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.

John D. Lee, Ph.D.

Keynote Address

Tuesday, March 23

John D. Lee, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Trust and Adaptation to New Workplace Technology"

Dr. John D. Lee is the Emerson Electric Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory. Previously he was a professor at the University of Iowa and director of human factors research at the National Advanced Driving Simulator. Before moving to the University of Iowa, he was a research scientist at the Battelle Human Factors Transportation Center for six years. He has Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He investigates the issues of human-automation interaction, particularly trust in automation. John has investigated these issues of trust in domains that include UAVs, maritime operations, highly automated vehicles, and process control. His work also involves assessing novel interface and interaction methods to enhance trust calibration, as well as novel statistical approaches to assess trust and user state estimation. He helped to edit the Handbook of Cognitive Engineering, the APA Handbook of Human Systems Integration, and is also a co-author of a popular textbook, Designing for People: An introduction to human factors engineering. This research has been funded by NSF, ONR, NHTSA, NASA, Nissan, Toyota and GM.

AEC Aspire Talks

Wednesday, March 24

Join us for presentations from influential leaders in ergonomics at Wednesday’s keynote presentation, AEC Aspire Talks. AEC Aspire Talks are designed to share learnings, achievements and innovational aspects of ergonomic programs in powerful 30-minute segments. AEC Aspire Talks are inspired by the popular TED Talks, geared toward audiences staying engaged while retaining relevant information. Your presenters are:

Amy May

Amy May

Boeing Canada Winnipeg

Amy May is General Manager of Boeing Canada Winnipeg, which manufactures parts for every airplane that Boeing Commercial Airplanes produces.

Amy started her Boeing career as an industrial ergonomist supporting Boeing Fabrication, 737 and 757 programs. She supported the 787 new airplane design, where she and her teammates received a patent for a “method for managing ergonomic risk exposure in manufacturing.” She later joined Engineering, Operations and Technology (EO&T) as senior manager responsible for enterprise common EHS processes and served as the senior manager for BCA’s fabrication EHS organization, responsible for EHS integration across 12 sites globally. Following that, Amy became director of environment, health and safety (EHS) for Renton and Boeing South Carolina sites, as well as BCA EHS integration. Most recently, she was director of Boeing workplace safety, leading Boeing’s Go for Zero – One Day at a Time initiative.

A graduate of Harvard University’s general management program, Amy holds a bachelor's and master's degree in industrial engineering from Kansas State University and West Virginia University, respectively. She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and previously served as an adjunct professor in ergonomics for Central Washington University.

Wayne Maynard

Wayne Maynard

Liberty Mutual Insurance (Retired)

Wayne Maynard is Product Director-Workers Compensation specializing in ergonomics and prevention of slips, trips and falls (Tribology) including stairway design and walkway safety. He is a member of the Risk Control Technical Services organization. Wayne began his career over 41 years ago with Liberty Mutual and for 23 of those years worked at the former Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, on research translation and development of evidence-based products and tools supporting Liberty Mutual, the Risk Control Services organization and the safety/ergonomics profession overall.

One of the greatest honors in Wayne’s career was the opportunity to work with research legends Drs. Stover Snook and Vincent Ciriello of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. Wayne began his career in 1978 before the days of desktop computers and shortly after hire was given the proprietary internal use only “Manual Materials Handling Task Evaluation Ergonomics Tables” to use in the field based on the first Snook, 1978 published tables. Those tables were updated in 1991 and during the 1990’s Wayne, in partnership with the researchers, led the development of CompuTask™, an internal software program used by Liberty Mutual consultants in the field. In 2005, Wayne publicly released the proprietary 1991 tables as the online “Liberty Mutual Tables” calculator. CompuTask™ continued to be updated with post 1991 research until the research ended in 2010.

Wayne has been associated with the Applied Ergonomics Conference (AEC) since 1999 serving initially as an Ergo Cup Judge and then Ergo Cup Committee Co-Chair from 2007 to 2016. Since 2011, he has served on the AEC Awards Committee and for the past two years has served on the Applied Ergonomics Society (AES) Board of Directors.  For many years Wayne has held leadership responsibilities on ANSI and ASTM technical committees on ergonomics and slips/falls. He received a BA degree in Zoology with pre-med emphasis from the University of Maine, Orono ME and holds the Certified Safety Professional, Certified Professional Ergonomist and Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM) designations.