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Student & Alumni Achievements

Oregon State PhD Student Receives Recognition from National Safety Council

Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences Environmental and Occupational Health doctoral student, Mr. Travis Kruse, is part of the National Safety Council’s seventh class of “Rising Stars of Safety.” The annual award recognizes up-and-coming individuals in the field who have a proven track record of safety leadership within their organization and are under the age of 40. Mr. Kruse is the Sr. Director for Safety Strategy & Solutions at W.W. Grainger Inc. in Chicago and defends his dissertation in December.

[Photo: Mr. Travis Kruse]

“I was elated to receive this award from the National Safety Council (NSC) and proud of my team who worked for five long years to help us reach our vision,” says Mr. Kruse. “The biggest challenge with awards like this is always sustaining results and getting better. In this line of work, getting better means helping people and organizations and protecting the environment, so the return is always worth the investment.”

Mr. Kruse says that in the environmental, safety and health (ESH) field, the opportunities are great in both public and private sectors, which means individuals are in charge of their professional destiny if they put in the hard work and perseverance.

“In my current leadership role at Grainger ESH Solutions, my team and I wake up everyday knowing that we can help organizations achieve their ESH objectives, while also reducing cost from their operations,” says Mr. Kruse. “The combination of keeping people safe, protecting the environment and making organizations more efficient and effective makes my job very rewarding, and I take it very serious due to the implications.”