Jay's major research interests are occupational ergonomics and biomechanics. He is particularly interested in developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions to reduce physical exposures to reduce occupational injuries and illness and therefore improve workers' health and well-being. Jay is currently studying how the reduced exposure to whole-body vibration (WBV) affect the musculoskeletal health outcomes and disability. He is also interested in optimizing the human's interaction with touch screen mobile devices.
Jay is the Principle Investigator of five externally-funded research projects:
1) “Systematic Evaluation of Multi-axial Suspension to Reduce Whole Body Vibration Exposures in Heavy Equipment Mining Vehicle Operators” to determine the efficacy of different engineering controls (mining vehicle seat suspensions) in reducing the multi-axial WBV exposures in mining vehicles and the associated biomechanical loading on the musculoskeletal system;
2) "Evaluating the Effects of Multi-axial Whole Body Vibration Exposure on Postural Stability in Mining Equipment Vehicle Operators" to determine whether the effects of mining vehicle's WBV exposures on postural balance and fall-relate injury risks are different between vertical-dominant and multi-axial WBV exposures.
3) "Effects of Whole Body Vibration Exposure on Physiological Stresses in Mining Heavy Equipment Vehicle Operators" to quantify the relative impacts of different types of WBV exposures (vertical dominant vs. multi-axial WBV) on physiological stress.
4) “Evaluating Biomechanical Exposures and Usability on Ultra-low Travel Keyboards” to characterize typing biomechanical exposures, comfort, and usability from an ultra-low travel keyboard.
He is also a co-investigator of NIOSH-funded research project: “Randomized Controlled Trial of Whole Body Vibration in Truck Driver” to determine whether substantially reducing WBV exposures has an effect on low back pain outcomes.
Dr Kim received his MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and PhD in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from the University of Washington. Before joining the OSU’s faculty in 2015, he was an assistant professor at the Northern Illinois University for two years and a research scientist at the University of Washington. His current research interests are computer-human interaction and human vibration. He loves golfing with friends, hiking, and camping with his two sons.