Speaker Bios

  • Lon Ferguson, EdD, CSP, CFPS, is a professor and current chairperson of the Safety Sciences Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Dr. Ferguson has both his B.S. and M.S. in Safety Sciences from IUP and his doctorate is from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Ferguson is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and a certified safety professional. He currently is a BCSP director and a member of the ASSE Educational Standards Committee. In 2002, Dr. Ferguson was awarded the William E. Tarrants Safety Educator of the Year Award by the ASSE. Prior to joining IUP, Dr. Ferguson was an assistant professor in the Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management Program at Millersville University and had 12 years experience as a safety consultant for Liberty Mutual Insurance and the PA/OSHA Consultation Program.

    Rob Fisher is currently the owner and president of Fisher IT, Inc. Mr. Fisher has extensive experience in performing event investigations, designing performance improvement systems, designing and improving corrective action programs, designing and running procedure programs, and educating staff. He is a sought-after trainer, and is routinely invited to speak at international, national, and regional conferences on safety, procedures, performance improvement, human performance, and event investigation.

    Klaus Kleinfeld is chairman and chief executive officer of Alcoa. He joined the company in 2007 as president and chief operating officer, and seven months later assumed CEO responsibilities. He has served on Alcoa's board of directors since 2003 and was named chairman in April 2010.

    Alcoa is a world leader in the production and management of a highly sustainable product: aluminum. In addition to serving on Alcoa's board, Mr. Kleinfeld is a member of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG and the board of directors of Morgan Stanley. In 2009, he was appointed chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, which is dedicated to promoting trade and investment between the United States and Russia. He is a member of the Brookings Institution board of trustees, as well as a member of the board of directors of the World Economic Forum USA.

    Mr. Kleinfeld was born in Bremen, Germany, and educated at the University of Goettingen and University of Wuerzburg, both in Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in strategic management and a master's degree in business administration. In his leisure time, he enjoys skiing, running, tennis, and the arts. Mr. Kleinfeld and his wife reside in New York and have two children.

    Thomas R. Krause, Ph.D., is chairman and cofounder of BST, a consulting firm specializing in comprehensive safety solutions. Since BST’s founding in 1979, Mr. Krause has provided thought leadership on behavior change, culture, and leadership in the service of safety improvement. Tom has helped thousands of companies and senior executives worldwide. He has authored several books and publishes articles frequently on safety culture and leadership. He is currently at work on the second edition of Leading with Safety (Wiley Interscience), due out later in 2012. Tom’s recent research interests have centered on serious injury and fatality prevention. He leads a Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention Project made up of eight global companies. Recent articles include “Preventing Incidents & Fatalities: Eight Questions Every Senior Leader Should Ask” (with Donald R. Groover and Donald K. Martin) in the June 2010 issue of Professional Safety and “Eight Ways to Create a Broken Safety Culture” in EHS Today (February 2010). A licensed psychologist, Mr. Krause is a professional member of ASSE’s Valley Coastal Chapter. He received his Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St John’s College and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine. Mr. Krause currently serves on the board of visitors and governors of St. John’s College, the board of governors of Thomas Aquinas College, and the Committee on Quality Assurance and Patient Safety at Community Memorial Hospital System.

    Dr. Steven A. Lapp is president and cofounder of Design Sciences, Inc., a firm specializing in quantitative risk and reliability assessment. Design Sciences has been in business for over 35 years and has conducted over 700 quantitative risk assessments using Fault Tree Analysis technology. Dr. Lapp is the author of numerous articles in the risk assessment field and received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

    Mr. Steven Newell is a principal with Mercer HSE Networks, a global consulting firm that services large multinational corporations on safety, health, and environmental matters. Mr. Newell leads the Executive Business Issues Forum and contributes to several other networks, including the main Occupational Safety and Health Group, the OSH Lawyers Group, and the Global Safety and Health Forum. He works extensively with member companies, and addresses topics such as fatality and serious injury prevention, performance metrics, safety and health recordkeeping, management system implementation, contractor safety and health, integrated employee health and wellness programs, and safety and health value analysis. Mr. Newell joined ORC in January 1998. Prior to ORC, he was on the executive staff of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as the director of the OSHA Office of Statistics. Before joining OSHA, he headed the ongoing safety and health statistical programs for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Captain Chesley Sullenberger is an international hero lauded for his successful emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York City’s Hudson River on January 15, 2009. Captain Sullenberger has also long served as the local air safety chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association, and has been active teaching courses and disseminating information about the importance of leadership in developing robust safety and sustainability cultures across the United States.

    Jan K. Wachter, Ph.D., C.S.P., C.I.H., CHMM, is an associate professor in the Department of Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wachter received his Bachelor of Science (biology), Master of Science (environmental health), Master of Business Administration (executive program), and Doctor of Science in Hygiene (environmental health) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Master of Applied Theology degree from Wheeling Jesuit University. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Wachter was employed by Fortune 100 companies and the U.S. Department of Energy as an environmental health and safety administrator and researcher. He holds CSP, CIH, CHMM, CQE and CRE certifications.

    Mike Wright is the director of Health, Safety, and Environment for the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial, and Service Workers International Union (USW). Mike was trained as an industrial engineer at Cornell and an industrial hygienist at the Harvard School of Public Health. He joined the USW in 1977 and became the department head in 1984. He has also served as the head of the union’s education department, where he directed the training for participants in the joint union-management partnership programs in the steel industry. Mike is a former member of the Department of Labor’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and is a current member of NIOSH’s Mine Health Research Advisory Committee.

    Mike has worked extensively on international health, safety, and environment issues with the International Labour Organization and the International Trade Union Confederation. He has taught safety and health and worked with unions in South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Poland, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Russia. He was a member of an international team that investigated the Bhopal disaster. He is a former member of the Program Advisory Committee of the International Program on Chemical Safety, set up under the ILO, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Environment Program. He also served on the international coordinating group overseeing the effort to harmonize chemical classification and labeling systems throughout the world, whose work was completed in 2003. He currently serves on the world’s first global union-management safety and health committee, established in 2009 by ArcelorMittal Steel.