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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 developments in healthcare, government, military and safety.

Tuesday, March 22

 
 
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Jordan Barab
Deputy Assistant Secretary
OSHA 

Jordan Barab has served as the OSHA deputy assistant secretary since April 2009. He previously served as special assistant to the assistant secretary of labor for OSHA from 1998 to 2001 when he helped the agency to promulgate the ergonomics workplace safety and health standard that was repealed by Congress in March 2001. For the House Education and Labor Committee, he was senior labor policy advisor for health and safety from 2007 to April 2009.

Barab worked on workplace safety issues for the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board from 2002 to 2007; he was a health and safety specialist for the AFL-CIO from 2001 to 2002; and he directed the safety and health program for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees from 1982 to 1998. He also created and wrote the award-winning blog, Confined Space, from 2003 to 2007.

He holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College.

Wednesday, March 23

 
 
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Michelle Robertson
Research Scientist
Human Factors and Ergonomics
Center for Behavioral Sciences
Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

Michelle Robertson is a research scientist in human factors and ergonomics at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, where she conducts field and applied research projects in a variety of industries including financial, telecommunications, aerospace and surface transportation, manufacturing, and healthcare. She has dedicated more than 20 years of her career in systematically designing and evaluating workplace interventions that include participatory and macroergonomics approaches, work organization factors, training system design, computer work environments, office ergonomics, and teamwork. Before joining the institute, Robertson was on the faculty at the University of Southern California for 12 years, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in human factors, training, safety and management. Her research has been funded by the FAA/Office of Aviation and the Office of Ergonomics Research Committee.

Robertson is a board-certified professional ergonomist and holds a Ph.D. in instructional technology, an M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in human factors/ergonomics from the University of California Santa Barbara. She has held elected leadership roles for several professional associations, including serving on the executive council of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES) and as a representative for the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). Robertson was chair of the Organizational Design & Management (ODAM) technical committee and the Macro-ergonomics Technical Group for HFES and conference co-chair and co-editor for the 8th, 10th and 11th International Symposia on Human Factors in ODAM. She is currently a fellow of the HFES and IEA and serves as committee chair for communication and public relations for the IEA. She also sits on the external advisory board for Sandia National Laboratories for establishing best safety and health program practices.

Robertson has published more than 85 articles in human factors, safety and ergonomics and has presented her work nationally and internationally at both business and scientific forums, conferences and symposia. She was a recipient of the 2008 NORA/NIOSH Innovative Research Award for Worker Health and Safety for her work on designing a macroergonomics training program and was also awarded the Best Intervention Honorable Mention for her office ergonomics intervention research.

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