Director of WE-LAB

Jaejin HwangJaejin Hwang, Ph.D.

Hwang is an assistant professor in industrial and systems engineering department at Northern Illinois University. He received a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio State University in 2016. His research aims to improve the health and wellness of workers by exploring the risk of work injuries and efficacy of ergonomic interventions. His research area includes the spine and upper extremity biomechanics and neuro-ergonomics. His current research interests are the efficacy of patient transfer interventions on the musculoskeletal health among caregivers and patients, and neuromuscular benefit of the new technology in office environment.

Affiliated Faculty

Jay KimJay Kim, Ph.D.

Kim received his M.S. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ph.D. in ergonomics and biomechanics from the University of Washington. Before joining the Oregon State University’s faculty in 2015, he was an assistant professor at the Northern Illinois University from 2013-2015 and a research scientist at the University of Washington from 2012-2013.

His major research interests are occupational ergonomics and biomechanics. He is particularly interested in developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions to reduce physical exposures to reduce occupational injuries and illness and therefore improve workers' health and well-being. He is currently studying how the reduced exposure to whole-body vibration (WBV) affect the musculoskeletal health outcomes and disability. He is also interested in optimizing the human's interaction with touch screen mobile devices. He loves golfing with friends, hiking and camping with his two sons.

Graduate Research Assistants

hemateja ariHemateja Ari

Hemateja Ari is pursuing masters in industrial and systems engineering and is interested in biomechanics. He recieved a bachelors in mechanical engineering from Amrita school of engineering in India. Hemateja loves travelling and spending time with family and friends. He is also a numismatist.

Veera Aneesh Kuppam

Veera Aneesh Kuppam is a graduate student majoring in industrial and systems engineering, he is assisting with research in biomechanics and ergonomics. He did his undergrad in mechanical engineering from Amrita school of engineering, India. He is currently working on patient handling and neuro ergonomics. Apart from studies, he likes to work out at the gym, play games, watch movies and spend time with friends and family.

Megha MatooMegha Matoo

Megha Matoo is a graduate student currently pursuing M.S. in industrial and systems engineering. As a research assistant for the Wellness and Ergonomics Lab Megha's research interest are in ergonomics. She has completed her under graduation from BITS Pilani- Dubai Campus. Extracurricular activities include reading and swimming.


Sai Akhil PenumudiSai Akhil Penumudi

Sai Akhil is a graduate student pursuing his master’s in industrial and systems engineering and assisting the lab with research in biomechanics and human-robot interaction. He had his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India. He is currently working on a collaborative robot study. Apart from ergonomics, he is interested in supply chain, scheduling and lean-six sigma systems. He likes to travel, socialize and play cricket.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Daniel Wilberforce FieldDaniel Wilberforce Field

Daniel Wilberforce Field is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering. He is currently assisting WE-LAB in researching the impact of wearable technology on workplace effectiveness. He is interested in systems engineering and project management, particularly within health systems. He is currently spearheading fundraising initiatives for renewable energy projects. His extra-curricular interests include personal fitness, classical guitar and ergonomic studies.

bradley kraftBradley Kraft

Bradley Kraft is an undergraduate Industrial and Systems Engineering student in his second year in the program. He hopes to aim his focus on engineering management as well as quality control as he moves into his career after graduation. Other hobbies that he enjoys is playing and watching soccer avidly, as well as traveling when he is able to.


  • Jie Chen (School of Nursing, Northern Illinois University)
  • In-Sop Kim (Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, Northern Illinois University)
  • Jay Kim (College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State Univeristy)
  • Ehsan Asoudegi (Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Northern Illinois University)


Past Research Assistants

Contact Us

Wellness and Ergonomics Laboratory (WE-LAB)
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
590 Garden Road, Room 230

Jaejin Hwang, Ph.D.
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Office: Engineering Building 242

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