Miller Brewing Company.  Her wide range of experience in a variety of industries has led her to become a well-rounded safety professional.  Demarest has a B.S. in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University and an M.B.A. in global management.

In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Demarest is a member of ASSE’s Central Florida Chapter and volunteers with the Alliance for Central Florida Safety, as well as the American Society for Testing and Materials.  She is also a volunteer with the Golden Retriever Rescue.

The ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project honors women who 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.  For more information about WISE and upcoming events, please visit

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 and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go


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