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Tycho Fredericks, Ph.D., CPE

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
E-223 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: (269) 276-3360
Email: tycho.fredericks@wmich.edu



Interests:
  • Occupational Ergonomics
  • Seating
  • Product Design and Evaluation
  • Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Healthcare Design

 

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Wichita State University, 1995
  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Wichita State University, 1991
  • B.S. in Physics, Ursinus College, 1989

Courses Taught:

Publications:


Referred Journal Publications:


Commissioned Reports/Chapters in Books:

  • “Evaluation of Occupant Seats and Seating Space in Free-Fall Lifeboats”, Nelson, J.K., Fredericks, T.K., Butt, S.E., MacKinnon, S.,N., A Research Report Prepared for The International Maritime Organization: Maritime Safety Committee: Ship Equipment and Design Subcommittee, November, 2004.
  • “Objectively Determining Comfortable Lumbar Support in Task Seating”, Fredericks, T.K., Butt, S.E., A Report for the Haworth Company, February, 2006
  • Fredericks, T.K., Fernandez, J.E., and Marley, R.J. (1999). Psychophysics. In Industrial and Occupational Ergonomics: Users’ Encyclopedia. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Selected Refereed Papers in Conference Proceedings:

  • Kim, C.H., Fernandez, J.E., Fredericks, T.K., Lim, C.C., and Ghahramani, B. (1991). The effect of a clean suit on physical work capacity. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 35th Annual Meeting, 743-747.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Fernandez, J.E., and Rodrigues, C.C. (1992). Predicting the maximum acceptable weight of lift for an asymmetrical combination task. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting, 707-711.
  • Rodrigues, C.C., Fredericks, T.K., and Fernandez, J.E. (1992). Prediction models for asymmetrical lifting combination tasks. Advances in Industrial Ergonomics and Safety IV, 875-882.
  • Fernandez, J.E., Dahalan, J.B., Fredericks, T.K., and Halpern, C.A. (1992). The effect of deviated wrist posture on pinch strength for females. Advances in Industrial Ergonomics and Safety IV, 693-700.
  • Fernandez, J.E., Malzahn, D.E., Fredericks, T.K., Lim, C.C., and Davis, P.J. (1992). Manual materials handling: A review of lifting capacity evaluation. Proceedings of the Conference Sessions of the Kansas Conference on Excellence in Manufacturing.
  • Fernandez, J.E., Fredericks, T.K., and Marley, R.J. (1995). The psychophysical approach in upper extremities work. Contemporary Ergonomics, 456-461.
  • Fredericks, T.K. and Fernandez, J.E. (1995). The effect of vibration on maximum acceptable frequency for a riveting task: Preliminary results. Proceedings of the Konz/Purswell Occupational Ergonomics Symposium, 27-33.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Kattel, B.P., and Fernandez, J.E. (1995). Is grip strength maximum in the neutral posture? Advances in Industrial Ergonomics and Safety VI, 561-568.
  • Krohe, J. and Fredericks, T.K. (1995). The effect of wrist posture on grip strength of persons with cerebral palsy: Implications for tool and task design. Proceedings of the RESNA 1995 Annual Conference, 180-182.
  • Fredericks, T.K. and Fernandez, J.E. (1996). The effect of vibration on a riveting task using the psychophysical approach. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety I, International Society for Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, Cincinnati, Ohio, 680-685.
  • Fredericks, T.K. and Muppasani, A. (1996). Work sampling: A method for determining damaging wrist motions. Advances in Industrial Engineering Applications and Practice I, International Journal of Industrial Engineering, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1139-1144.
  • Fredericks, T.K. (1997). The effect of handle shape and wrist posture on maximum grip strength. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety II, 309-312.
  • Dawkins, E., Kreuger, T., Thum, J., and Fredericks, T.K. (1997). A practical evaluation of ergonomic keyboards. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety II, 425-428.
  • Wegscheid, T., Fredericks, T.K., and DeWeese, D. (1997). The evaluation of two repetitive lifting activities. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety II, 251-254.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Tappel, J., Karim, S., Toner, S., and Rozek, G. (1997). Investigation of the relationship between skin vascular reaction and subjective ratings of comfort. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety II,
    577-580
    .
  • Bringelson, L., Fredericks, T.K., and Thurkow, N.M. (1997). The effect of cognitive load and stress on the musculoskeletal system during typing tasks. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety II, 381-384.
  • Simons, D., Fredericks, T.K., and Tappel, J. (1997). The evaluation of an auditory alarm for a new medical device. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 41st Annual Meeting, 777-781.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Fernandez, J.E., and Rodrigues, C.C. (1997). Predicting the maximum acceptable weight of lift for an asymmetrical combination task. Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders: Research on Manual Materials Handling 1983-1996, 123-127.
  • Rodriguez, J. and Fredericks, T.K. (1997). A dynamic biomechanical model of the hand-arm system under-impact vibration.  Advances in Industrial Engineering Applications and Practice II, 305-510.
  • Toner, S.K., Rozek, G.R., and Fredericks, T.K. (1997). The physiological cost of poor work design. Advances in Industrial Engineering Applications and Practice II, 405-410.
  • Fredericks, T.K. and Fernandez, J.E. (1998). The effect of wrist posture on attenuation of vibration in the hand-arm system. Contemporary Ergonomics.
  • Mital, A., Govindaraju, M., and Fredericks, T.K. (1998). Myocardial aerobic capacity: A measure of physical and mental workload? Proceedings from Industrial Engineering Research 1998 Conference, Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Meeting.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Gunn, E., Rozek, G., and Beert, T. (1998). Maximum acceptable weight of lift for an asymmetrical lowering task commonly observed in the parcel delivery industry. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, 361-364.
  • Rodriguez, J. and Fredericks, T.K. (1998). Vibration transmission characteristics at wrist subjected to uniaxial vibration at the fingers. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, 507-510.
  • Toner, S.K. and Fredericks, T.K. (1998). Maximum acceptable frequencies for industrial drilling tasks. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, 511-514
  • Mital, A., Govindaraju, M., and Fredericks, T.K. (1999). Myocardial aerobic capacity: A measure of occupational stress?  Advances in Industrial Engineering Applications and Practice II.
  • Fernandez, J.E., Marley, R.J., Fredericks, T.K., and Klein, M. (1999). Psychophysically acceptable limits expressed as a percentage of sampling intervals. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, 101-104.
  • Rodriguez, J. and Fredericks, T.K. (1999). Vibration transmission characteristics of subjects exposed to uni-axis vibration at the fingers. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, 327-331.
  • Lyth, D., Fredericks, T.K., and Butt, S.E. (1999). Improving and managing service quality through the use of security video. Proceedings of the Service Operations Management Association, 53-55.
  • Rodriguez, J. and Fredericks, T.K. (1999). The development of transfer functions for vibrating hand tools. Proceedings of the 4th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Applications and Practice, November 1999.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Butt, S.E., Ciucci, C., Hart, J., and Lyth, D. (1999). The effect of window size on accuracy for video work sampling. Proceedings of the 4th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Applications and Practice, November 1999.
  • Rodriguez, J. and Fredericks, T.K. (2000). Development of an ergonomics and safety minor for industrial and manufacturing curricula. ASEE – North Central Section, April 2000.
  • Fredericks, T.K. and Hart, J. (2001). The effect of style and height on maximum acceptable weight of lift for an asymmetrical lifting task. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, 86-91. USA: IOS Press.
  • Rodriguez, J. and Fredericks, T.K. (2001). Dynamic characterization and vibration transmissibility study of pneumatic hand held tools. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, 213-217. USA: IOS Press.
  • Butt, S.E., Fredericks, T.K., Olson, S., and Crocker, N. (2001). Investigation of the relationship between shift scheduling practices and workplace injuries. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, 270-276. USA: IOS Press.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Choi, S., Hart, J., and Mital, A. (2001). The effect of physical and mental workload on myocardial oxygen consumption. Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, 371-376. USA: IOS Press.
  • Abudayyeh, O., Fredericks, T.K., Butt, S.E., Palmquist, M., Torres, H. and Cuicci, C. (2001). Safety in the specialty construction industry: Challenges and opportunities. Proceedings of the 6th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice, San Francisco, CA, November 2001.
  • Choi, S. and Fredericks, T.K. (2001). Plant monitoring & control system implementation: Case study of an automotive foundry plant. Proceedings of the 6th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice, San Francisco, CA, November 2001.
  • Abudayyeh, O., Fredericks, T.K., Butt, S.E., and Rodriguez, J. (2002). Analysis of safety problems in the specialty construction industry. Proceedings of the XVI International Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Toronto, Canada, 10-12 June 2002, 83-86.
  • Abudayyeh, O., Fredericks, T.K., Palmquist, M., and Torres, H. (2002). Safety management in the electrical contracting industry. The Organization and Management of Construction 10th International Symposium: Construction Innovation and Global Competitiveness, Cincinnati, OH, September 2002.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Abudayyeh, O., Palmquist, M., and Torres, H. (2002). Safety management in the mechanical contracting industry. The Organization and Management of Construction 10th International Symposium: Construction Innovation and Global Competitiveness, Cincinnati, OH, September 2002.
  • Fernandez, J., Fredericks, T., Choi, S, Kumar, A.R., and Marley, R. (2002). The effect of time study method on accuracy. Proceedings of the 7th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice, Busan, Korea, November 2002.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Choi, S., Abudayyeh, O., and Rodriguez, J. (2003). A review of safety and ergonomic issues in the roofing industry. Proceedings of the XVII International Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Munich, Germany, May 2003.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Choi, S., Abudayyeh, O., and Butt, S.E. (2003). Identification of hazardous tasks in the roofing industry. Proceedings of the XVII International Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Munich, Germany, May 2003.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Fernandez, J., Choi, S., and Kumar, A.R. (2003). The effect of lifting dominance and height on maximum acceptable weight of lift for asymmetrical lifting and lowering tasks. Proceedings of the XVII International Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Munich, Germany, May 2003.
  • Choi, S.D., Fredericks, T.K., Abudayyeh, O., and Keslinke, K. (2003). A review of costs of injuries in the roofing industry. Advances in Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice 8, Las Vegas, USA, 10-12 November, 2003, 391-396.
  • Choi, S.D., Fredericks, T.K., Abudayyeh, O., and Wiersma, M. (2003). A study of relationship between productivity measure and safety in the roofing industry. Advances in Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice 8, Las Vegas, Nevada, 10-12 November, 2003, 172-176.
  • Choi, S.D., Fredericks, T.K., Abudayyeh, O., and Battle, J. (2003). An investigation of the role of safety in the roofing industry. Advances in Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice 8, Las Vegas, Nevada, 10-12 November, 2003, 386-390.
  • Choi, S.D., and Fredericks, T.K. (2003). Psychophysically derived work frequencies associated with roof shingling operations: Pilot study. Advances in Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice 8, Las Vegas, Nevada, 10-12 November, 2003, 1-6.
  • Butt, S.E., Fredericks, T.K., and White, B. (2003). Learning through activity based statistics. Advances in Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice 8, Las Vegas, Nevada, 10-12 November 2003, 417-422.
  • Butt, S.E, Fredericks, T.K., Kumar A.R., Wahl, J., Harrelson, K., Means, S., Dumasius A., and Brown, E. (2004). An evaluation of physiological work demands on registered nurses over a 12-hr shift. The Proceeding of the XVIII Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Houston, Texas.
  • Choi, S.D., and Fredericks, T.K. (2004). Effects of roof slopes on workers’ perceived loss of balance. The Proceeding of the XVIII Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Houston, Texas.
  • Fredericks, T.K., Rodriguez, J., Butt, S.E., Harris, C., Smith, H., and Velasquez-Bryant, N. (2004). The impact of a summer institute on high school students’ perceptions of engineering and technology. Proceedings for the American Society for Engineering Education, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20-23 June 2004.   
  • Butt, S.E., Fredericks, T.K., and White, B. (2004). Elements of an activity-based statistics course for engineers. Proceedings for the American Society for Engineering Education, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20-23 June 2004.   
  • Butt, S.E., Fredericks, T.K., Nelson, J.K., Kumar, A.R., and Bellingar, T. (2005). Aggregating pressure maps: A case study. The Proceedings of the XIX Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2005, 165-171.
  • Choi, S.D., Fredericks, T.K., and Butt, S.E. (2005). Prediction of maximum acceptable roof shingling operations. The Proceedings of the XIX Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2005, 143-149.
  • Kumar, A.R., Candela, M., Fredericks, T.K., and Butt, S.E. (2005). Chair controls and user expectations: A case study. The Proceedings of the XIX Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2005, 173-182.

Research Projects:

  • An Investigation of the Relationship between Patient Acuity, Time Standards, and Productivity.
  • Biomechanical & Postural Evaluation of Paramedics using Stairchairs.
  • Determining Force Requirements & Corresponding Lumbar Pressure for a Back Rest that is Rated as Comfortable in Two Torso Positions.
  • Evaluation of Seats in Freefall Life Boats.
  • Training in Human Factors issues associated with Product Design.
  • Biomechanical & Postural Evaluation of Foot Section for Birthing Beds.

Research Institute

Human Performance Institute

Committees:

  • International Society for Occupational Ergonomics & Safety (1992 - Present)
    •  Executive Committee, (2005 - Present)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (1992 - Present)
  • Institute of Industrial Engineering (1990 - Present)
    • Southwest Michigan Chapter (145), (1995-1997)
    • Faculty Advisor Student Chapter IIE, (1995-Present)
    • Region 4 Assistant Vice President of Student Development,
      (2006 - Present)
  • International Journal of Industrial Engineering (1996 - Present)
    • Editorial Board, (1996 - Present)
    • News Editor, (2005 - Present)
    • Program Chair, Annual Conference, (2003)
    • Co-Conference Chair, Annual Conference, (2005)

Grants and Awards:

  • Alpha Pi Mu, Industrial Engineering Honor Society.
  • Ray H. Witt Management Award. Recipient of an international award for the best paper presented on foundry management themes at the American Foundrymen’s Society Casting Congress during a three-year period. 
  • Phi Kappa Phi.