Keynote Speakers

Prepare to be inspired by a stellar lineup of keynote speakers at the forefront of applied ergonomics. These thought leaders and innovators will provide invaluable insights into the latest research, trends, and best practices. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the field, you'll leave with fresh perspectives and new connections. Don't miss this chance to engage with the best in the business.

L. Casey Chosewood, M.D.

L. Casey Chosewood, M.D.

Director of the Office for Total Worker Health®
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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Dr. L. Casey Chosewood is currently the associate director for strategic priorities and director of the Office for Total Worker Health® at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In this role, Chosewood promotes the protection and improvement of the safety, health and well-being of workers through research, intervention development and partnerships. He also coordinates the worker well-being, mental health and substance use disorder prevention portfolios of the Institute.

Chosewood co-leads the NIOSH cross-sector dedicated to Healthy Work Design and Well-Being. From 2004 to 2009, he was the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Health and Safety, which served the 15,000 members of the CDC workforce. His previous work included serving as the medical director of the CDC’s three occupational health clinics and as the medical director of the tech manufacturing company Lucent Technologies.

Marty Smets

Marty Smets

Technical Expert, Corporate & UAW Ergonomics
Ford Motor Co.

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Marty Smets is a technical expert supporting corporate and UAW ergonomics at Ford Motor Co. He has been practicing industrial and occupational ergonomics for 19 years and has been with Ford Motor Co. since 2011.

Smets spent his first seven years in vehicle operations where he ran the Ergonomics Motion Capture Lab supporting upfront vehicle design for assembly ergonomics. In 2018, he transitioned into Manufacturing Technology Development where he focused more broadly on advancing in-plant methods and software tools to improve workstation and process design. This included launching a global IT-managed XR platform for engineering.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Smets was asked to join Ford’s Apollo Team which designed and manufactured medical respirators out of automobile components. In 2023, he moved back into a straight ergonomics role where he shares responsibility for global in-plant ergonomics training and for driving the research and development of next generation ergonomics methods.

Smets’ research interests include vibration exposure, wearables and power tool ergonomics. He has 23 peer reviewed publications and has filed six patents.