Dr. Rammohan Maikala is a Senior Program Specialist, Injury Prevention and Ergonomics Program at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, USA. Ram’s current responsibilities include (teaching and training) safe patient handling and mobility to hospital staff, development and provision of ergonomics and safety risk assessments of the hospital and clinical environments, and tracking employee-related injuries and developing interventions to mitigate injuries.
Before he arrived at Providence in October 2014, Ram was a Research Scientist for 12.9 years at the Center for Physical Ergonomics, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, USA. For almost two decades, Ram’s research focused on Work Physiology and Human Performance using various non-invasive physiological modalities, including Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS); this effort, in turn, led to the first peer-reviewed special issue on Applications of NIRS in Ergonomics and Exercise-related research.
Ram is the current Editor-in-Chief of Ergonomics in Design, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society-USA, an Editor for International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, and on the advisory panel of IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics & Human Factors. He is also the past president of Puget Sound Chapter of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2016-2018) and the past president of The International Society for Occupational Ergonomics & Safety (2016-2017).
In addition to being the Technical Standards Division Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Ram is the Chair of the US Technical Advisory Group – Ergonomics of Human-System Interaction [ANSI/HFES to ISO Technical Committee (TC) 159-Ergonomics/Subcommittee (SC) 4], and a voting member of SC3 – Anthropometry and Biomechanics [ANSI/HFES to ISO TC 159]. In addition, Ram has delivered keynotes, guest lectures, and scientific talks on varied workplace health and safety issues, and led and organized symposiums and workshops for various health and safety academicians and practitioners.