PITTSBURGH (March 20, 2019)—Undergraduate students from the
University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering won first place this
year at the International Ergonomics Design Competition hosted by Auburn
“We only had one team enter in this competition in the fall,
and they came in first place,” says Joel Haight, professor of industrial engineering and
director of Pitt’s Safety Engineering Program. Dr.
Haight is faculty advisor to the Ergonomic Design Competition teams. “I’m
especially proud of our students’ innovation in this event, and the application
of their coursework to solve a workplace issue.”
The award grants the team a $5,000 towards a professional
conference of their choice in 2019, as well as $300 per team member, a team
plaque, certificates and the “eTools” Prize Statue.
Throughout the fall semester, students worked on two design
projects and two lightning round smaller design solution applications All of
these projects required that the students identify workplace ergonomic stressors
and apply design principles to alleviate them. The most significant of these
was to develop solutions to address the ergonomic stress associated with
working in the cramped quarters of a food truck.
The winning team is comprised of five industrial engineering
majors who were enrolled in Dr. Haight’s Human Factors Engineering course. They are Alexander Hartman, Maiti Keen, Megan
McCormick, Dina Perlic, and Abigail Pinto.
The University of Pittsburgh teams have historically done
well in this competition, coming in second place for the past three years. With
this win, they are making their debut in first place.
Maggie Pavlick, 3/28/2019
Contact: Maggie Pavlick