Alan Hedge is a Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University. His research and teaching activities focus on issues of design and workplace ergonomics as these affect the health, comfort and productivity of workers. His research themes include workstation design, computer ergonomics and carpal tunnel syndrome risk factors for workers, alternative keyboard and input system designs, the performance and health effects of postural strain, and the health and comfort impacts of various environmental stressors, such as the effects of indoor air quality effects on sick building syndrome complaints among office workers, and the effects of office lighting on eyestrain problems among computer workers. He has co-authored a books on Healthy Buildings, co-edited Advances in Ergonomics Modeling and Usability and the Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods, published 38 chapters, 59 peer-review journal articles and 147 refereed proceedings articles, 40 unrefereed conference proceedings, 15 technical reports, and 138 additional conference presentations on ergonomics and related topics. He received the 2009 Oliver K. Hansen Outreach Award and the 2003 Alexander J. Williams Jr. Design Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for "outstanding human factors contributions to the design of a major operational system".
His professional activities are extensive. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (formerly the UK Ergonomics Society), and the International Ergonomics Association. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a founding member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He is on the editorial board of the journals Ergonomics, Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Human Environment Systems, and the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. He is past president of the Environmental Psychology division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, and past chair of the Organizational Design and Management Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the US/ISO TAG SC5 committee of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Work Environment technical group of the International Ergonomics Society (IEA). In 2011 he was appointed as the IEA Representative on Environmental Design.
He is serving as the Program Chair the for the 2015 National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition, and was also Program Chair for the 2014 and 2013 National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition.
He is extensively cited in the national and international media and has appeared on several TV and radio programs, indeed the current President of the International Ergonomics Association recently said "he is perhaps the most often cited ergonomist in the media".
Hu, H., Ding, L., Hedge, A., Li a, X., Zhang, C., Qin, Z., Xiao, H. (2015) The effects of pressurized partial pressure suits on operational ergonomics, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 45, 107-115. (in press)
Ding, L., Li, X., Hedge, A., Hu, H., Feather, D., Qin, Z., Xiao, H., Xue, L. and Zhou, Q. (2015) Optimizing the physical ergonomics indices for the use of partial pressure suits, Applied Ergonomics, 47, 72-83. (in press)
Dorsey, J., Hedge, A., Miller, L. (2014) Green Ergonomics, Work, 49 (3) – Guest Editors of the Special Issue.
Dorsey, J., Hedge, A., Miller, L. (2014) Green Ergonomics, Work, 49 (3), 345-346.
Hedge, A. Miller, L. & Dorsey, J. (2014) Occupant health and comfort in green and conventional academic office buildings, Work, 49 (3), 363-372.
Hedge, A. and James, T. (2014) Detrimental Effects of an Electronic Health Records System on Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Health Professionals, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting, October 28 - 31, 773-777.
Hedge, A. and Puleio, J. (2014) Proactive Office Ergonomics Really Works, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting, October 28 - 31, 482-486.
Spangler, A. and Hedge, A. (2014) Effects of Environment and Input Technology on Human Working Memory for Medical Charting Information, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting, October 28 - 31, 505-509.
Bubric, K. and Hedge, A. (2014) Postural Risks Associated With Laptop Use on a Bed, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting, October 28 - 31, 586-590.
Hawes, B. and Hedge, A. (2014) The Effects of Fluorescent Versus LED Lighting on Soldier Tasks in Military Tents, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting, October 28 - 31, 1094-1098.
Zhang, H. and Hedge, A. (2014) Laptop Heat and Models of User Thermal Discomfort, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting, October 28 - 31, 1456-1460.