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 26

William S. Marras, Ph.D., CPEWilliam S. Marras, Ph.D., CPE
The Ohio State University

William S. Marras holds the Honda Chair in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University. As director of the university’s Spine Research Institute, he also holds joint academic appointments in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Department of Neurosurgery, and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

His research is centered on understanding multidimensional causal pathways for spine disorders through quantitative epidemiologic evaluations, laboratory biomechanical studies, personalized mathematical modeling, and clinical studies of the lumbar and cervical spine. His findings have been published in over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, hundreds of refereed proceedings, and numerous books and book chapters including a book “The Working Back: A Systems View.” A former editor-in-chief of Human Factors, Marras is currently deputy editor of Spine. He has also recorded a TEDx talk “Back Pain and your Brain,” and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

With Fellow status in six professional societies including the American Society for the Advancement of Science, Marras has been widely recognized for his contributions through numerous national and international awards including two Volvo Awards for Low Back Pain Research and an honorary Sc.D. degree. He has served on over a dozen boards and committees in the National Research Council including chair of the Board on Human Systems Integration for multiple terms. Marras is past president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.