Human Factors Class

Devin Liskey

Devin Liskey, Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 24 October 2011

This quarter I’m taking an ergonomics course. Ergonomics is closely related and is sometimes synonymous with Human Factors, which is my professional concentration. The basic idea of these disciplines is to study processes and equipment and see how they interact with the people using them, both physically and mentally.

Auburn University is hosting an ergonomics design competition and our class is participating. The competition is identifying characteristic risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders that occur within different instrument groups. Each team must include:

  1. The body parts at risk
  2. The level of the ergonomic risk
  3. The force, posture, duration or repetition characteristics that contribute to that risk
  4. The early warning symptoms as that risk begins to manifest itself into the early stages of occupational illness, and
  5. Things that the person might be able to do which will slow down the progression of the illness.

We also had something called ‘Lightning Rounds’: unannounced competition requirements that once announced are due in 24 hours. These included making up ergonomic terms that were previously not found in the field. All the terms tended to be silly and have a low probability of working their way into popular use in the field.

One of the words my group came up with was Ergovision. Ergovision is the ability to see designs or situations that are potentially harmful or create a risk factor. Our second lightning round requirement was to create a ten-minute video demonstrating how to use two to three tools we used during the competition to gather information. My team demonstrated the proper use of a hand dynamometer and a pinch grip dynamometer.

My team, Triceraptorergodonasaurus, chose our team name by trying to combine every dinosaur name we could think of. Here is our official logo below.

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