Professor, Human Factors/Ergonomics, Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, NYS College of Human Ecology
Professor Hedge directs the new Human Factors and Ergonomics Program (HFEP). Research focuses on understanding how to create environmental conditions and ergonomic design criteria for healthy and productive workplaces. Using field experimental approaches and environmental and worker survey methods it considers how indoor air quality impacts on worker performance and health, and how this is modified by organizational policies and environmental design modifications. It investigates the diverse factors involved in the etiology of the sick building syndrome, especially the impact of computer work and job stress on worker susceptibility. Comparative evaluative studies of the effects of alternative office lighting systems in computerized offices are conducted. The effects of furniture and component design on comfort and performance is studied using video-motion biomechanical evaluation methods. Innovative approaches to improving work environment conditions, such as using underfloor ventilation or furniture-integrated air filtration systems, are systematically evaluated. The goal is to develop a scientifically based, systems framework for investigating and improving the ergonomic design of the work environment to benefit workers and companies alike. Graduate projects related to the HFEP have examined diverse topics ranging from the effects of full-motion forearm supports on keyboard use to the use of mental mapping and wayfinding to design museum maps, and the use of comparative survey methods to improve the design of zoo exhibits.
A new ergonomics research laboratory has being constructed (CUergoLab) for research by faculty and graduate students.
Teaches graduate and undergraduate students in Human Factors/Ergonomics, Human-Environment Relations, and Facility Planning & Management.