Georgi Popov was recognized at the April Heart of America Chapter meeting and again at Safety 2017 as the Region V Safety Professional of the Year. Dr. Popov is currently an Associate Professor of Safety at the University of Central Missouri in the School of Environmental, Physical and Applied Sciences. He continues to create courses for both undergraduate and graduate programs. He remains at the forefront of the profession through constant research and immersing himself into practical situations. Even with his current credentials he continues to obtain continuing education and expresses this importance to his students. He focuses on the importance of ASSE as a career long opportunity, not just a student organization. Dr. Popov has served, and continues to serve on various boards and committees to further the advancement of the safety profession. He is a frequent speaker at events such as, the ASSE Annual Symposium, the ASSE National Professional Development Conference and the National Ergonomics Conference to name a few. He is known nationally for his expertise in risk assessment. His book Risk Assessment – A Practical Guide to Assessing Operational Risks, with its companion website, is an exceptionally useful tool to students, professors, and safety professionals alike.