Kimberly A. Monroe, Ph.D. CPE


The University of Michigan (U of M)
, Ann Arbor, MI
Industrial & Operations Engineering; 1999

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Industrial & Operations Engineering; 1991

North Carolina State University,
Raleigh, NC
Industrial Engineering; May 1990


2000 - Present
Principal Ergonomist

Provide ergonomic support for a variety of industries. Tasks vary depending on client needs. They include ergonomic process development, job analysis/identification of ergonomic risk factors, redesign recommendations, assistance with implementation of design modifications, assistance with development/maintenance of ergonomic resource materials (including websites and training manuals), hand tool design recommendations, and conducting ergonomic training. Client/subcontracting list includes Texas Instruments, Seagate Technologies, Panasonic, and the United States Postal Service.

1997 - 1999
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M), St. Paul, MN
Senior Corporate Ergonomist

Assisted with corporate and site ergonomic program development. Provided ergonomic support for the domestic sites of the following divisions: Electrical and Electronic, Industrial Mineral Products, Logistics, Health Care Markets, and Scientific Anglers. Performed onsite risk assessments which identified ergonomic risk factors and provided job redesign recommendations to minimize or eliminate identified hazards. Coordinated corporate effort to redesign ergonomic team and engineering training materials. Delivered ergonomic training programs for ergonomic teams, engineers, management, upervisors, and production workers.

1995 - 1997
U of M Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI
Research Assistant

for project sponsored by PepsiCo Food Service. Assisted in the development and delivery of an ergonomics training program. Provided ongoing ergonomic support for the identification of ergonomic risk factors and the implementation and validation of worksite modifications for warehouse and truck driver positions. Facilitated site ergonomic team meetings.

1994 - 1995
Instructional Aide
for graduate Safety course
Assisted in exam preparation, held office hours, and graded exams.

Teaching Assistant

Course in Technical Communication and the Management of Technical Change

Advanced Ergonomics, Incorporated (AEI), Dallas, TX
Project Manager
(Ergonomics Consultant)
  • Performed onsite risk assessments for various industries; provided a detailed audit of equipment, identified ergonomic risk factors, and offered ergonomic job redesign solutions.
  • Provided six months continuous onsite ergonomic support during the start up of a new semi-conductor manufacturing facility (Intel). Developed immediate and future action plans for resolving identified ergonomic issues.
  • Assisted in the development and delivery of ergonomic training programs for engineers, equipment designers, and office workers (ARCO, Intel).
  • Performed content validation studies and established strength and endurance screening criteria for physically demanding tasks (clients included Coca-Cola and Sysco).

    1990 – 1991
    U of M Rehabilitation Engineering Department
    U of M Center for Occupational Rehabilitation and Health
    Research Assistant
    for Occupational Therapy
    Assisted in the assessment of patient capabilities and rehabilitation needs. Proficient in the practical application of the legal requirements established in the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    1987 - 1989
    N.C. State University Department of Industrial Engineering
    Teaching Assistant
    for Real Time Control Laboratory
    Assisted students in programming using C language; revised course manual; assisted in the development of a manufacturing software package in the Robotics Lab using Pascal.


    1995 - 1999

    Funded by: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),
    Rackham (the University of Michigan Graduate School),
    Advisor’s discretionary funds.
    Evaluated comfort and time tolerance for maintaining various non-seated working postures in conjunction with the collection of strength, balance, and flexibility data for 60 male and female subjects aged 20-79 years. Data used to identify postures which become particularly difficult with age in order to establish job design guidelines for accommodating older workers.

    1995 - 1997
    PepsiCo Food Systems (PFS)

    Evaluated manual material handling equipment used for product delivery. Collected data on four different handtrucks and four different ramps to evaluate the posture, hand forces, and biomechanical stresses imposed on the delivery driver. Assisted site ergonomic teams, corporate safety management, and equipment vendors in the development of devices which minimize stress on the worker while still meeting functional delivery requirements.

    1995 - 1996
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

    Participated as an expert evaluator in the job analysis of a variety of jobs using the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) checklist in draft form; provided comments on the ease of use and effectiveness of the checklist.


    Monroe, K.A. and G. Orr, "Warnings and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration"
    chapter in M. Wogalter, Ed., Handbook of Warnings, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., to be published in 2005.

    Monroe, K.A. Guidelines for the Maintenance of Static Work Postures: Evaluation of Age, Gender, Strength, and Flexibility. University of Michigan Press, 1999.

    Keyserling, W.M., K.A. Monroe, C.B. Woolley, and S.S. Ulin. Ergonomic Considerations in Trucking Delivery Operations: An Evaluation of Hand Trucks and Ramps. American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, 60:22-31, 1999


    Monroe, K.A. Ergonomic Risk Assessment: Current Trends. Oral presentation at Raytheon’s Corporate Ergonomics Meeting, October 2004: Woburn, Massachusetts.
    Monroe, K.A. Incorporating Ergonomics Into a Behavioral Based Safety Program. Oral presentation at the Lucien Brouha Symposium for Work Physiology & Ergonomics, September 2004: Keystone, Colorado.
    Monroe, K.A. So, you think you want to be an ergonomics consultant? Oral presentation at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society Graduate Student Meeting, April, 2004: Blacksburg, Virginia.
    Monroe, K.A. Metrics: Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Ergonomics Process. Manufacturing and Office Case Studies. Oral Presentation at Raytheon’s Corporate EHS Meeting, May 2002: Dallas, Texas.
    Schwab, P., K. Monroe, and P. Nelson. Developing and Maintaining an Effective Site Ergonomics Process. Oral presentation at the IIE Applied Ergonomics Conference, March 2002: Baltimore, Maryland.
    Monroe, K.A. Establishing a Site Ergonomics Process: a six month case study of an ergonomics program at a semiconductor manufacturing facility. Oral presentation at the Lucien Brouha Symposium for Work Physiology & Ergonomics, September 2001: Corvalis, Oregon.
    Monroe, K.A. and W.M. Keyserling. Static work postures: time tolerance and subjective postural stress ratings. Oral presentation at PREMUS, September 1998: Helsinki, Finland.
    Keyserling, W.M. and K. A. Monroe. An Investigation of Work Injuries in Warehousing and Trucking: Identification of Root Causes through Detailed Incident Investigations. International Ergonomics Association (IEA) oral presentation, June 1997: Helsinki, Finland.
    Monroe, K.A. and W. M. Keyserling. Impact of Age, Gender, Strength, and Flexibility on the Ability to Maintain Prolonged Working Postures. American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) oral presentation, May 1997: Dallas, Texas.
    Monroe, K.A. and W. M. Keyserling. Quantitative and Qualitative (Time and Comfort) Assessment of Age and the Ability to Maintain Sustained Working Postures - Results of a Pilot Study. Poster and short oral presentation at “Work After 45?” organized by the National Institute for Working Life and the University of Goteborg, September 22-25, 1996: Stockholm, Sweden.


    National Center for Manufacturing Science
    Assisted in the data collection and literature review for the technical report Ergonomics and Powered Hand Tools: State of Practice by Bernard M. Martin (1995).

    Independent Study Reports
    Literature Review of Aging Research (December 1994).
    Literature Search on Job Accommodation for the Elderly and the Disabled (May 1994).

    Provided extensive assistance in the development and implementation of the following corporate manuals:
    Selan, J.L. (Editor). The Advanced Ergonomics Manual. AEI, Dallas, Texas: 1994.
    Intel Ergonomics Training Program. Published internally at Intel, 1992.
    Alcoa Ergonomics Design Guidelines. Published internally at Alcoa, 1992.


    Board Certified Professional Ergonomist
    Human Factors and Ergonomics Society: Member Rocky Mountain Chapter
    Human Factors and Ergonomics Society: Chair of Technical Tour Committee, 2003
    Applied Ergonomics Conference: Organizing Committee Member, 2003 and 2004

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