University of Iowa News Release
Oct. 13, 2003
UI Alumni Association Presents 'Discover Engineering@Iowa' Program
The Lifelong Learning Program, "Discover Engineering@Iowa" is from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa.
David Wilder, associate professor of biomedical engineering and senior research scientist in the Iowa Spine Research Center's Jolt/Vibration Laboratory, will present, "Oh, My Aching Back!" Wilder will discuss the complexity of the human back, the impact of sitting and standing, as well as driving--including the possibility that engineers can develop more back-friendly vehicles.
Thomas Schnell, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of the Operator Performance Laboratory in the Center for Computer-Aided Design will present, "Designing Human Centered Systems: Stone-Age Humans in the Space Age." Schnell is a nationally recognized researcher in a field called "human factors" -- the knowledge of human capabilities and limitations. This seminar will illustrate how human factors research gives engineers and designers what they need to tackle scenarios where technology outpaces our capabilities.
All ages are invited to this presentation; members of the Society of Women
Engineers and Women in Science and Engineering will present activities for
first grade through high school students during the adult sessions.
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