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Symposium Chair: Christopher Reid, The Boeing Company
Symposium Cochairs: David Rempel; Kermit Davis, University of Cincinnati

Chris Beaufait, Sarcos Robotics

Chris Beaufait
      Chris Beaufait​
 

Chris Beaufait serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Sarcos Robotics, where he is responsible for managing scale production and manufacturing of Sarcos’ products. He is also responsible for the leadership, and the successful development, launch and commercialization of the company’s exoskeleton and humanoid systems business. Beaufait is a technology-focused business leader with deep global experience. Prior to joining Sarcos, he led the Asia Pacific & China business as a Group SVP and President for Vestas, the world’s leading wind power and services company. For a period of 16 years prior to Vestas, he worked for the General Electric Company and held a variety of senior executive roles, including President of China Commercial Aircraft Programs, President and General Manager for GE’s global avionics business, and as the Leader of Business Development (mergers, acquisitions and partnerships) for GE Corporate China, GE Aviation and GE Transportation. Prior to GE, Beaufait served for 11 years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Officer and certified nuclear engineer. He also holds multiple Six Sigma certifications. Session: Exoskeleton Developer Discussion Panel: Achieving technical and manufacturing readiness for the commercialization of powered exoskeletons

Kendra Betz, U.S. Veterans Affairs

Kendra Betz
         Kendra Betz​​
 

Kendra Betz is a Physical Therapist and RESNA credentialed Assistive Technology Professional who has spent her 25-year career with the Veterans Health Administration. Kendra’s areas of clinical specialization include Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) rehabilitation, assistive technology, adaptive sports and patient safety. Kendra holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and teaches regularly at national and international forums. Her expertise and contributions are recognized by induction into the National SCI Association Hall of Fame, the Air Force Association’s Employee of the Year Award, and the Clinical Excellence Award from the Academy of SCI Professionals. Session: Exoskeleton User Discussion Panel: Exoskeletons as Assistive Technology for Rehabilitation: Clinical Perspectives

William Billotte, NIST/ASTM

William Billotte
     William Billotte

Dr. William Billotte currently serves as a physical scientist within the NIST Materials Measurement Laboratory. In that position, he helps industrial, military, medical, and public safety communities with their national and homeland security standards and technology needs. Current activities include collaborating with the European Union’s critical infrastructure protection team and serving as the vice chairman of the ASTM F48 Exoskeleton and Exosuit committee. Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Billotte was a CBRNE scientist for the US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Atlantic (SPAWAR Atlantic). For SPAWAR, he managed programs to test, evaluate, acquire and share information on CBRNE and responder technologies. This included supporting the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's New Campus East construction, the FEMA CEDAP (Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program), the FEMA Responder Knowledge Base (RKB) and the DHS S&T SAVER program. Prior to joining SPAWAR, Dr. Billotte served as a bioscience advisor for Booz Allen Hamilton where he supported DoD, DARPA, the Intelligence Community, and DHS in the biotechnology, chemical/biological defense and responder technology areas. Dr. Billotte holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Dayton, a Master in Science in Engineering from Wright State University, and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Session: Standards Update: ASTM F48, ISO, etc. (Scopes, Tasks, Status, and Needs)

Roger Bostelman, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Roger Bostelman
 

Roger is an Engineering Project Manager the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He currently performs measurement science to support development of standard test methods for autonomous industrial vehicles and exoskeletons. He chairs ASTM Committee F45 autonomous industrial vehicles and ASTM F48.91 exoskeleton terminology. Roger holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Burgundy, France. Session: Research Methods 3 – Assessing Safety: Towards Standard Test Methods for Exoskeletons

Angela Boynton, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Angela Boynton
     Angela Boynton

Angela Boynton is the Acting Chief for the Dismounted Soldier & Team Performance Branch within the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Human Research & Engineering Directorate. She holds a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from University of Delaware, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland- Baltimore County, and a BA in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. During her 17 years with ARL-HRED she has applied her expertise to understanding and addressing human factors engineering and biomechanical issues across a variety of dismounted Soldier equipment, from standard ballistic protection and load carriage systems to wearable sensor systems and exoskeletons. Her current research focuses on investigating the biomechanical and physiologic effects of Soldier load and physical augmentation technologies, understanding contributions of human variability and equipment characteristics to human-system interaction and performance outcomes, and developing methods for assessing physical task performance in a field environment.
Session: Research Methods 3 – Assessing Safety: Assessing Safety of Physical Augmentation Technologies for the Dismounted Soldier

George Brogmus, Liberty Mutual Insurance

    George Brogmus

Mr. Brogmus is the Technical Director of Science and Technology with Liberty Mutual’s Risk Control Services, and coordinates research partnerships with Universities and technology innovators. He also is responsible for advancing the technical proficiency of Liberty Mutual consultants and creating research-based tools and interventions. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and human factors and is a PhD candidate in Public Health at UCLA. A Certified Professional Ergonomist, he teaches Occupational Ergonomics and Safety at CSUN and UCLA.
Session: Liberty Mutual Welcome

Kermit Davis, University of Cincinnati

Kermit Davis
       Kermit Davis

ErgoX Symposium Cochair Dr. Kermit Davis is the President-Elect of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He became a Fellow of HFES in 2013. His research has gained national and international recognition by receiving prestigious awards including: Volvo Award in Low Back Pain Research in Biomechanical Studies for the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (2002), Alice Hamilton Award in Human Services (2003), Liberty Mutual Prize for the International Ergonomic Society (2003) and Promising Young Investigator Award from International Society of Biomechanics (2005), and runner up for Human Factors Prize (2012). Dr. Davis is the graduate program director of the Environmental and Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Safety and Ergonomics programs. His current research is focusing on the investigation of the effect of physical workplace demands as well as mental workload on the responses within the lower back. He has published numerous articles about the impact of workplace stressors on the lower back including studies evaluating warehousing, construction, restaurants, patient handling, alternative modes of handling (e.g. team lifting, one hand lifting, pushing/pulling), injured populations, and ergonomic interventions (e.g. back belts, lifting hoists, adjustable fork lifts). Recent years, Dr. Davis has concentrated on the reducing ergonomic stressors of healthcare workers and patients in healthcare settings (e.g. hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health care).

Alix Dorfman, Underwriters Lab (UL), Wiklund

       Alix Dorfman

Alix Dorfman is a Senior Human Factors Specialist within the Human Factors Engineering group at UL. With a focus on medical devices, she is primarily responsible for managing usability evaluations involving representative users of both hardware and software systems, and ensuring medical manufacturers’ products meet regulatory requirements. Given her interests in human mobility, she has more recently led use-related evaluations of early-stage exoskeleton development efforts. Prior to her role with UL, Alix served as both a Product Manager and UX Researcher for Perceptronics Solutions, applying principles of human factors engineering to technology primarily designed for the U.S. military. Before transitioning into the field, Alix also gained experience with C&S Wholesale Grocers as a Supervisor in the national supply chain logistics of grocery distribution, focusing on warehouse and transportation efficiencies. Alix earned her Master’s degree in Human Factors & Applied Cognition from George Mason University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Economics from Cornell University. She is also on the ASTM F48.02 subcommittee on human factors and ergonomics for exoskeletons and exosuits. Session: Research Methods 2 – Assessing System Usability: Research Methods and Special Considerations for Rehabilitative Exoskeleton Evaluation

Bruce Floersheim, WearRA/GoX Studio

Bruce Floersheim
   Bruce Floersheim
 

Bruce Floersheim is chief operations officer and cofounder of GoX Studio (www.goxstudio.com), a small product development company focused on wearable and robotic technologies that enhance health, performance, and quality of life. Currently he is supporting execution of a human performance optimization product commercialization to provide ergonomists with the next generation of quantitative assessment tools to assess and enhance workplace safety and human performance. He is also chief executive officer and cofounder of FITT Scientific, a government contracting (govcon) services company that has grown in 36 months from the two original founders to more than 160 employees working across both coasts of the United States supporting training at U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard bases. In his spare time, he is director of operations for the Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA – www.wearablerobotics.com), a trade association he cofounded that helps to bring together businesses, U.S. government program leaders, innovators, and technologies in this emerging technical field to establish international standards and to link buyers with sellers. He previously served 25 years on active duty in the U.S. Army, with 5 years in overseas assignments and operational and combat tours. He has a PhD in mechanical engineering and is a graduate of West Point, Class of 1989. Session: Opening Keynote: Wearable Robotic Systems: Global Landscape and Opportunities

Robert R. (Bob) Fox, General Motors

Bob Fox
            Bob Fox
 

Bob Fox has over 30 years of experience in the field of ergonomics, human factors and physical anthropology. He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University and has worked in General Motors North American and global ergonomics activities since late 1993. He chairs the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Standards Organization (ISO) for anthropometry and biomechanics and participates on various work groups for ANSI and ISO standards and technical reports on ergonomics. He also chairs the Technical Standards Division of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, which involves coordination and oversight of most human factors and ergonomics standards development in the USA and is on the ASTM F48.02 subcommittee on human factors and ergonomics for exoskeletons and exosuits. Session: Exoskeleton User Discussion Panel (Moderator)

Gerard Francisco, TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital

    Gerard Francisco

Gerard Francisco, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School. He is also a full professor (with tenure) in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School. Session: Closing Discussion Panel

Ignacio Galiana, Harvard Wyss Institute

Ignacio Galiana
 

Ignacio Galiana, PhD, is a Staff Engineer and Program Manager for Soft Wearable Robotic programs at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. He leads the soft exosuit projects in the Walsh Biodesign Lab where he is responsible for managing a multi-disciplinary team of staff engineers, functional apparel designers, experts in biomechanics, physiology and clinical collaborators to develop the next generation of soft wearable exosuits to enhance human performance and mitigate risk of injury. Galiana received his B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, M.Sc. in Automation and Robotics and a PhD in Automation and Control from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2013 during his PhD where he received multiple awards including the “best PhD thesis in Europe on haptics” by the EuroHaptics society. His PhD research focused on the development of human-machine interaction methods and on the design and control of haptic devices. Following this, Ignacio Galiana was the technical lead for the Harvard team under the DARPA Warrior Web program to develop soft exosuits to enhance human walking performance. Session: Exoskeleton Developer Discussion Panel: Lightweight and Non-Restrictive Soft Exosuits for Improving Human Performance and Preventing Injuries

Krystyna Gielo-Perczak, University of Connecticut

Krystyna Gielo-Perczak

Krystyna Gielo-Perczak obtained a MSc (with Honours) in Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering and her PhD in Biomechanics and Mechanical Engineering from the Department of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology, followed by visiting scientist position affiliated with Biomechanics and Prosthetics Design Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Before joining University of Connecticut, Gielo-Perczak worked in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she conducted research, taught and advised in major qualifying projects in the areas of biomechanics, prosthetics and ergonomics.
Gielo-Perczak crosses the boundaries of many scientific approaches. Her research interests are modelling and simulation of the musculoskeletal system, shoulder complex, control theory and the systems approach seen in the context of preventing musculoskeletal injuries and improving through combining these approaches, a biomedical device design. Gielo-Perczak is an author of 22 refereed original journal, 51 proceeding articles and abstracts, and 7 chapters and reviews. Session: Research Methods 1 – Design for Population Accommodation & Performance (Moderator)

Carisa Harris-Adamson, University of California at San Francisco/University of California at Berkeley

Carisa Harris-Adamson
       Carisa Harris-
           Adamson

 

Carisa Harris-Adamson, PhD, PT, CPE is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, and in the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. She is also the Director of the UCSF/UCB Ergonomics Research & Graduate Training Program and the Deputy Director of the Northern California Center of Occupational & Environmental Health. She received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and teaches a variety of classes including Occupational Biomechanics and Industrial Engineering Human Factors Design. Dr. Harris and her team performs research in a variety of areas focused on understanding and preventing work related injuries and improving human performance, productivity and health. Her epidemiological research assesses and adjusts for healthy worker survivor bias in the assessment of physical, personal and work psychosocial factors associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and subsequent work disability. Additionally, her team is developing a variety of exposure assessment devices (wearables) for primary and secondary prevention purposes and performs various intervention studies on occupational tasks with high risk of musculoskeletal injuries. The lab has a history of performing research in the construction, computer, medical, hotel and manufacturing sectors. From a global health perspective, Dr. Harris collaborates on research assessing the impact of heavy load carrying among women in developing countries (Nepal, Tanzania, Ethiopia) on associated morbidity. Session: Research Methods 2 – Assessing System Usability (Moderator)

Marty Linn, General Motors

Marty Linn

Marty Linn has worked for over 33 years with General Motors, and has been involved in a wide variety of manufacturing projects. Most of these projects have been centered on the development and implementation of unique technical solutions to satisfy difficult manufacturing problems. Marty has also had significant International experience with operations and suppliers in both Europe and Asia. Since 2000, Marty has been in the role of Principal Engineer of Robotics for General Motors. Marty worked on and managed the team that developed the programmable robotic body shop tooling system which is now in widespread use throughout GM. During this time, Marty also worked on the development of several other robotic manufacturing systems that have been implemented in GM Manufacturing plants around the world. In 2007, Marty was assigned to lead the GM engineering team that co-located with NASA engineers at the Johnson Space Center to work on the development of the next generation of Robonaut, “Robonaut 2” (R2). In this role, Marty co-led a team of 30 engineers and technicians (including 6 on-site GM employees). In 2014, R2 was awarded the US Government “Invention of the Year.” The successful development of the R2 robot has been documented in numerous media appearances – including a 2011 Super Bowl pre-game promotion for GM – and the launch of a duplicate R2 robot aboard the Space Shuttle STS-133. As the first humanoid robot to be sent to space, the GM-NASA built R2 robot is now a permanent “resident” of the International Space Station, and is being used for scientific experimentation in the understanding of human-robot cooperative work tasks. Multiple spinoffs from the NASA work include the development of RoboGlove, currently being commercialized, and the Fanuc Collaborative robot, the first GM deployed “human safe” robot. Marty is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and has degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Marty is the inventor of 26 US and International patents in the field of Robotics, Machine Vision and sensors, and has published multiple technical papers at ICRA, the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Marty has made multiple technical conference presentations and is a regular invited speaker for RIA events. Marty is the recipient of GM’s Manufacturing Center Special Achievement Award for extraordinary accomplishment and the GM R&D Charles L. McCuen Special Achievement Award for extraordinary technical accomplishment. Marty has also received two prestigious Charles F. “Boss” Kettering Awards – given for outstanding innovation of significant benefit to General Motors. Session: Exoskeleton Developer Discussion Panel: Roboglove – A Human Grasp Assist Device

Brian Lowe, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Brian Lowe

Brian Lowe is a Research Industrial Engineer with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has conducted research at NIOSH since 1998 on the evaluation of interventions for, and assessment of exposure to, risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Applied Ergonomics and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Session: Research Methods 3 – Assessing Safety (Moderator)

Ian Marcus, Food and Drug Administration

Ian Marcus

Ian Marcus is a Lead Reviewer/Biomedical Engineer at the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Device Evaluation, Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices. Ian is the FDA Primary Liaison for ASTM Subcommittee F48.01 Design and Manufacturing of the ASTM Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits. Additionally, Ian is the FDA Alternate Liaison for IEC TC 62/SC 62D/JWG 36 working to develop IEC 80601-2-78: Medical Electrical Equipment – Part 2-78: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of medical robots for rehabilitation, compensation or alleviation of disease, injury or disability. Session: Research Methods 3 – Assessing Safety

Maury Nussbaum, Virginia Tech

Maury Nussbaum
 

Maury Nussbaum is a Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research covers several areas within the fields of occupational biomechanics, work physiology, and ergonomics, with primary goals of understanding and preventing the causes of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and occupational slips/trips/falls, as well as enhancing working efficiency. He has published results of two earlier studies of occupational exoskeletons, and has four ongoing studies in collaboration with others that testing exoskeletons in the lab and
field. Session: Research Methods 4 – Assessing Ergonomics: Lab-Based Assessments of Occupational Exoskeletons: Overview of Methods and Results

Joseph Parham, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center

Joseph Parham

Joseph Parham is a Research Anthropologist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC). Mr. Parham spent years in Iraq and Afghanistan as a deployed analyst and served as the Field Supervisor for the U.S. Army Anthropometric Survey II (ANSUR II). As a member of NSRDEC's Anthropology Team, he leverages the ANSUR II data to assist in the development of clothing, personal protective equipment, and vehicles with a focus on population accommodation and the creation of accurate, representative models. He is a frequent contributor and leader in revising military standards for human systems integration and is a member of the ASTM F48.02 Exoskeleton and Exosuit subcommittee on human factors and ergonomics. Mr. Parham holds degrees in Mathematics and Anthropology from the University of Rhode Island as well as an MS in Systems Management (Operations Research) from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Session: Research Methods 1 – Design for Population Accommodation & Performance: Anthropometric Considerations in Exoskeleton Development

Kevin Purcell, U.S. Army Public Health Center

Kevin Purcell​
 

Kevin Purcell is an Ergonomist with the U.S. Army Public Health Center. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Human Factors and Ergonomics from San Jose State University, completing his thesis work at NASA Ames Research Center on aviation human-machine interfaces. He later conducted studies and developed Human Factor Requirements documentation for FAA Air Traffic Control facilities, as well as worked on fatigue mitigation programs for the Department of Transportation. Current projects include work on Army Health Hazard Assessments, Army Ergonomic and Industrial Safety site visits, and industrial exoskeletons. Session: Research Methods 2 – Exoskeleton Usability: Task Differences and Anthropomorphism

Sudhakar Rajulu, NASA Johnson Space Center

Sudhakar Rajulu
   Sudhakar Rajulu

Sudhakar Rajulu is serving as Technical Manager for the Anthropometry and Biomechanics Facility within the Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences Division of the NASA-Johnson Space Center. His research is focused on establishing and ensuring that all space hardware and tools are designed to fit, accommodate, and enable all crewmembers, and to that extent has developed and continues to develop novel techniques, methods, tools, and processes to derive necessary human physical performance related requirements and considerations. His areas of expertise include: occupational biomechanical assessment of human physical performance in reduced and earth gravity environments which include: hand strength capabilities, pressurized suit and glove performance, whole body mobility capabilities, three-dimensional surface anthropometry related to crew-space hardware design and evaluation, and digital human modeling, Rajulu serves on the Scientific Board for IEA sponsored International Human Digital Modeling as well as on the Program Board for the HCI sponsored International Digital Human Modeling Committee. He also serves on the International Ergonomics Journal review board. Session: Afternoon Keynote Address: Ergonomic Assessment of a Spacesuit Exoskeleton: From The Perspective of Population Analysis, Fit, Accommodation, Comfort, and Performance

Christopher Reid, The Boeing Company

   Christopher Reid​
 

ErgoX Symposium Chair Dr. Christopher Reid is currently a Human Factors & Ergonomics Technical Lead Engineer for Boeing’s Environment Health & Safety (EHS) Organization in Charleston, SC. He is also currently a Visiting Scholar at the Ohio State University's Department of Integrated Systems Engineering's Spine Research Institute partnering with Director Dr. William S. Marras on the safety of exoskeletons for Boeing workers. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, earning degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology (BS) and Industrial Engineering (MS, PhD). He has been with Boeing in both student intern and full-time capacities supporting 787, 767, and 747 programs as well founding the Boeing Research & Technology Human Factors and Ergonomics lab in Charleston, SC. Prior to Boeing, Dr. Reid worked for Lockheed Martin on astronaut spacesuit assessment as a Human Factors & Ergonomics Discipline Lead at NASA Johnson Space Center and a Human Factors Engineer for the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center assessing Warfighter personal protective equipment. Outside of work, Dr. Reid is the Secretary-Treasurer Elect of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES), Associate Editor for the Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Sciences Journal, and Chair of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Subcommittee for the ASTM F48 standard on Exoskeletons/Exosuits. He is also a 2018 Rising Star Award recipient by the National Safety Council. Sessions: Welcome and Exoskeleton Developer Discussion Panel (Moderator)

Marty Smets, Ford Motor Co.

         Marty Smets
 

Marty Smets is a Technical Expert in Advanced Digital Engineering at Ford Motor Co.  Prior to his current appointment, Marty was the Senior Ergonomics Engineer and Subject Matter Expert in Manufacturing Ergonomics and was responsible for managing the Ergonomics and Virtual Assembly Lab in Final Assembly Engineering.  He has been practicing Industrial Ergonomics for 12 years and has been with Ford Motor Co. since 2011. His academic background is in Biomechanics and Ergonomics in which he holds a M.Sc. Prior to joining Ford Motor Co. he was sessional faculty at McMaster University teaching Ergonomics.  His primary responsibilities at Ford involve providing subject matter expertise in advanced ergonomic analysis and digital human modelling, digital twin initiatives, and AR/VR applications.  He is a member of the USCAR Ergonomics Task Force and the Digital Human Modelling Advancement group. Session: Research Methods 4 – Assessing Ergonomics

Leia Stirling, MIT

         Leia Stirling

Leia Stirling received a BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008. She is the C.S. Draper Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an Associate Faculty of the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science at MIT. Professor Stirling’s research interests span computational dynamics, human-machine interaction, system automation, signal processing, and experimental biomechanics. She applies these interests to the development of tightly coupled human-machine systems, including wearable technology. Session: Research Methods 1 – Design for Population Accommodation & Performance: Quantifying Physical and Cognitive Fit for Assessing Exoskeletons

Delia Treaster, Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

        Delia Treaster

Dr. Delia Treaster currently serves as the Ergonomic Technical Advisor within the Division of Safety & Hygiene at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). She is responsible for overseeing the technical content and professional development for ergonomic field consultants and for providing ergonomic expertise to the Bureau and Ohio employers. Her areas of expertise include industrial ergonomics, occupational biomechanics, work physiology, and human factors engineering. Prior to joining BWC, Dr. Treaster worked as a Research Scientist for Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH, Senior Ergonomic Specialist for Travelers Insurance, and Ergonomic Consultant for Humantech and ETC. She has published in peer-reviewed research journals, authored numerous technical reports, and presented at professional conferences and safety meetings. She is a member of HFES and ASTM F48 Committee on Exoskeletons and Exosuits. Dr. Treaster holds a Ph.D. in occupational biomechanics, a MS in human factors engineering and a BS in psychobiology. Session: Closing Discussion Panel: Exoskeletons and Workers Compensation

Cathy White, Dow Chemical Company

        Cathy White

Cathy White is a Global EH&S Project Leader at the Dow Chemical Company. She earned a BS and MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. Cathy is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, Certified Safety Professional, and Certified Industrial Hygienist. She has spent the last seventeen years working in various positions in engineering, industrial hygiene, and personal safety. Cathy is vice chair of the AIHA Ergonomics Committee and is part of the ASTM F48 exoskeletons and exosuits committee. In her spare time, Cathy is also a health blogger and coach. Session: Research Methods 4 – Assessing Ergonomics (Moderator)

Cindy Whitehead, U.S. Navy – Naval Sea System Command

   Cindy Whitehead​
 

Cindy Whitehead has over twenty years of occupational health, safety and ergonomics experience in the defense sector. For the past eight years, her focus has provided human factors engineering analysis and engineering project management for DOD acquisition programs. She has a passion for developing and implementing programs that focus on the operator and maintainer, resulting in increased capability for the U.S. Department of Defense and its employees. She is a nationally recognized expert in the field of ergonomics and currently serves as President of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. Mrs. Whitehead is currently the Human Systems Integration (HSI) Deputy Systems Integration Manager (DSIM) for Naval Sea Systems Command. She leads an Integrated Product Team addressing a Comprehensive Review action to develop a process for including human reliability analysis into system modernization programs. In her role as HSI DSIM she is responsible for review and update Navy occupational health and safety policies and serve on committees for non-governmental standards. Mrs. Whitehead’s education includes a Master of Health Science in Environmental Health Engineering (Industrial Hygiene and Safety) from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering (concentration Biosensors) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, she holds a Certificate, Human Systems Integration, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Session: Closing Discussion Panel (Moderator)

Ron Zmijewski, U.S. Navy – Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

      Ron Zmijewski

Technology Transfer (T2) and RDT&E Manager at the U.S. Department of Navy's – Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF). Session: Exoskeleton User Discussion Panel: U.S. Navy Human Assistive Technology (HAT)