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Technology professor contributes chapter to industrial hygiene textbook

September 6, 2012
Theodore Hogan

Theodore Hogan

Theodore Hogan, a professor of technology in the NIU College of Engineering & Engineering Technology, recently contributed a chapter to the sixth edition of a textbook titled “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene.”

Hogan has taught many courses on industrial hygiene; the editor of this textbook, Barbara Plog, was one of his first students in 1980.

He sees his contribution as beneficial in many ways, but most importantly, it helped him stay connected.

“The best part of writing the chapter was being able to stay in touch with a former student and see her ongoing success,” Hogan said. “Fortunately, Barbara knew how to write before I met her.”

The first edition of FIH was Hogan’s reason for choosing industrial hygiene as an area of focus. He used the second edition to teach courses in industrial hygiene at UIC, and has contributed to several other editions of the book.

“The book is now used in my TECH 437 course (Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene), as well as TECH 441 (Hazard Control in Industry),” Hogan said.

According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association, industrial hygiene is “science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community.”