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Jay Kapellusch, PhD

Associate Professor, Chair

Education

Ph D Industrial Engineering University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2010
MS Industrial Engineering University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2006
BS Industrial Engineering University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2001

Speaker Topics

  • Occupational Biomechanics
  • Occupational Physical Exposure Assessments and Modeling
  • Human Centered Design for Manufacturing Systems

Interests & Expertise

Jay Kapellusch’s primary research interests are in development of quantitative ergonomics job design algorithms that can be proactively used to design highly productive, safe jobs in manufacturing and service industries.

He is working to integrate these algorithms with modern Industrial Engineering philosophies, such as Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma, as well as traditional Industrial Engineering tools and techniques, such as methods engineering and statistical quality control, to provide industry with a comprehensive job design system.

On a parallel track, Kapellusch is interested in studying the physical capabilities of older and disabled populations with the primary objective of developing simple yet effective devices and/or equipment that would enable these individuals to be more functional and productive members of society.

He also works with members of the UWM Center for Ergonomics to build upon his ergonomics systems work with industry to create comprehensive job risk management software, training packages and to extend state of art consulting services/resources to industry on a “fee for service” basis.

Selected Publications

Tang, R., Poklar, M., Domke, H., Moore, S., Kapellusch, J. M., & Garg, A. (2017, February). Sit-To-Stand Lift: Effects of Lifted Height on Weight Borne and Upper Extremity Strength Requirements. Research in Nursing & Health, 40(1), 9-14.
Applegate, K. A., Thiese, M. S., Merryweather, A. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Drury, D. L., Wood, E., Kendall, R., Foster, J., Garg, A., & Hegmann, K. T. (2017, February). Association Between Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59(2), 154-160.
Garg, A., Moore, J. S., & Kapellusch, J. M. (2017, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). The Revised Strain Index: an improved upper extremity exposure assessment model. Ergonomics, 60(7), 912-922.
Harris-Adamson, C., Eisen, E. A., Neophytou, A., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M. S., Dale, A. M., Evanoff, B., Bao, S., Silverstein, B., Gerr, F., Burt, S., & Rempel, D. (2016, November). Biomechanical and psychosocial exposures are independent risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: assessment of confounding using causal diagrams. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 73(11), 727-734.
Bao, S. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Merryweather, A. S., Thiese, M. S., Garg, A., Hegmann, K. T., Silverstein, B. A., Marcum, J. L., & Tang, R. (2016, August). Impact of Work Organizational Factors on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Epicondylitis. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(8), 760-764.
Ronna, B. B., Thiese, M. S., Ott, U., Effiong, A., Murtaugh, M., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., & Hegmann, K. (2016, August). The Association Between Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Motor Vehicle Crashes Among Professional Truck Drivers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(8), 828-832.
Bao, S. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Merryweather, A. S., Thiese, M. S., Garg, A., Hegmann, K. T., Silverstein, B. A., Marcum, J. L., & Tang, R. (2016, August). Impact of Work Organizational Factors on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Epicondylitis. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(8), 760–764.
Garg, A., & Kapellusch, J. M. (2016, February). The Cumulative Lifting Index (CULI) for the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation Quantifying Risk for Workers With Job Rotation. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 58(5), 683-94.
Bao, S. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Merryweather, A. S., Thiese, M. S., Garg, A., Hegmann, K. T., & Silverstein, B. A. (2016, February). Relationships between job organisational factors, biomechanical and psychosocial exposures. Ergonomics, 59(2), 179-194.
Schwartz, B., Kapellusch, J. M., Schrempf, A., Probst, K., Haller, M., & Baca, A. (2016, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Effect of a novel two-desk sit-to-stand workplace (ACTIVE OFFICE) on sitting time, performance and physiological parameters: protocol for a randomized control trial. BMC Public Health, 16(1).
Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Merryweather, A. S., Bao, S., Silverstein, B., Wood, E. M., Kendall, R., Wertsch, J., Foster, J., Garg, A., & Drury, D. L. (2016, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Association Between Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Pooled Occupational Cohorts. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(1), 87–93.
Bao, S. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., Silverstein, B. A., Harris-Adamson, C., Burt, S. E., & Rempel, D. M. (2015). Developing a pooled job physical exposure data set from multiple independent studies: an example of a consortium study of carpal tunnel syndrome. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 72(2), 130-137.
Wang, Y., Bohannon, R., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., & Gershon, R. (2015). Dexterity as measured with the 9-Hole Peg Test (9-HPT) across the age span. Journal of Hand Therapy, 28(1), 53-59.
Kapellusch, J. M., Harris-Adamson, C., Gerr, F., Bao, S., Dale, A. M., Garg, A., Eisen, E., Evanoff, B., Silverstein, B., Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M. S., & Rempel, D. (2015). Exposure-Response Relationships for Force and Repetition, and CTS. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 59(1), 11–15.

Recent Funded Grants

Preventing Work Injuries and Chronic Illnesses in Truckers (4/1/2007 – 3/31/2010)

Centers for Disease Control, NIOSH

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dr. Arun Garg (Subcontract from University of Utah)

GOAL: Perform cross-sectional study of 1,000 truck (≤ 10,000 lbs.) drivers in two states to identify risk factors leading to elevated prevalence rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and sleep disorders, as well as increased tobacco use, and prescription and over the counter medication use relative to industrial workers and the general population. Compare Commercial Driver Medical Examination (CDME) with questionnaire, blood test and urinalysis results to develop an improved CDME. Develop and pilot test a truck driver health promotion program.

The primary objective of this study is to address factors that shorten drivers’ careers, shorten CDL certifications and contribute to increased incident of motor vehicle crashes and other injuries.

ROLE on PROJECT: Collect and analyze data for the Wisconsin sub-contract. Assist with development of improved CDME and “health promotion program.” Conduct pilot test of health promotion program in Wisconsin.

Honors & Awards

2017 IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal (2017, August 8) Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Ambassador Award (2016) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Winner: Outstanding Presentation at the UW-System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (2014) UW-System Symposium.
Inaugural Fellow (2013) University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee: Design Research Institute Fellow.
Alumni of the Year (2005) Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.