Webinar: Exoskeletons – Considerations When Deciding to Use Them as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is being organized the the ASTM International Exo Technology Center of Excellence, Thursday, November 19, 2020. This two hour event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Not withstanding some opening and closing remarks by Dr. William “Bill” Bellote, the lionshare of the event will consist of a panel discussion with Q&A. The panelists include many familiar faces:
Dr. Donald R. Peterson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University. He is also a joint professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Dr. Peterson is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, earning degrees in Aerospace Engineering (BS) and Biomechanical Engineering (BS) and a graduate of the University of Connecticut, earning degrees in Mechanical Engineering (MS) and Biomedical Engineering (PhD). Dr. Peterson has over 25 years of experience in biomechanical engineering and medical research, which has been focused on measuring and modeling injury biomechanics and human, organ, and/or cell performance, including exposures to various physical stimuli and the subsequent biological responses. His research has involved the investigation of injury mechanisms and human–device interaction and has led to the generation of new technologies and systems, such as personal protection technologies, occupational exoskeleton systems, robotic assist devices for hemiplegic rehabilitation, long-duration biosensor monitoring and reporting systems, novel surgical and dental devices and instruments, smart medical devices for home patient care, and biotechnology systems. Some of Dr. Peterson’s research has been focused on hand-arm vibration exposures from tool use and he serves as a US delegate on the International Standards Organization Technical Committee (ISO/TC) 108/SC4 on Human Exposure to Mechanical Vibration and Shock. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the ASTM Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits. Dr. Peterson has published over 115 peer-reviewed scholarly works and is the Editor-in-Chief for “The Biomedical Engineering Handbook”, published by CRC Press, and the Series Editor for the Biomedical Engineering textbook series, published by CRC Press..
Dr. Treaster has been a member of ASTM since 2017 and is an active member of F48.02, the subcommittee on human factors and ergonomics. She has served as a co-editor for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Special Edition on Exoskeletons and has presented at numerous technical conferences. Prior to joining BWC, Dr. Treaster worked as a Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute, and as an ergonomic consultant for the United States Postal Services, Humantech, and Travelers Insurance. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Factors Engineering and a Ph.D. in Occupational Biomechanics from Ohio State University.