Rodney G. Handy, MBA, PhD, CIH

Research Interests

  • Automated Sampling and Monitoring
  • Heat Stress
  • Green Manufacturing
  • Construction Safety

Languages

  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Professor
  • Divisions: Occupational and Environmental Health

Board Certification

  • American Board of Industrial Hygiene

Academic Bio

Rod Handy, MBA, PhD, CIH joined the RMCOEH faculty in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah on July 1, 2015, bringing with him over twenty-five years of experience in environmental and occupational health and safety. Dr. Handy is currently a Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the Director of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational and Environmental Health Programs, teaching courses in industrial hygiene and environmental and occupational health and safety. Dr. Handy received his AAS and BS degrees from Purdue University (1981/1983), an MBA from Ball State University (1989), and a PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida (1995). He has been certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene (CIH) since 1999. Rod’s past industrial experiences have included five years as an engineer with Ford Motor Company and two years as an electromechanical technician with a small, computer floppy diskette firm. His past teaching experiences have most recently included eight years at Western Kentucky University, eight years at Purdue University, and three years in the University of North Carolina system. He was initially tenured at Western Kentucky in 2000 and promoted to full professor at Purdue University in 2010. In his career, Rod has taught a myriad of environmental health and safety (EH&S) engineering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including offerings such as industrial hygiene sampling and monitoring, environmental toxicology, green manufacturing, and indoor air quality. His current research interests are in thermal stress assessment, real-time contaminant measurement and characterization, and EH&S engineering.

Research Statement

My current and past research has primarily involved systems and techniques that integrate and automate the characterization of environmental stressors in the field. My research efforts has involved the use of automated sampling/monitoring techniques to improve the effectiveness and time efficiencies involved during the assessment of environmental contamination and human workplace exposures to biological, physical, and chemical stressors. I have also made scholarly contributions in research and engagement in sustainable manufacturing and industrial ecology. The recent projects of which I have been significantly involved with as principal investigator, investigator, or collaborator include NIOSH's Targeted Research Training (TRT) initiative, DOL's Susan Harwood training grant, U.S. Department of Energy/Y-12 materials characterization grant, a U.S. Department Labor WIRED grant for green workforce training, several regional industrial projects in the area of environmental health and safety, and the development of a sustainable manufacturing portal at Alcoa, Inc. Thus, due primarily to these successes, I anticipate that my future research agenda would continue to be focused on applied research in the field of sustainable manufacturing, industrial environmental management, and integrated environmental and occupational sampling/monitoring techniques.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Florida
Environmental Engineering Sciences
Ph.D.
Graduate Training Ball State University
M.B.A.
Undergraduate Purdue University
Mechanical Engineering Technology
B.S.
Undergraduate Purdue University
Mechanical Engineering Technology
A.A.S.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Pahler, L, McKenzie-Smith, D, Handy, R and Sleeth, D (). Development of custom calibation factors for respirable silica using standard methods compared to photometric monitoring data. J Chem Health Saf, 25(1), 27-35.
  2. Schmidt, P, Nelson, J, Handy, R, Morrell, J, Jackson, M, and Rees, T (). Non-contact measurements of acoustic emissions from the single point turning process. Int J Adv Manuf Technol, 93(9), 3907-3920.
  3. Thorsen, M, Handy, R, Sleeth, D, Thiese, M, and Riches, Naomi (). A Comparison Study Between Previous and Current Shoreline Concentrations of Heavy Metals at the Great Salt Lake Using Portable X-Ray Fluorescence. Hum Ecol Risk Assess, 23(8), 1941-1954.
  4. Boregowda, S, Handy, R, Sleeth, D, Riches, N (). Using thermodynamic degradation approach to quantify human stress response. Journal of Thermodynamics, (#7546823).
  5. Jackson, M, Lathery, E, Whitfield, M, Handy, R, da Silva, M, Machado, A, and da Silva, R (). Computational analysis of turning G10530 steel to eliminate chip crowding using variable cutting speeds. Int J Adv Manuf Technol, 92(5-8), 2341-2363.
  6. Jackson, M, Novakov, T, Whitfield, M, Robinson, G, Handy, R, Sein, H, and Ahmed, W (). VFCVD diamond-coated cutting tools for micro-machining titanium alloy Ti6Al4V. Int J Adv Manuf Technol, 92(5-8), 2881-2918.
  7. Stewart J, Sleeth DK, Handy RG, Pahler LF, Anthony TR, Volckens J (2017 Mar). Assessment of increased sampling pump flow rates in a disposable, inhalable aerosol sampler. J Occup Environ Hyg, 14(3), 207-213.
  8. Boregowda S, Handy R, Sleeth D, Merryweather A (). Constructal model of Fitts' law to predict speed-accuracy trade-off. International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics, 12(1), 44-54.
  9. Simons, A, Sleeth, D, Handy, R, Pahler, L, Anthony, R, and Volckens, J (). A comparison study between passive and active workplace air monitoring techniques for airborne isopropyl alcohol concentrations. J Chem Health Saf, 26(6), 36-43.
  10. Holm, C, Pahler, L, Thiese, M and Handy, R (). Evaluation of physiological strain in hot work areas using thermal imagery. J Therm Biol, 61(10), 8-15.
  11. Schmidt, P, Handy, R, Anderson, T, Rees, T, Morrell, J, and Jackson M (). Residual stress due to finish facing: Comparing traditional and modulated tool path machining processes. Mater Sci Tech, 32(14), 1471-1483.
  12. Boregowda S, Handy R, Sleeth D, Merryweather A (). Physiological entropy generation as a metric to characterize human system stress response. Journal of Thermodynamics, 2016(4932710), 8.
  13. Handy R, Newell D, Dunn B, Yang W (). A survey of first responder’s competencies with four-gas air monitors. Fire Eng, 168(11), 53-61.
  14. Rodgers K, Handy R, Hutzel W (). Energy reduction using biofiltration in a highly efficient residential home. Journal of Green Building, 8(1), 21-27.
  15. Boregowda S, Handy R (). Conceptual framework for complexity modeling of societal stress and biophysical resilience. ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 8(6), 413-18.
  16. Whitt M, Duvall-Couetil N, Handy R, Boregowda S, Senarith P (). Value mitosis – a methodology to develop community empowerment. Journal of International Business and Economics, 13(3), 97-110.
  17. Handy R, Jackson M, Allen C, Corson M, Zehrung C, Bevil B (). Particle size distributions resulting from the combustion of common thermoplastics. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Research, 4(3-4), 125-32.
  18. Boregowda S, Choate R, Handy R, Palsson O (). Thermodynamic assessment of multiple physiological stress responses using maxwell relations. International Journal of Modern Engineering Research, 2(2), 297-302.
  19. Boregowda S, Handy R, Choate R, Boregowda C (). Entropy change index as a measure of cardio-thermal physiological stress response. International Journal of Modern Engineering Research, 2(2), 202-8.
  20. Boregowda S, Choate R, Handy R (). Entropy generation analysis of human thermal stress responses. ISRN Thermodynamics, 12, 1-11.
  21. Boregowda S, Handy R, Palsson O, Boregowda C (). Axiomatic development of human psychophysiological stress indices using thermodynamics. ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 7(6), 655-65.
  22. Handy R, Rogers K, Wang J, Tumey M, Rodriguez D, Hutzel W (). The characterization of aerosol particle contamination as the result of carry-over and cross-over in enthalpy wheels. International Journal of Nanoparticles, 3(4), 378-89.
  23. Rodriguez M, Handy R, Jackson M, Goodman D, Robinson G (). Fibrous filter techniques for proper aerosol collection in surface engineering applications. Int J Comput Mater Sci Surf Eng, 2(1/2), 155-65.
  24. French M, Handy R, Jackson M (). Manufacturing sustainability and life cycle management in the production of acoustic guitars. Int J Comput Mater Sci Surf Eng, 2(1/2), 41-53.
  25. Handy R, Jackson M, Rodriguez M, Goodman D, Robinson G, Lafreniere M (). An investigation of particle number and size generated during a medical drilling process with surface coated tools. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 15(2), 253-63.
  26. Dues J, Cooley T, Ratliff M, Handy R (). New integrated materials and manufacturing course sequence for mechanical engineering technology. Technology Interface, 8(2).
  27. Handy R, Whitt M, Boregowda S, Kraebber H, Bozic C (). The development of a green manufacturing skills/specialist certificate program. Manuf Eng, 140(6).
  28. Whitt M, Handy R, Grow B, Balzer K (). Cardiovascular metrics and transepidermal water loss in a high heat risk environment. International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials, 1(4), 365-82.
  29. Handy R, Rodriguez M, Whitt M, Boregowda S, Dues J, Jackson M (). The use of portable particle measurement devices to characterize airborne particles generated in various settings. International Journal of Nanoparticles, 1(3), 177-84.
  30. Whitt MD, Handy RG, Rodriguez MA, Senarith P (). Sympathetic and cardiovagal baroreflex sensitivity as related to heat stroke. International Journal of Nanoparticles, 1(4), 291-300.
  31. Goodman C, Rodriguez M, Handy R, Jackson M (). Ventilation considerations for the removal of biological nanoparticles generated during medical drilling processes. International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 2(2), 179-87.
  32. French RM, Handy RG (). Spectrograms - turning signals into pictures. J Eng Tech, 24(1), 32-35.
  33. Handy R, Goodman D, Odukomaiya S, Rodriguez M, Whitfield M, Jackson M (). Two approaches to effective ventilation system design for the biomedical device and pharmaceutical industries. International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials, 1(1), 35-49.
  34. Boregowda S, Handy R, Hutzel W (). Thermodynamic assessment of human-thermal environmental interaction. International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics, 2(4), 310-18.
  35. Handy R, Handy M, Rodriguez M, Jackson M, Lafreniere M (). A review of environmental stressor control strategies used in micro and nanofabrication. International Journal of Nanomanufacturing, 1(5), 592-607.
  36. Jackson M, French R, Handy R, Tomovic M, Alcorta E, Gorrepati V (). Analysis and design of a high-speed projector for environmentally sustainable micro and nanoparticle deposition. International Journal of Nanomanufacturing, 1(5), 666-84.
  37. Rodriguez M, Handy R, Jackson M, Robinson G, Goodman D (). Micro and nanoparticle monitoring during drilling operations using continuous particle size distribution instruments. International Journal of Nanomanufacturing, 1(5), 657-65.
  38. Handy R, French M, Corum C, Rodriguez M (). The near-term outsourcing of traditional BS mechanical engineering technology (MET) graduate employment in the United States. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 8(1), 5-10.
  39. Handy R, Handy M, Jackson M, Lafreniere M (). A review of environmental stressor monitoring strategies used in micro and nanofabrication. International Journal of Nanomanufacturing, 1(2), 223-41.
  40. French M, Handy R, Cooper H (). A comparison of simultaneous and sequential single axis durability testing. Experimental Techniques, 30(5), 32-37.
  41. Choate R, Handy R, Schmaltz K (). The application of differential pressure analysis in determining the extent of outdoor air infiltration into buildings. International Journal of Modern Engineering, 6(2).
  42. Handy R, Jackson M, Robinson G, Lafreniere M (). The measurement of ultrafine particles: a pilot study using a portable particle counting technique to measure generated particles during a micromachining process. J Mater Eng Perform, 15(2), 172-77.
  43. Handy R, Lafreniere M (). The effects of coupling motion tasks with a thermally-stressed work environment. International Journal of Modern Engineering, 7(1).
  44. Arnold, Z, Pahler, L, Thiese, M, and Handy, R (). A pilot study predicting core body temperatures of smelter workers with thermal imagery and infrared thermometry. Scand J Work Environ Health.
  45. Clingenpeel, S, Handy, R, Pahler, L, and Sleeth, D (). A comparative evaluation of the effectiveness of wipe sampling materials to remove beryllium from differently textured surfaces using zinc oxide as a surrogate. Ann Work Expo Health.
  46. Jackson, M, Nelson, J, Whitfield, M, Morrell, J, Handy, R, and Schmidt, P (). Chip formation and similarity in the plano-grinding of explosive surrogates. Proc Inst Mech Eng B J Eng Manuf.
  47. Vercellino, R, Sleeth, D, Handy, R, Collingwood, S (). Laboratory evaluation of a low-cost, real-time, networked aerosol multi-sensor. J Occup Environ Hyg.

Book

  1. May M, Handy R, Lafreniere M (). Environmental regulations. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Occupational Health and Safety Educational Resource Center.
  2. Handy R, George D (). Manual of hazardous waste operations and emergency response. Bowling Green, KY: Western Kentucky University Department of Continuing Education.
  3. Handy R, LeDuc A (). Mathematics for manufacturing. Muncie, IN: Ball State University Department of Continuing Education.
  4. Wickman J, Handy R (). Statistical process control. Muncie, IN: Ball State University Department of Continuing Education.

Book Chapter

  1. Jackson M, Whitfield M, Morrell J, Handy R (). Grinding. In Manufacturing Engineering Handbook (2nd). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  2. Handy R, Whitt M, Rodriguez M (). Environmental issues with nanoparticles. In Ahmed & Jackson (Eds.), Emerging nanotechnologies for manufacturing (2nd, pp. 255-268). New York: Elsevier.
  3. Jackson M, Handy R, Whitfield M, Burgess J, Robinson, G, Novakov T (). Machining medical grade titanium alloys using nonabrasive nanolayered cutting tools. In Anti-abrasive nanocoatings. Oxford, UK: Woodhead Publishing.
  4. Jackson M, Whitfield M, Robinson G, Handy R, Morrell J (). Grinding of uranium and uranium alloys. In J. Morrell and M. Jackson (Eds.), Uranium processing and processing (pp. 95-122). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  5. Jackson M, Robinson G, Whitfield M, Handy R, Morrell J (). Machining of uranium and uranium alloys using coated cutting tools. In J. Morrell and M. Jackson (Eds.), Uranium processing and p (pp. 71-94). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  6. Handy R (). Environmental, health and safety in biomedical device manufacturing. In P. Davim and M. Jackson (Eds.), Medical device manufacturing (pp. 47-63). New York, NY: Nova Scientific Publishing.
  7. Handy R, Bruce RG (). Sustainable manufacturing. In Modern materials and processes (pp. 189-2011). New York, NY: Pearson Publishing.
  8. Whitt M, Handy R, Gosiengfiao B (). Statistical process control. In Bidgoli H (Ed.), The handbook of technology management (pp. 932-54). New York, NY: Wiley Publishing.
  9. Jackson MJ, Handy R, Whitt M, Whitfield MD, Morrell JS (). Analysis of machining hardened steels using coated cutting tools. In Jackson M, Morrell J (Eds.), Machining with nanomaterials (pp. 259-95). Boston, MA: Springer Verlag Publishers.
  10. Jackson M, Whitt M, Handy R, Robinson G, Whitfield M (). Commercialization of nanotechnologies: technology transfer from university research laboratories. In Ahmed S, Jackson M (Eds.), Emerging nanotechnologies for manufacturing (pp. 252-60). New York, NY: Academic Press/Elsevier Publishers.
  11. Handy R, Whitt M, Rodriguez M (). Environmental issues with nanoparticles. In Ahmed S, Jackson M (Eds.), Emerging nanotechnologies for manufacturing (pp. 235-49). New York, NY: Elsevier Publishers.
  12. Jackson MJ, Whitfield MD, Morrell JS, Handy R, Whitt M (). Economic analysis of machining with nanostructured coatings. In Jackson M, Morrell J (Eds.), Machining with nanomaterials (pp. 229-57). Boston, MA: Springer Verlag Publishers.
  13. Handy R, Lafreniere M (). Environmental and engineering controls and monitoring in biomedical device manufacturing. In Ahmed S, Jackson M (Eds.), Surface engineered surgical tools and medical devices (pp. 273-339). Boston, MA: Springer Verlag Publishers.
  14. George D, DiNardi S, Handy R (). An introduction to the design of local exhaust ventilation systems. In DiNardi S (Ed.), The occupational environment: Its evaluation, control, and management (pp. 846-901). Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Handy R, Jackson M, Rodriguez M, Goodman D, Robinson G, Lafreniere M (). The characterization of particles generated and removed during a bone drilling process with surface coated tools. Proceedings 5th International Surface Engineering Congress, Seattle, WA: ASM International, 47-52.
  2. Goodman D, Handy R, Jackson M, Leong K, Bozell B, Zajac P (). Nanoparticle concentration sensor concept. Proceedings of the 5th International Surface Engineering Congress, Seattle, WA: ASM International, 73-77.
  3. Whitt M, Ratcliffe M, Handy R (). Engineering technology students: their role in the global economy. Proceedings of the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.
  4. Handy R, Jackson M, Goodman D, Rodriguez M, Robinson G (). Local exhaust/dilution ventilation considerations for biological nanoparticle exhaust during medical drilling operations. Proceedings 5th International Surface Engineering Congress, Seattle, WA: ASM International, 53-56.
  5. Jackson M, Gorrepati V, Alcorta E, French M, Handy R (). Fluid dynamic analysis of a high speed projector for environmentally sustainable impact machining operations. Proceedings of the 5th International Surface Engineering Congress, Seattle, WA: ASM International, 160-64.
  6. Handy R, Whitt M, Lafreniere M (). The introduction of environmental and industrial health and safety issues and emerging technologies in a beginning manufacturing processes course. Proceedings of the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.
  7. Rodriguez M, Handy R, Jackson M, Robinson G, Goodman D (). A review of available fibrous filter technology for use in aerosol deposition and removal in surface engineering applications. Proceedings 5th International Surface Engineering Congress, Seattle, WA: ASM International, 57-62.
  8. Handy R, Jackson M, Robinson G, Lafreniere M (). The measurement of ultrafine particles created during a surface micromachining process using a portable particle counting technique. Proceedings of the International Surface Engineering Congress & Exhibition, ISEC13-783, Minneapolis, MN: ISEC.
  9. Handy R, French M, Jackson MJ (). Introducing environmental sustainability in a manufacturing processes course. Proceedings of the 35th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference [CD ROM], S1D7 – S1D9, Indianapolis, IN: ASSE/IEEE.
  10. Handy R, Jackson M, Robinson G, Lafereniere M (). A review of viable monitoring techniques for nanoparticle exposure assessment. Proceedings of the International Surface Engineering Congress & Exhibition, ISEC13-7832, Minneapolis, MN: ISEC.
  11. George D, Handy R (). Project-based learning in occupational safety and health. Proceedings of the NIOSH 6th International Conference Scientific Committee on Education and Training in Occupational Health, Cincinnati, OH: National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, 217-21.
  12. Lafreniere M, Handy R (). An automated system for indoor air quality monitoring. Proceedings of the First NSF International Conference on Indoor Air Health, Ann Arbor, MI: NSF International, 204-10.
  13. George D, Russell J, Handy R (). The industrial hygiene program at WKU. In Nelson J (Ed.), Proceedings of the 1999 ASEE Southeastern Educational Conference [CD ROM], 5-1-1 – 5-1-10, Washington, DC: American Society of Engineering Education.
  14. Handy R, Lafreniere M (). Automated sampling and characterization using an integrated systems approach. Proceedings of Waste Management Symposium, [CD ROM], 23-10-1 – 23-10-13, Tucson, AZ: Laser Options.
  15. Handy R, Lafreniere M (). An automated survey method for site air pollutant characterization. Proceedings of The International Symposium on the Measurement of Toxic and Related Air Pollutants, Pittsburg, PA: Air and Waste Management Association, 123-27.
  16. Harder G, Bolch W, Handy R (). Increasing quality assurance through an integrated survey system. Proceedings of the Waste Management Symposium, [CD ROM], 27-56-1 – 27-56-8, Tucson, AZ: Laser Options.
  17. Handy R, Bolch W, Lafreniere M, Thompson J, Smith M (). An indoor radiological characterization survey using automated positioning. Proceedings of Waste Management Symposium, [CD ROM], 27-17-1 – 27-17-10, Tucson, AZ: Laser Options.
  18. Handy R, Bolch E (). An automated radiological survey method for performing site remediation and decommissioning. Proceedings of the Waste Management Symposium, Tucson, AZ: Laser Options, 228-32.