Greetings!  I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University.  I also hold graduate faculty status in OSU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences within OSU’s College of Medicine.


I am the director of the OSU Engineering Laboratory for Human Factors/Ergonomics/Safety.  I am also the Director of OSU’s NIOSH-sponsored Training Project Grant in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.

My research focus is ergonomics and occupational biomechanics, with a special interest in intervention research to reduce exposures to risk factors for musculoskeletal discomfort and disorders; application sectors include healthcare, industry, and education.  My research approach is participatory and interdisciplinary.  To learn more about my research, the courses I teach, and more please visit my webpage.


Recent publications:

Li, J., C. M. Sommerich, E. Chipps, S. A. Lavender and E. A. Stasny (2020). “A framework for studying risk factors for lower extremity musculoskeletal discomfort in nurses.” Ergonomics: 1-39. [Read this paper.]

Sommerich, C.M., Lavender, S.A., Evans, K.D., Sanders, E.B., Joines, S., Lamar, S., Radin Umar, R.Z., Yen, W.T., Park, S., 2020. Collaborating with radiographers to address their work-related musculoskeletal discomfort. Appl Ergon 85, 103069.

Mohammad, S.H., Evans, K.D., Bahner, D., Sommerich, C.M., 2020. An Interprofessional Approach to Targeted Sonography Training Using Computer-Based Simulation in Medical Students’ Clinical Training: A Case Series. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography 36, 153-161.

Lavender, S.A., Sommerich, C.M., Bigelow, S., *Weston, E.B., *Seagren, K., *Amini Pay, N., *Sillars, D., Ramachandran, V., Sun, C., Xu, Y., Marras, W.S., 2020. A biomechanical evaluation of potential ergonomic solutions for use by firefighter and EMS providers when lifting heavy patients in their homes. Appl Ergon 82, 102910.  (* indicate students who received support through our NIOSH Training Grant)