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Stan Klonowski (center) was recognized for his work to keep ASU engineering research laboratories operating safely. He is pictured with his supervisor, information technology officer Alan Short (left), and Alicia Stiers, business operations manager for the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Photographer: Pedro Silva/ASU

Stan Klonowski recently won ASU’s Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Award for Excellence, the highest recognition bestowed for significant contributions to safety and sustainability at the university.

Klonowski is a lab manager for the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment who oversees use of the laboratories for research by graduate students and teaching of undergraduates.

He maintains the environmental engineering teaching labs and the chemical inventories for the labs, and keeps track of student lab use and safety training records.

He also maintains EH&S registration for the labs, as well as special registrations for labs using biological materials and other kinds of materials. In addition, he assists graduate students with solving problems related to their research.

In giving him the award, EH&S cited Klonowski’s efforts in addressing hazardous materials issues, specifically by minimizing the need for hazardous waste disposal by finding alternative uses for the research materials that are reusable.

Also noted was his work on a committee to help deal with issues involving transportation of chemicals on the Tempe campus, and helping researchers using labs in Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 to use liquid nitrogen more efficiently.

“Stan is a pleasure to work with and very deserving of this award.  He has done a wonderful job organizing and managing our laboratories in ISTB4 and the engineering wings,” said G. Edward Gibson, director of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

Klonowski graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He has been an EH&S compliance officer since the program started at ASU in 2005 and served on committees that have helped to develop procedures for the transport and use of chemicals on campus.

He previously worked for the School of Earth and Space Exploration in a variety of laboratory, research and facilities management positions.

“In his 10 years as a health and safety compliance officer, Stan has demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting a culture of safety at ASU. His dedication deserves be applauded,” said John Svenson, an EH&S inspection officer.

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