In the reporting period from July 1997 through June 1998 the Center graduated students with four Ph.D's (one in Industrial Engineering and three in Interdisciplinary Engineering) and five Masters in Safety Engineering. Four of the graduates with M.S. degrees had been supported by the Occupational Safety and Health Training Grant for two semesters each. All four of the M.S. graduates are currently placed as safety engineers, ergonomists and managers of environmental, health and safety programs in industry. Three of our doctoral graduates are employed in industries and help develop and implement safety and ergonomic programs. The fourth doctoral graduate is working for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This grant has enabled the Safety Engineering program at Texas A&M University to continue to train and graduate professional ergonomists for industry, government, and academia with capabilities to identify, evaluate, and control workplace hazards that can lead to occupational injuries and illnesses. Students completing the program demonstrate knowledge and skills in ergonomics, workplace and equipment evaluation and design, biomechanics, anthropometry, work physiology, occupational health and occupational disease, anatomy, user-computer interaction, displays and controls, information processing, industrial safety engineering, industrial hygiene engineering, and statistics. This Training Grant in Ergonomics at Texas A&M University is also contributing to the National Occupational Research Agenda of NIOSH in achieving the disease prevention objectives of Healthy People 2000. The training grant has succeeded in strengthening an already successful ergonomics and safety engineering program. The Department of Nuclear Engineering is a nationally recognized department (ranked 8th nationally by US News and World Report). It continues to support the Safety Engineering Program with highly qualified and successful faculty (including two Fellows in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, one Occupational M.D., one CSP, five PE's, three CPE's, one CHFP, and two CIH's).
Texas A&M University, College of Engineering, College Station, Texas