Greetings! I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University. I also hold graduate faculty status in OSU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences within OSU’s College of Medicine.
I am the director of the OSU Engineering Laboratory for Human Factors/Ergonomics/Safety. I am also the Director of OSU’s NIOSH-sponsored Training Project Grant in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.
My research focus is ergonomics and occupational biomechanics, with a special interest in intervention research to reduce exposures to risk factors for musculoskeletal discomfort and disorders; application sectors include healthcare, industry, and education. My research approach is participatory and interdisciplinary.
I work with faculty and student collaborators from my home department, Orthpaedics, Design, Radiologic Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Family Medicine, and Health Information Management. Together we have effectively partnered with different types of workers, including imaging technologists, home health aides, paramedics, teachers, high school students, distribution center workers, manufacturing workers, and many others to investigate and address risk factors that affect their musculoskeletal health, task performance capabilities, and quality of work life.
I currently serve as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, as well as the faculty advisor for OSU’s student chapters of HFES and IISE.