In addition to teaching in the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arizona, Gary has provided workshops and seminars for engineers, scientists, architects, managers, and others having an interest in learning about using human factors/ergonomics and safety in their design related activities.
Gary uses an interactive and experiential approach to working with professionals having the desire to learn how they can incorporate the human factors/ergonomics and systems safety principles and practices in the design and/or management of systems.
Gary stresses the importance of considering the consequences of their “real world” actions, decisions and mistakes for the humans associated with the product and/or services systems for which the students will ultimately have responsibility. The unique perspective offered by a professional who has spent his entire adult life combining the disciplines of human factors/ergonomics, safety engineering, industrial engineering, and systems engineering provides the students with a valuable framework from which they can guide their actions throughout their careers. Unlike the more classical engineering disciplines, the exposure to human factors/ergonomics from a systems perspective ensures that these soon-to-be professional practitioners will have the foresight to consider necessary design alternatives and produce safe, effective, and efficient systems.
Gary is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Mechanical - Astronautical) from Arizona State University in 1969. He later attended Central Missouri State University (University of Central Missouri) where he graduated in 1974 with a Master of Science degree in Safety. He obtained his PhD in Industrial Engineering (Human Factors/Ergonomics) from Texas Tech University in 1983.