Awards & Scholarships

Emily J. Haas

Emily J. Haas (SME)

AIME Robert Peele Memorial Award in

Quick fixes to improve workers’ health: Results using engineering assessment technology

Dr. Emily J. Haas has worked at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for eight years. Dr. Haas specializes in developing, implementing, and evaluating organizational-level interventions with an emphasis on improving employee engagement in response to new and evolving technologies to mitigate health hazards in the workplace. Dr. Haas has directed highly-visible, multi-level research projects which led to high-risk industries including mining, oil and gas, and construction adopting best practices around safety climate and risk management initiatives. Adopting these practices as recommended within their health and safety management systems, companies experienced significant reductions in fatalities and recordable injuries. Dr. Haas also co-led several interventions to successfully integrate respirable dust assessment technologies into the mining workplace. These intervention frameworks have been adopted by multiple operations in the industrial minerals industry. Additionally, she designed a pioneering effort around mobile big data collection in mining, helping companies understand how to use their daily data points as leading indicators to prevent incidents in the workplace. Dr. Haas has authored over 75 publications and provided over 90 technical presentations, including workshops and keynotes at international health and safety conferences. Dr. Haas received the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering in 2016; the Arthur S. Flemming Award in the Social Science, Clinical Trials, and Translational Research in 2018; and, in addition to being a Samuel Hyman Finalist in the Safety and Law Enforcement category, she received the Gears of Government Presidential Award for her research in organizational safety culture in 2019. Dr. Haas received her PhD in Health Communication from Purdue University in 2012 and her M.A. in Health Communication from the University of Dayton in 2008.