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Teaching Ergonomics to a New Generation (Z)
Ergonomic training professionals in academia and industry are currently faced with a common challenge. Specifically, communication with younger students and employees born after 1995 and referred to by demographers as “Generation Z.” Generation Z individuals are generally defined as those born during the period 1995-2010. They adopt different learning strategies than their millennial predecessors. Drs. Sesek and Thomas recognized these differences in the 2012-13-time period when the first students from Generation Z began appearing in their classes at Auburn University. Traditional instruction approaches have been modified substantially over the past five years and have proven to be quite effective. These experiences will be shared during the webinar.
About the Webinar Presenters
Richard F. (Rich) Sesek is the Tim Cook associate professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Auburn University. He joined the Auburn faculty in 2009. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Utah.
His research Interests include industrial ergonomics, human factors/engineering psychology, safety engineering, biomechanics, ergonomic modeling and ergonomic survey tools, occupational safety and health standards and compliance.
Dr. Sesek is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).
Robert E. (Rob) Thomas is a professor emeritus in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University. He joined the Auburn faculty in 1988 and has been heavily involved in undergraduate and graduate level teaching and research.
His primary specialty area is specifically focused in ergonomics, and human factors engineering. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) (Texas), a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), and a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (FAIHA).