Applied Ergonomics Conference 2015
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Keynote Speakers

Be stimulated and inspired by ergonomics leaders and experts during the keynote presentations. Keynote speakers will present their unique perspectives on the latest breakthrough ergonomics development in healthcare, government, military and safety.

Tuesday, March 25


Brooks R. Kimmel
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Brooks R. Kimmel

Brooks R. Kimmel
Technical Training and Employee Development

Brooks R. Kimmel began his career in the space industry as an industrial hygienist protecting workers from ergonomic, chemical and environmental hazards. Eventually, he was promoted to a safety engineering position, which allowed him to serve as deputy director of safety, health and mission assurance. His current role is in human resources overseeing technical training and employee development for Abacus Technology Corp. Abacus runs the spaceport Information Management and Communications Services for KSC. This contract provides communications, graphics, data centers and IT services for NASA and the entire spaceport at KSC.

Kimmel has been a member of the NASA Speaker’s Bureau since 2005, providing presentations on ergonomics in aerospace, spin-off technology, STEM - Dreaming Big, and safety/quality in a zero-tolerance environment, as well as motivational talks dealing with conflict resolution, communication skills in the workplace, diversity and effective management. Prior to working for KSC, Kimmel taught high school chemistry, physics and space science and coached football and track. Kimmel also worked for many years as the area director for Young Life in a region covering Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Kimmel received a B.S. in environmental science from The Ohio State University, and is currently working toward his M.S. in occupational safety and health at Columbia-Southern University. He has been honored with many awards and nominations, including the NASA Golden Achiever Award in 2005, the NASA Awesome Achievers Award in 2004, and the Area Director of the Year in 1998. He was nominated as Teacher of the Year in 2003. 

Wednesday, March 26


Colin G. Drury 
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Colin G. Drury

Colin G. Drury, Ph.D., C.P.E.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University at Buffalo, SUNY

Colin G. Drury is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University at Buffalo, SUNY, where his work is concentrated on the application of human factors techniques to manufacturing, inspection and maintenance processes. Since 1989, he has been leading a team applying human factors techniques to reduce errors in aviation maintenance and inspection as director of the Research Institute for Safety and Security in Transportation (RISST). He is also president of Applied Ergonomics Group Inc.

Drury has more than 200 publications on topics in industrial process control, quality control, aviation maintenance, security and safety. He is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Ergonomics Society, the International Ergonomics Association and the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, receiving the Bartlett medal of the Ergonomics Society and both the Fitts and Lauer Awards of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society. In 2005, he received the FAA’s Excellence in Aviation Research Award, and in 2006 he was awarded the American Association of Engineering Societies’ Kenneth Andrew Roe Award.