D McGlothlin
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Dr. JAMES D. McGLOTHLIN was born and raised in Michigan.  He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, Faculty Scholar, and Professor Emeritus of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. Dr. McGlothlin is the former Director of the Graduate Program in Occupational and Environmental Sciences and the NIOSH Training Program Grant (TPG).   Also, he created and directed Purdue’s Ergonomics and Exposure Assessment Research Laboratory (P.E2A.R.L.) where his students have won several national and international awards for their research.  Prior to his appointment to Purdue University, he was a senior researcher in ergonomics and industrial hygiene focusing on engineering controls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/NIOSH). Dr. McGlothlin is known internationally for his ergonomics work and exposure assessment tools (known as Video Exposure Monitoring - VEM) that he invented and has patents.  While at Purdue, Dr. McGlothlin established several cost effective occupational ergonomics and industrial hygiene programs where he as advanced safety through the Prevention through Design (PtD), initiative for (NIOSH -  Dr. McGlothlin is the author of more than 300 scientific, technical, and government reports and is the Co-Editor of the acclaimed book, Occupational Ergonomics: Theory and Applications, now in its 2nd Edition . He has given more than 2,000 professional presentations; twenty of these in the past 3 years.  Dr. McGlothlin is the President and CEO of three companies (VEM Systems, LLC.; VEM Smart Systems, LLC – non-profit), and Safe Temperature Systems, (STS) LLC.  All three companies are dedicated to evaluation, mitigation, and prevention of occupational safety and health hazards.

At Purdue University, Dr. McGlothlin taught classes and conducted research in Occupational Ergonomics, Occupational and Environmental Health, Principles of Public Health, and International Perspectives in Contemporary Public Health (Study Abroad).  He was the developer and course director for the very popular courses mentioned above. Dr. McGlothlin served as a course director in ergonomics at Northwestern University School of Engineering, in Evanston, Illinois, and at the University of Cincinnati, School of Medicine, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  At the University of Cincinnati, he developed and taught short courses in ergonomics and industrial hygiene for several industries over a 20-year period, including the Ergonomics Programs.  He was an adjunct Professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, and had courtesy appointments at Purdue’s School of Industrial Technology, and Purdue Calumet.  Internationally, he recently conducted ergonomics and exposure assessment (industrial hygiene) research at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, and at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. Dr. McGlothlin is currently on the faculty of Western Michigan University, and Calvin University as an adjunct professor in Interdisciplinary Occupational Safety and Health Programs and Epidemiology, respectively.

Dr. McGlothlin has received several awards for his research and service to the U.S. Public Health Service, including the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal, the Outstanding Service medal, and Stanley J. Kessel Award for Outstanding Health Services Professional of the Year.  At Purdue University he was awarded the Focus Award for outstanding contributions to the furthering of Purdue University’s commitment to disability accessibility and diversity, recognized as a University Faculty Scholar for outstanding academic distinction, and appointed a Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) Scholar. In the spring of 2015, he was recognized as teacher of the year in the School of Health Sciences, Purdue University. Most recently, Dr. McGlothlin was nominated for the Safety Professional of the Year award by the ASSP local section president of Western Michigan.

Dr. McGlothlin became a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in March 2006.  He served on several national and international professional committees, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Occupational and Environmental Health Journal, and the Occupational Hazards Journal.  He has 3 Patents, one on ergonomic handle design and two on wireless real-time video exposure monitoring systems.

 Dr. McGlothlin received his B.A., in Psychology (Industrial Psychology concentration), an M.P.H. in Epidemiology, and M.S. degree in Environmental and Industrial health from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii.  He received his Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary – Industrial Engineering – Health Sciences) degree from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, specializing in Ergonomics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jim lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is married, has two married daughters, and four grandchildren. He is a deacon in his church and contributes his time, talents, and treasures to underserved communities, most recently using his Safe Temperature Solutions technology to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among homeless women’s shelters (Degage of Grand Rapids, Michigan). In his spare time Jim enjoys Triathlons, Kayaking, Playing Chess (especially with his grandchildren), Origami, Reading, and International travel.

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