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The ASSE Foundation Announces North Carolina’s Uy and Michigan’s Young as the 2010 Recipients of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship

Posted in on Wed, Apr 14, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (April 14, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced that Chad Caesar Uy of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and Justin G. Young of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, are each recipients of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship, a program at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA. Uy’s research project will examine the effect of handle design on the kinetics and kinematics of a pouring task and Young’s research project will focus on an assessing hand-handle interface for pushing tasks.

North Carolina State University’s Chad Caesar Uy has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and is currently working on his Master of Science degree in industrial engineering at North Carolina State University. Uy’s proposal focuses on loss of hand strength as a person ages. Specifically, he notes that the task of pouring liquid from a bottle is one that requires coordinated use of muscles in the arm, wrist and upper arm. His research aims to find a new design for a bottle, such as a detergent bottle, that would reduce the amount of physical stress on the user to promote safe and proper handling. This type of bottle design could alleviate awkward and extreme postures that create musculoskeletal disorders and cause injuries.

Young currently attends the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and is working on his PhD in industrial and operations engineering. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in biomedical engineering and has two Master of Science in Engineering degrees in biomedical engineering and industrial and operations engineering, also from the University of Michigan. Young’s proposal aims to develop more effective push handles on hand trucks and pushcarts to allow operators to exert optimal force. Often, handles are parallel to the frontal plane of the person operating the equipment, but this may not always be the best design for push efficiency. His project proposal includes analysis of previous research data and determining how the results can be incorporated into biomechanical models in ergonomic analysis software.

The goals of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship Program include encouraging research activity in the field of safety; familiarizing graduate students, faculty members and other researchers with current research projects and up-to-date research models and applications to expand the body of knowledge; expanding and stimulating safety research understanding; providing a forum for linking safety professionals, industry needs, and quality research programs; and laying the groundwork for graduate students and faculty members to pursue safety/health applied research projects of their choice. Fellows will spend four to six weeks during the summer of 2010 at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified global insurer and fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2008 direct written premium. The Company also ranks 86th on the Fortune 500 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2008 revenue. As of December 31, 2009, Liberty Mutual Group had $109.5 billion in consolidated assets, $95.0 billion in consolidated liabilities, and $31.1 billion in annual consolidated revenue.

Owned and operated by Liberty Mutual Group, the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (www.libertymutualgroup.com/researchinstitute) has helped improve the occupational safety and health of workers for more than 50 years. Through laboratory and field-based investigations, the Research Institute seeks to advance scientific, business-relevant knowledge in workplace and highway safety, and work disability. Research findings are shared with the worldwide health and safety community through peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations. Ultimately, these findings are used to develop recommendations, guidelines, and interventions that help reduce risk and control costs.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit www.asse.org/foundation.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.



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