Industrial and Systems Engineering professor earns top award

Published: Nov 15, 2013 10:35:00 AM
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Sean Gallagher, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been awarded the 2013 
sean-gallagher.jpgInternational Ergonomics Association (IEA)/Liberty Mutual medal in occupational safety and ergonomics for his research paper titled “Examining the Interaction of Force and Repetition on Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk: A Systematic Literature Review.”

Gallagher also received a $10,000 stipend which he accepted at the international annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in San Diego. The award and monetary prize recognizes outstanding original research that leads to the reduction of work-related injuries or to theory advancement, understanding, and development of occupational safety research.

Gallagher worked with John R. Heberger, an epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, to develop the research leading to the paper.

“We are deeply honored to be the recipients of this prestigious award,” said Gallagher. “We would like to express our appreciation to both Liberty Mutual and the IEA for their leadership and long-standing commitment to the field of ergonomics.”