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Carolyn Sommerich

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

About

Research

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

Educations

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.

 

Honors

  • January, 2000

    New Industrial Engineering Educator Outstanding Paper Award.

Journal Articles

2011

  • Roll,Shawn,C; Evans,Kevin,D; Li,Xiaobai; Freimer,Miriam; Sommerich,Carolyn,M, 2011, "Screening for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Using Sonography." JOURNAL OF ULTRASOUND IN MEDICINE 30, no. 12, 1657-1667 - 1657-1667.

2010

  • Rusli,Leonard; Luscher,Anthony; Sommerich,Carolyn, 2010, "Force and tactile feedback in preloaded cantilever snap-fits under manual assembly." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ERGONOMICS 40, no. 6, 618-628 - 618-628.

2007

  • Sommerich,Carolyn,M; Lavender,Steven,A; Buford,John,A; Banks,Jacob,J; Korkmaz,Sahika,Vatan; Pease,William,S, 2007, "Towards development of a nonhuman primate model of carpal tunnel syndrome: Performance of a voluntary, repetitive pinching task induces median mononeuropathy in Macaca fascicularis." JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH 25, no. 6, 713-724 - 713-724.
  • Splittstoesser,Riley,E; Yang,Gang; Knapik,Greg,G; Trippany,David,R; Hoyle,Jeff,A; Lahoti,Parul; Korkmaz,Sahika,Vatan; Sommerich,Carolyn,M; Lavender,Steven,A; Marras,William,S, 2007, "Spinal loading during manual materials handling in a kneeling posture." JOURNAL OF ELECTROMYOGRAPHY AND KINESIOLOGY 17, no. 1, 25-34 - 25-34.
  • Banks,Jacob,J; Lavender,Steven,A; Buford,John,A; Sommerich,Carolyn,M, 2007, "Measuring pad-pad pinch strength in a non-human primate: Macaca fascicularis." JOURNAL OF ELECTROMYOGRAPHY AND KINESIOLOGY 17, no. 6, 725-730 - 725-730.

2006

  • Korkmaz,S,V; Hoyle,J,A; Knapik,G,G; Splittstoesser,R,E; Yang,G; Trippany,D,R; Lahoti,P; Sommerich,C,M; Lavender,S,A; Marras,W,S, 2006, "Baggage handling in an airplane cargo hold: An ergonomic intervention study." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ERGONOMICS 36, no. 4, 301-312 - 301-312.

Papers in Proceedings

2012

  • Lavender, S.A., Sommerich, C. "Distribution Center Ergonomics: Developing Interventions to Prevent Back Injuries.." in IIE Annual Conference & Expo, Applied Solutions Sessions. (6 2012).

2011

  • Sommerich, CM, Lavender, SA, Sanders, E., Joines, S., Evans, K, Lamar, S., Yen W-T., Radin Umar, RZ "Participatory Ergonomics Applied to Sonographers’ Work." in 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. (10 2011).
  • Yen W-T , Sommerich, Lavender, SA, , Flinn, S., Sanders, E. "Product Physical Interface Design Characteristics for Older Adults with Hand Use Limitations: Exploration of Users' Experiences.." in 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. (10 2011).

2010

  • Sommerich, C.; Lavender, S.; Sanders, E.; Lamar, S. et al. "Participatory ergonomics applied to mammographers' work." (12 2010).

1998

  • Sommerich, C.M.; Joines, S.M.B.; Psihogios, J.P. "Effects of VDT viewing angle on user biomechanics, comfort, and preference." in 42nd Annual Meeting of the Human-Factors-and-Ergonomics-Society. (1 1998).
  • Sommerich,C,M; Joines,S,MB; Psihogios,J,P "Effects of VDT viewing angle on user biomechanics, comfort, and preference." in 42nd Annual Meeting of the Human-Factors-and-Ergonomics-Society. (1 1998).
  • Psihogios, JP, Sommerich, CM, Mirka, GA, Moon, SD "The effects of VDT location on user posture and comfort: A field study." in 42nd Annual Meeting of the Human-Factors-and-Ergonomics-Society. (1 1998).
  • Psihogios, J.P.; Sommerich, C.M.; Mirka, G.A.; Moon, S.D. "The effects of VDT location on user posture and comfort: A field study." in 42nd Annual Meeting of the Human-Factors-and-Ergonomics-Society. (1 1998).
  • Sommerich, C.M.; Joines, S.M.B.; Psihogios, J.P.; HFES, et al. "Effects of VDT viewing angle on user biomechanics, comfort, and preference." (1 1998).
  • Psihogios, J.P.; Sommerich, C.M.; Mirka, G.A.; Moon, S.D. et al. "The effects of VDT location on user posture and comfort: A field study." (1 1998).

1997

  • Holt, S.L.; Sommerich, C.M. "Use of rapid prototyping in an ergonomic assessment of the relationship between hand anthropometry and mouse size preference." in 6th Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC6). (1 1997).
  • Holt,S,L; Sommerich,C,M "Use of rapid prototyping in an ergonomic assessment of the relationship between hand anthropometry and mouse size preference." in 6th Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC6). (1 1997).
  • Holt, S.L.; Sommerich, C.M. "Use of rapid prototyping in an ergonomic assessment of the relationship between hand anthropometry and mouse size preference." (1 1997).

1995

  • SOMMERICH, C.M.; MARRAS, W.S.; PARNIANPOUR, M. "Activity of index finger muscles during typing." in 39th Annual Meeting of the Human-Factors-and-Ergonomics-Society. (1 1995).
  • Sommerich,C,M; Marras,W,S; Parnianpour,M "Activity of index finger muscles during typing." in 39th Annual Meeting of the Human-Factors-and-Ergonomics-Society. (1 1995).
  • SOMMERICH, C.M.; MARRAS, W.S.; PARNIANPOUR, M.; SOC, H.F.E. "Activity of index finger muscles during typing." (1 1995).

1994

  • SOMMERICH, C.M. "CARPAL-TUNNEL PRESSURE DURING TYPING - EFFECTS OF WRIST POSTURE AND TYPING SPEED." in Human-Factors-and-Ergonomics-Society 38th Annual Meeting. (1 1994).
  • Sommerich,C,M "CARPAL-TUNNEL PRESSURE DURING TYPING - EFFECTS OF WRIST POSTURE AND TYPING SPEED." in Human-Factors-and-Ergonomics-Society 38th Annual Meeting. (1 1994).
  • SOMMERICH, C.M.; SOC, H.F.E. "CARPAL-TUNNEL PRESSURE DURING TYPING - EFFECTS OF WRIST POSTURE AND TYPING SPEED." (1 1994).

1991

  • MARRAS, W.S.; SOMMERICH, C.M.; GRANATA, K.P.; SOC, H.F. "A 3-DIMENSIONAL MOTION MODEL AND VALIDATION OF LOADS ON THE LUMBAR SPINE." (1 1991).
  • Marras,W,S; Sommerich,C,M; Granata,K,P "A 3-DIMENSIONAL MOTION MODEL AND VALIDATION OF LOADS ON THE LUMBAR SPINE." in 35TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUMAN FACTORS SOC. (1 1991).
  • MARRAS, W.S.; SOMMERICH, C.M.; GRANATA, K.P. "A 3-DIMENSIONAL MOTION MODEL AND VALIDATION OF LOADS ON THE LUMBAR SPINE." in 35TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUMAN FACTORS SOC. (1 1991).

1989

  • MIRKA, G.A.; SOMMERICH, C.M.; MARRAS, W.S.; SOC, H.F. "EFFECTS OF FATIGUE ON MUSCLE GROUPS UNDER DYNAMIC EXERTIONS." (1 1989).
  • SOMMERICH, C.M.; SOC, H.F. "ACTIVITY PATTERNS OF SEVERAL TRUNK MUSCLES DURING AN ASYMMETRIC, NONISOKINETIC LIFTING MOTION." (1 1989).
  • SOMMERICH, C.M. "ACTIVITY PATTERNS OF SEVERAL TRUNK MUSCLES DURING AN ASYMMETRIC, NONISOKINETIC LIFTING MOTION." in 33RD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUMAN FACTORS SOC : PERSPECTIVES. (1 1989).
  • MIRKA, G.A.; SOMMERICH, C.M.; MARRAS, W.S. "EFFECTS OF FATIGUE ON MUSCLE GROUPS UNDER DYNAMIC EXERTIONS." in 33RD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUMAN FACTORS SOC : PERSPECTIVES. (1 1989).
  • Sommerich,C,M "ACTIVITY PATTERNS OF SEVERAL TRUNK MUSCLES DURING AN ASYMMETRIC, NONISOKINETIC LIFTING MOTION." in 33RD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUMAN FACTORS SOC : PERSPECTIVES. (1 1989).
  • Mirka,G,A; Sommerich,C,M; Marras,W,S "EFFECTS OF FATIGUE ON MUSCLE GROUPS UNDER DYNAMIC EXERTIONS." in 33RD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUMAN FACTORS SOC : PERSPECTIVES. (1 1989).