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Mark R. Lehto, EIT, PhD

B.S. in Industrial Engineering (1978), Oregon State University; M.S. in Industrial Engineering (1981), Purdue University; Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering (1985), The University of Michigan. Purdue University (1986-present): Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering. Commercial Boating (1965-1975).

Special Expertise: Knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.

Affiliations: American Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society).

James M. Miller, PE, PhD

Registered Professional Engineer. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (1963), M.B.A. (1965), and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (1971), Ohio State University. Owens-Corning Fiberglass (1964-1967): Corporate Methods Engineer. The University of Michigan (1970-present): Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) Professor, teaching courses in human factors/ergonomics, safety, engineering law, and labor relations. U.S. Department of Labor (1975-1977): Special Assistant for Safety, Assistant Secretary of Labor.

Special Expertise: Warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, COF testing, recreational vehicle safety (boats, ATVs and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, ANSI, ASTM, UL, CPSC)

Affiliations: American Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), National Safety Council (NSC), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), American Society of Tests and Materials (ASTM), American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)

Xinran Y. Lehto, PhD (Hospitality and Tourism)

PhD (2000), Masters of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management (1997), Masters of Art in English (1989), Bachelors of Art in English (1986). Purdue University: Associate Professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Purdue Center on Aging and the Life Course: Research faculty fellow. Purdue Center for Families: Faculty Partner. Colorado State University: Assistant Professor in Department of Natural Resource, Recreation, and Tourism. China National Tourism Administration: Marketing Executive. Chan Brother Travel Inc.: Senior Planning Executive.

Special Expertise: Statistical data analysis; Cross-cultural consumer behavior; Consumer decision making; and marketing communication strategies.

Rebecca H. Lehto, PhD (Nursing/Cancer)

Bachelors of Science in Nursing (1986), Oregon Health Sciences University. Masters of Science in Medical-Surgical Nursing (1997), The University of Michigan. PhD in Nursing - Neuro-Behavior (2004), The University of Michigan. Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005-2007), Center for Enhancement and Restoration of Cognitive Function, The University of Michigan. Michigan State University: Assistant Professor in Nursing (2007-Present).

Special Expertise: Nursing Administration; Cancer Treatment; Drug Administration; Nursing Supervision; Clinical Nursing Practices; Worry; Illness Perceptions and Cancer Adaptation.


Heidi J. Haapala, MD (Adult Rehabilitation)

MD (2001) University of Michigan Medical School. Residency (2005) University of Michigan. Certification (2008): American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Clinical Instructor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Special Expertise: Adult Rehabilitation. Clinical Interests: Muscular Skeletal Injury, Diseases, and Accidents; Cerebral Palsy; Adult Rehabilitation; Back Injury.

Bradley T. Cook, PE, BSME (Mechanical Engineering)

Registered Professional Engineer. Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Mechanical Engineering (1995), The University of Michigan. Chrysler Corporation (1996-1999): Chassis Product Engineer, Team Prowler. Team Advisor, 3.3/3.8 crankshaft and camshaft machining. Haworth Corporation (1995-1996): Manufacturing Engineer, Office Furniture. Ford Motor Company (1994): Manufacturing Engineering Internship. Dow Corning Corporation (1991-1993).
Special Expertise: Automobile / motorcycle / large truck accident investigation and reconstruction; automotive 'black box' or airbag crash data retrieval; vehicle visibility; product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents.
Affiliations: American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Kelley S. Lodge, BSE (Packaging), MSE (Safety and Health)

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) Industrial Engineering (Occupational Safety and Health) (1993), The University of Michigan. Bachelor of Science in Engineering Arts (1992), Michigan State University. Bachelor of Science in Packaging (1992), Michigan State University. Kraft Foods (1996-1997): Research Engineer. Post Cereal Division, Package Premiums. Ford Motor Company (1993-1996): Customer Service Division, Warehouse Supervisor. Pillsbury (1990) Packaging Summer Intern

Special Expertise: Child safety packaging along with child safety specifications and testing. Flexible material packaging including package material and package performance testing. Competitive products packaging analysis. Labeling research, design and testing. Operator/instruction manual design and testing. Consumer product hazard analysis. Occupational safety and health audits. Chemical material safety data sheets (MSDS) analysis. Distribution operations including inventory analysis and control.

Affiliations: Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Women in Packaging, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

  David N. Lehto, BSEAg (Agricultural Engineering)

Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering, Purdue University (1996). Manager of Miller Engineering Western Office, Twin Falls - Idaho (1996-1999).

Special Expertise: Agricultural equipment safety, machinery design. Pressurized irrigation system design. Crop and soil science. Agronomy and biogenetic engineering.

Affiliations: American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE).

Shirley Ampulski

Masters in Library Science, University of Michigan (1990). Bachelor of Science in English and Psychology, Grand Valley State University (1987). Reference Librarian, Lansing Community College Library 1994-1996. Slide Cataloger, Art and Architecture Library, University of Michigan 1993. Serials Aquisitions Librarian, Eastern Michigan University Library, 1992-1993. Cataloger, Library of Michigan 1990-1992.

Special Expertise: Research all areas of product liability, product safety issues, accident statistics, and federal and local government standards and regulations. Summarize deposition testimony.

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