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Karl H.E. Kroemer

Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering (1981-98)

Dr. Karl H.E. Kroemer

Karl H.E. Kroemer


Teaching and Research Accomplishments

  • Directed 36 MS Theses and 17 Ph.D. Dissertations
  • Author/coauthor of 200+ publications, 2 patents

  • PhD (Doktor-Ingenieur, Dr.-Ing.), Mechanical Engineering, Technical University Hannover, Germany, 1965
  • M.S. (Diplom-Ingenieur), Mechanical Engineering (minor in Industrial Engineering), Technical University Hannover, Germany, 1960
  • B.S. (Vor-Diplom), Mechanical Engineering, Technical University Hannover, West Germany, 1957

  • Visiting Professor, Technical University Dresden, Germany, 1998-1999
  • Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1981-1998 (emeritus 1998)
  • Professor of Ergonomics and Industrial Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1976-1980

Various human factors and ergonomics courses, undergraduate and graduate levels

  • Arbeitsphysiologie - Ergonomie
  • Ergonomics
  • Probabilistic Methods in Engineering
  • Human Factors for Technologists
  • Industrial Organization
  • Work Design and Measurement
  • Health and Safety Engineering
  • Methods Engineering
  • Industrial Systems Engineering
  • Human Performance in Industrial Systems
  • Research and Design Projects in Human Factors Engineering
  • Engineering Psychology
  • Industrial Work Physiology
  • Anthropometry and Biomechanics in Workplace Design
  • Human Physical Capabilities
  • Design and Evaluation of Human-Technology Systems.
  • Work Measurement and Methods Engineering
  • Introduction to Human Factors Engineering
  • Work Physiology
  • Special Topics in Human Factors
  • Director, Industrial Ergonomics Laboratory, Virginia Tech, 1981-1998
  • Director, K. H. E. Kroemer Ergonomics Research Institute, Inc., Engineering Consulting, Radford, Virginia, 1979-2001
  • Director, Ergonomics Research Laboratories, Wayne State University, 1976-1980
  • Director and Professor, Ergonomics and Occupational Medicine Divisions, Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Accident Research, Dortmund, Germany, 1973-76
  • Research Industrial Engineer, Human Engineering Division, Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, 1966-73
  • Research Associate, Max-Planck Institute for Work Physiology, Dortmund, Germany, 1960-66

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* Retiree status since 1999

  • Ergonomics Society, Fellow*
  • Human Factors Society, Fellow*
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association, Member*
  • International Society for Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, Honorary Member
  • Appointed Fellow, International Ergonomics Society, 2015
  • Co-recipient, Pioneer in Ergonomics Award, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2010
  • Elected Fellow, Ergonomics Society, 1992
  • Elected Member, Alpha Pi Mu, Industrial Engineering Honors Society, 1989
  • Paul M. Fitts Award of the Human Factors Society, 1988
  • Honorary Life Member of the International Foundation for Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Research, 1988
  • H. Ely Award of the Human Factors Society (with S. G. Hill), 1987
  • Invitation to become Executive Editor of the journal Ergonomics, 1986
  • Elected Fellow, Human Factors Society, 1978
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement during the Year 1971, National Engineer's Week 1972; Dayton Society of Professional Engineers