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Analysis Of Safety Decision-Making Data Using Event Tree Analysis, Gretchen A. Mosher, Nir Keren Nov 2011

Analysis Of Safety Decision-Making Data Using Event Tree Analysis, Gretchen A. Mosher, Nir Keren

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Predicting and analyzing employee safety decision-making is an important component of managing safety in the workplace. This presentation will discuss the process of transforming existing safety decisionmaking data into an event tree pathway. Event tree analysis methodology is utilized to identify contributing factors in complex systems, illustrate interrelationships of the causes of specified events, and to quantify probabilities of occurrence for each pathway of events. Once pathways are constructed and probabilities for each are estimated, safety decision paths with the highest probabilities can be targeted for educational intervention. Thus, the use of safety decision-making data with event tree analysis has ...


Measuring The Relationship Between Employee Trust And Quality Decision-Making, Gretchen A. Mosher Nov 2011

Measuring The Relationship Between Employee Trust And Quality Decision-Making, Gretchen A. Mosher

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Quality is one of several workplace goals and several factors influence the quality climate of an organization. One factor believed to play a role in quality climate is trust. Although limited research has examined the relationship between trust and quality climate, no previous inquiry has examined the role worker trust levels play in quality-related decision-making in a workplace setting. Because workplace quality outcomes depend heavily on the decisions made by employees, an understanding of the factors which influence the decisionmaking process of employees is an important component of workplace quality initiatives.


Modeling And Solving A Large-Scale Generation Expansion Planning Problem Under Uncertainty, Shan Jin, Sarah M. Ryan, Jean-Paul Watson, David L. Woodruff Nov 2011

Modeling And Solving A Large-Scale Generation Expansion Planning Problem Under Uncertainty, Shan Jin, Sarah M. Ryan, Jean-Paul Watson, David L. Woodruff

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

We formulate a generation expansion planning problem to determine the type and quantity of power plants to be constructed over each year of an extended planning horizon, considering uncertainty regarding future demand and fuel prices. Our model is expressed as a two-stage stochastic mixed-integer program, which we use to compute solutions independently minimizing the expected cost and the Conditional Value-at-Risk; i.e., the risk of significantly larger-than-expected operational costs. We introduce stochastic process models to capture demand and fuel price uncertainty, which are in turn used to generate trees that accurately represent the uncertainty space. Using a realistic problem instance ...


The Effect Of A Lower Extremity Kinematic Constraint On Lifting Biomechanics, Sangeun Jin, Gary A. Mirka Nov 2011

The Effect Of A Lower Extremity Kinematic Constraint On Lifting Biomechanics, Sangeun Jin, Gary A. Mirka

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Leaning against a stationary barrier during manual materials handling tasks is observed in many industrial environments, but the effects of this kinematic constraint on low back mechanics are unknown. Thirteen participants performed two-handed lifting tasks using both a leaning posture and no leaning posture while trunk kinematics, muscle activity and ground reaction force were monitored. Results revealed that lifting with the leaning posture required significantly less activity in erector spinae (26% vs. 36% MVC) and latissimus dorsi (8% vs. 14% MVC), and less passive tissue moment compared with the no leaning posture. Peak sagittal accelerations were lower when leaning, but ...


Work In Progress - Preparation Creating Effective Faculty Of Engineering: A Technological Literacy Approach, Mani Mina, Diane T. Rover, Mack C. Shelley Oct 2011

Work In Progress - Preparation Creating Effective Faculty Of Engineering: A Technological Literacy Approach, Mani Mina, Diane T. Rover, Mack C. Shelley

Political Science Presentations and Posters

This paper reviews the framework and provides new result for the implementation of a new program designed to develop more effective future faculty in engineering. The core of the proposed program will be based on our efforts regarding the recently developed Minor in Engineering Studies (MES). This program will team up effective engineering faculty to train, mentor, and evaluate a select group of graduate students to teach classes in our MES program. The goal is to help the engineering graduate students (the graduate educators) become better communicator and better educators by training non-engineering students in technological literacy classes. This practice ...


A Novel Interdisciplinary Course In Gerontechnology For Disseminating Computational Thinking, Hen-I Yang, Peter Martin, Debra Satterfield, Ryan Babbitt, Johnny S. Wong, Mack C. Shelley, Carl K. Chang Oct 2011

A Novel Interdisciplinary Course In Gerontechnology For Disseminating Computational Thinking, Hen-I Yang, Peter Martin, Debra Satterfield, Ryan Babbitt, Johnny S. Wong, Mack C. Shelley, Carl K. Chang

Political Science Presentations and Posters

While specialized knowledge and skills are the hallmark of modern society, the size and complexity of contemporary problems often require cooperative effort to analyze and solve. Therefore, experiences with skills, methodologies, and tools for effective interdisciplinary collaboration and structured problem solving are vital for preparing students for future academic and professional success. Meanwhile, computational systems have permeated much of modern professional and personal life, making computational thinking an essential skill for members of modern society. However, formal training in these techniques is primarily limited to students within computer science, mathematics, management of information systems, and engineering. At Iowa State University ...


An Optimization Approach To Assessing The Self-Sustainability Potential Of Food Demand In The Midwestern United States, Guiping Hu, Lizhi Wang, Susan W. Arendt, Randy Boeckenstedt Oct 2011

An Optimization Approach To Assessing The Self-Sustainability Potential Of Food Demand In The Midwestern United States, Guiping Hu, Lizhi Wang, Susan W. Arendt, Randy Boeckenstedt

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

Conventional agriculture faces significant challenges as world population grows, food demand increases, and mobility becomes increasingly constrained. Reducing the distance food needs to travel is an important goal of sustainability and resiliency, particularly in the context of a variety of transportation challenges. In this study, we developed a linear programming optimization method to assess the potential of regions to meet dietary requirements with more localized and diversified agricultural systems. Emphasis is on minimizing the distance between population centers and available cropland, accounting for variations in yield among 40 of the most marketable food crops that can be grown in the ...


Ergonomic Interventions For Commercial Crab Fishermen, Gary A. Mirka, Xiaopeng Ning, Sangeun Jin, Omid Haddad, Kristen L. Kucera Sep 2011

Ergonomic Interventions For Commercial Crab Fishermen, Gary A. Mirka, Xiaopeng Ning, Sangeun Jin, Omid Haddad, Kristen L. Kucera

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Work tasks in the commercial fishing industry require strength, endurance and coordination and these tasks expose fishermen to many of the recognized risk factors for the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The focus of the current study was the design, development and testing of two simple ergonomic interventions to reduce exposure to these risk factors in small-scale commercial crab fishermen. In a laboratory study of these interventions, EMG and motion analysis systems were used to quantify changes in muscle force and body postures. The results of laboratory evaluation of the intervention designed to reduce the low back stress associated with ...


Optimal Replacement In The Proportional Hazards Model With Semi-Markovian Covariate Process And Continuous Monitoring, Xiang Wu, Sarah M. Ryan Jul 2011

Optimal Replacement In The Proportional Hazards Model With Semi-Markovian Covariate Process And Continuous Monitoring, Xiang Wu, Sarah M. Ryan

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Motivated by the increasing use of condition monitoring technology for electrical transformers, this paper deals with the optimal replacement of a system having a hazard function that follows the proportional hazards model with a semi-Markovian covariate process, which we assume is under continuous monitoring. Although the optimality of a threshold replacement policy to minimize the long-run average cost per unit time was established previously in a more general setting, the policy evaluation step in an iterative algorithm to identify optimal threshold values poses computational challenges. To overcome them, we use conditioning to derive an explicit expression of the objective in ...


Methodology For Assessing Measurement Error For Casting Surface Inspection, G. Daricilar, Frank E. Peters Jul 2011

Methodology For Assessing Measurement Error For Casting Surface Inspection, G. Daricilar, Frank E. Peters

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Visual assessment of objects is critical to many fields including metalcasting. While the output for such a task is often a simple attribute, theproblem studied here is for inspection tasks requiring an output that defines shape, size and location of anomalous areas, which are random and are not defined a priori. This paper defines a methodology to quantify the amount of repeatability and reproducibility variation. The application of the methodology for the visual surface assessment of steel castings reveals significant repeatability and reproducibility error. The work presented here is the impetus for current efforts that are defining the capabilities of ...


Virtual Reality Integrated Welder Training, Richard T. Stone, Kristopher Patrick Watts, Peihan Zhong Jul 2011

Virtual Reality Integrated Welder Training, Richard T. Stone, Kristopher Patrick Watts, Peihan Zhong

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Training in the welding industry is a critical and often costly endeavor; this study examines the training potential, team learning, material consumption, and cost implications of using integrated virtual reality technology as a major part of welder training. In this study, 22 participants were trained using one of two separate methods (traditional training (TT) and virtual reality integrated training (VRI)). The results demonstrated that students trained using 50% virtual reality had training outcomes that surpassed those of traditionally trained students across four distinctive weld qualifications (2F, 1G, 3F, 3G). In addition, the VRI group demonstrated significantly higher levels of team ...


Teaching Design Ideation, Shanna R. Daly, James L. Christian, Seda Yilmaz, Colleen M. Seifert, Richard Gonzalez Jun 2011

Teaching Design Ideation, Shanna R. Daly, James L. Christian, Seda Yilmaz, Colleen M. Seifert, Richard Gonzalez

Industrial Design Conference Presentations, Posters and Proceedings

Teaching Design IdeationAbstractA continuous challenge for engineering students is to generate creative designs. Many times,creative outcomes can be traced to idea generation; however, engineering students struggle togenerate multiple ideas (Cross, 2001) and become attached to first ideas, even when they realizethose ideas have serious flaws or challenges (Ball et al., 1994; Rowe, 1987; Ullman et al., 1988).Even when students suggest creative ideas, they do not use a specific strategy that can help themexplore the larger potential solution space, limiting their ability to suggest alternative creativesolutions.The challenge for engineering educators, on the other hand, is how to teach ...


Handling Material Problems As They Arise, David P. Sly Mar 2011

Handling Material Problems As They Arise, David P. Sly

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

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Toward A More Sustainable, Local Food Production System—From A System Modeling Perspective, Guiping Hu, Lizhi Wang, Susan W. Arendt, Randy Boeckenstedt Jan 2011

Toward A More Sustainable, Local Food Production System—From A System Modeling Perspective, Guiping Hu, Lizhi Wang, Susan W. Arendt, Randy Boeckenstedt

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

Localized food production and sourcing is drawing increasing attention due to environmental and health considerations. In this study, we used population, dietary and geographical information to map potential foodsheds with emphasis on minimizing total geographic distribution. We also developed innovative protocols, metrics and optimization methods to analyze the foodshed localization of geographic areas. We used data from Iowa to analyze and validate the optimization model. This study can also be extended to other regions outside of Iowa.


Analyzing Sustainable, Localized Food Production Systems With A Systematic Optimization Model, Guiping Hu, Lizhi Wang, Susan W. Arendt, Randy Boeckenstedt Jan 2011

Analyzing Sustainable, Localized Food Production Systems With A Systematic Optimization Model, Guiping Hu, Lizhi Wang, Susan W. Arendt, Randy Boeckenstedt

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

Localized food production and sourcing is drawing increasing attention due to environmental and health considerations. In this study, we used population, dietary and geographical information to map potential foodsheds with emphasis on minimizing total geographic distribution. We also developed innovative protocols, metrics and optimization methods to analyze the foodshed localization of geographic areas. We used data from Iowa to analyze and validate the optimization model. This study can also be extended to other regions outside of Iowa.


Closed-Loop Supply Chain Network Design Under Carbon Emission Regulations, Nan Gao, Sarah M. Ryan Jan 2011

Closed-Loop Supply Chain Network Design Under Carbon Emission Regulations, Nan Gao, Sarah M. Ryan

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

This paper considers a closed–loop supply chain (CLSC) network design problem that accounts for the impact of carbon emission regulations. Three regulatory policy settings are considered; namely, (a) firms are subject to mandatory carbon caps on the amount of carbon they emit, (b) firms are taxed on the amount of emissions, and (c) firms can participate in a carbon cap and trade system. Traditional CLSC network design models are extended to account for the carbon emissions caused by transportation under different transportation modes. Model validations are demonstrated via a case study. Through detailed sensitivity analysis, we investigate how the ...


A Computational/Experimental Platform For Investigating Three- Dimensional Puzzle Solving Of Comminuted Articular Fractures, Thaddeus P. Thomas, Donald D. Anderson, Andrew Willis, Pengcheng Liu, Matthew C. Frank, J. Lawrence Marsh, Thomas D. Brown Jan 2011

A Computational/Experimental Platform For Investigating Three- Dimensional Puzzle Solving Of Comminuted Articular Fractures, Thaddeus P. Thomas, Donald D. Anderson, Andrew Willis, Pengcheng Liu, Matthew C. Frank, J. Lawrence Marsh, Thomas D. Brown

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Reconstructing highly comminuted articular fractures poses a difficult surgical challenge, akin to solving a complicated three-dimensional (3D) puzzle. Pre-operative planning using CT is critically important, given the desirability of less invasive surgical approaches. The goal of this work is to advance 3D puzzle solving methods toward use as a pre-operative tool for reconstructing these complex fractures. Methodology for generating typical fragmentation/dispersal patterns was developed. Five identical replicas of human distal tibia anatomy, were machined from blocks of high-density polyetherurethane foam (bone fragmentation surrogate), and were fractured using an instrumented drop tower. Pre- and post-fracture geometries were obtained using laser ...


Medial Longitudinal Arch Deformation During Walking And Stair Navigation While Carrying Loads, Elizabeth Rose Hageman, Michelle Hall, Eric Gerard Sterner, Gary A. Mirka Jan 2011

Medial Longitudinal Arch Deformation During Walking And Stair Navigation While Carrying Loads, Elizabeth Rose Hageman, Michelle Hall, Eric Gerard Sterner, Gary A. Mirka

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Background:

Understanding the biomechanics of the medial longitudinal arch (MLA) may provide insights into injury risk and prevention, as well as function of the arch-supporting structures. Our understanding of MLA deformation is currently limited to sit-to-stand, walking, and running.

Material and Methods:

Three-dimensional deformation of the MLA of the right foot was characterized in 17 healthy participants during several simulated activities of daily living. MLA deformation was quantified by both changes in arch length and navicular displacement during the stance phase of three motions: walking, stair ascent, and stair descent. Three levels of load were also evaluated: no load, a ...


Capacity Expansion In The Integrated Supply Network For An Electricity Market, Shan Jin, Sarah M. Ryan Jan 2011

Capacity Expansion In The Integrated Supply Network For An Electricity Market, Shan Jin, Sarah M. Ryan

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Constraints in fuel supply, electricity generation, and transmission interact to affect the welfare of strategic generators and price-sensitive consumers. We consider a mixed integer bilevel programming model in which the leader makes capacity expansion decisions in the fuel transportation, generation, and transmission infrastructure of the electricity supply network to maximize social welfare less investment cost. Based on the leader's expansion decisions, the multiple followers including the fuel suppliers, ISO, and generation companies simultaneously optimize their respective objectives of cost, social welfare, and profit. The bilevel program is formulated as a mathematical program with complementarity constraints. The computational challenge posed ...


The Effect Of Stance Width On Trunk Kinematics And Trunk Kinetics During Sagitally Symmetric Lifting, Christopher Sorenson, Omid Haddad, Samuel Campbell, Gary Mirka Jan 2011

The Effect Of Stance Width On Trunk Kinematics And Trunk Kinetics During Sagitally Symmetric Lifting, Christopher Sorenson, Omid Haddad, Samuel Campbell, Gary Mirka

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Lifting technique can have a significant impact on spine loading during lifting. The sports biomechanics literature has documented changes in trunk and lower extremity kinematics and muscle coactivation patterns as a function of stance width during high force dead lift and squat exercises. The focus of the current study was to explore whether these lifting stance width effects might translate into the occupational setting under more moderate load level conditions. Twelve subjects performed repetitions of a sagittally symmetric lifting and lowering task (10 kg load) under three stance width conditions: narrow (feet together), moderate (feet shoulder width) and wide (feet ...


Influence Of Asymmetry On The Flexion Relaxation Response Of The Low Back Musculature, Xiaopeng Ning, Omid Haddad, Sangeun Jin, Gary Mirka Jan 2011

Influence Of Asymmetry On The Flexion Relaxation Response Of The Low Back Musculature, Xiaopeng Ning, Omid Haddad, Sangeun Jin, Gary Mirka

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Background

The flexion relaxation phenomenon has been extensively studied in sagittally symmetric postures. Knowledge about this phenomenon in asymmetric trunk postures is less well understood, and may help to reveal the underlying physiology of the passive tissue/active tissue load-sharing mechanism in the lumbar region.

Methods

Twelve participants performed fifteen controlled, full range trunk flexion–extension motions toward three asymmetric lifting postures (0° (sagittally symmetric), 15°, and 30° from the mid-sagittal plane). The electromyographic activity data from the paraspinals at the L3 and L4 levels and trunk kinematics data from motion sensors over the C7, T12 and S1 vertebrae were ...


Support Of Product Innovation With A Modular Framework For Knowledge Management: A Case Study, Douglas C. Eddy, Sundar Krishnamurty, Ian R. Grosse, Jack C. Wileden Jan 2011

Support Of Product Innovation With A Modular Framework For Knowledge Management: A Case Study, Douglas C. Eddy, Sundar Krishnamurty, Ian R. Grosse, Jack C. Wileden

Center for e-Design Proceedings

This paper presents an e-Design framework for knowledge management through its application in an engineering design case study. The e-Design framework enables the implementation of integrated design information throughout the entire design process. It facilitates the ease of sharing real time information across multiple individual designers, departments, or organizations as would be required in large scale design efforts. Similarly, it allows for the ease of use of technical tools integral to the design process that small design departments depend upon. Thus, regardless of the scale, the efficiency of engineering design can be improved with the use of the e-Design framework ...


Towards Industrial Implementation Of Emerging Semantic Technologies, Jay T. Brindel, Ian R. Grosse, Sundar Krishnamurty, John Altidor, Seth Trachtenberg, Paul Witherell Jan 2011

Towards Industrial Implementation Of Emerging Semantic Technologies, Jay T. Brindel, Ian R. Grosse, Sundar Krishnamurty, John Altidor, Seth Trachtenberg, Paul Witherell

Center for e-Design Proceedings

Every new design, project, or procedure within a company generates a considerable amount of new information and important knowledge. Furthermore, a tremendous amount of legacy knowledge already exists in companies in electronic and non-electronic formats, and techniques are needed for representing, structuring and reusing this knowledge. Many researchers have spent considerable time and effort developing semantic knowledge management systems, which in theory are presumed to address these problems. Despite significant research investments, little has been done to implement these systems within an industrial setting. In this paper we identify five main requirements to the development of an industry-ready application of ...