Brian Duffy, '74, Returns as STEMM Idol

Brian Duffy has spent three decades making workforces safe and environmentally friendly.

How he's been able to adapt to new technological advances and still keep his employer, Crown Equipment Corporation, compliant with safety standards was the focus of his presentation during the latest CJ STEMM Speaker Series.

Duffy is a 1974 graduate of CJ. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.

Duffy has been in the Environmental Health & Safety field for 30 years, 26 of those years spent at his current employer, Crown Equipment Corporation. He is responsible for all global environmental health and safety compliances, and sustainability and injury prevention for his company's Lift Trucks.

According to the Crown Equipment Corporation website, "Safety is an integral part of Crown's engineering and manufacturing processes and it shows in our product design, technology advances, and training programs, all helping create a culture of safety." Duffy is a key player in making this philosophy happen.

Crown has received many Environmental and Safety awards because of Duffy's dedication to his profession. He has also been asked to speak at several Environmental Health & Safety conferences and has written for many publications regarding Environmental Health & Safety issues.

Duffy said being a part of the first graduating class of CJ helped prepare him for where he is today.

"I had a very strong background in the sciences. I had some great teachers who were willing to spend the time and help me along."

Duffy is still very much a part of the CJ culture. He has volunteered for the Fish Fry, been asked to be a presenter during the Hall of Fame Awards, and has been an Environmental Advisor to facilities projects.

While reflecting on the STEMM program, Duffy said he was excited to see the advancements at CJ.

"Just a great education and the STEMM program is an extension of that. It's really great to see not only the curriculum of STEMM but also the infrastructure improvements which are great."

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at