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 in various industries including transportation, construction, mining, agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Jay is also interested in human-computer interactions such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
Jay is the Principle Investigator of seven 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) "Effects of Multi-axial Whole Body Vibrations on Postural Stability" is to quantify the effects of occupational WBV exposures on postural balance and fall-relate injury risks in professional vehicle operators.
5) "Improving vessel equipment: Evaluating fishermen-led safety design ideas in the Dungeness crab fleet" to complete objective biomechanical assessments to estimate injury risks on commercial crab harvesting tasks and evaluate an ergonomic intervention to reduce both fatal and non-fatal injuries in the commercial fishing industry.
6) “Evaluation of Exoskeletons in Reducing Biomechanical Risks among Manual Timber Fellers” to reduce physical risk factors and associated injuries of forest workers during timber felling operations by introducing exoskeletons as an ergonomic control.
7) "Physical and Cognitive Impact of Virtual and Augmented Reality Interactions" to objectively quantify and compare biomechanical stress in neck and shoulder and cognitive brain function (executive function and working memory) during Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Mind your back. Ergonomics for the home office.
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.
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