Clemson chair to talk on safer air travel

Published: Apr 2, 2009 11:49:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334.844.3447

Anand Gramopadhye, chair of Clemson University's Department of Industrial Engineering, will present "Making Air Travel Safer: What Is the Role for Industrial Engineering" on Friday, April 3, at 10 a.m. in 3210 Shelby Center. His lecture is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Gramopadhye will discuss product inspection in manufacturing, aircraft inspection in aviation and baggage inspection in security and other travel areas. He will focus on current work being pursued by the Advanced Technology Systems Laboratory at Clemson University in improving the inspection training and delivery process for the aviation maintenance industry. The results of this work have the potential to make air travel safer for the flying public.

Training has been identified as the primary intervention strategy to improve the quality and reliability of inspection. For successful training, it is critical to provide inspectors with the appropriate training tools and environment. Gramopadhye's presentation outlines the effective use of synthetic environments and virtual reality technology to help train inspectors. He also hopes to answer the question, "What is the role of industrial engineering in improving inspection performance?"

Gramopadhye received his bachelor's degree from the University of Bombay, India. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interests include human factors in manufacturing and aviation systems, modeling humans in technologically complex systems, as well as hybrid systems and using technology to solve human-machine system design problems.