The criteria for the Golden Seed Award recipient are someone who has:
- Made significant contributions to industrial hygiene in the area of student development, mentoring, or early career guidance,
- Demonstrated a commitment to promoting the profession of industrial hygiene,
- Demonstrated commitment to advancing the profession among students and early career professionals, and/or
- Demonstrated commitment by providing guidance and mentorship to students or early career professionals.
Nominations were received from the Chicago Local AIHA Section, the Purdue Student Local Section (PIHSA), students, and colleagues that were touched by his involvement in the field of industrial hygiene. In the nominations, they described how he has inspired students to move into or continue to grow in the field of industrial hygiene, energizing them about the field, the opportunities and the effect they can have on the health and lives of workers. They pointed out how he shares his expertise, creating opportunities for them to be involved in a variety of projects and providing them with challenging and innovative learning experiences. The nominations discussed his active participation with the students, support and engagement with the Purdue Student Local Section, and how he diligently works to involve students in AIHA committees and activities. He demonstrated commitment to the profession and to students and early career professional through teaching efforts, global initiatives, innovative and challenging interactions with students at all levels, strong commitment to the student local section, and participation in professional associations. His dedication to the field and commitment to providing students with practical skills and career guidance has earned him the AIHA Golden Seed Award for 2011.