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ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering Honors IUP’s Tracey Cekada as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety

Posted in on Wed, Nov 2, 2011

1, 2011) – As part of its 100th anniversary celebration this year,
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 occupational safety,
health and the environment (SH&E).
Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s (IUP) Tracey Cekada was one of
those honored by ASSE for her dedication to protecting people, property and the

Although she began her career in the safety and
environmental field, working for The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and
University, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Concurrent
Technologies Corporation, Cekada says she truly discovered her passion for the
safety sciences when she began passing on her knowledge to her students.

“I enjoyed it before, but it was the teaching that made me
realize my passion,” she said. “I love working with students and having some
impact in their lives.”

Cekada joined the faculty of IUP six years ago as an assistant
professor in the Department of Safety Services. She was recently promoted to
associate professor. Popular with her students, she led them to win ASSE’s
Student Chapter of the Year Award in 2009-2010. She instructs on such subjects
as industrial hygiene, training and environmental regulations, and was awarded
the Outstanding Teacher Award from IUP’s Health and Human Services Department
for her involvement with her students in the safety sciences department outside
the classroom.

Being honored by WISE as one of 100 women making a
difference in safety has had a huge impact Cekada, and it gives her more
motivation to encourage more of her female students to enter the safety

“It’s going to push me to give more education and
preparation for women to advance into the field,” she said.

A member of ASSE’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter, Cekada
serves as the faculty advisor for IUP’s ASSE Student Chapter, and is a member
of the Future Safety Leaders Conference Committee.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in occupational health
and safety from Slippery Rock University, her master’s in environmental science
and policy from Johns Hopkins University, and her PhD in information systems
and communications from Robert Morris University.

The ‘WISE 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

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

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the
oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 33,000 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
view ASSE’s ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ video at

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