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Awards & News


  • Peyvand (Seyed) Moghaddam successfully defended his dissertation!


  • NIOSH (CDC) Contract #75D30118P01647 (Project Director: Beschorner), Slip resistance testing of new and used boots
  • 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


  • Sarah Hemler (graduate student): NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Vani Sundaram (undergraduate student): NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 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, Vidic N, Beschorner KE, 2018, Kinematics and Kinetics of the Shoe during Human Slips, Journal of Biomechanics, 74, 57-63.
  • 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.

Invited Talks:

  • Beschorner KE. International Society for Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, Dinner Banquet Presentation, "From Research to Design: Footwear and Ladder Design for Preventing Falling Accidents", June 7, 2018. 

Conference Proceedings/Abstracts:

  • Hemler SL, Redfern MS, Haight JM, Beschorner KE, 2018, Influence of Natural Wear Progression on Shoe Floor Traction - A Pilot Study, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Martin E, Pliner EM, Beschorner KE, 2018, Characterizing the Required Friction during Ladder Climbing, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Beschorner KE, Hemler SL, Moghaddam SR, Iraqi A, Moyer BE, Haight JM, Redfern MS, 2018, Preventing slip and fall accidents: Focus on footwear, National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, Morgantown, WV.
  • Pliner EM, Seo NJ, Beschorner KE, 2018, Contributing factors to ladder fall severity for perturbations during ascent and descent, National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, Morgantown, WV.
  • Hemler SL, Redfern MS, Haight JL, Beschorner KE, 2018, Mapping the traction performance of work shoes during natural progressive wear, National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, Morgantown, WV.
  • Moghaddam SR, Beschorner KE, 2018, Frictional response of multiple slip-resistant flat and beveled shoes to normal loading, American Society of Biomechanics, Rochester, MN.
  • Pliner EM, Seo NJ, Beschorner KE, 2018, Temporal differences in hand placement response after a ladder climbing perturbation, World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Pliner EM, Beschorner KE, 2018, Foot placement has larger influence on recovery than hand force generation in response to a ladder climbing perturbation, International Ergonomics Association, Florence, Italy.
  • 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.