Program Leadership & Faculty

There are eight core faculty members in the program.

Program Director David Rempel MD, MPH, is the primary graduate advisor for M.S. and Ph.D. students; approximately 40% of his time is directly involved in teaching (e.g., courses, oversight of graduate students’ research projects, clinic teaching). He has been teaching, doing research, and consulting in the field of ergonomics for 20 years and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Professor Rempel was a member of the National Research Council’s Panel on Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace, served on the ANSI Z-365 Committee (Control of Musculoskeletal Disorders), is an ad hoc reviewer for NIH and OSH study sections, and is currently a member of the Physical Agents Committee of the ACGIH.
100% effort on occupational health activities

Ira Janowitz, PT, CPE, is a full-time ergonomist for the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories and is trained in industrial engineering and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Mr. Janowitz lectures in the Ergonomics course (PH269C), oversees field work performed by ergonomics students in Ergonomics Internship (PH297), and directs one of the ergonomics CE courses.
100% effort on ergonomic activities

Professor Fadi Fathallah, PhD, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis, provides lectures in the Ergonomics course at UC Berkeley. His expertise in spine biomechanics (with Professor Krause’s expertise in low back pain) helps to fill a previously identified weakness in this area. The UCSF/Berkeley Ergonomics Program was instrumental in convincing the Davis campus to invest in a tenure-track faculty FTE in ergonomics and has now developed strong collaborations in agricultural ergonomics teaching and research crossing campus lines.
100% effort on ergonomic activities

Dr. Niklas Krause, MD, MPH, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF with expertise in the epidemiology of low back pain related to work and psychosocial and work organizational factors. Professor Krause lectures in PH269C and PH269D and advises students conducting epidemiologic research. He is collaborating with Dr. Rempel on four epidemiologic studies.
100% effort on occupational health activities

Professor Ken Goldberg, MS, PhD, joined the university five years ago and is responsible for teaching human factors courses in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley. He lectures on human factors issues in the Ergonomics course (PH269C).
50% effort on human factors

Dr. Chris Nowakowski, whose background is in Cognitive Psychology and Human Factors Engineering, is a Development Engineer in the College of Engineering and is involved in research on human performance and modeling in transportation systems. He lectures on cognitive human factors issues in the Ergonomics course (PH269C).
100% effort on human factors

Dr. Mark Hudes, Ph.D., is a biostatistician with the School of Public Health. Dr. Hudes is supported (5% time) to advise MS and Ph.D. students on the statistical issues involved in research projects.
10% effort on ergonomics

Ms. Barbara Plog, MPH, CIH, CSP, is Director of the Continuing Education Program and is the director for the academic and CE safety courses. She recruits adjunct faculty from local industry and governmental agencies to assist with teaching the safety short courses.
100% effort on occupational health activities

Several affiliated faculty have been added to expand expertise in psychosocial factors (Drs. Heaney and Burgel), work organizational factors and safety (Dr. Bea), robotics (Dr. Kazerooni) and exposure assessment (Dr. Eisen). The affiliated faculty have extensive experience and solid international reputations in fields related to workplace health and safety.

One aspect of the core faculty’s reputation and strength is the extramural support obtained. Research grants, gifts, and consultation services provide approximately 90% of the funding support for the Ergonomics Program. Professor Rempel is principal investigator on two R01 grants from NIOSH. The program receives generous support in the form of unrestricted gifts from industry (e.g., Hewlett Packard, Herman-Miller, Logitech, and Microsoft).