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Emmanuel A. Iyiegbuniwe, PhD

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY 42101

 

Biography

Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997) is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY. Dr. Iyiegbuniwe has over fifteen years of experience in academia, consulting, and industry in the areas of Air Quality Management, Environmental Health & Industrial Exposure Assessment, Epidemiology, and Public Health Management of Disasters. His teaching, research, and service interests are in the areas of agricultural safety, industrial workplace and indoor air quality (IAQ) exposure assessments for substances of public health importance. Dr. Iyiegbuniwe is an ATLAS scholar and Thomas Jefferson fellow. Additionally, Dr. Iyiegbuniwe is a fellow of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI 2007-2008), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Future Leaders Institute (FLI 2006), and Japanese Studies Institute. He is a member of several national and international professional organizations including the KPHA, AIHA, and APHA.

Leadership Development Opportunities

EPHLI has been very rewarding and challenging at the same time. The SKILLSCOPE 360 survey and MBTI provided opportunities for a deeper personal understanding, assessment of my skill level and relevant input from supervisors, colleagues, and students. Additionally, the sessions, assignments, classroom discussions, and group activities are invaluable in my career development with regards to improving my communication skills, tactical strategies and in designing programs for more effective communication and relationship skills with faculty, staff and students at my institution. I am excited about what I have learned that are necessary to improve my "People Skills" and the development of a more holistic and satisfying relationship with others. As a future leader in environmental health, I feel a good sense of accomplishment knowing that success favors the prepared mind and to always keep an open mind toward solving problems. I am very excited about the opportunity to attend a course on leadership and business development strategies in Southeast Asia, specifically Malaysia. Additionally, I have been awarded a summer fellowship by the Japanese Study Institute to attend a three-week course at San Diego State University. However, I fell short of accomplishing all my desired goals for this project. Specifically, I was not able to complete my project due to delays in receiving funding from the grant applications that I submitted. Nonetheless, I am grateful for the University of Cincinnati’s Pilot Research grant award of $7,000 from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This funding is necessary to complete the project and subsequently inform EPHLI staff of my progress. I am confident that the Institute has provided me with a set of tools for continuous improvement and the development of a deeper understanding of leadership qualities in environmental public health. Looking back to the beginning of EPHLI Cohort3 one year ago, there is no doubt in my mind that active participation in the Institute has been a very challenging and rewarding experience.