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Carolyn Sommerich

  • Associate Professor, HRS - Health & Rehab Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Integrated Systems Engineering
  • 276 Baker Systems
    1971 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-292-9965



  • Occupational Biomechanics
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Participatory Research Methods


Ph.D. The Ohio State University,  Industrial engineering, 1994

M.S. The Ohio State University,  Industrial engineering, 1989

BSME. University of Cincinnati, Mechanical engineering, 1982

Areas of Interest

The focus of Dr. Sommerich’s research is ergonomics, safety, and biomechanics, with a special interest in intervention research to reduce work-related exposures to risk factors for musculoskeletal discomfort and disorders; application sectors include healthcare, industry, and education; the research approach is participatory and interdisciplinary.  She and faculty and student collaborators from Orthpaedics, Design, Radiologic Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, and Nursing, have effectively partnered with imaging technologists, home healthcare workers, paramedics, teachers, high school students, distribution center workers, manufacturing workers, and many others to investigate and address risk factors that affect their musculoskeletal health, task performance capabilities, and quality of work life.