Jay Kim

Assisant Professor 
Oregon State University
Environmental and Occupational Health


Email: jay.kim@oregonstate.edu

Phone: (608) 737-2166

Address: 20B Milam Hall Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 97331-6001

Website: http://health.oregonstate.edu/people/kim-jay


Dr Kim received his MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and PhD in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from the University of Washington. Before joining the OSU’s faculty in 2015, he was an assistant professor at the Northern Illinois University for two years and a research scientist at the University of Washington. His current research interests are computer-human interaction and human vibration. He has a particular interest in developing engineering invention to reduce whole body vibration among professional vehicle operators in order to improve their health and well-being.

Research Interest 

  • Occupational ergonomics and biomechanics
  • Developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions to reduce physical exposures to reduce occupational injuries and illness
  • Human Vibration (Whole Body Vibration and Hand Arm Vibration)

Current, Recent, and Upcoming HCD Courses

  • H590 – Advanced Ergonomics  – 3 Credits – Spring (Every other year)
  • H545 – Occupational Health – 3 Credits – Spring

Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory

Location: Women’s Building Room# 11
Website: http://health.oregonstate.edu/labs/oeb
Research Equipment and Software: 

  • 6 DOF Motion Simulator
  • Electromyography
  • Electrogoniometers
  • Noise and Vibration Data Acquisition 
  • 3D Static Strength Prediction Program
  • 3-D optical motion capture system
  • Heart Rate Monitors

Current Projects

  • Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce WBV Exposure among Professional Truck Drivers. (CDC/NIOSH)
  • Evaluation of Ultra-low Travel Keyboard on Typing Biomechanics and Usability (OERC) 
  • Systematic Evaluation of Multi-axial Suspension to Reduce Whole Body Vibration Exposures in Heavy Equipment Mining Vehicle Operators (Alpha Foundation)
  • Ergonomic Evaluation on Nasal Sprays (Insights)
  • Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Non-driving Activity Performance (Bose Corporation)
  • Evaluating the Effects of Multi-axial Whole Body Vibration Exposure on Postural Stability in Mining Equipment Vehicle Operators (Alpha Foundation)
  • Effects of Whole Body Vibration Exposure on Physiological Stresses in Mining Heavy Equipment Vehicle Operators

Selected Publications

  • Kim JH, Zigman M, Aulck LS, Ibbotson JA, Dennerlein JT, Johnson PW. 2016. Whole body vibration exposures and health status among professional truck drivers: a cross sectional analysis. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 1-13. 
  • Kim JH, Aulck L, Trippany D, Johnson PW.  2015.  The effects of work surface hardness on mechanical stress, muscle activity, and wrist postures. Work. 52(2):231-244.
  • Kim JH, Johnson PW.  2014.  Fatigue development in the finger flexor muscle differs between keyboard and mouse use. European journal of applied physiology. 114(12):2469-82.
  • Kim JH, Aulck L, Bartha MC, Harper CA, Johnson PW.  2014.  Differences in typing forces, muscle activity, comfort, and typing performance among virtual, notebook, and desktop keyboards. Applied ergonomics. 45(6):1406-13.
  • Kim JH, Aulck L, Thamsuwan O, Bartha MC, Johnson PW.  2014.  The Effect of Key Size of Touch Screen Virtual Keyboards on Productivity, Usability, and Typing Biomechanics. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 56(7):1235-1248.
  • Kim JH, Johnson PW.  2012.  Viability of using digital signals from the keyboard to capture typing force exposures. Ergonomics. 55(11):1395-403.