Babski-Reeves selected to lead national ergonomics organization

October 22, 2018

Bagley College of Engineering associate dean Kari Babski-Reeves has been elected as president of the board of directors for the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists.

Kari Babski-Reeves - Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Kari Babski-Reeves – Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Babski-Reeves will serve a one-year term as president after having been elected by the board to lead the organization. She recently completed a one-year term as board secretary and is beginning her fourth year on the board itself.

“I believe in what the BCPE stands for and in the importance of certification of a professional’s competency in the field of human factors, ergonomics and user experience,” Babski-Reeves said. “The honor of being elected president provides me with an opportunity to work with professionals around the world and to grow our membership. It’s a huge responsibility but I look forward to serving the profession.”

The Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists provides ergonomics certification to protect the public, the profession, and its professionals by assuring standards of competency and advocating the value of certification.

Babski-Reeves is currently the associate dean for research and graduate studies within Mississippi State’s Bagley College of Engineering as well as a professor of industrial and systems engineering. Her research efforts are focused in the areas of human factors, ergonomics, and safety and has been funded by entities such as NIOSH, Honda, Hyundai, UPS, DHS, and DOE.

She has been published in a variety of journals including Human Factors; Ergo; IEEE Transactions: Man, Systems, and Cybernetics; and the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. She is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers, among others.

Babski-Reeves is a three-time alumna of Mississippi State. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering in 1995 and 1998, respectively, before completing her Ph.D. in industrial engineering in 2000. She joined the Mississippi State faculty in 2006.

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By: Philip Allison