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Biographical Details: Professor Alan Hedge, PhD, MErgS,AFBPsS.

Alan Hedge is a Full Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University, where, since 1987, he has directed the Human Factors and Ergonomics teaching and research programs. Prior to that, 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.

His research and teaching activities have focused on issues of design and workplace ergonomics as these affect the health, comfort and productivity of workers. He is currently conducting research on carpal tunnel syndrome risk factors for workers, alternative keyboard system designs, the performance and health effects of postural strain, and on the health and comfort impacts of environmental stressors, such as the effects of indoor air quality effects on sick building syndrome complaints among office workers, and the effects of office lighting on eyestrain problems among computer workers. He has published a book, 18 chapters and over 130 articles on these topics in the ergonomics and related journals.

His professional activites are extensive. He chairs the Work Environment Design Technical Subcommittee of the US HFES TAG to ISO. He is an elected Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society; a member of the American Psychological Association; and a registered member of the Ergonomics Society. He is on the editorial board of the journal Ergonomics. He is past chair of is past chair of the Organizational Design and Management Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Work Environment subcommittee of the ANSI/HFES 100 VDT Standard Revision Committee and the Work Environment subcommittee of the IEA. He also chaired the American Standards for Testing and Materials (ASTM) task group on the development of behavioral tools for assessing facilities performance. He was President of the Division of Environmental Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology from 1982-1986.

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