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Mohammad Iman Mokhlespour Esfahani 31

Mohammad Iman Mokhlespour Esfahani (2018) “Development and Assessment of Smart Textile Systems for Human Activity Classification," Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. LinkedIn.

Saad Alabdulkarim 30

Saad Alabdulkarim (2017) “Assessing the Relationship between Occupational Injury Risk and Performance: the Efficacy of Adding Adjustability and Using Exoskeletons in the Context of a Simulated Drilling Task," Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering Department, College of Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. LinkedIn.

Alireza Sedighi 29

Alireza Sedighi (2017) “Applications of motor variability for assessing repetitive occupational tasks,” Senior Research Engineer, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bone and Joint Center, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. LinkedIn.

Peter Fino 28

Peter Fino (ME, co-advisor with G. Brolinson, 2016) “Longitudinal locomotor and postural control following mild traumatic brain injury,” Assistant Professor, College of Health, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. LinkedIn.

Rajaram Bhagavathula 27

Rajaram Bhagavathula (co-advisor with R. Gibbons, 2015) “Effects of intersection lighting design on driver visual performance, perceived visibility, and glare,” Research Associate, VTTI, Blacksburg, VA. LinkedIn.

Ehsan Rashedi 26

Ehsan Rashedi (2015) “Localized Muscle Fatigue: Theoretical and Practical Aspects in Occupational Environments,” Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. LinkedIn.

Marc Christian 25

Xuefang Wu (co-advisor M. Madigan, 2015) “Toward understanding factors affecting falls among individual who are obese,” Device Development Engineer, Pharmaceutical company.

Marc Christian 24

Marc Christian (2014) “Biomarkers of Physiological Damage and their Potential for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk Assessment,” Ergonomics Specialist, BMW Group, Munich, Germany.

Courtney Webster 23

Courtney A. Webster (2013, SBES*) “Effects of running speed, fatigue, and bracing on motor control of chronically unstable ankles,” Biomechanics Post-Doc, HRED Army Research Lab, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. LinkedIn

Khoirul Muslim 22

Khoirul Muslim (2013) “Traditional posterior load carriage: ergonomic assessment and intervention efficacy,” Assistant Professor, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia. LinkedIn

Bochen Jia 21

Bochen Jia (2013) “Influence of prolonged sitting and psychosocial stress on lumbar spine kinematics, kinetics, discomfort, and muscle fatigue,” Assistant Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Michigan – Dearborn. LinkedIn

Nima Toosizadeh 20

Nima Toosizadeh (2013) “Time-dependent assessment of the human lumbar spine in response to flexion exposures: in vivo measurement and modeling,” Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Arizona. LinkedIn

Hongbo Zhang 19

Hongbo Zhang (co-chair M. Agnew, 2013) “Developing and evaluating new methods for assessing postural control and dynamics,” Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, Virginia Military Institute. LinkedIn

Jung Yong Lee 18

Jung Yong Lee (2013) “Quantifying the effects of experience on motor behaviors during simulated occupational tasks,” Senior Engineering Researcher, Product UX Strategy Team, Hyundai Motor Company, Seoul, South Korea. LinkedIn

Sunwook Kim 17

Sunwook Kim (2012) “Development and evaluation of methods to assess physical exposures in the workplace,” Research Scientist, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech. ResearchGate    Google Scholar

Bradford Hendershot 16

Bradford Hendershot (2012, SBES*) “Alterations and asymmetries in trunk mechanics and neuromuscular control among persons with lower-limb amputation: exploring potential pathways of low back pain,” Sr. Research Biomedical Engineer, DOD/VA Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) and Director, Biomechanics and Virtual Reality Labs, WRNMMC. LinkedIn

Lora Cavuoto 15

Lora Cavuoto (2012) “Evaluating obesity-related differences in upper extremity and trunk muscular capacity,” Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University at Buffalo. LinkedIn

Leanna Horton Reardon 14

Leanna Horton Reardon (2012) “The effects of job rotation parameters on localized muscle fatigue and performance: an investigation of rotation frequency and task order,” Industrial Process Engineer, Michelin North America, Greensville, NC. LinkedIn

Dingding Lin 13

Dingding Lin (2010) “Effects of localized muscle fatigue on postural control: interactive effects with inclined surfaces and unexpected loads, and intervention efficacy,” Staff Researcher, IBM China Research Laboratory, Beijing, China. LinkedIn

Linsey Barker Steege 12

Linsey Barker Steege (2009) “Measuring and modeling the effects of fatigue on performance: Specific application to the nursing profession,” Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin – Madison. LinkedIn

Myrna Callison 11

Myrna Callison (2009) “Identification, evaluation and control of physically demanding patient-handling tasks in an acute care facility,” OHS Portfolio Executive Officer, Assistant Chief, Army Medical Specialist Corps, US Army Public Health Command, Baltimore, MD. LinkedIn

Gyouhyung Kyung 10

Gyouhyung Kyung (2008) “An integrated human factors approach to design and evaluation of the driver workspace and interface: Driver perceptions, behaviors, and objective measures,” Associate Professor, Department of Human & Systems Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea. LinkedIn

Xingda Qu 9

Xingda Qu (2008) “Development and evaluation of postural control models for lifting motions and balance control,” Professor, College of Mechatronics and Control Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China.

Martin Tanaka 8

Martin Tanaka (2008) "Biodynamic analysis of human torso stability using finite time Lyapunov exponents," Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Engineering and Technology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. LinkedIn

Deborah E. Young 7

Deborah E. Dickerson (2007) "Evaluation of dust control technologies for drywall finishing operations: industry implementation trends, worker perceptions, effectiveness and usability," Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. LinkedIn

Shane McLaughlin 6

Shane McLaughlin (2007, co-advisor with T. Dingus) "Analytic assessment of collision avoidance systems and driver dynamic performance in rear-end crashes and near-crashes," Research Scientist, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Blacksburg, VA. LinkedIn

Laura Hughes Ikuma 5

Laura Hughes Ikuma (2007, co-advisor with K. Babski-Reeves) "The influence of multiple risk factors on WMSD risk and evaluation of measurement methods used to assess risks," Associate Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. LinkedIn

Yassierli 4

Yassierli (2005) "Muscle fatigue during isometric and dynamic efforts in shoulder abduction and torso extension: age effects and alternative electromyographic measures," Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia.

Miguel Perez 3

Miguel Perez (2005) "Prediction of whole-body lifting kinematics using artificial neural networks," Director, Center for Data Reduction and Analysis Support, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Blacksburg, VA. LinkedIn

Hardianto Iridiastadi 2

Hardianto Iridiastadi (2003) "Localized muscle fatigue during isotonic and nonisotonic isometric efforts," Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia.

Angela DiDomenico 1

Angela DiDomenico (2003) "An investigation on subjective assessments of workload and postural stability under conditions of joint mental and physical demands," Senior Biomechanist, ARCCA Inc., Penns Park, PA. LinkedIn

MS Advisees - Directed

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Steven Voinier 19

Steven Voinier (co-chair Michael Agnew; 2015) "Passive Stiffness Characteristics of the Scoliotic Lumbar Torso in Trunk Flexion, Extension, Lateral Bending, and Axial Rotation," Mechanical Engineer, KBR, Inc. LinkedIn

Robin Littlejohn 18

Robin Littlejohn (co-chair K.L. Babski-Reeves; 2008) "Thermographic assessment of the forearm during data entry tasks: a reliability study," Graduate Student Researcher, National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare. LinkedIn

Ravi Kant 17

Ravi Kant (co-chair K.L. Babski-Reeves; 2007) "Effect of work exposure on maximum acceptable repetition rates in a manual torquing task," Director, Faith Immigration Services, Australia. Website

Hongbo Zhang 16

Hongbo Zhang (2006) "Use of statistical mechanics methods to assess the effects of localized muscle fatigue on stability during upright stance," Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, Virginia Military Institute. LinkedIn

Renate van Zandwijk 15

Renate Van Zandwijk (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; 2006) "Reliability of COP- and COM-based measures and relative sensitivity to induced localized muscle fatigue," Doctoral Candidate, Excercise Science, The University of Texas at Austin. LinkedIn

Navrag Singh 14

Navrag Singh (2005) "Evaluation of circumferential ankle pressure as an ergonomic intervention to maintain balance perturbed by localized muscular fatigue of the ankle joint," Leader, Neuromuscular Biomechanics Group, Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. LinkedIn


Dong-Jae Shin (2005) "Performance and usability of flexible membrane keyboards."

Andrea Krausman 12

Andrea Krausman (2004) "Effects of chemical protective clothing on task performance using wearable input devices," Researcher, U.S. Army Research Lab, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD and Doctoral Student, VT. LinkedIn


Deepti Sood (2004) "Predicting shoulder fatigue for long durations using psychophysical measures obtained from short trials," Senior Process Engineer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Hopewell Junction, NY.

Kris Hager 10

Kris Hager (2003) "Reliability of fatigue measures in an overhead work task: a study of shoulder muscle electromyography and perceived discomfort," Associate Director, Hepatitis C Marketing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Greater New York City area, NY. LinkedIn

Kim Sherman 9

Kim Sherman (2003) "An evaluation of fatigue and performance changes during intermittent overhead work," Lean Leader, Tesla Motor, Fremont, CA. LinkedIn

Aaron Mooney 8

Aaron Mooney (2002) "Usability evaluation of notebook computers and cellular telephones among users with visual and upper extremity disabilities," Usability Analyst, SAS, Raleigh-Durham area, NC. LinkedIn ("Sign in" required)

Hope Nesteruk 7

Hope Johnson Nesteruk (2001) "Strength and subjective limits for repetitive manual insertion tasks," Human Factors Engineer, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Rockville, MD. LinkedIn ("Sign in" required)

Greg Edwards 6

Greg Edwards (2000, Co-chair W. Barfield) "Performance and usability of force feedback and auditory substitutions in a virtual environment manipulation task," Human Factors Engineer, AT&T Labs, Austin, TX. LinkedIn

Andrew Lang 5

Andrew Lang (2000) "The correlation between biomechanical loads and psychophysical ratings," Principal Human Factors Engineer, Bombardier Transportation, Pittsburgh, PA. LinkedIn

Angela DiDomenico 4

Angela DiDomenico (1999) "Finger force capability: measurement and prediction using anthropometric and myoelectric measures," Senior Biomechanist, ARCCA Incorporated, Penns Park, PA. LinkedIn

Miguel Perez 3

Miguel Perez (1999) "Empirical evaluation of models used to predict torso muscle recruitment patterns," Director, Center for Data Reduction and Analysis Support, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Blacksburg, VA. LinkedIn

Meg Lanza 2

Margaret Kirst Lanza (1999) "Effects of tool weight on fatigue and performance during short cycle overhead work operations," Director of Operations and Engineering, Robert Bosch, Charleston, SC. LinkedIn

Noris Torres 1

Noris Torres (1998) "Effects of training in modifying work methods and behaviors during common patient handling activities," Vice President, CIRACET Corp, Ponce, Puerto Rico. LinkedIn

Ph.D. Advisees - Committee member

  1. Ralph Cullen (ISE, 2014) "Multimodal Multitasking: The Combined Effects of Postural and Cognitive Demands on Overall Workload"
  2. Kyunghui Oh (ISE, 2013) “Use of reading strategy to assess reading medium effectiveness: application to determining the effects of reading medium and generation in an active reading task
  3. Jose Maria Villasenor Aguilar (Wood Science, 2013) "Lateral-Torsional Buckling Instability Caused by Individuals Walking on Wood Composite I-Joists"
  4. Emily Miller (ESM, 2012) “Exercise-induced low back pain and neuromuscular control of the spine: experimentation and simulation.”
  5. Sara Matrangola (ESM, 2011) "An experimental and simulation based approach toward understanding the effects of obesity on balance recovery from a postural perturbation"
  6. Ranjana Mehta (ISE, 2011) “Interactive effects of physical and mental workload: a study of muscle function, capacity and exertion type.”
  7. Elizabet Haro (ISE, 2010) “An evaluation of perceived and observed safety and productivity in residential construction.”
  8. Cheng Guo (ISE, 2010) “Panel stacking and worker assignment problems in residential construction using prefabricated panels: a lean approach.”
  9. Dennis E. Anderson (ESM, 2010) “An examination of age-related differences in lower extremity joint torques and strains in the proximal femur during gait."
  10. Kathleen Bieryla (ME, 2008) "An investigation of perturbation-based balance training as a fall prevention intervention for older adults."
  11. Gregory Slota (BME, 2008) "Effects of seated whole-body vibration on spinal stability control."
  12. Shiyong Liu (ISE, 2007) "Three essays on travel demand management strategies for traffic congestion mitigation."
  13. Zachary Doerzaph (ISE, 2007) "Development of a threat assessment algorithm for intersection collision avoidance systems."
  14. Bradley Davidson (BME, 2007) “Experimental and simulation-based assessment of the human postural response to sagittal plan perturbations with localized muscle fatigue and aging.”
  15. Young Seok Lee (ISE, 2007) "Older adults’ user experiences with mobile phones: identification of user clusters and user requirements."
  16. Miranda Capra (ISE, 2006) "Usability problem description and the evaluator effect in usability testing."
  17. Young Sam Ryu (ISE, 2005) "Development of usability questionnaire models for electronic mobile products using the analytic hierarchy process."
  18. Paige Smith (ISE, 2004) "Tools to improve the process of engineering design: an analysis of team configuration and project support."
  19. Faith McCreary (ISE, 2001) "Empirical evaluation of a technology-rich learning environment."
  20. Zhenyuan Wang (E.E., 2000) "Artificial intelligence applications in the diagnosis of power transformer incipient faults."

MS Advisees - Committee member

  1. Matthias Treff (ISE, 2014) “An Investigation of Musculoskeletal Imbalances in the Thoracic and Cervical Regions, with Respect to an Improved Diagnostic Approach for Upper Crossed Syndrome."
  2. Danielle Beringer (BME, 2013) "An Exploratory Study Investigating the Time Duration of Slip-Induced Changes in Gait."
  3. Navaneeta Dorbala (ISE, 2012) “Quantification of cumulative load on the knee using a vibration emission method.”
  4. Anuj Mistry (ISE, 2011) “Effects of Yoga on low back stability, strength, and endurance.”
  5. Kerry E. Costello (SBES, 2011) “Understanding the independent effects of inertia and weight on balance.”
  6. Paul Timko (CEE, 2009) "Finite element analysis of unbraced structural wood I-joists under construction loads."
  7. Christopher Bamberg (CEE, 2009) "Lateral movement of unbraced wood composite I-joists exposed to dynamic walking loads."
  8. Sara Matrangola (SBES, 2008) "A modeling investigation of obesity and balance recovery."
  9. Michael Whitley (SBES, 2008) "Maximum absolute and relative joint torques during recovery from a simulated trip."
  10. Yoon Suk Lee (ISE, 2007) "An approach to identify effective learning outcomes for a training program."
  11. Ira Jhangiani (ISE, 2006) “A cross-cultural comparison of cell phone interface design preferences from the perspective of nationality and disability.”
  12. Yogesh Bhatkhande (ISE, 2006) “Comparison of traditional and activity theory based analysis methods for verbal protocol data.”
  13. Kathleen Bieryla (BME, 2006) “A preliminary study of trip recovery training in older adults for use as a fall prevention intervention.”
  14. Ian Bertmaring (ISE, 2006) “Using thermography to evaluate the effects of arm flexion and loading on the anterior deltoid during a simulated overhead task.”
  15. Monica Glumm (ISE, 2005) "Effects of increases in mental workload on avoidance of ground hazards."
  16. Christine Herrmann (ESM, 2005) “Estimating joint torques on a Biodex System 3 dynamometer.”
  17. Tolga Durak (ISE, 2005) “Design and testing of an adult age-independent online needs assessment tool and development of adult age-independent design guidelines”.
  18. Kevin Pline (ESM, 2005) “Effects of lumbar extensor fatigue on ankle joint motion sense and prolonged effect on postural sway”.
  19. Sajitha Narayan (ISE, 2005) “Comparison of various display representation formats for older adults using inlab and remote usability testing”.
  20. Ellen Rogers (ESM, 2005) “Prolonged lumbar trunk flexion disturbs paraspinal reflex behavior”.
  21. Bradley Davidson (ESM, 2005) “Biomechanical evaluation of lumbar extensor fatigue effects on the postural control system”.
  22. Grace Tran (ISE, 2004) “Assistive intervention in the characterization of muscle activity during bed rising and assessment of self-perceived recovery measures for abdominal surgery patients in postoperative care”.
  23. Laura Hughes (ISE, 2004) “Effects of time pressure and mental workload on physiological risk factors for upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders while typing”.
  24. Sukwon Kim (ISE, 2003) “Relationships between hamstring activation rate and biomechanics of slip-induced falls among young and older adults.”
  25. Stephanie Binder (ISE, 2003) “Evaluation of discomfort glare and pavement marking material visibility for eleven headlamp configurations.”
  26. Mitchell A. Woods (ISE, 2002) “Effects of negatively sloped keyboard wedges on user performance and perceptions.”
  27. Jennifer Stanfield (ISE, 2001) "Identification and quantification of workstation set up on risk factors associated with the development of low back and neck discomfort."
  28. Ron Spencer (ISE, 2000) "Analysis of performance resulting from the design of selected hand-held input control devices and visual displays."
  29. Eric Nash (ISE, 2000) "The effect of communication style on task performance and mental workload using wearable computers."
  30. Jason Saleem (ISE, 1999) "Quantifying the participatory ergonomic effects of training and a work analysis tool on operator performance and well-being."
  31. Traci Thomas (ISE, 1999) "Evaluation of training technique as a means of influencing safety knowledge, risk perception and proper respirator donning ability among respiratory protection users."
  32. Kevin Baird (ISE, 1999) "Evaluating the effectiveness of augmented reality and wearable computing for a manufacturing assembly task."
  33. Jae Kim (ISE, 1998), "The effects of frequency and quality of interactions and computer-based learning system."