CPSPE Staff Spotlight: Diana Woolf


woolfCPSPE faculty and staff are a vital part to the success of the college. Recently, we asked Diana Woolf, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Safety Officer to share her experience working at CPSPE. Here are her responses:

What is your role in CPSPE?

Safety Officer – I am responsible for working with the University Environmental Health and Occupational Safety Staff on safety, but specifically focusing on CPSPE labs and buildings. This includes training, lab inspections and building a safer college for all of us.

My previous experience with Emergency Management allows me to lend support to the University Emergency Management Manager as his back up. This role includes participation in the University Emergency Operations Group which handles large scale emergencies on campus.

What do you enjoy about being a part of CPSPE?

I really enjoy engaging with the students, learning about their research projects and the challenge of creating a culture of "safety first" in CPSPE. Having so many international students, I embellish in learning about their culture, holidays, family traditions and traditional food. I am very fortunate to have a position that allows me to engage one on one with students.

The changes in safety that have occurred in CPSPE have been great. We are leading the University in safety initiatives and becoming the model which is accredited to the students making personal changes to be safer. Seeing the changes in the labs, having more students ask questions and alert me to hazards is very encouraging and keeps me moving forward! The night and weekend safety "raids" on the labs are kind of fun too!

Do you have any news about yourself and/or your family you’d like to share?

I am a 2x Ironman Triathlete going for my 3rd this year in Copenhagen, Denmark, and I am still functioning as a firefighter-paramedic for the Village of Highland Hills.