Chair Designer

Dr. Jerome J. Congleton, Ph.D., PE, CPE, is a Professor of Ergonomics and Safety Engineering at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, Co-Director of the Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M University and serves part-time as a Strength & Conditioning Performance Coach for the Athletic Department. His educational background includes a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana, a MS in Management from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech with research emphasis on Ergonomics/Human factors (the design of the workplace to fit the worker).

Dr. Congleton previously worked at ALCOA for eight years as an Industrial Engineer and Safety Manager solving posture and material handling problems. Prior to that Dr. Congleton served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force for seven years. He is a Vietnam Veteran with 213 combat missions for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and 16 Oak Leaf Clusters to the Air Medal while flying the F-4 Phantom.

Dr. Congleton serves as a consultant in research and development for Neutral Posture Inc., in Bryan, Texas. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he works with industry in professional development and ergonomic evaluation and research (with over 10 million dollars of support to date). Dr. Congleton is a past Co-director of the Ergonomics and Work Measurement Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and is a past member of the board of directors of the International Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Foundation. His research interests are in office ergonomics, seated research, workplace design, prevention and control of back injuries, worker physiology, performance measurement and enhancement, and ergonomics. He holds 8 patents, 35 refereed journal publications and has graduated and chaired 19 Ph.D.’s and 70 Masters.