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.

Nancy Currie-GreggNancy Currie-Gregg

Nancy Currie-Gregg is the deputy director and chief technology officer at Texas A&M University's Bush Combat Development Complex where she is responsible for national defense research and development projects in the areas of integrated hypersonics and integrated network autonomy. She is the holder of the Don Lummus '58 Professorship of Practice in Engineering with appointments in the departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

Prior to joining Texas A&M University in the fall of 2017, Dr. Currie-Gregg spent the vast portion of her career supporting NASA's human spaceflight programs and projects. Selected as an astronaut in 1990, she accrued 1000 hours in space as a mission specialist on four space shuttle missions – STS-57 in 1993; STS-90 in 1995; STS-88, the first International Space Station assembly mission, in 1998; and STS-109, the fourth Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, in 2002. Following the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy in 2003, she led the Space Shuttle Program Safety and Mission Assurance Office directing safety, reliability, and quality assurance efforts enabling the safe return to flight of the Space Shuttle in 2005. She was then selected as a senior executive member of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, serving for over a decade as the Chief Engineer at the Johnson Space Center, then as Principal Engineer.

Dr. Currie-Gregg received her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from The Ohio State University, a master of science in safety engineering from the University of Southern California, and a doctorate in industrial engineering from the University of Houston. A retired U.S. Army colonel and master Army aviator, she has logged over 4,000 flying ours in a variety of military rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft.

Mike HaMike Ha

Mike Ha is the senior EHS manager – Global Commercial Fleet Safety & Ergonomics at Abbot Vascular. He manages worldwide programs for fleet safety and ergonomics. His focus on improving accident rates has led to a 95 percent reduction in ergo OSHA Recordable Injuries in the last eight years. He is the recipient of the Abbot Vascular-President Award in 2015 for excellence for the Global EHS Program, the 2014 Abbot Program of the Year Award for Commercial EHS and the Operational Excellence Award from Abbot Vascular for the Ergonomics Program in 2010.

Prior to joining Abbot Vascular, Mike Ha worked for Johnson & Johnson for 20 years in various positions, including senior ergonomics engineering manager and safety & ergonomics manager. As the senior ergonomics engineering manager he managed the ergonomics programs at four Johnson & Johnson companies in California, New Jersey and Florida. He provide strategic direction, leadership and technical expertise in the prevention and elimination of risk exposures in manufacturing, laboratories, distribution, field and office workplace functions.

Mike received his bachelor of science in industrial engineering at Texas A&M university and a master's of industrial engineering in safety and ergonomics from Auburn University. 

Ariana InceAriana Ince

Ariana Ince is the President and owner of m-erg, an ergonomics consulting firm based in Houston, Texas. She has a degree in civil engineering from Rice University and a master's in occupational health and safety from Texas A&M University.

Ariana is a certified professional ergonomist and a 2021 Olympian in the javelin throw. She is registered with the State of Texas as an engineer-In-training and is a certified strength & conditioning specialist.

Bobbie WattsBobbie Watts

Bobbie Watts, Ph.D., CPE, has over 24 years experience in the field of industrial engineering, ergonomics and human factors. She received her bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Clemson University and both of master's and Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Auburn University.

Bobbie's previous work experience includes roles as the corporate human factors engineer for UPS, consultant for the USPS and American Express, and the corporate ergonomics manager for Coca-Cola Refreshments. She is currently the director of ergonomics for Michelin Americas.