For Immediate Release Contact: Lindsay Stuart, 847-768-3404, lstuart@asse.org
The ASSE Foundation Recognizes Travis M. Kruse as This Year's Doctoral Fellowship Recipient
Des Plaines, IL (May 20, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF), in conjunction with Oregon State University, recently announced Travis M. Kruse, Master of Science (MS) and Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) , as the 2010 recipient of the PhD Fellowship for Future Safety Educators. Kruse has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health and Safety , both from Murray State University in Murray, KY. He is currently a partner in the consulting firm of BMK & Associates Compliance Assurance and will pursue his PhD in public health with a concentration in environment safety and health at Oregon State University, beginning in the fall of 2010.

The PhD Fellowship for Future Safety Educators was developed by the ASSEF and Oregon State University to cultivate future educators of occupational safety and health. Additionally, the fellowship is intended to help produce evidence-based research about the economic and financial analysis of safety-related programs and interventions. A candidate is eligible for the fellowship if he or she has completed a master’s degree and has an interest in pursuing a career in safety education. Individuals selected to receive this award must be accepted to and enroll in Oregon State University’s PhD in Public Health program, concentrating in environment, safety and health.

The PhD Fellowship provides three years of funding for successful candidates. Candidates entering the fellowship program will also be required to perform research projects focusing on the business and economic analysis of safety and will be required to teach at the collegiate level for three years after receiving their doctoral degree.

Kruse is the first recipient of the PhD Fellowship for Future Safety Educators. When asked about his achievement, Kruse stated, “I extend my sincere appreciation to both the faculty at Oregon State University and to the ASSE foundation. The fellowship will allow me to obtain the level and quality of education necessary to fulfill my personal career objective of becoming a future educator in the field of environmental health and safety.”

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 32,000 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. For more information about the ASSE Foundation please go to www.asse.org/foundation.



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