Safety Sciences’ First PhD Graduate

Posted on 3/31/2016 9:37:10 AM

The first Safety Sciences doctoral candidate, Nicholas “Cody” Schaal, successfully defended his dissertation, titled “Effect of Heavy Metal Exposures on Hearing Loss Among Shipyard Personnel,” on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2016.  

Cody Schaal with members of his dissertation committee
Candidate N. Cody Schaal, second from right, with members of his dissertation committee: (from left) Jeremy Slagley, Helmut Paschold, and Majed Zreiqat

The Safety Sciences PhD Program began in the summer of 2013 with a cohort model. The students took courses together for 24 months, then began their research. Cody completed his doctorate in 36 months.

Cody is a lieutenant on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He is the industrial hygiene officer for the Puget Sound Navy Shipyard. He will graduate in May 2016 as the program’s first PhD.