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Andrew Patterson

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Graduation: BHK 2012, MHK 2018 in Biomechanics and Ergonomics

Current Position: Vehicle Ergonomics Engineer: Lead for vehicle ergonomic design and validation with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Current Vehicle Programs: Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Wrangler Truck and Dodge Durango. 

Clubs/ Activities: Windsor Lancers Track and Field - Middle Distance 2009-2011, Cross Country 2008-2012, Captain in 2012.

External Involvement: Naval Warfare Officer with Royal Canadian Navy. 

Industry: Ergonomics

“Currently I am a Vehicle Ergonomics Lead for the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Truck, and Dodge Durango. I am Responsible for ensuring ergonomic design practices are implemented into future vehicle design, as well as validation of user experience in prototype and production vehicles. As the lead Ergonomics Engineer, I work within the grounds of best practice, user study, and customer feedback data, as well as virtual and physical mock up to ensure the most intuitive and user-friendly experience is presented to the customer/occupants.”

“The Faculty of Human Kinetics gave me the basic skills relating to time management, team work, networking, and the unique tool kit of knowledge relating to ergonomics. The professors within the program helped me identify the possible career options and assisted me to solidify the idea of a career in manufacturing as an idea. When looking back on the courses I took in my undergrad, sorry Dr. Andrews and Dr. Azar (Masters advisors) but Dr. Kevin Milne was my favourite professor. This is mainly because he taught my favourite classes, Exercise in Extreme Environments and Sex Differences in Exercise and Sport. As a professor, he is extremely engaging, and all his classes have an environment that relies primarily on critical thinking and problem solving (something many students unfortunately do not get enough exposure to). He encourages students to look outside of the program for different perspectives; always be open to new information to form new unique ideas; and never take anything at face value. Looking back on my undergrad, I had a lot of fun, too much some might say. I wish I was involved more actively in an engineering field and joined the Military sooner. If I could go back and change one thing, I would reduce procrastination on projects I did not enjoy the most (but if I am completely honest I know that wouldn’t happen).”

“To current Kinesiology students, always set goals, sell your brand, learn to be an expert. You are your biggest advocate - act like it and strive for continuous improvement. Lastly do not take things personally. Business is not done on emotions it’s done on cold hard facts. Learn to take criticism and how to improve from those comments.”