Xinhui Zhu

Assistant Professor 
Oregon State University
Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering



Phone: (541) 737-2596

Address:School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing 426 Rogers Hall Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 97331-6001



Xinhui Zhu joined Oregon State University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering in 2015. She received her Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from University at Buffalo, the State University of New York and both her Bachelor’s degree (with honor) and Master’s degree (with honor) from Beijing Forestry University, China. 

Her research centers around three themes: 1) occupational safety, 2) usability of products and environments across diverse user populations including wheelchair users, and 3) development of new assessment tools to assist with data collection in ergonomics studies. Her most recent research focuses on the workload experienced by surgeons during surgeries. She is interested in the interactions between physical, cognitive and psychosocial factors in the operating rooms and how these factors influence surgeons’ workload. Her work to date have resulted multiple journal papers and conference proceeding articles focusing on addressing human factors/ergonomic issues in office, healthcare, construction and forest work environments. She also has presented her research work at conferences such as the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society annual meeting and the American Urogynecologic Society and International Urogynecological Association annual meeting. 

She has been a member of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society since 2011. She is an active member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society. She is a recipient of the eTool Prize (First Place) in Ergonomics Design Competition for Student Teams from Auburn Engineers, Inc. (2010). 

Research Interest 

  • Occupational safety
  • Human factors/Ergonomics in Health Care
  • Office ergonomics
  • Accessibility of environments
  • Usability of products

Current, Recent, and Upcoming HCD Courses

  • IE 255 - Introductory Quantitative Analysis of Industrial and Manufacturing System – 3 Credits – Fall Terms 
  • IE 545 - Human Factors Engineering – 4 Credits – Fall Terms 
  • IE 366 - Work Systems Engineering – 4 Credits – Winter Terms
  • IE 542 - Special Topic: Design of Human Factors/Ergonomics Experiment - 4 Credits – Spring Terms

Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory

Location: Dearborn 221
Phone Number: (TBD)
Website: (TBD)
Research Equipment and Software: (TBD)

Current Projects

  • Surgeons’ workload during Vaginal Surgery
  • The effects of OR settings on surgeons’ postural stress

Selected Publications

  • Singh, R., Yurteri-Kaplan, L., Morrow, M., Weaver, A., McGree, M., Zhu, X., Paquet, V., Gebhart, J., Hallbeck, S. (2018). Sitting vs. standing makes a difference in musculoskeletal discomfort and postural load for vaginal surgery, International Urogynecology Journal.
  • Yurteri-Kaplan, L., Zhu, X., Iglesia, C., Gutman, R., Sokol, A., Paquet, V., Park, A. (2018). Differences in Postural Loading between Primary and Assisting Surgeons during Vaginal Surgery, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.
  • Singh, R., Yurteri-Kaplan, L., Morrow, M., Weaver, A., McGree, M., Zhu, X., Paquet, V., Gebhart, J., Hallbeck, S. (2017). Does sitting or standing make a difference in vaginal surgery? American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 216 (3), pp. S577-S578.
  • Zhu, X., Yurteri-Kaplan, L., Cavuoto, L., Sokol, A., Iglesia, C., Gutman, R., Park, A., Paquet, V. (2016). ErgoPART: A Computerized Observational Tool to Quantify Postural Loading in Real-Time during Surgery, IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, doi: 10.1080/24725838.2016.1276032
  • Zhu, X., Shin, G. (2013). Kinematics and muscle activities of the lumbar spine during and after
  • working in stooped postures, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23(4): 801-806.
  • Zhu, X., Shin, G. (2012). Shoulder and neck muscle activities during typing with forearm support at different heights, Ergonomics, 55(11): 1412-1419.
  • Shin, G., Zhu, X. (2011). User discomfort, work posture and muscle activity while using a touchscreen in a desktop PC setting, Ergonomics, 54 (8), 733-744.
  • Zhu, X., Li, W., Dong, J. (2007). Algorithm of envelope size of the body barycenter swaying trajectory, Journal of Beijing Forestry University, 29(4), 37-40.
  • Dong, J., Li, W., Zhu, X., Tian, Y. (2007). Study progress of the human balance function and the work security of the portable forestry machine, Forestry Machinery & Woodworking Equipment, 35(11), 11-13.