Dr. David Andrews


Dave Andrews

Email: dandrews@uwindsor.ca
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext: 2433
Office: H.K. Building, Room 108

Biomechanics, Human Factors & Ergonomics


Ph.D. (University of Waterloo, 1996)
M.Sc. (McMaster University, 1992)
B.P.E. (McMaster University, 1989)

The overarching objective of Dr. Andrews’ main body of disciplinary research in biomechanics and ergonomics is to prevent injuries. He does this through designing and testing various methods for estimating peak and cumulative loads on the body during industrial work, and non-work activities, and by quantifying and modeling the musculoskeletal response of the body to impacts, such as those experienced through the upper and lower extremities during running and landing from a fall, respectively, or to the head during youth sports, such as football and hockey. Dr. Andrews has various research interests related to teaching and learning, including peer observation of teaching, educational leadership, development of teaching practices, student engagement in large classes, and assessment and evaluation in higher education. He utilizes his experience in these research areas within his classes to provide the best possible learning experience for students in Functional Anatomy, Human Factors and Performance, and Biomechanics in the Workplace. He works extensively with both undergraduate and graduate students in all of his research efforts to provide opportunities for skill development and career preparation in various disciplines. With respect to leadership roles, Dr. Andrews is a 3M National Teaching Fellow, past president of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics, the former Research Leadership Chair and Teaching Leadership Chair for the Faculty of Human Kinetics, and former head of the Department of Kinesiology. He is a member of several national and international societies in biomechanics, ergonomics, and teaching and learning, and he serves as a regular reviewer for different granting agencies and for several scientific journals in these areas.

Areas of Research Interest 

Biomechanics and Ergonomics

  • Musculoskeletal response to and modelling of upper and lower extremity impacts
  • Predicting segment tissue masses in living people
  • Head impacts in youth sport (football, hockey)
  • Quantifying peak and cumulative loads during work and non-work activities
  • Development and evaluation of biomechanical methods for physical demands assessment
  • Patient handling practices in nurses

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

  • Peer observation of teaching
  • Anatomy instructional practices
  • Mid-career faculty experience
  • Development of teaching practices
  • Student engagement in large classes
  • Assessment and evaluation in higher education

Recent Sources of Funding

  1. University of Windsor Diversity, Indigeneity, and Anti-Racism Professional Development Fund Grant (2022)
  2. University of Windsor Strategic Development Grant (2022-2024)
  3. WE-SPARK Igniting Discovery (2022)
  4. Leggett & Platt Automotive (2019, 2022)
  5. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) (2012-2017)
  6. University of Windsor Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award (2017-2020)
  7. University of Windsor Teaching Leadership Chair (2014-2019)
  8. University of Windsor Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (2016-2017)
  9. Mitacs Accelerate Ontario (2017, 2019, 2020, 2022)

Research and Publications

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