Advanced Ergonomic Studies
July 31, 2017

Fanshawe's School of Public Safety is pleased to announce that Allison Stephens, MSc, CPE, will join the College as coordinator of its Advanced Ergonomic Studies program.

Ms. Stephens holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Health from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She comes to Fanshawe from Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, where she ran the ergonomics and virtual assembly lab and was the global ergonomics technical leader. Ms. Stephens is recognized as a world leader in the field of ergonomics and has been published more than twenty times for her work. She has won numerous awards for her research and advancement in the field or ergonomics, including Lifetime Achievement recognition from USCAR (United States Council of Automotive Research). 

"Allison Stephens is a recognized leader in the field of ergonomics and we are thrilled to have her join our Advanced Ergonomic Studies faculty team,” says Mark Hunter, chair of the School of Public Safety. “Her extraordinary career as an ergonomist, her exceptional leadership capabilities and her passion for education make her an excellent fit for the role of program coordinator."

Commenting on her transition to Fanshawe, Ms. Stephens says, “After 31 years in industry, I am looking forward to the next chapter where I can be both a mentor and educator of future ergonomists.”

Fanshawe's Advanced Ergonomic Studies program launched in September 2016 and is the first of its kind in Canada. Graduates are prepared for employment in physical, cognitive and organizational ergonomics within public and private sector environments ranging from healthcare to manufacturing. The program features two 15-week academic semesters and one 8-week field placement in a variety of environments ranging from Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto to Labatt's in London. 

"Allison is a well-respected and knowledgeable member of the professional ergonomics community and will be a valuable asset to the Advanced Ergonomic Studies program at Fanshawe," says Jim Arnold, chair of the Advanced Ergonomic Studies program advisory committee. 

Dr. Jim Potvin, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, and President of the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists says, "I have worked with Allison since 1996 and can say she is one of the true visionaries in ergonomics. She has embraced technology, championed university research, mentored an excellent team and built a groundbreaking proactive ergonomics program at Ford Motor Company. In the past 20 years, Allison has done as much to move ergonomics forward as anyone I know."

Ms. Stephens will join the College on September 1. Further information about the Advanced Ergonomic Studies program may be found here.

About the School of Public Safety
Fanshawe's School of Public Safety offers academic programs that provide students with the tools and applied learning experiences needed to pursue a wide range of demanding careers that protect the well-being and survival of citizens. The faculty members, many of whom still work in their respective disciplines, understand career requirements to prepare graduates for careers in the competitive market. Further information about the School of Public Safety can be found here.  

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