Dr. Field

Dr. William E. Field, EdD

Project Director

William E. Field, Ed.D, is a Professor and 36-year member in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University and is an Extension Safety Specialist for Purdue’s Cooperative Extension Service. He has conducted training nationwide and internationally on safety, health, and emergency management-related issues with approximately $17 million in external grants and contracts.

Charlene Cheng

Charlene Cheng, MS

Safety and Health Consultant

Charlene Cheng, M.S., is a Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. She has a degree in Occupational Safety and Health and has worked in industrial settings including rock mining operations. Her interest is in the efficiency of training resources and analysis of injury data for use in developing educational strategies.

Dr. Brian French

Dr. Brian French, PhD


Brian French, Ph.D., Washington State University, conducts research focused on educational and psychological measurement issues. He has collaborated with Purdue on several curriculum development projects including the USDOL Agricultural Hazardous Occupations Order training requirements for youth in agriculture.

Denise Heath

Denise L. Heath

Information Processing Systems Operator

Denise has been an information processing systems operator for 36 years and assists in developing brochures, fliers, pamphlets, newsletters and any other need of the project team. She brings with her an experience in organizational skills and editing that will greatly assist this project.

Salah Issa

Salah Issa, MSE

Engineer/Data Analysis

Salah Issa, M.S., is an Agricultural and Biological Engineering Ph.D. student at Purdue University. His background as a chemical engineer with Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive will be an asset in studying exposure to industrial confined spaces. He is responsible for data analysis, yearly summary reports and studying the force impact of grain entrapments on human bodies.

Mike Manning

Mike Manning, MS

Agricultural Safety Training Consultant

Mike started his Purdue Extension career as the ANR Educator in Perry County, he also served in this role in Jasper County and then provided service administratively as the Northwest District Director before working on campus as Assistant Director for staff development. He has served Purdue Extension for over 31 years.

Brandi Miller

Brandi Miller

Online Training Program

Brandi Miller, M.S., is the Associate Director for the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program and the Distance Education Coordinator for the International Grains Program Conference Center at Kansas State University. She is responsible for program management, professional development course design and delivery, extension support, and program credentialing.