Nancy LJ Larson Consulting LLC
Nancy Larson, Ph.D., BCPE, has been a practicing ergonomist for more than 25 years. Her career has been directed toward the application of human factors and ergonomics technical knowledge within business environments. As manager of the ergonomics programs for two major corporations as well as consulting at dozens of others, understanding technical research and then coordinating the application of that knowledge into everyday business practice has been her primary focus. For 18 years, Larson was the manager of 3M's Corporate Ergonomics Program. Previously, she managed the ergonomics program for American Express and American Express Financial Advisors and also worked as an ergonomics consultant in a number of industries including hospitals, electronic assembly, meatpacking, manufacturing and office. Currently, she is a consultant and co-instructor at the University of Minnesota teaching a course in Foundations of Human Factors and Ergonomics.
Larson has a doctoral degree in industrial design from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, a master's degree in industrial engineering with a specialization in ergonomics and a bachelor's degree in psychology from North Carolina State University. She achieved her board certification as a professional ergonomist in 1993 and was inducted as a Human Factors and Ergonomics Society fellow in 2016. She is the recipient of several awards, including the U.S. Governmental Accounting Office's "Best Ergonomics Program," American Express Chairman's Quality Award, three 3M Chairman's Leadership Awards, 3M's Environmental Health and Safety Lifetime Achievement Award, and the HFES Alexander C. Williams Jr. Design Award. She has been a leader, promoter, presenter and participant of the Applied Ergonomics Conference since 1998.
Ben Zavitz, CPE
General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works
Ben Zavitz is a certified professional ergonomist who has more than 20 years of experience implementing ergonomics programs and solutions in complex physically demanding work environments. In his current position, he successfully abated an OSHA ergonomics citation and is responsible for the implementation of the tactical and strategic activities of the ergonomics program at General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works. Zavitz's team has won three Ergo Cup Awards and in 2014 Zavitz was recognized by Liberty Mutual Insurance and GOErgo as the Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year for his creative application of ergonomics programs and solutions.
Zavitz was the lead author for the OSHA Voluntary Ergonomic Guidelines for Shipyards, past president of the Puget Sound Chapter of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and is on the organizing committee for the Applied Ergonomics Conference. He is a graduate from University of Waterloo, Canada, with a B.S. in kinesiology and ergonomics, has extensive training and experience in lean Six Sigma, and learned the practical application of kaizen from the Shingijutsu Global Consulting firm in Japan while working at The Boeing Company.