Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE

Ergonomics and Healthcare IT 2011: Current Issues and Future Trends


Alan Hedge is a Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University and a Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University. His research and teaching activities focus on issues of design and workplace ergonomics as these affect the health, comfort and productivity of workers. His research themes include workstation design, computer ergonomics and carpal tunnel syndrome risk factors for workers, alternative keyboard and input system designs, the performance and health effects of postural strain, and the health and comfort impacts of various environmental stressors, such as the effects of indoor air quality effects on sick building syndrome complaints among office workers, and the effects of office lighting on eyestrain problems among computer workers. He has co-authored a book on Healthy Buildings, co-edited the Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods, published 30 chapters and over 160 articles on these topics in the ergonomics and related journals. He received the 2009 Oliver K. Hansen Outreach Award and the 2003 Alexander J. Williams Jr. Design Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for "outstanding human factors contributions to the design of a major operational system".

His professional activities are extensive. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (formerly the UK Ergonomics Society), and Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a founding member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). He is on the editorial board of the journals Ergonomics, Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Human Environment Systems, and the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. He is past president of the Environmental Psychology division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, and past chair of the Organizational Design and Management Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the US/ISO TAG SC5 committee of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Work Environment technical group of the International Ergonomics Society (IEA). 

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