Director (Principal Investigator)

Jay Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor

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 from 2013-2015 and a research scientist at the University of Washington from 2012-2013. His 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. He 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.



Graduate Student Researchers

Kiana KiaKiana Kia, PhD student

Kiana is currently a doctoral student at the Industrial Engineering Department and pursuing Statistics as minor. She is interested in topics related to usability testing, occupational safety and human-computer interaction. She is currently working on projects related to whole body vibration, computer-human interactions and occupational safety of health care workers. She enjoys hiking, listening to music and sketching in her free time.




Undergraduate Student Researchers

Cate Petersen

Cate Petersen, Undergraduate student (URSA Scholar)

Cate Petersen is a freshman from San Juan Capistrano, California majoring in Zoology. She is a member of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and serves as internal social chair for Kappa Delta at OSU. Her hobbies include rock climbing, yoga, and everything Disney. She looks forward to getting hands-on research experiences with Dr. Kim related to augmented and virtual reality data collection.





Former Student Researchers

Hakim IshakHakim Ishak, Master's student

Hakim is currently a master student in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He is passionate about engineering design that emphasize human interactions. He is currently working on computer-human interactions study. On top of that, he has four years in engineering project management mainly on pipeline pre-commissioning. He enjoys video games and spend most of his leisure time with his cats.



Ashley ChanAshley Chan, Undergraduate student (URSA Scholar)

Ashley is currently a senior at OSU studying Public Health with a concentration on Health Promotion and Behavior. She is presently exploring research and different facets of health, including human factors psychology and nursing. She enjoys relaxing in her free time by watercolor painting and hand-lettering, spending time outdoors, and cooking. Ashley joined the OEB lab in November 2016 through the Undergraduate Research Award Program.



James WilsonJames Wilson, Post-Baccalaureate student

James graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in Mechemincal Engineering (2017) and Computer Science (2019). His interest in biomechanics and occupational ergonomics come from an early liking for exercise and fitness. He is presently exploring vibrational analysis tools and augmented reality applications in the OEB lab. James enjoys BBQ, swimming, reading, and installing free and open-source software in his free time.




Stephanie M Fitch, MPH student

Stevie graduated with MPH in Environmental and Occupational Healthin June 2019. She is currently a EHS consultant at BSI. She is exploring multiple areas of research in public health, focusing on both occupational hazards and toxins in the environment affecting human and ecosystem health. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest hiking trails and food scene. Stevie joined the OEB lab in April 2018.




Chris KohlerChris Kohler, Undergraduate student

Chris was a former undergraduate student researcher in OEB lab while he studied Kinesiology and Psychology. He is now in the nursing program at Linfield College in Portland, OR.




Jonathan SisleyJonathan Sisley, undergraduate student

Jonathan was a former undergraduate student researcher in OEB lab while pursuing a Kinesiology Major with an Option in Pre-Med. His goals for the future include attending medical school where he can appreciate a deeper understanding and knowledge of the human body.




Affiliated Faculty

  Jaejin Hwang, PhDJaejin Hwang, PhD

Dr. Hwang is an assistant professor in industrial and systems engineering department at Northern Illinois University. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2016. His research aim is to improve the health and wellness of workers by exploring the risk of work injuries and efficacy of ergonomic interventions. His research area includes the biomechanics and neuro-ergonomics. His current research interests are the efficacy of patient transfer interventions on the musculoskeletal health among caregivers/patients, and neuromuscular benefit of the new technology in office environment.