RODNEY GENE HANDY portrait
  • Professor, Family And Preventive Medicine
801-581-4800

Research Statement

My current and past research has primarily involved systems and techniques that integrate and automate the characterization of environmental stressors in the field. My research efforts has involved the use of automated sampling/monitoring techniques to improve the effectiveness and time efficiencies involved during the assessment of environmental contamination and human workplace exposures to biological, physical, and chemical stressors. I have also made scholarly contributions in research and engagement in sustainable manufacturing and industrial ecology. The recent projects of which I have been significantly involved with as principal investigator, investigator, or collaborator include NIOSH's Targeted Research Training (TRT) initiative, DOL's Susan Harwood training grant, U.S. Department of Energy/Y-12 materials characterization grant, a U.S. Department Labor WIRED grant for green workforce training, several regional industrial projects in the area of environmental health and safety, and the development of a sustainable manufacturing portal at Alcoa, Inc. Thus, due primarily to these successes, I anticipate that my future research agenda would continue to be focused on applied research in the field of sustainable manufacturing, industrial environmental management, and integrated environmental and occupational sampling/monitoring techniques.

Research Keywords

  • Automated Sampling and Monitoring
  • Heat Stress
  • Green Manufacturing
  • Construction Safety

Presentations

  • Presenter, Kenworth Truck Company, First Responder Operations Level Workshop. Presented at Ohio University’s Environmental Training and Research Center (ETRC), Chillicothe, OH. , , 2007.
  • Presenter, Kenworth Truck Company, First Responder Operations Level Workshop. Presented at Ohio University’s Environmental Training and Research Center (ETRC), Chillicothe, OH. , , 2007.
  • Presenter, DuPont, First Responder Operations Level Workshop. Presented at Ohio University’s Environmental Training and Research Center (ETRC), Chillicothe, OH. , , 2006.
  • Presenter, Trogden Environmental, Inc., Eight-Hour OSHA Compliance Refresher Workshop, Jasper, IN. , , 2005.
  • Presenter, Siemer Milling, Eight-Hour OSHA Compliance Refresher Workshop, Hopkinsville, KY. , , 2004.
  • Presenter, GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant, DOT HazMat Transporation Refresher Workshop, Bowling Green, KY. , , 2004.
  • Presenter, GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant, DOT HazMat Transporation Refresher Workshop, Bowling Green, KY. , , 2003.
  • Presenter, GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant, DOT HazMat Transporation Refresher Workshop, Bowling Green, KY. , , 2003.
  • Presenter, Hinkle Contracting Company, LLC, Forty-Hour OSHA Compliance (HAZWOPER) Workshop, Lexington, KY. , , 2002.
  • Presenter, S-R of Kentucky, Inc., Eight-Hour OSHA Compliance Refresher Workshop, Bowling Green, KY. , , 2002.
  • Presenter, Siemer Milling, Eight-Hour OSHA Compliance Refresher Workshop, Hopkinsville, KY. , , 2002.
  • Presenter, YSK Corporation, Eight-Hour OSHA Compliance Refresher Workshop, Marietta, OH. , , 1999.
  • Presenter, Ohio Precious Metals, Inc., Eight-Hour OSHA Compliance Refresher Workshop, Jackson, OH. , , 1999.
  • Presenter, Dana Corporation, First Responder Awareness Level Workshop, Franklin, KY. , , 1999.
  • Presenter, DESA International, Confined Space Entry Refresher Workshop, Bowling Green, KY. , , 1999.
  • Presenter, Paxton & Ball, Inc., ECM, Inc. Eight-Hour OSHA Compliance Refresher Workshop, Dundee, KY. , , 1999.
  • Presenter, TPM-Group, Sixteen-Hour Confined Space Entry Workshop, Bowling Green, KY. , , 1999.
  • Presenter, TPM-Group, Eight-Hour OSHA Compliance Refresher Workshop, Bowling Green, KY. , , 1998.
  • Presenter, Uticon, Inc., Eight-Hour OSHA Compliance Refresher Workshop, Morgantown, KY. , , 1998.
  • Presenter, ATC Associates Inc., Eight-Hour OSHA Compliance Refresher Workshop, Louisville, KY. , , 1998.
  • Presenter, Texas Gas Transmission, LLC, Science for the Non-Scientist UNET Workshop, Owensboro, KY. , , 1997.
  • Presenter, Texas Gas Transmission, LLC, Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene UNET Workshop, Owensboro, KY. , , 1997.
  • Lafreniere M, Handy RG. Designing and implementing a collaboratory for STEM education. Lecture-demonstration at the STEMtech Conference, Indianapolis, IN. , , 2011.
  • Reed AS, Fowler LM, Lechtenberg VL, Handy R. Green jobs and the university role. In DR Campion (Chair), Council on engagement and outreach. Symposium conducted at the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) 121st Annual Meeting: Navigating in a Climate of Change, Chicago, IL. , , 2008.
  • Wey A, Handy R, Zheng Y, Kim C. IR-excited fuel for improved engine efficiency. In B. Verdegan (Chair), Engine fuel filtration. Symposium conducted at the 3rd American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS) Conference: Emissions Solutions in Transportation, Ann Arbor, MI. , , 2007.
  • Whitt M, Handy R. Engaging engineering technology students in heat stress related research: medical device design and development. Paper presented at Advancing Innovations in Engineering Technology Education, San Diego, CA. , , 2005.
  • Gardner M, Higgins W, Wainwright C, Handy R, Brown L. Emergency medical services preparedness for weapons of mass destruction. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association’s 131st Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, CA. , , 2003.
  • Handy R, Lafreniere M. Difficulties encountered in sampling and correlation of health effects from biologically derived airborne contaminants. Paper presented at the Annual Environmental Health and Safety Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA. , , 2001.
  • Lafreniere M, Handy R. The use of digital multimedia in industrial hygiene practice. Paper presented at the Annual Environmental Health and Safety Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA. , , 2001.
  • George D, Handy R. Industrial partnerships for industrial hygiene curricula: A necessity, not a luxury. Paper presented at the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 2000 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. , , 2000.
  • Handy RG. The RAC-ABET Accredited Industrial Hygiene Program at WKU. South Central Kentucky Environmental Managers (SCKEM), Plaza Hotel, Bowling Green, KY. , , 1997.
  • Cummins J, Handy R. Analysis of soil lead levels in historic districts of south central city. Poster session presented at American Public Health Association’s 131st Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, CA. Poster, Presented, 2003.
  • Handy R, Lafreniere M. An automated environmental characterization system for indoor surveys. Poster session presented at American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Annual Conference and Exposition, Kansas City, KS. Poster, Presented, 1995.
  • Handy RG, Bolch WE. An automated environmental monitoring and assessment system for indoor remediation projects. Poster session presented at Health Physics Society Mid-Year Annual Meeting, Albany, NY. Poster, Presented, 1992.

Languages

  • English, Fluent.