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Adam Lecznar

Associate (Systems Engineering)

Sarah Spiker

Lead (Injury Prevention)

Rhea de Verteuil

Director (People & Processes)

Nicole Williamson

Associate (Systems Engineering)

Michala Baete

Manager (Injury Prevention)

Kelly Hogan

Director (Injury Prevention)

Jacob MacCara

Associate (Injury Prevention)

Alessa Bazua

Associate (Injury Prevention)

Pam Dwyer

Manager (Injury Prevention)


The Sandalwood team has been busy preparing a lot of interesting material for much anticipated trip to the Applied Ergonomics Conference in Louisville KY on March 16-19, 2020. Here’s what we have planned:


Monday March 16 2020

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. AEC Student Leadership Workshop

Speaker Rhea de Verteuil (Director, People & Processes)

*Round-table discussion on resumes, interviewing practices, do’s and don’ts


Tuesday March 17 2020

8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Planning and Deploying a Large-Scale Ergonomics Process: Year-by-Year 

Moderator Michala Baete (Manager, Injury Prevention) 

*learn the necessary elements required to roll out a large-scale ergonomics process *understand the order and timeframe in which to successfully deploy the elements of the process *learn how to expand their program on a global scale *understand how to sustain the momentum long term


8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. $8 Million Payback in Three Years – How the Lear Corporation Did That 

Moderator Jacob MacCara (Associate, Injury Prevention) 

*the approaches, methods, and tools to optimize business performance *how to implement the proven approaches *how sharing metrics and improvement processes across global operations increase engagement

8:50 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Ergonomics in a Global Company 

Moderator Michala Baete (Manager, Injury Prevention) 

*how to leverage internal resources and programs to advance ergonomics across the globe  *demonstrate how new research in the field of ergonomics is disseminated and implemented in multiple facilities *consistency of ergonomic tools and measurements that drive ergonomic decisions around the world *understand how to build a community of ergonomic teams that are remote

8:50 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Growth and Innovation at Amazon 

Moderator Jacob MacCara (Manager, Injury Prevention) 

*understand the ergonomics approach within a large-scale company *learn innovative ways to measure real-time safety culture and associate engagement *identify how technology can drive a different approach to ergonomics


Wednesday March 18 2020


8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Industry 4.0 Master Track  

 Presenter Kelly Hogan (Director, Injury Prevention)

 *review definitions of technology advancements associated with Industry 4.0 *how does this relate to Ergonomics? *understand what role ergonomists can play in Industry 4.0 *review of the ergonomic tools and research needed to keep a human focus in the movement. *how to incorporate into your Ergonomics Program?

8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Introducing Digital Human Modeling to Your Business 

Presenters Alessa Bazua (Associate, Injury Prevention) & Jacob MacCara (Associate, Injury Prevention)

 *overview of Digital Human Modeling (DHM) as a necessary tool to advance ergonomics in manufacturing *demonstrate benefits of improving workstation ergonomics earlier in the design phase *showcase common functionalities in DHM that help drive a workplace design decision *propose steps on how to introduce a DHM into your organization

2:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Industry 4.0 What Does it Mean to the Ergonomist?  

Presenter Kelly Hogan (Director, Injury Prevention)

 *review definitions of technology advancements associated with Industry 4.0 *understand what role ergonomists can play in Industry 4.0 *review of the ergonomic tools and research needed to keep a human focus in the movement.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Advanced Technologies in Ergonomics 

 Presenter Pam Dwyer (Manager, Injury Prevention)

*focus on Digital Human Modeling (DHM), how it has evolved, how to implement, and what the benefits are *scalability and use cases of how to best utilize the DHM and see the most ROI will also be discussed


Thursday March 19 2020

10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Making Everyone an Ergonomist in a Dynamic Environment 

 Moderator Jacob MacCara (Associate, Injury Prevention) 

*speaking the same language within EHS, and to other functional teams *implementing improvements using informed decisions, without making compromises *ergonomic evolution of product design, manufacturing lines and processes

10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.  Participatory Ergonomics – Simplifying Complex Concepts for use by the Front Line 

Moderator Jacob MacCara (Associate, Injury Prevention) 

*learn how to break down and simplify the science of ergonomics for practice by front line supervisors and workers

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Ergonomics a Part Time Job – AA Tech’s Ergonomic Journey 

Moderator Alessa Bazua (Associate, Injury Prevention) 

*provide an overview of the various types of wearable sensors that are emerging in the fields of ergonomics, job analysis, safety and worker assessment. * Describe the various applications of each type of sensor * Discuss the advantages and barriers to implementation and adoption