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Alan Hedge PhD, CPE

Alan Hedge is President of HumanUse Inc., and has over 30 years of ergonomics design and usability consulting experience. he is internationally acknowledged as a leader in the field of human factors and ergonomics.

He is also a tenured Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University and a Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University. He joined Cornell in 1987 and since then he has directed the Human Factors and Ergonomics teaching and research programs and he also is co-director of the Design Concepts Laboratory in the department. Prior to joining Cornell, for over 10 years he ran the Graduate Program in Applied Psychology and Ergonomics at Aston University, Birmingham, U.K. From 1990-1993 he was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Occupational Health, University of Birmingham, U.K. In 2003 he received the Alexander J. Williams Jr. Design Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for " outstanding human factors contributions to the design of a major operational system". In 2009 he received the Oliver K. Hansen award for outreach education from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

His research and teaching focus on issues of ergonomic product design, ergonomic workplace design and workplace ergonomics as these affect the health, comfort and productivity of workers. His research themes include usability testing of software and hardware, workstation and product design for carpal tunnel syndrome risks, alternative keyboard and input system designs, the performance and health effects of postural strain, and the health and comfort impacts of various environmental stressors, including indoor air quality, sick building syndrome, office lighting and eyestrain.

He has co-authored Healthy Buildings, co-edited the Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods and Advances in Ergonomics Modeling and Usability evaluation, as well as publishing 30 chapters and over 180 articles on these topics in the ergonomics and related journals.

His professional activities are extensive. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, of the Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors (UK), of the International Ergonomics Association, and a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a founding member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). He is on the editorial board of the journals Ergonomics, Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Human Environment Systems, Work and the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research.