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Symposium – Keynote 1

Robotics – the Wave of the Past, Present and Future

Grant King
Mechanical Engineer
CDC NIOSH, Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Grant King will be discussing robotics in the workplace – how it started, where we are now and what the future holds. 

Mr. King has been working in health and safety R&D at the Spokane Research Laboratory for the last 27 years. He is involved in the Center for Occupational Robotic Research (CORR). He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. During his career, Mr. King has designed, built and tested many kinds of mechanical and electro-mechanical prototypes, several of which have been commercialized. 

Symposium – Keynote 2

Virtual Simulation as a Training Tool in Home Health Care Using Technology

Amy R Darragh, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Assoc. Professor, Division Director
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University

Dr. Darragh will be describing the development of a training tool for home health care using virtual simulation.

Dr. Darragh is a licensed occupational therapist with a PhD in environmental health epidemiology. Her research has included work in injury and occupational epidemiology, injury prevention, and program evaluation research. She has expertise in research related to musculoskeletal disorders in health care workers, and safe patient handling and mobility.

Symposium - Speakers

The Working Population

Ergonomics and the Millennial Generation
Gina Vahlas,  BSc, CCPE, CHSC, WorkSafe BC

Workplace Considerations for the Older Worker
Deborah R Smith, MD, MBA, Boeing Company

The Human-Machine Interaction

Can You Automation-Proof Your Job
Gary Davis, MS, CPE, Boeing Company

Adventures of an Ergonome in the Field of Medical Devices
David Andrews, BSc, Stryker/Physio-Control

Student Showcases

Technology-Mediated Lived Experience of #ActuallyAutistic Individuals
Annuska Zolyomi, U of Washington

Whole Body Vibration of Waste Collectors
Hyoung Frank Ryou , U of Washington

The Design of Good Work
Steven Hattrup, Oregon State University

Team Size Paradox: The Effect of  Knowledge Transfer and Process Loss
Yaileen Méndez Vázquez, Oregon State University



Mark Your Calendars!

The PSHFES is pleased to announce that our 2018 Symposium will take place September 13, 2018 at the Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport South hotel in Des Moines, WA

Symposium Benefits

Learn about emerging and topical issues impacting the field of ergonomics/human factors.  Join us for a day of engaging discussion, educational sessions and exhibits.  This one day event is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn from the expertise and experience of an outstanding and diverse group of speakers.
  • Keep up-to-date with the ever changing aspects of technology and our population that impact how work is performed.
  • Learn about new methods, best practices and research that may help you innovate workplace health and safety in your company or business.

Network with other ergonomics/human factors professionals and have the opportunity to share and discuss workplace issues.

  • Network with ergonomics and human factors professionals and others involved in occupational health and safety. 
  • Our attendees have a wide variety of experiences to share and travel from many areas of the U.S. and Canada.

Explore and interact with the latest products and solutions from a variety of exhibitors.

  • Learn about new products available to help solve your ergonomics and human factors problems.
  • Get hands-on experience with products that may help to resolve both simple and complex challenges in the work environment.

We are developing an outstanding program of speakers who will share their expertise on a variety of topics including automation and robotics, the aging workforce, product design, and the use of gaming simulations for health and safety training. 

The PSHFES is looking forward to welcoming all of you to our symposium!

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