Joe Adams started his Safety career as a helicopter pilot and Aerospace Safety Officer with the US Army. Upon retirement in 1988 he became the Safety, Health, and Fire Manager with KAMAN Aerospace Corp in Bloomfield Ct. In 1991 he relocated to Fairbanks Alaska to take a position with the University of Alaska Fairbanks as their Director of Risk Management. In this position he was responsible for all aspects of the Environment, Health, Safety, and Risk Management programs at UAF. Joe successfully upgraded all safety related programs at UAF and received the prestigious Alaska Governors' Award of Excellence.
Joe joined the University of California Office of the President in 2000 as the System-Wide Director of EH&S. In this capacity he was responsible for providing EH&S consultative services and technical expertise to all ten UC campuses, five medical centers, and three national labs with over 160,000 employees and 200,000 students. This included staff coordination responsibility through the campus EH&S Directors for over 1,000 full time safety professionals.
Joe is also an Associate Professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in safety and management. He received his BS in Aviation Safety and his MBA in Aviation both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. He is a board certified Safety Professional and past member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Joe joined Ohio University in 2008 as the new Director of Environmental Health and Safety.