July 8, 2013: After a nationwide search, Dr. Samir Shahat has been selected as the Director of Environmental Health and Safety. As Director, Samir will oversee all of the environmental health and safety programs, including fire, radiation, and laboratory safety; hazardous materials management; industrial hygiene services; and occupational safety. Additionally, he will ensure environmental compliance with federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations, and assist other campus units in understanding and developing plans to maintain compliance with the environmental regulations applicable to their units.
Samir has received three graduate degrees in science, an MS in inorganic chemistry ('97), a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry ('02), and an MS in environmental science ('09). Samir has several years of experience teaching chemistry at Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt where he was born and raised. Samir earned his Ph.D. in Japan where he experienced the beauty of the far east culture and its efficiency. Samir has served the University of Idaho for several years as the Radiation Safety Officer and has extensive experience in chemistry, biology, hazardous materials management, health physics, and environmental protection. Please join us in congratulating Samir on his new appointment.
New Industrial Hygiene Specialist
July 15, 2013:
Additionally, we welcome Megan Grennille to the University of Idaho. As our new Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Megan will administer the University's asbestos and lead programs and assist in the laboratory safety program, as well as manage the respiratory protection and medical surveillance programs.
Megan grew up in New Jersey and completed her undergraduate work (BS Environmental Science) at Rutgers University. Most recently, she has been working as an environmental health and safety consultant and has a broad range of experience in industrial hygiene. While not at work, she enjoys hiking and is looking forward to exploring Idaho and the surrounding areas. Please join us in congratulating Megan on her new appointment, and welcoming her to Idaho.