Program Leadership & Faculty

Our faculty and leadership are composed of academics, engineers, and professionals who have years of experience researching, teaching and consulting on the prevention of occupational injuries.  Through on campus classes, online classes and various workshops, this group of individuals ensures that we have well trained and supported students, researchers and practitioners here and abroad.

One aspect of the core faculty’s reputation and strength is the extramural support obtained. Research grants, gifts, and consultation services provide approximately 90% of the funding support for the Ergonomics Program. 

Assistant Professor and Director Carisa Harris Adamson, PhD, CPE, PT is the primary graduate advisor for M.S., MPH and Ph.D. students; approximately 50% of her time is directly involved in teaching and mentoring (e.g. courses, oversight of graduate students' research projects, mentoring field/clinical internships etc).  She is a Faculty Member in the Department of Medicine at University of California San Francisco with a multi-location appointment in the Environmental Health Sciences Department in the School of Public Health at University of California at Berkeley.   PubMed MyNCBI:

Professor Emeritus David Rempel MD, MPH, started the UC Ergonomics Program in 1991.  He has been teaching, doing research, and consulting in the field of ergonomics for 20 years and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He continues his research part-time through the UC Ergonomics Lab. Professor Rempel was a member of the National Research Council’s Panel on Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace, served on the ANSI Z-365 Committee (Control of Musculoskeletal Disorders), is an ad hoc reviewer for NIH and OSH study sections, and is currently a member of the Physical Agents Committee of the ACGIH.

Alan Barr, MS

Alan has degrees in biomechanics and biomedical engineering. He is the senior engineer on staff at the UCB/UCSF Ergonomics Graduate Training Program. He spent the last 13 years collaborating on research related to health and safety issues surrounding the use of hand-operated drills used in concrete drilling. He has designed and built many prototypes to be formally studied as effective interventions in mitigating potentially harmful effects associated with traditional drilling methods. His true passion is raising his three daughters.

Ira Janowitz, PT, CPE

Ira Janowitz, PT, CPE, is a full-time ergonomist for the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories and is trained in industrial engineering and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Mr. Janowitz lectures in the Ergonomics course (PH269C), oversees field work performed by ergonomics students in Ergonomics Internship (PH297), and directs one of the ergonomics CE courses.

Professor Fadi Fathallah, PhD

Professor Fadi Fathallah, PhD, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis, provides lectures in the Ergonomics course at UC Berkeley. His expertise in spine biomechanics (with Professor Krause’s expertise in low back pain) helps to fill a previously identified weakness in this area. The UCSF/Berkeley Ergonomics Program was instrumental in convincing the Davis campus to invest in a tenure-track faculty FTE in ergonomics and has now developed strong collaborations in agricultural ergonomics teaching and research crossing campus lines.

Dr. Niklas Krause, MD, MPH, PhD

Dr. Niklas Krause, MD, MPH, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF with expertise in the epidemiology of low back pain related to work and psychosocial and work organizational factors. Professor Krause lectures in PH269C and PH269D and advises students conducting epidemiologic research. He is collaborating with Dr. Rempel on four epidemiologic studies.

Professor Ken Goldberg, MS, PhD

Professor Ken Goldberg, MS, PhD, joined the university five years ago and is responsible for teaching human factors courses in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley. He lectures on human factors issues in the Ergonomics course (PH269C).

Melissa Afterman, MS-HFE, CPE

Instructor, Consultant

Melissa Afterman is a  Board Certified Professional Ergonomist and an EH&S specialist for the Department of Occupational Medicine at UCSF.  Working with the University of California's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), she is also an instructor and development team member of the Online Ergonomics Education Program. Melissa studied BioResource/ Agricultural Engineering at Cal Poly SLO and earned her Master's degree in Human Factors/Ergonomics Engineering from San Jose State University.

Meg Honan, MS, CPE, PT

Instructor, Consultant

Meg Honan is an EH&S specialist for the Department of Occupational Medicine at UCSF. She also serves and an instructor and development team member working with the University of California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) Online Ergonomics Education Program. She studied Physical Therapy at Boston University and earned a Masters in Environmental Health Sciences/Ergonomics from UC Berkeley. Meg is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist.

Dr. Jim Potvin, PhD, CCPE

Professor Emeritus, McMaster University

Jim received a B.H.K. in Kinesiology from the University of Windsor (1986) and a M.Sc. (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) in biomechanics from the University of Waterloo. He was a professor for 23 years at the University of Guelph, University of Windsor and McMaster University, where is he now a Professor Emeritus. He is also the owner of Potvin Biomechanics Inc. Jim researches in the areas of biomechanics and physical ergonomics. His basic research focuses on the study of joint mechanics and muscle fatigue and his applied research focuses on developing valid ergonomic methods to quantify injury risk in the workplace; including the assessment of manual materials handling tasks and the evaluation of risk of upper limb disorders. Jim has supervised over 70 graduate students and employed 60 graduates and published over 80 scientific articles.

Dr. Michelle Robertson, PhD, CPE

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University, Director, Office Ergonomics Research Committee.

Dr. Dan Nathan Roberts, PhD, CPE

Assistant Professor, San Jose State University

Dr. Dan Nathan-Roberts, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at San José State University. Dan has worked as an innovation researcher, educator, author, and consultant at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Dan completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a co-investigator on a $2.5M R01 grant to improve our understanding of home healthcare. Dan has been an engineering researcher at the joint UC Berkeley / UCSF ergonomics program, worked in industry as an engineer domestically and abroad, and researched medical device human factors at the FDA. Dan’s research interest center on human factors; physical and cognitive ergonomics including; patient-centered healthcare, human-robot interaction, and quantified-self technology. He is a champion of inclusion in engineering and access to human factors education.