John F. Rekus

Title: Senior Safety Engineer (Retired)
Company: National Security Agency
Location: Towson, Maryland, United States

John F. Rekus, a retired Senior Safety Engineer at the National Security Agency, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of occupational safety.

Having accrued more than four decades of inimitable expertise in his chosen field, Mr. Rekus garnered a laudable reputation as a senior safety engineer at the National Security Agency, a national intelligence agency operating under the U.S. Department of Defense, between 2001 and his retirement in 2014. Over the span of his career, he has provided a wealth of safety and health conservation services to clients worldwide, expert testimony in litigation and a wide variety of education and training courses for students. During this time, Mr. Rekus also distinguished himself in a similar capacity through John F. Rekus & Associates Consulting Scientists and Engineers LLC between 1994 and 2012, and as an industrial hygienist and technical coordinator for Maryland Occupational Safety and Health from 1974 until 1994.

Mr. Rekus’ exemplary performance in the field was born of his academic journey, which began at Loyola University. After earning a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and physics in 1972, he proceeded to study at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Master of Science in safety sciences in 1989. After concluding his educational efforts, Mr. Rekus was elected as a fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Furthermore, he has continued to serve as a radio operator communicator for the Baltimore County Radio Amateur Emergency Service since 1996 and previously earned distinction as an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America from 2000 until 2011.

Among his many career accomplishments, Mr. Rekus was particularly gratified to have written “The Complete Confined Handbook,” which provides plant managers, supervisors, safety professionals and industrial hygienists with the best practices in safely entering confined spaces. For such achievements, he was bestowed with a commendation from the Chief of Naval Operations for his work within the confined space entry development program. In accounting for his standout success, Mr. Rekus credits his ability to mentor novice professionals and prepare them for their own careers. Looking toward the future, he hopes to continue pursuing a doctorate in public policy and finish the book he is currently writing.

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