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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Todd William Loushine Recognized as Outstanding Safety Educator by ASSE

Posted in , on Thu, Apr 19, 2012

DES PLAINES, IL (April
19, 2012) – In recognition of his contributions to safety, health and
environmental (SH&E) research, SH&E leadership, and dedication to
student growth and involvement in the safety profession, the American Society
of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has named Todd William Loushine, Ph.D., P.E., CSP,
CIH of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater the 2012 William E. Tarrants
Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year. The award, among the Society’s most
prestigious honors, recognizes exceptional educators who show the highest level
of achievement in SH&E teaching, scholarship and commitment to ASSE.

Currently an Assistant Professor of Occupational and Environmental
Safety and Health (OESH) at UW-Whitewater, Dr. Loushine advises more than 35
undergraduate and graduate students, while mentoring undergraduate research
projects in the OESH department. In addition, he serves as a faculty advisor to
student interns and regularly promotes the safety profession to non-OESH
students, by highlighting the advantages of a degree in safety and health.

Popular with his students, who compiled the lengthy award petition
on his behalf, Dr. Loushine dedicates countless hours and expertise to UW-Whitewater’s
ASSE Student Section. He is currently the planning committee chairman for the Society’s
Future Safety Leaders Conference, serves on the editorial board for the Professional Safety Journal, and
participates as a reviewer for the ASSE Outstanding Student Section Award. Most
recently he took part in the Society Governance meetings held last January.

“He is an excellent role model for the Society’s youngest and newest
members,” said ASSE President- Elect  and
UW-Whitewater graduate, Richard Pollock, in a recommendation letter for Dr.
Loushine. “His positive attitude and professional manner are important
characteristics, as is his devotion to the field of SH&E.”

With a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and emphasis in
environmental engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and M.S.
and PhD. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Dr. Loushine emphasized sociology and psychology in his studies, to extend and
complement his engineering and scientific training, which he now incorporates
into his teaching and research.

“I’m only as successful as the success of my students,” he
explained. “I try to teach students to be better problem-solvers and managers,
and that begins with their own educational and practical experience which
naturally leads into their EHS careers.”

Prior to his tenure at the UW-Whitewater, Dr. Loushine taught for
three years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in its Master of Environmental
Health and Safety program. During this time he worked with the popular ABC
Network television show Extreme Makeover:
Home Edition
, where he organized and oversaw a crew of safety professionals
to provide oversight during one of the show’s tapings in South Range, WI.

Dr. Loushine will be presented the Outstanding Safety
Educator of the Year Award during the ASSE general session Tuesday, June 5th
at Safety 2012, the Society’s Professional Development Conference (PDC), June 3rd
- 6th in Denver, CO.

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.
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