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ASSE’s Women In Safety Engineering Group Honors MA’s Angela DiDomenico 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).  Angela DiDomenico, PhD, CPE, of Hopkinton, MA, was honored for her lifelong dedication to protecting people, property and the environment.

DiDomenico currently works at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (LMRIS) and has held this role for eight years. Her specialty is occupational biomechanics and her specific focus is researching ways to reduce falls from elevation in the workplace through preventing loss of balance.  Primarily, DiDomenico focuses on the construction and trucking industries and is currently researching why truck drivers fall from their vehicles and methods available for reducing this type of hazard. She has a Master’s degree in mathematics from Virginia Tech and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech.

Her work in safety began when she was studying at Virginia Tech and encountered the Human Factors program with an emphasis on safety as a minor in the course of study.  She volunteered to participate in their research and she found a perfect balance between her interests in body mechanics and her analytical skills.

DiDomenico was an active member of the ASSE student section at Virginia Tech and served as its vice president and president.  She is currently an active member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) in the safety technical group and industrial ergonomics technical group.  She is also involved with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) construction committee and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Fall Prevention in Construction group, where she has helped revamp safety information pamphlets and provides key advisory information.  DiDomenico stated,  “I am appreciative to have my accomplishments honored and grateful that the significant role of women in safety is being recognized.”

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 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 towww.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety


 



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