SH&E Generations: Elizabeth Maples

We are always looking for ASSE members to share their stories of following a parent into the SH&E profession or having a son or daughter follow in their footsteps of spreading the safety message. Here’s the story of Elizabeth H. Maples, Ph.D., a member of ASSE’s Alabama Chapter.


My daughter, Stephanie, was close to graduating with an undergraduate degree in philosophy, when she decided to take a course in industrial hygiene. She was hooked. After completing her master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene at University of Alabama at Birmingham, she worked for NIOSH for a few years. Currently, Stephanie is working on her doctorate in Occupational Injury Prevention at Auburn University, College of Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering. Her research is on robustly defining the incidence rate of musculoskeletal disorders in southeastern loggers, and identifying the most problematic machine to propose remediation at the design level. Her advisor, is Rich Sesek, Ph.D., CSP, CPE, at Auburn University. I am quite proud of my daughter and her dedication to protecting and promoting worker health and safety.

Elizabeth Maples, Ph.D., is deputy director/assistant professor at Deep South Center of OH&S Environmental Health Sciences, UAB School of Public Health. She is a professional member of ASSE’s Alabama Chapter.



SH&E Generations
Many SH&E professionals have parents or children who are also in the profession. Did your son or daughter follow in your footsteps? Did a parent’s involvement in the safety profession encourage you to follow in their footsteps? ASSE would like to hear from you.

Tell us your story of SH&E generations.