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AIHA UMS Fall 2023 Professional Development Conference

  • November 02, 2023
  • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Double Tree by Hilton - Roseville, MN (2540 Cleveland Ave, Roseville, MN)


  • Booth with space for materials. Up to 2 guests allowed at special $75/person pricing.
  • Exhibitor registration includes 1 ticket. This ticket option is for registered exhibitors to add additional guests.
  • Full-time students only. Student sponsorship is thanks to local members' donations.

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American Industrial Hygiene Association Upper Midwest Section

26th Annual Professional Development Conference

Thursday, November 2, 2023

DoubleTree by Hilton Roseville Minneapolis (formerly Radisson)

2540 Cleveland Ave., Roseville, MN 55113


This event contains 6.0 hours which may be eligible for CM points. See the ABIH website for CM credit criteria.

This course is designed to meet the criteria for COCs as specified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.


Matt Zock

Bio: Matt Zock is the past-chair of the AIHA Thermal Stress Working Group and a Sr. Industrial Hygienist at Amazon. He has over 20 years of health & safety experience in industry and consulting. Matt is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and has a master’s degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Science from Hunter College in New York City. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two children.

Title: An update from the AIHA TSWG, and perspectives on occupational heat stress management.

Abstract: This is a two-part presentation. The first part will include an update on the recent work by the AIHA Thermal Stress Working Group including projects aimed to provide tools and education for small businesses and health & safety generalists. The second part will be personal perspectives on occupational heat stress management for the health & safety professional, including current practices, risk communication, and emerging technology.

Mandie Kramer

Bio: Mandie Kramer is an EHS professional with experience in both product stewardship and industrial hygiene. She has a strong interest in exposure modeling and has experience with inhalation exposure modeling from manufacturing and product exposure perspectives as well as exposure modeling to limit risk of COVID-19 aerosol transmissions. She completed her master’s degree in industrial Hygiene from the University of Minnesota and her undergraduate degree in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She holds both the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications.

Title: Introduction to Inhalation Exposure Modeling

Abstract: Inhalation exposure modeling is a critical tool for the practicing OEHS professional and is a primary exposure assessment methodology for scenarios where measurements cannot be collected, where high-throughput analysis is needed, or for emergency response planning. This introductory-level session will provide information on the purpose of exposure modeling, how modeling can be utilized to estimate inhalation exposures, and the strengths and weaknesses of modeling as a tool. Attendees will learn where to find exposure modeling resources such as the AIHA Mathematical Modeling textbook, AIHA Risk Assessment Tools page, and other resources. Instruction will be provided on selection of exposure models using a tiered approach recommended by various professional groups and agencies. A brief overview of model input parameter selection methods will be performed using the IHMOD 2.0 tool as an example modeling tool. The session will conclude with a case study.

John Hazucha, PE

Bio: John Hazucha is a licensed professional mechanical engineer who specializes in managing engineering projects and design of complex HVAC systems, including controls, plumbing, and fire protection systems for healthcare, mission critical, educational, multi-family housing, food service and commercial office facilities. He is passionate about improving design practice to drive efficient use of resources. John has more than 20 years of experience in building engineering.

Education: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Mark Brengman, PE, LEED®AP 

Bio: Mark Brengman is a licensed professional mechanical engineer whose consulting work has earned recognition from national and state engineering associations. He has more than 25 years of experience in the HVAC industry in education, health care, institutional, corporate, senior care and multifamily construction projects throughout the United States. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) and is registered in all 50 states. 

Education: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1991
Master of Business Administration, University of St. Thomas, 200

Peter Ott 

Bio: Peter is a skilled mechanical designer with over 25 years’ experience designing industrial ventilation systems to improve occupational health conditions and improve product quality in manufacturing environments.

He is particularly skilled at designing custom exhaust hoods to control airborne contaminants at their sources before they disperse. Successful industrial ventilation must efficiently control the contaminant at the source without interfering with production or routine maintenance tasks. Peter has designed industrial ventilation systems as an engineering consultant for a wide variety of manufacturing environments, and he has also worked as a plant engineer to design these systems. 

Education: HVAC Design, Dunwoody College of Technology

Neil Carlson

Bio: Neil G. Carlson, MS CIH has worked over 30 years as a public health specialist at the University of Minnesota Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

He serves on the Commercial and Noncommercial pesticide advisory board for Category I - Mold remediation and cooling towers.

He enjoys collaborating with colleagues on public health research and teaching mold identification and remediation classes for the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

He appreciates the opportunity to volunteer for the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program.

David Abrams, CIH, MSPH, F-AIHA

Bio: David S. Abrams has been a practicing industrial hygienist for over 40 years. He founded ARS-Environmental Health, Inc. in 1997 and closed it in 2022 after a wonderful and rewarding 25-year run. He has conducted residential and commercial indoor air quality assessments since the early ‘90s. David is now semi-retired and enjoys helping out homeowners when they are having trouble finding other industrial hygienists in the area. He is a past president of the Upper Midwest Local section having served on the board through two leadership rotations. David introduced the concept of the PDC to this local section in the mid-late 90’s and a wonderfully proud of how it has continued as an important part of our calendar and how it has provided a stable revenue stream that has allowed our local section to support our field in various ways.

Kevin Cairns, MS, CIH

Bio: Kevin Cairns has been in consulting for over 35 years. He spent the first 29 years at Applied Environmental Sciences until AES was sold to Atlas Technical Consultants where he currently consults. As a regional practice manager, Kevin oversees the Atlas IH staff throughout the upper Midwest.

Kevin has been an IAQ speaker on several occasions for the MN Safety council including talks like “Indoor Air Quality 101” to “IAQ nightmares. What to do if it happens to you”.

Kevin enjoys the challenge of trying to solve IAQ problems for clients, but he has found that it is a difficult skill to teach young IHs. When not at work, Kevin enjoys planning trips and traveling internationally with his wife and kids.

Ron Anderson

Bio: Ron Anderson is the Health Director with Minnesota OSHA. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and has been with Minnesota OSHA for almost 25 years. Prior to Minnesota OSHA, Ron worked with a local environmental consulting firm for 8 years.

AIHA-UMS 2023 Board

President: Mary Ferrian, CSP                                                    president@aihaums.org         

President-Elect: Scott Norman, CIH, CSP             Scott@NormanConsultingLLC.com

Treasurer: Shane Doggett                                                          treasurer@aihaums.org

Treasurer-Elect: Darius Szewczak, CSP, CIH, CHMM   darius.Szewczak@anteagroup.us

Secretary: Andre Reed, CIH, CSP                                              secretary@aihaums.org

Secretary-Elect: Caylin Crawford                                 caylin.crawford@gmail.com

Student Section Rep: Katherine Twaddle                              twadd013@umn.edu

Webmaster: Shanna Kuehn                                                       webmaster@aihaums.org

2023 PDC Planning Committee

Scott Norman, CIH, CSP          

Mary Ferrian, CSP

Andre Reed, CIH, CSP

Haley Saddoris

Caylin Crawford

Molly Coskran, CIH

Darius Szewczak, CSP, CIH, CHMM

Cathy Hovde, CIH, CSP

Phil Jensen, CIH, CSP, CHMM

AIHA - Upper Midwest Section is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. AIHA-UMS, P.O. Box 13717, Roseville, MN 55113
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