Keynote Speakers

Be stimulated and inspired by ergonomics leaders and experts during the keynote presentations. Keynote speakers will present their unique perspectives on the latest breakthrough ergonomics developments in healthcare, government, military and safety.

Tuesday, March 28 

Nancy Larson

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Nancy Larson
Nancy LJ Larson Consulting LLC

Nancy Larson, Ph.D., BCPE, has been a practicing ergonomist for more than 25 years. Her career has been directed toward the application of human factors and ergonomics technical knowledge within business environments. As manager of the ergonomics programs for two major corporations as well as consulting at dozens of others, understanding technical research and then coordinating the application of that knowledge into everyday business practice has been her primary focus. For 18 years, Larson was the manager of 3M's Corporate Ergonomics Program. Previously, she managed the ergonomics program for American Express and American Express Financial Advisors and also worked as an ergonomics consultant in a number of industries including hospitals, electronic assembly, meatpacking, manufacturing and office. Currently, she is a consultant and co-instructor at the University of Minnesota teaching a course in Foundations of Human Factors and Ergonomics.

Larson has a doctoral degree in industrial design from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, a master's degree in industrial engineering with a specialization in ergonomics and a bachelor's degree in psychology from North Carolina State University. She achieved her board certification as a professional ergonomist in 1993 and was inducted as a Human Factors and Ergonomics Society fellow in 2016. She is the recipient of several awards, including the U.S. Governmental Accounting Office's "Best Ergonomics Program," American Express Chairman's Quality Award, three 3M Chairman's Leadership Awards, 3M's Environmental Health and Safety Lifetime Achievement Award, and the HFES Alexander C. Williams Jr. Design Award. She has been a leader, promoter, presenter and participant of the Applied Ergonomics Conference since 1998.

Wednesday, March 29 

  Ben Zavitz, CPE 

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Ben Zavitz, C.P.E.
Owner and Principal Consultant of ErgoHP

Ben Zavitz is a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) who has more than 20 years of experience implementing ergonomics programs and solutions in complex physically demanding work environments (automotive, aerospace and shipbuilding). As the former corporate ergonomist for General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works, he successfully abated an OSHA ergonomics citation and was responsible for development and implementation of the tactical and strategic activities of the ergonomics program. For that project, Zavitz’s team won three Ergo Cup® awards, and in 2014 Zavitz was recognized by Liberty Mutual Insurance and GOErgo as the Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year for his creative application of ergonomics programs and solutions. Zavitz is currently the owner and principal consultant of ErgoHP, a company he established to provide state-of-the art technology and methodologies to reduce losses and improve business performance by optimizing the efficiency of people.

Zavitz was the lead author for the OSHA Voluntary Ergonomic Guidelines for Shipyards, past president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and is on the organizing committee for the Applied Ergonomics Conference. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada, with a B.S. in kinesiology and ergonomics, has extensive training and experience in lean Six Sigma, and learned the practical application of kaizen from the Shingijutsu Global Consulting firm in Japan while working at The Boeing Company.