Research at UMTRI

My resarch is supported by a wide range of industry and government funders. Historically, about half of my support has come from industry and about half from Federal goverment sources. I have worked with many companies, including Amazon, AM General, BMW,  Chrysler, Daimler, Ford,  General Motors, General Dynamics Land Systems, Herman Miller, International Truck, Johnson Controls, Lear, Magna, Meta, PACCAR, TRW, and ZF, among others. My Federal support has come from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Army, and Marine Corps. Within the Army, I have worked extensively with TARDEC (now GVSC) on design tools for vehicle interiors.    

I welcome opportunities to collaborate with companies and government agencies on a wide range of research topics. We are skilled at working with industry and are able to conduct high-quality research that contributes to the advancement of engineering knowledge while also providing useful and timely results. Michigan is a public university and consequently we do not generally conduct proprietary or classified research. Yet, our long-term success in collaborating with industry is a testament to our skill in fulfilling our academic responsibilities to publish and disseminate cutting-edge research while also providing a good return on investment for our industry partners.

My colleagues at UMTRI and I collaborate across the University, building teams as needed to address particular research challenges. We have active collaborations with the U-M Medical School, College of Engineering, and School of Public Health, among others.

If you're in industry and interested in the research described in these pages, or some related research area, please contact me to set up a discussion. I think you'll find that working with the U-M can be very rewarding, providing access to world-leading research expertise at a fraction of what it would cost to develop that capability internally.

Research in the Human Motion Simulation Laboratory

The HUMOSIM Lab is supported entirely by our industry partners. Our partners represent leading companies in the automotive industry and have included both aerospace companies and the military. Partners have early access to the research results and the opportunity to use our software system, the HUMOSIM Framework, for their human modeling and ergonomic analyses.

If you're interested in human modeling for ergonomics applications, please contact me to discuss how HUMOSIM research can benefit your projects.

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