Academic Collaborations

Dr. Andris Freivalds, PhD. CPE

Dr. Andris Freivalds

Lucas Professor, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University​

Dr. Andris Freivalds is the Lucas Professor Industrial Engineering at Penn State University.  He received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 1979, M.S. in Computer, Information and Control Engineering in 1975, and B.S.E. in Science Engineering in 1972, all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Dr. Freivalds’ research and teaching interests are in biomechanics and ergonomics which lead to the founding of the Center for Cumulative Trauma Disorders with the cooperation of the Ben Franklin Partnership of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This center has served as the source of ergonomic services for over 90 small- and medium-sized Pennsylvania companies in controlling their workplace hazards over the last 35 years.  Dr. Freivalds is author of the popular work measurement textbook Methods, Standards, and Work Design and of the graduate level biomechanics textbook, Biomechanics of the Upper Limbs, Mechanics, Modeling and Musculoskeletal Injuries. In addition, he has mentored 25 Ph.D. and 43 M.S. students. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and the Ergonomics Society and he has received the College of Engineering Premier and Outstanding Teaching and Outstanding Research Awards as wells as the IISE Technical Innovation Award.

Dr. Ling Rothrock, PhD. CPE

Dr. Ling Rothrock

Professor, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University​

Dr. Ling Rothrock has been a professor in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Pennsylvania State University since 2002. He served on the faculty at the Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Department at Wright State University from 2000 to 2002. From 1995 to 2000, he served in the U.S. Army as an executive officer in a maintenance company, a logistics officer in support of an Air Defense Artillery brigade (PATRIOT), and a research scientist in the Army Research Laboratory. Prof. Rothrock’s research areas include human-in-the-loop discrete event simulations, display visualization, and human-machine performance evaluation. His simulation software has been used by the U.S. Navy for training and modeling. He has also been funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate decision strategies in dynamic tasks. He has published over 80 technical articles in the area and obtained over $3 million in external funding. Prof. Rothrock is the Editor-in-Chief of the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries. He is also an Associate Editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Human Machine Systems (formerly, SMC-A), and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Transaction on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors. He is a past president of the Computer and Information Systems Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and a senior member IEEE.

Dr. Faisal Aqlan, PhD. CPE

Dr. Faisan Aqlan

Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering and MMM Programs 

Penn State Behrend

Dr. Faisal Aqlan is associate  professor of industrial engineering at Penn State Behrend. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2013. Prior to his current position, Dr. Aqlan worked at University of New Haven, Innovation Associates Company, and IBM Corporation. His work has resulted in both business value and intellectual property. He has published several papers in reputed journals and conferences. Dr. Aqlan is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and currently serves as the president of IISE Logistics and Supply Chain division. He is IBM-certified for Lean manufacturing and ASQ-certified for Six Sigma. Dr. Aqlan has received numerous awards and honors ​

Dr. Chris Lee, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Chris Lee

Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

University of Windsor​

Dr. Chris Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Windsor. His research interest is in transportation engineering with an emphasis on road safety, driver behavior, and traffic operation and control. Dr. Lee conducted research on car-truck interaction and conflicts, car-following and lane-changing behavior, prediction of crash frequency and injury severity, safety evaluation of countermeasures, advanced speed control for freeways, and aggressive and distracted driving. His research has been funded by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and FedDev Ontario.

Industrial Collaborations

Kingsville Stamping

Kingsville Stamping Limited​

Peter W. Dyck founded Kingsville Stamping Limited in 1986. KSL started as a fabricating-manufacturing shop. Kingsville Stamping Ltd has always stressed the importance of a good management and employee relationship. Working very close with the Ministry of Labor regulations in order to assure work place safety. Conforming to the ISO/TS 16949 standard management system. As KSL grew over the years it got more involved with stamping automotive production as tier 2 and tier 3 supplier. KSL has exceeded their long term goals. KSL had planned on doubling our facilities in 5 to 10 years, they did it within 3 years.  KSL’s goal now will be to double our production in 5 years.