Dr. Rona Smeak, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), is an Associate Professor in the Safety Management Department. She has been with the department since 2013. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Safety Management here at “The Rock”, a Master’s of Business at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD and a PhD in Communications, Media and Instructional Technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Smeak has worked in a variety of industries in her 23+ years as an Occupational Health and Safety Professional. She spent over ten years as a Safety Specialist with the United States Air Force (Department of the Air Force Civilian) at Langley Air Force Base, VA and Pope Air Force Base, NC. From there, she worked at Orbital ATK, Rocket Center, WV. Finding an interest in Industrial Hygiene, she signed on as an Industrial Hygienist (IH) with Bechtel Jacobs at Oak Ridge National Labs, TN, as well as an IH consultant with Colden Corporation. Lastly, she worked as a Senior HSE with FirstEnergy at the supercritical Hatfield Power Station and Lake Lynn Hydro Power Station.
Dr. Smeak has published many peer-reviewed articles and has presented her work at numerous conferences. She is an authorized instructor for OSHA 10 and 30-hour for Construction and is a certified Asbestos Building Inspector and Asbestos Management Planner. She sits on numerous committees at the University and is currently the Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania’s American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Student Section Faculty Advisor.