2017 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Dennis Hu, Director, Environmental Health and Safety and System Safety Engineering; Ball Aerospace


Dennis Hu, Director, Environmental Health and Safety and System Safety Engineering; Ball Aerospace

As Director of EHS and SSE, Dennis is responsible for all environmental, health, and safety matters for Ball Aerospace. This includes regulatory compliance, occupational safety, permitting, emergency response, hardware system safety engineering, EHS management systems, program development, sustainability, and external relationships.


Dennis has over 23 years of EHS and business experience and has used this background to help continue to drive program and process efficiency improvements in the aerospace industry. This includes a practical approach for risk-based management of issues with a focus on increasing EHS compliance and improving EHS culture while reducing operational costs. He has a proven track record of building and leading diverse and collaborative multi-functional teams to success while helping to establish the value proposition of EHS within the business.


Prior to joining Ball Aerospace, Dennis served in leadership roles in the consulting, chemical, and oil and gas industries working for multinational companies, both domestically and abroad, with a focus on helping companies solve complex EHS and regulatory issues.


Dennis has an MBA, with distinction, from New York University's Stern School of Business with specializations in Finance, Change Management and Social Impact and Innovation and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Public Policy from Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science in St. Louis, Missouri.


Dennis currently serves as board chair on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, appointed by Governor John W. Hickenlooper. He also sits on the Executive External Advisory Panel of the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center for Health, Work and Environment with the Colorado School of Public Health and serves as a board member for the Denver Ronald McDonald House Charities. Dennis has been a guest speaker at numerous professional and charitable events covering topics such as EHS leadership, managing organizational change, EHS culture, strategic planning, technical EHS issues and charitable giving.

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