Mark A. Friend

Professor of School of Graduate Studies and Program Coordinator for the M.S. in Occupational Safety Management
School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
Daytona College of Aviation
Daytona Beach campus

Office Hours

M-F 9-12 & 1:30-4, unless otherwise professionally engaged i

Areas of Expertise

Safety Management, Safety Management Systems, Occupational Safety

Dr. Mark Friend, CSP serves as Professor in the School of Graduate Studies in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is also the former dean of the Central Region for the Worldwide Campus and chair of the Applied Aviation Sciences Department at ERAU. Prior to joining Embry-Riddle, he was Professor of Safety and Director of the Center for Applied Technology (CAT) at East Carolina University (ECU). The role of CAT was to extend the resources of the university to the business and industrial community. During his tenure at ECU, he wrote and developed the Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety for on-campus as well as online delivery. He has also served as Chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University after holding faculty positions at West Virginia University, Fairmont State College, and Waynesburg College. He has taught as an adjunct for Tulane University and Washington & Jefferson College. His text, Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health, a top-selling book in the field, is in its seventh edition.He is also co-editor of Planning and Managing the Safety System with the late Ted Ferry. Friend served on the governing board of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). Friend has over forty years of experience in higher education.He served on the editorial board of Occupational Hazards and has published several articles in safety and safety management.His work in grants and contracts includes funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the United States Coast Guard, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) through the Chinese Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), the Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, and numerous other public and private entities. He has been active as a consultant, speaker, expert witness, and trainer in the field of safety. He has also served as a commissioner and team leader of site visits for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and site visitor for the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).Friend organized and served as the first president of the National Occupational Safety and Health Educators Association (NOSHEA) which later became the Academics Specialty Practice of ASSP. Friend has received the PPG Safety Educator of the Year Award, the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Service Award, and the Academics Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year Award from ASSP. He has also been given The West Virginia University/National Safety Management Society Achievement Award and has been listed in Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Education. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the Florida Workplace Taskforce.  Mark and his wife Kathy live in New Smyrna Beach.


  • Ed.D. - Doctor of Education in Safety Studies, West Virginia University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in MRKTG.- IND. R. (Marketing, Industrial Relations), West Virginia University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, West Virginia University

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  • Friend, M. A. & Kohn, J. P. (2018). Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health (7th ed.). Rockville, MD: Bernan Press
  • Stolzer, A.J., Friend, M.A., Truong, D., & Tuccio, W. (2017, Sept.). Determining the Effectiveness of Safety Management Systems. DOT/FAA/TC -17/24. 
  • Stolzer, A.J., Friend, M.A., Truong, D., Tuccio, W. & Aguiar, M.  Measuring and Evaluating Safety Management System Effectiveness Using Data Envelopment Analysis.  Journal of Air Transportation Management.  (Submitted)
  • Truong, D. , Friend, M. & Cheng, H. (2017). Applications of Business Analytics in Predicting Flight On-time Performance in a Complex and Dynamic System. Transportation Journal
  • Ostrowski, K.A., Friend, M.A., Cuevas, H.M., McAndrew, R. Ostrowski, K.E. Psychological Health Outcomes Within USAF RPA Support Career Fields. (In press)
  • Friend, M.A., Stolzer, A.J., & Truong, D.  (2017, Feb.). Employee Safety in the Air Transportation Industry. Professional Safety. 
  • Friend, M.A. & Ferry, T.S. (2017).  Planning and Managing the Safety System.  Rockville, MD: Government Institutes Press 
  • Friend, M.A. & Stolzer, A.J. (2015).  SMS effectiveness.  In A.J. Stolzer & J.J. Goglia Safety management systems in aviation (pp. 325-351). Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing
  • Friend, M. A.  (2015, June).  Measuring the integration of SMS into the corporate environment. Dallas, TX:  Professional Development Conference Proceedings. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Friend, M. A. & Kohn, J. P. (2014). Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health (6th ed.). Rockville, MD: Government Institutes Press
  • Friend, M.A. (2013).  An international safety and health graduate degree curriculum.  Academics Forum of Professional Development Conference Proceedings.  Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Friend, M. A. (2012) Cost Analysis and Budgeting. The Safety Professionals Handbook: Technical Applications. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Friend, M. A. (2011).  Top Management Support.  In A. Stolzer, C. Halford, & J Goglia (Eds.) Implementing Safety Management Systems in Aviation.  Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing
  • Friend, M. A. (2011).  Advancing Your Safety Career through Online EducationProfessional Development Conference Proceedings. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Friend, M. A. & Kohn, J. P. (2010). Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health (5th ed.). Rockville, MD: Government Institutes Press
  • Friend, M. A.  (2010, June).  Z-10 Management Leadership and Employee Participation. Baltimore, MD:  Professional Development Conference Proceedings. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Friend, M. A. (2008). Cost Analysis and Budgeting. The Safety Professionals Handbook: Technical Applications.  Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Friend, M. A. & Kohn, J. P. (2006). Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health (4th ed.). Rockville, MD: Government Institutes Press
  •  Friend, M.A. Safety Operations. (2004). Safety Standdown Proceedings. Wichita, KS: Bombardier Aerospace
  • Friend, M.A. 2004. How to Injure Workers, Pay Large Fines, and Send the Management Team to Prison”.  Las Vegas, NV: American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference Proceedings. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Friend, M. A. & Kohn, J. P. (2003). Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health (3rd ed.). Rockville, MD: Government Institutes Press
  •  Friend, M.A. Strategies and Techniques for Attracting Students to the Safety Profession-Part II. Second Annual American Society of Safety Engineers Academics Practice Specialty Conference Proceedings.  Des Plaines,IL: American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Friend, M.A. (2002, October). What Can Responders Learn from Sept. 11?  Responder Safety, 26-27
  • Friend, M.A.  (2002, Spring). Ph.D. Program in Occupational Safety. The Educator, 1  
  • Friend, M. A. & Kohn, J. P. (2000). Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health (2nd ed.). Rockville, MD: Government Institutes Press
  • Friend, M.A.  (2001). Safety Management. Retrieved from http://www.behaviouralsafety.com.  2001
  • Friend, M.A. (2000, May). Establishing a Safety Culture.  Professional Safety
  • Friend, M.A. (1998, January). OSHA Compliance: Where to Begin? Carolina Business, 3c
  • Friend, M.A., et. al. (1997). Career Guide to the Safety Profession. Contributing author. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers and Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
  • Friend, M.A. (February, 1997). Examine Your Safety Philosophy. Professional Safety.
  • Friend, M.A. (1997). Repetitive Motion Problems in a Small Electric Motor Manufacturing Facility. The Ergonomic Casebook. Boca Raton: CRC/Lewis Publishers, 2.3-6-9
  • Friend, M.A. (1996, December). Workplace Violence: A Management Approach. Focus: Journal of the National Safety Management Society published in Occupational Hazards, 38-39
  • Kohn, J. P., Friend, M. A., & Winterberger, C. (1996). Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health. Rockville, MD: Government Institutes Press
  • Friend, M.A. (1995, April). Safety for Nighttime Retailers. Occupational Safety, 68-69
  • Friend, M.A. (1995, October). 1910.1200 Hazard Communication Standard. Trade Winds, 6-7
  • Friend, M.A. (July, 1994). Safety in the Small Business: Getting Started. Occupational Hazards, 37-38
  • Friend, M.A. (1994, Spring). Safety for the Small Boat Builder. Trade Winds, 1
  • Kohn, J.P. & Friend, M.A. (1993, May). Quality and Ergonomics:  The Team Approach to the Occupational People Factor. Professional Safety, 39-42

PROFESSOR of COA SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES (tenured), (2013-Present); DEAN of ACADEMICS, CENTRAL REGION, (2010-2013); CHAIR and PROFESSOR (tenured), Department of Applied Aviation Sciences, (2003-2010); PROFESSOR (tenured) Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Safety and Technology and DIRECTOR, Center for Applied Technology (1993-2000) East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (1993-2003); CHAIR (1989-1993) & ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (tenured), Department of Occupational Safety & Health, Murray State University, Murray, KY (1987-1993); ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Department of Safety, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (1986-1987); ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (tenured), Department of Commerce, Fairmont State College, Fairmont, WV (1977-1986); INSTRUCTOR (tenure-track), Department of Business, Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, PA (1974 -1977); MANAGEMENT ANALYST, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Clarksburg, WV/New York, NY (1973-1974); DEPARTMENT MANAGER, J.C. Penney Company, Washington, D.C. (1971-1972)


Certified Safety Professional, Professional Member of American Society of Safety Professionals

  • Academic Practice Specialty, American Society of Safety Engineers, Safety Professional of the Year 2006-2007
  • Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Service Award, American Society of Safety Engineers, 2005
  • National Safety Management Society WVU/SEM Alumni Achievement Award, 2003
  • Service Recognition Award, Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, 2003
  • Special Student Award, 1998 Safety Graduates of ECU
  • Special Service Award, Small Business Administration
  • Meritorious Service Award, Alpha Kappa Psi