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William Marras Elected President of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
ISE Professor, William Marras has been elected to serve as the president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. His term began at the 2014 HFES Annual Meeting in Chicago, October 27-31.
The Society’s mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds. It has over 4500 members who have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them.
Dr. Marras is the Executive Director & Scientific Director of the Spine Research Institute, the Executive Director of the Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing (COHAM), and the Executive Director of the Institute for Ergonomics. He is the Honda Chair Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University, and holds joint appointments in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Physical Medicine, and the Department of Neurosurgery. His research is centered on understanding the role of biomechanics in spine disorder causation and its role in the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of spine disorders. His research includes epidemiologic studies, laboratory biomechanics studies, mathematical modeling, and clinical studies.