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
- 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.
Kapellusch, J. M., Bao, S. S., Silverstein, B. A., Merryweather, A. S., Thiese, M. S., Hegmann, K. T., & Garg, A. (2017, December). Risk assessments using the Strain Index and the TLV for HAL, Part I: Task and multi-task job exposure classifications. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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
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
Merryweather, A. S., Thiese, M. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., Fix, D. J., & Hegmann, K. T. (2017, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Occupational factors related to slips, trips and falls among home healthcare workers. Safety Science
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bullard-Sherwood Award for Research to Practice (2018, June) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
2017 IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal (2017, July) 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.