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Expert in Ergonomics, Human Factors Engineering, Health Care Ergonomics, Workplace Injury

Expert ID: 727809 Virginia, USA

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Expert develop and implement program policies, procedures, and guidelines; develop and conduct training classes; coordinate and collaborate on projects involving purchasing managers, facility planners, operations managers, risk managers, and occupational physicians; organize and facilitate employee-based committees; and oversee the day-to-day operation of the program and manage division personnel. PI and co-PI for several externally funded projects involving intervention research for improving the health of employees.

Provide ergonomics consultation services to many diverse companies. Typical services include worksite evaluation/hazard assessment and control, training and education, and work area planning assistance. Clients include: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bristol-Myers, Collins and Aikman, Gateway Computers, HealthTex Apparel, Sony Ericsson, Exxon, Glaxo-Wellcome, Virginia Power Company, Novella, Sphinx Pharmaceuticals, Cree Research, Hunt Manufacturing, FORBO, Scynexis, RBC Bank, Trimeris, Rambus, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1991 Degree: MA Subject: Human Factors Engineering Institution: George Mason University
Year: 1982 Degree: BS Subject: Industrial Engineering Institution: University of Iowa
Year: 2010 Degree: Certificate Subject: Health Policy Institution: Duke University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1993 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Ergonomics
Responsibilities:
Developed and implemented institution-wide ergonomics program for Employer and Health System employees. Services are provided to all employees for the purpose of improving health and wellness as well as preventing injury. As manager of this program, develop and implement program policies, procedures, and guidelines; develop and conduct training classes; coordinate and collaborate on projects involving purchasing managers, facility planners, operations managers, risk managers, and occupational physicians; organize and facilitate employee-based committees; and oversee the day-to-day operation of the program and manage division personnel. PI and co-PI for several externally funded projects involving intervention research for improving the health of Duke employees. The program is currently responsible for hazard evaluation and training for over thirty-five thousand employees who are involved in every aspect of medical research, healthcare, and teaching including laboratories, delivery of patient care, office work, information management, maintenance, housekeeping, and telecommunications.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1992 to 1993 Employer: Monterey Technologies, Inc. Title: Human Factors Engineer Department:
Responsibilities:
Provided human factors support in the review of Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Operating Procedures for Carolina Power and Light (CP&L). Developed a PC-based Project Tracking system in dBase IV for tracking internal projects. Provided technical support in the performance of Usability Testing of consumer electronic equipment such as the Digital Satellite System (DSS) for GE. Provided technical support to North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina) in the performance of Root Cause Analysis for a contract with Northern Telecom.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1990 to 1992 Employer: Science Applications International (SAIC) Title: Human Factors Engineer Department:
Responsibilities:
Project manager responsible for human factors projects and the development of a human performance database for use by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Responsible for the development of a survey and survey form for use by the NRC in assessing quality assurance activities in hospitals and clinics. In addition, conducted performance-based training inspections at nuclear power plants.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1988 to 1990 Employer: MCI Telecommunications Title: Industrial Engineer Department:
Responsibilities:
Responsible for implementing a Project Management System in project groups for productivity improvement and project tracking. Developed a project tracking system and analyzed statistics using SAS. Provided Financial Operations personnel with computer training classes.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1986 to 1988 Employer: US Postal Service Title: Industrial Engineering Manager Department: Engineering Technical Unit
Responsibilities:
Managed an Industrial Engineering office with a staff of eight analysts and engineers. Responsible for engineering studies involving Postal Operations at a mail processing facility. Projects included analysis, design, and installation of automation equipment, cost/benefit studies, workroom floor layouts, design of conveyor and material handling equipment, efficiency/flow studies, and various management reports. Conducted training classes for new supervisors in the application of ergonomics and safety principles and biomechanics to safety.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1985 to 1986 Employer: Management Analysis Corporation Title: Industrial Engineer Department:
Responsibilities:
Project manager for Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 Reviews, including Department of Justice Payroll Operations and Corps of Engineers construction and maintenance operations. Conducted productivity training classes for the Office of Personnel Management.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1983 to 1985 Employer: Security Pacific National Bank Title: Industrial Engineer Department:
Responsibilities:
Project manager in a check processing environment. Conducted Industrial Engineering studies to improve effectiveness and increase productivity. Designed and conducted training classes for first-line supervisors in the application of Industrial Engineering techniques.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1982 to 1983 Employer: Mobil Oil Corporation Title: Maintenance Planner Department:
Responsibilities:
Maintenance Planner for oil refinery maintenance and repair activities that included working with welders, machinists, electricians, and pipefitters. Occasionally functioned as relief maintenance supervisor.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1996 to 1999 Agency: US EPA Role: Ergonomics Consultant Description: Evaluated EPA employee work areas for ergonomic improvement.
Years: 1986 to 1988 Agency: US Postal Service Role: Industrial Engineer Description: Managed an Industrial Engineering office with a staff of eight analysts and engineers. Responsible for engineering studies involving Postal Operations at a mail processing facility. Projects included analysis, design, and installation of automation equipment, cost/benefit studies, workroom floor layouts, design of conveyor and material handling equipment, efficiency/flow studies, and various management reports. Conducted training classes for new supervisors in the application of ergonomics and safety principles and biomechanics to safety.
Years: 1990 to 1992 Agency: US Nuclear Regulatory Agency Role: Human Factors Engineer Description: Consulted to the NRC on Human Factors issues related to the nuclear power industry, participated in Control Room Design Reviews and review of training procedures.
Years: 1985 to 1986 Agency: Management Applications Inc. Role: US Department of Justice Description: Project manager for Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 Reviews, including Department of Justice Payroll Operations and Corps of Engineers construction and maintenance operations. Conducted productivity training classes for the Office of Personnel Management.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics
Licenses / Certifications
BCPE (Ergonomics Certification)
Professional Appointments
Appointed to the Ergonomics and Disability Advisory Committe of the American Dental Association; Canvass Reviewer for ANSI/HFES 100-2007 Standard (Human Factors Engineering of Computer Workstations)
Publications and Patents Summary
14 publications in refereed journals; 7 publications in non-refereed journals; 4 book chapters; 2 invited book reviews; peer reviewer for occupational health conference submissions

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Have served as expert witness in workers compensation cases in determing work causation of cumulative trauma disorders and ergonomic-related injuries.
Training / Seminars
Have developed several training seminars and classes in general ergonomics, ergonomics for supervisors, back injury prevention, office ergonomics, and related topics.
Other Relevant Experience
Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE, 1995)
Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional (CSPHP, 2011)

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