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Awards & News


  • Peyvand (Seyed) Moghaddam successfully defended his dissertation!
  • Kurt Beschorner has been promoted to Associate Professor, effective 9/1/2017.


  • NIH NIA R44AG059258 (PI: Moyer/Beschorner), Portable Slip-Testing Device for Measuring Shoe-Floor Coefficient of Friction
  • NIOSH Contract #200-2017-M-93993 (PI: Beschorner), Develop Design Specifications for Apparatus to Slip Test Boots
  • NIH 1 R21 HD079254 (PI: Cham/Iverson), Role of Attention in Balance and Mobility in Autism Spectrum Disorders


  • Erika Pliner, PPG Graduate Student Travel Award, “Discussion of Interventions to Improve Safety of PPG Employees and Customers”.

Research Highlighted in Industry/Government Publications:

  • Moghaddam SRM and Beschorner KE. "Predicting shoe-floor contact pressures and their impact on coefficient of friction using finite element analysis", Tribology and Lubrication Technology 74 (3), March 2018, Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers, Park Ridge, IL, p- 26-28.
  • Outside NIOSH: Computer Model Predicts Wear on Shoes, NIOSH Research Rounds Volume 3, Issue 7, January, 2018.


  • Iraqi A, Cham R, Redfern MS, Beschorner KE, in press, Coefficient of friction testing parameters influence the prediction of human slips, Applied Ergonomics.
  • Jones TG, Iraqi A, Beschorner KE, 2018, Performance testing of work shoes labeled as slip resistant, Applied Ergonomics, 68, 304-312.
  • Moghaddam SRM, Acharya A, Redfern MS, Beschorner KE, 2018, Predictive Multiscale Computational Model of Shoe-Floor Coefficient of Friction, Journal of Biomechanics, 66, 145-152.
  • Beschorner KE, Slota GP, Pliner EM, Spaho E, Seo NJ, 2018, Effects of gloves and pulling task on achievable downward pull forces on a rung, Human Factors, 60(2), 191-200.
  • Nazifi MM, Beschorner KE, Hur P, 2017, Association between slip severity and muscle synergies of slipping, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 536.
  • Redfern MS, Chambers AJ, Jennings JR, Furman JM, 2017, Sensory and motoric influences on attention dynamics during standing balance recovery in young and older adults, Experimental Brain Research 235(8), 2523-2531.
  • Nadkarni N, Oscar L, Subashan P, Studenski S, Snitz B, Ericksen K, Mathis C, Nebes R, Redfern MS, Klunk W, 2017, Cerebral amyloid deposition and dual-tasking in cognitively normal, mobility unimpaired older adults, J Gerontology: Medical Sciences 72(3), 431-437.

Conference Proceedings/Abstracts:

  • Sundaram V, Iraqi A, Cham R, Nasarwanji M, Pollard J, Beschorner KE, 2018, The Effects of Gender, Age Group, Weight and Height on Biomechanical Properties Related to Slipping, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineering, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Driggers JW, McMurtry SF, Wiltman SA, Chambers AJ, 2017, Validating a Novel 3D Scanner Approach for Measuring Leg Swelling During Prolonged Standing, American Society of Biomechanics, Boulder, CO.
  • Pliner EM, Beschorner KE, 2017, Applied hand-rung forces after a ladder perturbation, American Society of Biomechanics, Boulder, CO.
  • Hemler S, Charbonneau D, Beschorner KE, 2017, Effects of Shoe Wear on Slipping – Implications for Shoe Replacement Threshold, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
  • Iraqi A, Beschorner KE, 2017, Vertical ground reaction forces during unexpected human slips, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
  • Merrill ZF, Chambers AJ, Cham R, 2017, Impact of Age and Body Mass Index on Anthropometry in Working Adults, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
  • Pliner EM, Beschorner KE, 2017, Effects of Ladder Climbing Patterns on Fall Severity, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
  • Wiltman SA, Chambers AJ, 2017, Weight Shifting Strategies and Discomfort during Prolonged Standing, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
  • Beschorner KE, Jones TG, Iraqi A, 2017, The Combined Benefits of Slip-Resistant Shoes and High-Traction Flooring on Coefficient of Friction Exceeds Their Individual Contributions, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.