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EHS New Offices

EHS is relocating to the Middlebrook Building

The Middlebrook Building is located approximately seven miles west of the main campus at 5723 Middlebrook Pike.

Google Streetview image of the Middlebrook Building, a two story office building

Most units within EHS have moved primary offices or will complete moving prior to the Winter Break. We have established “touchdown/launchpad” spaces on the main campus, and services will continue as before. Our department is committed to making this transition as seamless as possible, but we ask for your consideration in the coming weeks.

New Address

Environmental Health & Safety
University of Tennessee
5723 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 119
Knoxville, TN 37921

Due to construction limitations, please do not attempt to visit East Stadium Hall. If you need to see us in-person please contact our office first.

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UT Public Safety’s Newest Grad: Aaron Lee

Hazardous waste specialist Aaron LeeUT fall commencement ceremonies are being held this week. We take the opportunity to recognize and celebrate our recent Public Safety graduates—adult learners who achieved this accomplishment while balancing work and family responsibilities.

Aaron Lee, a hazardous waste specialist in UT Environmental Health and Safety, earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from Columbia Southern University. The degree was a natural follow up to his associate’s degree in environmental health and a way to advance his career.

“I see things daily that my education helps me recognize in the hazardous waste realm,” Lee said. “What I found interesting is that my daily work also helped me along the way in my classwork as well. I was able to use my experience here at the University of Tennessee in several assignments along the way to graduation.”

The support of many Environmental Health and Safety colleagues was instrumental in his degree journey—from his director who told him about the university and gave him the gentle push to complete the degree to his direct supervisor who suggested ideas for creative projects and asked regularly about his progress.

“That was extremely motivating for me to keep pushing through the tough times,” Lee said.

The work-life-school balance was sometimes difficult.

“How did I manage? With the love and support of my family and friends is the only correct answer,” Lee said.

His wife was his rock throughout the education experience and cared for their two sons, which allowed him the space to tackle assignments and deadlines. He also organized a veteran suicide prevention hike with assistance from his coordinating team. They helped keep the hike on track when he had assignments due.

With graduation, Lee can shift focus to making more memories with his wife and sons. He also plans to officiate and play ice hockey. He may enroll in a master’s degree program in the future.

As for UT employees who are interested in pursuing a degree?

“It is never too late to find something that is worth your time and effort to further your career, or life in general,” Lee said. “I am 37 years old and was able to graduate with my bachelor’s degree. The hard work, late nights, and spellchecks are worth it in the end.”

UT Public Safety’s Newest Grad: Ahmad Mitoubsi

Lab safety specialist Ahmad Mitoubsi recently graduated with a Master of Public HealthCongratulations to our most recent Public Safety graduates! We are proud of your hard work and accomplishments.

Ahmad Mitoubsi, a laboratory safety specialist in UT Environmental Health and Safety, graduated with a Master of Public Health from UT Knoxville.

What interested you in your degree? I was interested in pursuing my master’s degree in public health due to its broad range of topics. Having the opportunity to volunteer and participate in different areas of interest inspired me to seek my degree. One of those volunteering opportunities was Remote Area Medical (RAM), a nonprofit organization that provides free clinics. Helping to provide healthcare services for those in need was very rewarding.

How does it help you in your work? As a laboratory safety specialist, our goal is to minimize the risk of injury and illness to laboratory personnel. This is done by ensuring laboratory personnel have the proper training, information, and support needed to work safely. The knowledge that I gained from my MPH program has helped me develop processes to better evaluate and provide support to UT laboratories. Other experiences such as participating in the UT Emergency Operations Center broadened my knowledge and skills.

How has it expanded your worldview? Public health has expanded my worldview on how to increase my abilities to help the community. Sometimes just looking at genetics can explain some diseases; however, it is not enough to explain others. This is where the role of the environment comes in and how it affects human health. Understanding the role of social determinants of health and how that affects human health outcomes is critical.

How did you manage the work-life-school balance? Time management was significantly important. Most of the classes were at night and studying at nights and on weekends was helpful. The coursework would sometimes feel overwhelming, but I found activities that helped me clear my head and push through, like cooking and the outdoors. I was also fortunate to have great supervisors who were very understanding and supportive.

What tips do you have for UT employees interested in pursuing a degree? It is never too late to start. Talk to others around you who have gone back to pursue a degree. See others’ perspectives and how they accomplished their degrees. Always choose something you are interested in and it will keep you motivated.

Now that school is done, what is a fun-to-do on your list? I would like to spend more time outdoors hiking, swimming and gardening, and with friends. Looking forward to summertime!

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