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July Employee Spotlight: Lori Siegelman

Lori Siegelman has more than 25 years’ experience on a wide range of environmental, safety and health projects in consulting and in private industry. Her expertise includes industrial hygiene, general industry safety, environmental compliance, health physics and management systems.

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am a native Texan.  My ancestry is Scottish-Irish and there is a park (Goodwin Park) in Tempe, Arizona named for my ancestors on my father’s side.  I studied mechanical drafting in High School which got me interested in pursuing engineering as a career, but I quickly got bored of mechanical engineering so switched to a degree program in Nuclear Engineering/Radiation Safety.  Shortly after college, I found myself in Northern Louisiana in the middle of the 1980’s oil bust.  Work for an engineer, in Louisiana, in the mid-1980’s was a bit scarce, so I went back to school and we started a family.  By the time the 1990’s rolled around I had my master’s degree and started my career as an EPA contractor back in my hometown of Dallas.  Since then, I’ve worked in the private sector managing environmental and safety programs for several years and for the past 10 years as a consultant with W&M.

What has been your most exciting project?
While I have had the opportunity to work on many unique and interesting projects due to my varied background, the one that stands out is a project where I was able to use my experience and education in radiation safety/health physics, traditional safety, and industrial hygiene all at the same time.  The Client was testing the feasibility of using electron-beam sterilization, which had radiation safety concerns and they needed health physics expertise.  I was involved as an industrial hygienist since the electron beam produced a large amount of ozone, which presented industrial hygiene concerns.  And the equipment being set up presented a host of electrical, confined space, and machine guarding concerns.  In the end, the results of the pilot project indicated this sterilization method was not feasible, but it was a very interesting project that provided an opportunity to work with a team of amazing people.

Favorite Pastimes?
I’m a TV junkie and can lay around on the couch watching television all day, but rarely have that opportunity.  I also like to be outdoors – hiking, biking, swimming, or camping, but don’t have time for that much anymore since moving to our rural home where my husband and I are working to convert our acreage that was formerly a goat farm, to a wildlife habitat.  I also work under the supervision of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and usually end up with 4 to 6 orphaned raccoons each spring, caring for them until they are ready for release back to the wild in the fall.

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