Dr. Ephraim Massawe is assistant professor in the occupational and environmental health at Southeastern Louisiana University's ABET accredited OSHE program.
Ephraim Massawe received a Bsc. in chemical engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and a MS degree in Environmental Science from Murdoch University, Australia. Professor Massawe also received a MS degree in industrial hygiene and environmental health, and a doctoral degree in pollution prevention and industrial hygiene from an ABET accredited program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Massawe's academic responsibilities at Southeastern Louisiana University include teaching courses in industrial hygiene and field methods of exposure assessments and evaluations, environmental and occupational health, safety laws, regulations and standards, and developing and evaluation existing safety and health programs across the general industry.
Dr. Massawe worked for the United Nations (UN) as an environmental engineer. He continues to offer consulting services to the UN agencies such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on the design of innovative and sustainable management practices, such as use of nanomaterials for environmental remediation of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in developing countries.
Dr. Massawe leads a newly initiated project on Nanoinformatics which focuses on informing the workers, general community and regulatory authorities about generating and gathering relevant data for science and health and safety oversight and supporting innovative tools to enhance information management for nanotechnology safety and health. The specific objective of nanoinformatics is to collect, collate and share data and make it accessible for decision making The nanoinformatics project collaborates with all 50 state government agencies and programs, NIOSH, Nanoinformatics 2020 Roadmap and other key stakeholders, such as AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group (NTWG) and the GoodNanoGuide.Org experts.
Dr. Massawe a Principal Investigator (PI) of a three year project supported by the Louisiana Board of Regents to examine the work practices in the U.S. EPA superfund sites to generate information and tools to support exposures assessment and the ability to estimate potential human health risks associated with the handling of nanomaterials for environmental remediation.
He is also a PI for an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) assessment and improvement project for Tangipahoa Parish schools. Currently at least 40 schools are participating in the program.
Dr. Massawe is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) since 2004. He is also a member of other national professional organizations such as ASSE; APHA; and NEHA. Dr. Massawe is founder and faculty advisor of the AIHA student local section at Southeastern Louisiana University, and a student coordinator for the Deep South Section of the AIHA. Additional information about Dr. Massawe's work and collaborative activities can be found at http://www2.selu.edu/Academics/Faculty/emassawe/.