OSU Department of Integrated Systems Engineering

  Carolyn M. Sommerich, PhD, CPE  sommerich


Areas of research interest: Industrial, health care, and office ergonomics, students' use of computers, occupational biomechanics, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, electromyography, biomechanical modeling, universal design, participatory intervention and design research.

Additional areas of interest: student health/stress

Dr. Sommerich is the Director of the Engineering Laboratory for Human Factors/Ergonomics/Safety and co-director of the Distribution Ergonomics Research Center at OSU.


Of interest:


Contact information:

Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University
1971 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH  43210
Phone: (614) 292-9965
email directly at sommerich.1@osu.edu


yyy EDUCATION

yyy PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

yyy AWARDS and HONORS

yyy PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED ARCHIVAL JOURNALS

yyy RESEARCH and OTHER SUPPORTED ACTIVITIES

yellow ball CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

BOOK CHAPTERS and TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS


EDUCATION

Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering
1994: The Ohio State University
Major: Ergonomics/Biomechanics
Minor 1: Human Performance
Minor 2: Epidemiology
Doctoral dissertation: A biomechanical analysis of repetitive finger motion during typing activities.
M.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering
1989: The Ohio State University
Major: Ergonomics/Biomechanics
Master's thesis: An investigation into activity patterns of several trunk muscles during asymmetric lifting motions, at various trunk speed and resistance levels.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
1982: University of Cincinnati, Summa Cum Laude

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Member of the Graduate Faculty in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
red ballAssociate Professor (2002 to present)
Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Adjunct Associate Professor (2002 to present)
Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC
Associate Professor (2001 to 2002)
Department of Industrial Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC
Assistant Professor (1995 to 2001)
Department of Industrial Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC
Assistant Professor (1994 to 1995)
Department of Industrial Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
Graduate Research Assistant (1986 to 1993)
Biodynamics Laboratory
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University
Systems Engineer (1985 to 1986)
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company
Sunnyvale, CA
Mechanical Engineer (1982 to 1985)
The Standard Oil Company
Cleveland, OH
Engineering Co-op (1979 to 1981)
Delco Products
Kettering, OH

AWARDS and HONORS

2012: Pioneer Award, Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 
redball 2008:  GE Healthcare Excellence in Sonography Award - to Drs. Kevin Evans and Carolyn Sommerich
redball2000: New IE Educator Outstanding Paper Award: American Society for Engineering Education, Industrial Engineering Division, for "Education and teamwork across disciplines:  a first experience with an interdisciplinary course in human-centered design", co-authored with Lawrence Trachtman and David Ringholz, and presented at 1999 ASEE Annual Conference

1992: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship - The Human Factors Society's Council of Technical Groups

Graduate Student Alumni Research Award - The Ohio State University

1989:  IETG Best Student Paper Award 1989, by the Industrial Ergonomics Technical Group of the Human Factors Society

PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED ARCHIVAL JOURNALS

In Print
  1. Keester, D.L., Sommerich, C.M., 2017. Investigation of musculoskeletal discomfort, work postures, and muscle activation among practicing tattoo artists. Appl Ergon 58, 137-143.
  2. Sommerich, C.M., Lavender, S.A., Evans, K.D., Sanders, E., Joines, S., Lamar, S., Radin Umar, R.Z., Yen, W.T., Park, S., 2016. Collaborating with mammographers to address their work-related musculoskeletal discomfort. Ergonomics 59, 1307-1317.
  3. Sommerich, C.M., Lavender, S., Evans, K., Sanders, E., Joines, S., Lamar, S., Radin Umar, R.Z., Yen, W.-T., Li, J., Nagavarapu, S., Dickerson, J., 2016. Collaborating with cardiac sonographers to develop work-related musculoskeletal disorder interventions. Ergonomics 59, 1193-1204.
  4. Darragh, A.R., Lavender, S., Polivka, B., Sommerich, C.M., Wills, C.E., Hittle, B.A., Chen, R., Stredney, D.L., 2016. Gaming Simulation as Health and Safety Training for Home Healthcare Workers. Clinical simulation in nursing 12, 328-335.
  5. Wills, C.E., Polivka, B.J., Darragh, A., Lavender, S., Sommerich, C., Stredney, D., 2016. "Making Do" Decisions: How Home Healthcare Personnel Manage Their Exposure to Home Hazards. West J Nurs Res 38, 411-426.
  6. Yen, W.T., Sommerich, C.M., Lavender, S.A., Flinn, S.R., Sanders, E.B., 2016. Evaluation of jar lid design characteristics by older women with hand use limitations. Appl Ergon 52, 177-184.
  7. Polivka, B.J., Wills, C.E., Darragh, A., Lavender, S., Sommerich, C., Stredney, D., 2015. Environmental Health and Safety Hazards Experienced by Home Health Care Providers: A Room-by-Room Analysis. Workplace Health Saf 63, 512-522; quiz 523.
  8. Sommerich, C.M., Lavender, S.A., Radin Umar, R.Z., Li, J., Park, S., Dutt, M., 2015. A biomechanical and subjective comparison of two powered ambulance cots. Ergonomics 58, 1885-1896.
  9. Lavender, S.A., Sommerich, C.M., Patterson, E.S., Sanders, E.B., Evans, K.D., Park, S., Umar, R.Z., Li, J., 2015. Hospital Patient Room Design: The Issues Facing 23 Occupational Groups Who Work in Medical/Surgical Patient Rooms. Health Environments Research & Design Journal 8, 98-114.
  10. Mehta, J. P., Lavender, S. A., Jagacinski, R. J., & Sommerich, C. M. (2015). Exploring the effects of seated whole body vibration exposure on repetitive asymmetric lifting tasks. J Occup Environ Hyg, 12(3), 172-181.
  11. Mehta, J.P., Lavender, S.A., Jagacinski, R.J., Sommerich, C.M., 2015. Effects of task precision demands on behavioral and physiological changes during a repetitive asymmetric lifting activity. Hum Factors 57, 435-446.
  12. Roll, S. C., Evans, K. D., Volz, K. R., & Sommerich, C. M. (2013). Longitudinal design for sonographic measurement of median nerve swelling with controlled exposure to physical work using an animal model. Ultrasound Med Biol, 39(12), 2492-2497.
  13. Flinn, S. R., Sanders, E. B., Yen, W. T., Sommerich, C. M., & Lavender, S. A. (2013). Empowering elderly women with osteoarthritis through hands-on exploration of adaptive equipment concepts. Occupational Therapy International, 20(4), 163-172.
  14. Ay, H., Sommerich, C. M., & Luscher, A. (2013). Linear Modeling of Human Hand-Arm Dynamics Relevant to Right-Angle Torque Tool Interaction. Human Factors, 55(5), 893-910.
  15. Yen, W. T., Flinn, S. R., Sommerich, C. M., Lavender, S. A., & Sanders, E. B. (2013). Preference of lid design characteristics by older adults with limited hand function. Journal of Hand Therapy, 26(3), 261-271.
  16. Darragh, A. R., Sommerich, C. M., Lavender, S. A., Tanner, K. J., Vogel, K., & Campo, M. (2015). Musculoskeletal discomfort, physical demand and caregiving activities in informal caregivers. Journal of Applied Gerontology34,734-760, .
  17. Roll, S. C., Evans, K. D., Li, X., Sommerich, C. M., & Case-Smith, J. (2013). Importance of tissue morphology relative to patient reports of symptoms and functional limitations resulting from median nerve pathology. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(1), 64-72.
  18. Lavender, S. A., Ko, P. L., & Sommerich, C. M. (2013) Biomechanical evaluation of the Eco-Pick lift assist: A device designed to facilitate product selection tasks in distribution centers. Applied Ergonomics, 44(2), 230-236. 
  19. Volz, K. R., Evans, K. D., Fout, L. T., Hutmire, C., Sommerich, C. M., & Buford, J. A. (2012). Utilization of sonography compared with magnetic resonance imaging in determining the cross-sectional area of the median nerve in a sample of working macaca fascicularis : a preclinical study. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 28(6), 279-288.
  20. Sommerich, C. M., Lavender, S. A., Radin Umar, R. Z., Le, P., Mehta, J., Ko, P. L., et al. (2012) A biomechanical and subjective assessment and comparison of three ambulance cot design configurations. Ergonomics, 55(11), 1350-1361.
  21. Czuba, L. R., Sommerich, C. M., & Lavender, S. A. (2012). Ergonomic and Safety Risk Factors in Home Health Care:  Assessment and exploration of alternative interventions. Work, 42(3), 341-53.
  22. Hernandez, O. K., Sommerich, C. M., & Woods, D. D. (July 2011). The Potential for Tele-Presence to Assist and Aid with Medication Self-Management. Ergonomics in Design, 19(3), 15-23.
  23. Roll, SC, Evans, KE, Li, X, Freimer, M, Sommerich, CM. 2011. Screening for carpal tunnel syndrome using ultrasonography.  Journal of Ultrasound Medicine. Dec; 30(12), 1657-1667. 
  24. Rusli, L, Luscher, AF, Sommerich, CM  (2010)  Force and tactile feedback in preloaded cantilever snap-fits under manual assembly IJIE, 40, 618-628.
  25. Vatan Korkmaz, S., Sommerich, CM, (2009) Facilitating student learning about ergonomics and healthy computing skills via participatory ergonomics, Work, 34(4), 439-448. 
  26. Noack, KL, Sommerich, CM and Mirka, GM (2009)  College students and computers:  assessment of usage patterns and musculoskeletal discomfort.  Work, 32(3), 285-298.
  27. Evans, K.D. and Sommerich, C.M., 2009, The feasibility of using an HCU system for investigating ergonomic injury among autoworkers. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 25, 80-87.
  28. Sommerich, C.M., R. Ward, K. Sikdar, J. Payne, and L. Herman. 2007. A  survey of high school students with ubiquitous access to tablet PCs. Ergonomics 50 (5):706-727.
  29. Banks, J., Lavender, S. A., Buford, J., and Sommerich, C. M.,(2007) Measuring pad-pad pinch strength in a non-human primate:  Macaca fascicularis, JEK, 17, 725-730.
  30. Sommerich, C.M., S. A. Lavender, J. Buford, J. Banks, S. Vatan Korkmaz, and W.S. Pease. 2007. Towards development of a non-human primate model of carpal tunnel syndrome:  Performance of a voluntary, repetitive pinching task induces median mononeuropathy in Macaca fascicularis. J Orthop Res 25:713-724.
  31. Splittstoesser, R.E., G. Yang, G.G. Knapik, D.R. Trippany, J.A. Hoyle, P. Lahoti, S.V. Korkmaz, C.M. Sommerich, S.A. Lavender, and W.S. Marras. 2007. Spinal loading experienced in a kneeling posture during manual materials handling. JEK 17 (1):25-34.
  32. Joines SB, Sommerich CM, Mirka G, Wilson J, and Moon SD. 2006, Low-level exertions of the neck musculature: A study of research methods. J Electromyogr Kinesiol; 16: 485-497.   
  33. Bajaj, K., Mirka, GA, Sommerich, CM, Khachatoorian, H (2006).  Evaluation of a redesigned self-checkout stand for wheelchair users. Asst Technol 18, 15-24.
  34. Korkmaz, S.V., Hoyle, J.A., Knapik, G.G., Splittstoesser, R.E., Yang, G., Trippany, D.R., Lahoti, P., Sommerich, C.M., Lavender, S.A. & Marras, W.S. (2006). Baggage handling in an airplane cargo hold: An ergonomic intervention study. IJIE, 36(4), 301-312.
  35. Sommerich, CM and Hughes, RE (2006)  Etiology of work-related disorders of the rotator cuff tendons:  research and theory.  Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Science (TIES), 7(1), 19-38.
  36. Duke, K, Mirka, GM, and Sommerich, CM (2004).  Productivity and ergonomic investigation of bent-handle pliersHuman Factors, 46(2), 234-243.
  37. Leyman E, Kaber DB, Mirka GA, and Sommerich CM (2004).  Assessing the relationship between cognitive load and cervicobrachial muscle response in a dual-task scenario.  Ergonomics, 47,(6), 625-645.
  38. Sommerich, CM, Starr, H, Smith, CA, Shivers, C.  (2002)  Effects of notebook computer configuration and task on user biomechanics, productivity, and comfort, IJIE, 30, 7-31.
  39. Smith, CA, Sommerich, CM, Mirka, GA, George, MC (2002).  An investigation of ergonomic interventions in dental hygiene work, Applied Ergonomics, 33(2), 175-184.
  40. Joines, S.M.B., Sommerich, C.M. (2001). Comparison of self-assessment and partnered-assessment as cost-effective alternative methods for office workstation evaluation, IJIE, 28, 327-340.
  41. Psihogios, J.P. Sommerich, C.M., Mirka, G.M., Moon, S.D. (2001).  A field evaluation of monitor placement effects in VDT usersApplied Ergonomics, 32(4), 313-325.
  42. Sommerich, C.M., Joines, S.M.B., Psihogios, J.P. (2001).  Effects of computer monitor viewing angle and related factors on strain, performance, and preference outcomesHuman Factors, 43(1), 39-55.
  43. Kelaher, D, Nay, T, Lawrence, B, Lamar, S, and Sommerich, CM.  (2001)  An investigation into the effects of touchpad location within a notebook computerApplied Ergonomics, 32(1), 101-110.
  44. Sommerich, CM, Joines, SMB, Hermans, V, and Moon, SD.  (2000) Use of surface electromyography to study neck muscle activity. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 10, 377-398.
  45. Sommerich, CM, Marras, WS, and Parnianpour, M.  (1998).  A method for developing biomechanical profiles of hand-intensive tasks.  Clinical Biomechanics, 13, 261-271.
  46. Sommerich, C.M., Marras, W.S., and Parnianpour, M. (1996). Observations on the relationship between key strike force and typing speed. American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, 57(12) 1109-1114.
  47. Sommerich, C.M., Marras, W.S., and Parnianpour, M. (1996). A quantitative description of typing biomechanics. J Occ Rehab, 6(1), 33-55.
  48. Sommerich, C.M., McGlothlin, J.D., and Marras, W.S. (1993). Investigations of occupational risk factors associated with soft tissue disorders of the shoulder: a review of recent investigations in the literature. Ergonomics, 36(6), 697-717.
  49. Sommerich, C.M. and Marras, W.S. (1992). Temporal patterns of trunk muscle activity throughout a dynamic, asymmetric lifting motion. Human Factors, 34(2), 215-230.
  50. Marras, W.S. and Sommerich, C.M. (1991). A three-dimensional motion model of loads on the lumbar spine. Part II: Model validation. Human Factors, 33(2), 139-149.
  51. Marras, W.S. and Sommerich, C.M. (1991). A three-dimensional motion model of loads on the lumbar spine. Part 1: Model structure. Human Factors, 33(2), 123-137.
  52. Lavender, S.A., Mirka, G.A., Schoenmarklin, R.W., Sommerich, C.M., Sudhakar, L.R., and Marras, W.S. (1989). The effects of preview and task symmetry on trunk muscle response to sudden loading. Human Factors, 31(1), 101-115.

RESEARCH and OTHER SUPPORTED ACTIVITIES

Current funding:
redballR01s from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: 
NIOSH Training Program Grant in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics at OSU:   To read more about it...
Prior funding:

  National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R01 OH009131: Macaque Model of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:  Effects of Force and Posture Exposures (with Dr. Steve Lavender, OSU-ISE, Dr. John Buford, OSU-SAMP)
redball National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R01OH009253: 
Designing musculoskeletal disorder interventions for imaging technologists (with Dr. Steve Lavender, OSU-ISE; Dr. Kevin Evans, OSU-SHRS; Dr. Liz Sanders, OSU-Design; Dr. Sharon Joines, NCSU-Design)
redball Award from
OSU's CCTS, for research to better understand issues associated with family caregiving.

red ball Award from the Material Handling Industry of America to develop a Distribution Ergonomics Research Center (with Dr. Steve Lavender, OSU-ISE)

red ball Award from Honda and the OSU-Honda Partnership to conduct research focused on DC torque tools (with Dr. Tony Luscher, OSU-ME)

red ball
Gifts from the Office Ergonomics Research Committee to support research into ergonomic issues related to VDTs, including computer use in schools.
redball National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R21 OH008273, a project to develop an alternative model for investigating carpal tunnel

redball Intra-institutional (OSU) support for pilot work in the area of hand/wrist MSD etiology.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Grant number K01 OH00169, An Ergonomic Assessment Method for Work-Worker Systems.  Period:  1 Sept 1999-31 Aug 2004.

NIOSH Training Program in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics at NCSU.

Doctoral dissertation research funded by the Institute for Office Ergonomics, through a gift to the Ohio State University's Biodynamics Lab.

red ball Ergonomics in the Furniture Industry, sponsored by the Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center, Department of Industrial Engineering, NCSU.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  1. Mehta, J.P., Lavender, S.A., Jagacinski, R.J., Sommerich, C.M. (2014). Effects of seated whole body vibration exposure on repetitive asymmetric lifting tasks.  Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 1627-1628.
  2. Park, S., Lavender, S.A., Sommerich, C.M., Patterson, E.S. (2014).  Barriers and facilitators affecting the adoption of ceiling lift interventions in nursing homes. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 1405-1409.  (poster)
  3. Patterson, E.S., Murray, J., Park, S., Sanders, E.B-N., Li, J., Umar, R., Sommerich, C.M., Evans, K.D., Lavender, S.A. (2014). Barriers to infection control due to hospital patient room factors: A secondary analysis of focus group and interview transcripts. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 1266-1270. (poster)
  4. Sommerich, CM, Lavender, S, Evans, K, Sanders E, Joines, S, Radin Umar RZ, Park S, Lamar S,  Yen W-T, Participatory Ergonomics Applied to Radiographers' Work,  HFES 2013 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Advancing the Cause, Spring 2013 (No proceedings paper.)
  5. Ay, H., Luscher, A., Sommerich, C., & Berme, N. (2013). Nonlinear model-based estimation of hand-arm reaction force in powered torque tool use. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Omaha, Nebraska.
  6. Sommerich, C. M., Lavender, S. A., Radin Umar, R. Z., Park, S., Li, J., & Dutt, M. (2013). Powered Ambulance Cots:  Effects of design differences on muscle activity and subjective perceptions of operators. Paper presented at the 2013 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Diego.
  7. Yen, W.-T., Sommerich, C. M., Lavender, S., Flinn, S. R., & Sanders, E. (2013). Product Physical Interface Design Characteristics for Older Adults with Hand Use Limitations: Laboratory Study. Paper presented at the 2013 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Diego.
  8. Lavender, S.A., Sommerich, C. (2012).  Distribution Center Ergonomics: Developing Interventions to Prevent Back Injuries.  IIE Annual Conference & Expo, Applied Solutions Sessions, A47.
  9. Ay, H., Luscher, A., Sommerich, C., & Berme, N. (2012) A nonlinear hand-arm model for interaction with impulsive forces. American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting, held at the University of Florida, August 2012
  10. Lavender, SA, Ko, P-L, Sommerich, CM.  2011. Biomechanical Evaluation of the Eco Pick Lift Assist:   Could this device potentially prevent back and shoulder injuries in people doing  pick-to-pallet jobs in distribution centers?  55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Las Vegas.
  11. Radin Umar, RZ,  Sommerich, CM, Evans, K, Lavender, SA, Sanders, E., Yen W-T.,  Joines, S., Lamar, S. 2011.  Ergonomic Interventional Design of an Articulating Arm for Echocardiography Application:  Front-End Design and Pilot Study, 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Las Vegas.
  12. Yen W-T , Sommerich, Lavender, SA, , Flinn, S., Sanders, E.  2011.  Product Physical Interface Design Characteristics for Older Adults with Hand Use Limitations: Exploration of Users' Experiences.  55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Las Vegas.
  13. Sommerich, CM, Lavender, SA, Sanders, E., Joines, S.,  Evans, K, Lamar, S., Yen W-T.,  Radin Umar, RZ,  2011.  Participatory Ergonomics Applied to Sonographers’ Work, 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Las Vegas.
  14. Sommerich CM, Lavender SA, Sanders EB-N, Lamar S, Evans K, Joines SMB, Yen W-T. 2010. Participatory ergonomics applied to mammographers’ work. The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 54th Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
  15. Ay H, Luscher A, Sommerich CM. 2010. Design and development of a torque tool testing rig that simulates human operator-tool-task interactions. 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Francisco.
  16. Korkmaz S, Sommerich C. 2010. Teaching Healthy Computing Skills to High School Students via Participatory Ergonomics. 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society San Francisco.
  17. Lavender S, Sommerich C, Johnson M, Radin Umar RZ. 2010. Developing Ergonomic Interventions to Reduce Musculoskeletal Disorders in Grocery Distribution Centers. 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society San Francisco.
  18. Cooper KN, Sommerich CM,  Campbell-Kyureghyan NH. Computer usage and ergonomic risk factors among college students, In Proceedings of Southeast Asian Ergonomics Conference. 2008
  19. Korkmaz S, Sommerich C,  Lavender S. A pilot test of participatory ergonomics and technology teams among high school teachers, In Proceedings of 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. New York City, 2008.
  20. Johnson M, Vandlen K, Hutter E, Gahlot R, Yen W-T, Kommini S,  Sommerich CM. Comparing the effects of two controller algorithms on dc torque tool operators, In Proceedings of 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. New York City, 2008.
  21. Sommerich C, Korkmaz S. Survey response comparisons between student and teacher participants in a mobile instructional technology program in a high school setting, In Proceedings of 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. New York City, 2008.
  22. Lavender, S. A., Sommerich, C. M., Buford, J. A., Banks, J. J., Vatan Korkmaz, S., and Pease, W. S., A new non-human primate model of carpal tunnel syndrome based on volitional exertions, in 53rd Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society Orthopaedic Research Society, San Diego, CA, 2007.
  23. Sommerich, CM and Collura, K, Learning with mobile technology in high school:  a human factors perspective, WIPTE 2007, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
  24. Sommerich, C. and Korkmaz, S., Exposure to ubiquitous mobile instructional technology in a high school setting:  an observational study, in Proceedings of 51st Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society The Human Factors Society, Baltimore, MD, 2007.
  25. Sommerich, CM.  Carpal tunnel syndrome:  links to hand use, AAPM&R 68th Annual Assembly & Technical Exhibition, Boston, MA 2007 (Session #102 - inadvertently omitted from proceedings CD).
  26. Sommerich, C, Lavender, S, Buford, J, Korkmaz, S,  Banks, J, Pease, W., Effects of a repetitive, moderately forceful pinching task on sensory nerve conduction velocity: a primate model of carpal tunnel syndrome, PREMUS 2007, Boston, MA.
  27. Sommerich CM, Lavender SA, Buford JA, Banks J, Vatan Korkmaz S, Pease WS, and Moran S. (2006).  Developing a non-human primate experimental model for studying carpal tunnel syndrome. Proceedings of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting, San Francisco: The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  28. Lavender, S.A., Buford, J.A., Sommerich, C.M., Banks, J.J., Vatan Korkmaz, V., Pease, W.S., (2006).  Determining normative median nerve conduction velocities in non-human primates.  In the 52nd Annual Meeting of Orthopaedic Research Society Transactions, paper 1886. 
  29. Banks, J.J., Lavender, S.A., Buford, J.A., Sommerich, C.M. (2006).  Measuring palmer pinch strength in non-human primates: Macaca Fasicicularis. In the 52nd Annual Meeting of Orthopaedic Research Society Transactions, paper 1860. 
  30. Yang, G, Splittstoesser, R, Knapik, G, Trippany, D, Vatan Korkmaz, S, Hoyle, J, Lahoti, P, Lavender, S, Sommerich, C, and Marras, W, (2005), Comparison of Spinal Loads in Kneeling and Standing Postures During Manual Materials Handling, in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 49th Annual Meeting, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Orlando.
  31. Splittstoesser, R., Yang, G., Knapik, G., Trippany, D., Lahoti, P., Vatan, S., Lavender, S.A., Sommerich, C.M., Marras, W.S.  (2004).  Spinal load experienced in a kneeling posture during manual materials handling, Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) 2004, Porto, Portugal.
  32. Sommerich, C. M., Vatan, S., and Asmus, A.  (2004).  Computer input devices:  quantification of use and variation in use, in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, New Orleans, LA.
  33. Bajaj, K., Mirka, G., Sommerich, C., and Khachatoorian, H. (2004). Application of Universal Design Principles in the Design of a Self-Checkout System, in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, New Orleans.
  34. Noack, K. L., Sommerich, C. M., and Mirka, G.  (2004). College students and computers: assessment of usage patterns and musculoskeletal discomfort, in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, New Orleans.
  35. Bajaj, K., Mirka, G., Sommerich, C., and Khachatoorian, H. (2004). Application of Universal Design Principles in the Design of a Self-Checkout System, in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, New Orleans.
  36. Glasscock, N. F., Mirka, G. A., Sommerich, C. M., and Klein, K. W., The effects of personality type and stress on muscle activity during simulated work tasks, in Proceedings of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 47th Annual Meeting, Denver, 2003, pp. 1159-1163.
  37. Dennerlein, J, Chemor-Ruiz, A, Johnson, P, and Sommerich, C.  (2003)  A proposed taxonomy for describing computer input device usage, IEA 2003, Seoul, South Korea.
  38. Sommerich, CM (2002).  A survey of desktop and notebook computer use by professionals, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 46th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  39. Glasscock, N. F., Mirka, G. A., Sommerich, C. M., and Klein, K. W.  (2002).  The Effect of Personality Type on Assembly Time and Wrist Kinematics During a Laboratory Task.  Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 46th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 1105-1109.
  40. Sommerich, CM (2002).  Working with Computers, Part 1:  A Survey of Professionals Who Use Desktop &/or Notebook Style Computers for Work-Related Purposes Preliminary Analyses, Marconi Research Conference.
  41. Monroe, M.J., Sommerich, C.M., Mirka, G.M.  (2001).  The influence of head, forearm and back support on myoelectric activity, performance and subjective comfort during a VDT task, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 45th Annual Meeting.
  42. Stewart, AM, Sommerich, CM, Mirka, GA, and Lewis, GE. (2001).  Human modeling and simulation: establishing parameters for an adjustable notebook computer display, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 45th Annual Meeting.
  43. Swanson, NG, Sommerich, C, Alderson, M, and Dunkin, R. (2001).  The relationship between keyboard and mouse usage and musculoskeletal symptoms, International Conference on Computer-Aided Ergonomics and Safety (CAES 2001).
  44. Sommerich, C.M., Joines, S.M.B., Psihogios, J.P. (2000).  Factors to consider in selecting appropriate computer monitor placement, Proceedings of the IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, 1:650-653.
  45. Sommerich, C.M. (2000). Inputting to a notebook computer, Proceedings of the IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, 1:671-674.
  46. Joines, S.M.B. and Sommerich, C.M. (2000).  Cost effective alternative methods for office workstation measurements:  self-assessment and partnered-assessment, Proceedings of the IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, 5:44-47.
  47. Nay, D.T., Mirka, G.A., Sommerich, C.M., Dickey, D.A. (2000).  Predicting trunk kinematics using static task parameters, Proceedings of the IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, 5:158-161.
  48. Sommerich, C.M., Trachtman, L., Ringholz, D.  (1999) Education and teamwork across disciplines:  a first experience with an interdisciplinary course in human-centered design.  In Proceedings of the 1999 American Society of Engineering Education's Annual Conference and Exposition.
  49. Sommerich, C.M.  (1998)  Variability of surface EMG amplitude of ES and trapezius muscle by site and variability of normalization by day for computer tasks.  In Proceedings of the Marconi Research Conference - 1998.
  50. Sommerich, C.M., Joines, S.M.B., Psihogios, J.P. (1998)  Effects of VDT viewing angle on user biomechanics, comfort, and preference. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 42nd Annual Meeting, 861-865.
  51. Psihogios, J.P., Sommerich, C.M., Mirka, GM, and Moon, SD (1998)  Effects of VDT placement on user posture and comfort.  Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 42nd Annual Meeting, 871-875.
  52. Sommerich, C.M. (1997) Assessment of VDT monitor placement on user biomechanics and comfort. Marconi Research Conference.
  53. Holt, S.L. and Sommerich, C.M. (1997) Use of rapid prototyping in an ergonomic assessment of the relationship between hand anthropometry and mouse size preference. 6th Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Institute of Industrial Engineers, 269-274.
  54. Sommerich, C.M., Marras, W.S., and Parnianpour, M. (1995) Activity of index finger muscles during typing. Proceedings of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 39th Annual Meeting, 620-624.
  55. Sommerich, C.M., Marras, W.S., and Parnianpour, M. (1995). Predictability of key strike force from typing speed. American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition Abstracts, Abstract #25.
  56. Sommerich, C.M. (1994). Carpal tunnel pressure during typing: Effects of wrist posture and typing speed. Proceedings of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 38th Annual Meeting, 611-615.
  57. Marras, W.S., Sommerich, C.M., and Granata, K.P. (1991). A three-dimensional motion model and validation of loads on the lumbar spine. Proceedings of The Human Factors Society 35th Annual Meeting, 795-799.
  58. Mirka, G.A., Sommerich, C.M., and Marras, W.S. (1989). Effects of fatigue on muscle groups under dynamic exertions. Proceedings of The Human Factors Society 33rd Annual Meeting, 646-650.
  59. Lavender, S.A., Sommerich, C.M., and Marras, W.S. (1989). Temporal variability in trunk muscular activation in response to unexpected sudden loading conditions. Advances in Industrial Ergonomics and Safety, Proceedings of the Annual International Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Conference, 523-530.
  60. Sommerich, C.M. (1989). Activity patterns of several trunk muscles during an asymmetric, nonisokinetic lifting motion. Proceedings of The Human Factors Society 33rd Annual Meeting , 667-671.
  61. Lavender, S.A., Sommerich, C.M., Sudhakar, L.R., and Marras, W.S. (1988). Trunk muscle loading in non-sagittally symmetric postures as a result of sudden unexpected loading conditions. Proceedings of The Human Factors Society 32nd Annual Meeting, 665-669.

BOOK CHAPTERS and TECHNICAL REPORTS

  1. Sommerich, CM, Marras WS, and Karwowski, W. (2006).  Work-related upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (WUED), in G Salvendy (ed.), Handbook of human factors and ergonomics, 3rd, ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, New York.  
  2. Sommerich, CM (2006).  Engineering controls:  wrist and arm supports.  In W. Karwowski and WS Marras (eds), The Industrial Ergonomics Handbook, 2nd ed.  CRC Press, Boca Raton.
  3. Sommerich, CM (2006).  Medical management:  wrist splints.  In W. Karwowski and WS Marras (eds), The Industrial Ergonomics Handbook, 2nd ed.  CRC Press, Boca Raton.
  4. Sommerich, CM (2006).  Ergonomics interventions:  notebook computers.  In W. Karwowski and WS Marras (eds), The Industrial Ergonomics Handbook, 2nd ed.  CRC Press, Boca Raton.
  5. Sommerich, CM, Lavender, SA, Asmus, A, Chany, A-M, Parakkat, J, Yang, G (2006).  Ergonomic issues in the cake decorating process.  In W. Karwowski and WS Marras (eds), The Industrial Ergonomics Handbook, 2nd ed.  CRC Press, Boca Raton.
  6. Sommerich, CM. (2005).  General Ergonomics Principles, in J. Anshel (ed), Visual Ergonomics Handbook, CRC Press, Boca Raton. 
  7. Sommerich, CM and Marras WS. (2004). Chapter 17.  Electromyography and muscle force, S. Kumar (ed), Muscle Strength, CRC Press, Boca Raton
  8. Sommerich, CM, and Joines, SMB.  (1999)  Review of the literature with respect to the work relatedness of musculoskeletal disorders of the neck and upper back.  Request by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration in support of the development of the ergonomics work standard. This document formerly appeared on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's website at http://www.osha-slc.gov/ergonomics-standard/PROPOSED/heapp1.html, at section B, titled Epidemiology of Neck and Upper-Back Musculoskeletal Disorders.  This link is no longer active.  The full literature review can be found here.
  9. Sommerich, CM.  Chapter 83.  Economic analysis for ergonomics programs. (1999).  In W. Karwowski and WS Marras (eds), The Industrial Ergonomics Handbook.  CRC Press, Boca Raton.
  10. Sommerich, CM.  Chapter 77.  Upper extremity supports. (1999).  In W. Karwowski and WS Marras (eds), The Industrial Ergonomics Handbook.  CRC Press, Boca Raton.
  11. Mirka, GA and Sommerich, CM (1998).  Chapter 19.  Managing work-related musculoskeletal injuries.  In W. Karwowski and G. Salvendy (Eds), Ergonomics in Manufacturing, Dearborn:  SME.
  12. Sommerich, CM, Delano, KT, Moon, SD (1998).  Developing an Ergonomics Checklist for the Furniture Industry, Technical Report:  98-01, Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center, College of  Engineering, North Carolina State University.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS




Students - health and stress:  School, and life in general, can be very stressful at times.  For tools that you can use to help you deal with stress and stress-related symptoms, so that you can function more effectively, take a few minutes to explore an informative web site .

More information for students:  Scholarships and other forms of support
 


ybg Human factors videos - fun and informative


This page was originated by Naomi F. Glasscock