The Coastal Bend Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recognized Del Mar College adjunct instructor Sandra Cervantes, who teaches Occupational Safety and Health Technology in the Department of Public Safety Education, as their 2011-2012 Safety Professional of the Year. The chapter presented the award June 19 during their monthly meeting held at the College’s Public Safety Education Complex on the West Campus.
“The award is well deserved by Sandra,” says Chris Black, who chairs the Public Safety Education Department. “She has volunteered countless hours for the chapter.”
Cervantes has also served as chair of the chapter’s Scholarship Committee as well as secretary for 2011-2012.
The Coastal Bend Chapter of ASSE serves safety professionals from 24 counties, including Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Colorado, Dewitt, Duval, Goliad, Hildago, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lavaca, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Victoria, Wharton and Willacy Counties.
Chartered under the ASSE, the Coastal Bend Chapter began in 1944 as the South Texas Safety Engineers in the Industrial Section of the Greater Corpus Christi Safety Council with the objective “to promote the Arts and Sciences connected with Engineering in relation to the preservation of life and property.”
The American Society of Safety Engineers was founded in 1911 in New York City with 62 members. Originally named the United Society of Casualty Inspectors, its philosophy centered on promoting harmonious action in safety work and educating members in all matters relating to industrial safety and accident prevention. Throughout its growth, this nonprofit organization has dedicated itself to advancing the safety profession and enhancing the knowledge and capabilities of safety practitioners.