Nancy Black
Affiliation: Université de Moncton
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Nancy Black, PhD. P.Eng., is Associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Université de Moncton (since 1994). She is passionate about ergonomics and human factors applied in design everywhere – from toilets and trains (when travelling) to classrooms, industry to office. She was National President of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists – l’Association canadienne d’ergonomie (ACE) in 2017 and before that was involved in the Atlantic region at all levels. Her 3 engineering degrees all focus on ergonomics: PhD Mechanical (biomechanics comparing gestures among working aged adult below-elbow amputees using a myoelectric limb and similar adults without physical disability discovering asymmetries in segmental mechanical energy calculations during work-related activities of daily living), M.A.Sc. Industrial (comparing isometric push and pull strength at various reach levels and angles among paraplegic adults using their own wheelchair) and B.A.Sc. in Systems Design (studying second-hand tobacco air circulation efficiency in a bingo-hall).  She is Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University (since 2004) and is Honorary Research Associate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Brunswick since 2005. Her research focusses on musculoskeletal disorders and how to limit them through tool and workstation design.  Since 2008, her research has focussed on sedentary computer-intensive environments and so called ‘ergonomic’ tools. She is co-inventor of a patented “Workstation having automated and powered height, depth and rotational adjusters”.  She enjoys the privilege to sensitise engineering students to the importance of considering human factors in their designs through her teaching. She has a special link to France, having studied (U T Compiègne, 1987), researched (on sabbatical at IFSTTAR near Lyon in 2011-12) and in recent years has a week-long seminar course on ergonomics (U Bordeaux in English)  to Hygiene – Safety - Environment undergraduates. For the 2021 Triennial World Congress of the International Ergonomics Association in Vancouver, Nancy is co-chair of the Technical Programming Committee with Dr. Patrick Neumann, leading a world-wide team with 36 Scientific Tracks and representing 70 countries and over 1000 peer-reviewed scientific contributions.  In addition to being a proud member of ACE, she is a long-time member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Association of Professional engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB) and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE).