In the reporting period from July 1, 1998 through June 30, 2003, our program graduated students with 4 PhDs in Interdisciplinary Engineering and 12 MS degrees in Safety Engineering. 7 of the graduates with MS degrees had been supported by the Occupational Safety and Health Training Grant for 2 semesters each. All 7 of the MS graduates were either placed in industry as safety engineers, ergonomists, managers of environmental health and safety programs, or as PhD students. 3 of the PhD graduates are currently faculty in university settings, and 1 is currently working as an ergonomist in industry. 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, and statistics. This training grant at Texas A&M University is also contributing to the National Occupational Research Agenda of NIOSH, and has historically assisted with the disease prevention objectives of Health People 2000. The training grant has succeeded in strengthening an already successful ergonomics and safety engineering program. With the NIOSH training grant funding, this historically successful program (one of five programs which has in the past qualified for a six year accreditation from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society) will improve further because it will be able to recruit and retain, on a competitive basis, high quality trainee candidates. Our program has been able to recruit and maintain a highly qualified and successful faculty, including professional engineers, medical doctors, certified professional ergonomists, and certified industrial hygienists. An important note, however, is that our program transferred from the TAMU College of Engineering to the TAMU Health Science Center's School of Rural Public Health (TAMUS-HSC-SRPH) in early 2001, though we continued to support the approved program degrees as included in the original proposal until summer of 2003. For this reason, the following program descriptions provide information on our approved program rather than for our new program at the Health Science Center.
Texas A&M University, School of Rural Public Health, Bryan, Texas