Keynote Speakers

Be stimulated and inspired by ergonomics leaders and experts during the keynote presentations. Keynote speakers will present their unique perspectives on the latest breakthrough ergonomics developments in healthcare, government, military and safety.

Tuesday, March 17

John D. Lee, Ph.D.John D. Lee, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Trust and Adaptation to New Workplace Technology"

Dr. John D. Lee is the Emerson Electric Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory. Previously he was a professor at the University of Iowa and director of human factors research at the National Advanced Driving Simulator. Before moving to the University of Iowa, he was a research scientist at the Battelle Human Factors Transportation Center for six years. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He investigates the issues of human-automation interaction, particularly trust in automation. John has investigated these issues of trust in domains that include UAVs, maritime operations, highly automated vehicles, and process control. His work also involves assessing novel interface and interaction methods to enhance trust calibration, as well as novel statistical approaches to assess trust and user state estimation. He helped to edit the Handbook of Cognitive Engineering and the APA Handbook of Human Systems Integration, and is also a co-author of a popular textbook Designing for People: An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering. His research has been funded by NSF, ONR, NHTSA, NASA, Nissan, Toyota and GM.

Wednesday, March 18

Join us for presentations from influential leaders in ergonomics at Wednesday’s keynote presentation, AEC Aspire Talks. AEC Aspire Talks are designed to share learnings, achievements and innovational aspects of ergonomic programs in powerful 20-minute segments. AEC Aspire Talks are inspired by the popular TED Talks, geared toward audiences staying engaged while retaining relevant information. Your presenters are:

Michelle BurkeMichelle Burke

Google Data Center  

Michelle Burke is the Global Health and Ergonomics Program Manager for Google Data Centers. Previously she was a Process Improvement Engineer for Google Data Centers. Prior to joining Google, Michelle was a Design Engineer for Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, an Industrial Engineering Manager for Carrier Corporation (UTC), and Lean Manufacturing Team Lead for Bosch North America.

Michelle earned a BSIE from Purdue University, an MS Manufacturing Management from Kettering University, and an MBA from Kettering University.


Amy MayAmy May

Boeing Canada Winnipeg

Amy May is General Manager of Boeing Canada Winnipeg, which manufactures parts for every airplane that Boeing Commercial Airplanes produces.

Amy started her Boeing career as an industrial ergonomist supporting Boeing Fabrication, 737 and 757 programs. She supported the 787 new airplane design, where she and her teammates received a patent for a “method for managing ergonomic risk exposure in manufacturing.” She later joined Engineering, Operations and Technology (EO&T) as senior manager responsible for enterprise common EHS processes and served as the senior manager for BCA’s fabrication EHS organization, responsible for EHS integration across 12 sites globally. Following that, Amy became director of environment, health and safety (EHS) for Renton and Boeing South Carolina sites, as well as BCA EHS integration. Most recently, she was director of Boeing workplace safety, leading Boeing’s Go for Zero – One Day at a Time initiative.

A graduate of Harvard University’s general management program, Amy holds a bachelor's and master's degree in industrial engineering from Kansas State University and West Virginia University, respectively. She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and previously served as an adjunct professor in ergonomics for Central Washington University. 

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