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James M. Miller, PE, PhD

Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Engineering Professor at the University of Michigan and a registered mechanical professional engineer with over 30 years of experience. He has served as a consultant to industry and government and is highly qualified to give engineering testimony. He and his engineering staff specialize in: designing warnings, instruction manuals and labeling (including the new OSHA-12 GHS requirements); auto and truck accident reconstruction; mechanical and electrical safety; fire, explosion and chemical process accident analysis; slip and fall prevention; marine, swimming and recreational vehicle accidents (boats, ATVs and personal watercraft); farm accidents, and compliance with governmental and consensual safety standards (OSHA, ANSI, ASTM, UL, CPSC, ASABE).

Dr. Miller has recently authored a chapter titled “Hazard Communication Compliance” in the American Society of Safety Engineering Safety Engineering Handbook. Dr. Miller has also authored five books on the topic of Warnings and Safety Instructions and written numerous journal articles.  He is also currently a committee member of the ASTM Technical Committee F15 on Consumer Products.

He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University, where he was one of the first US PhD graduates specializing in transportation and consumer accident research. He became a professor at the University of Michigan’s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE), where he taught courses in human factors/ergonomics, safety engineering, methods engineering and law for engineers (1970-1998). On leave from the University (1975-1977) at the U.S. Department of Labor, he was appointed as Special Assistant for Safety to OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor, where he had responsibility, among other things, for revising the OSHA General Industry (29CFR1910) and Construction (29CFR1926) Safety Standards. He also participated in the early formation of the OSHA HazCom standard (29CFR1200) and original chemical labels and MSDS sheets.

Affiliations: American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), and American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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Mark R. Lehto, EIT, PhD

B.S. in Industrial Engineering (1978), Oregon State University; M.S. in Industrial Engineering (1981), Purdue University; Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering (1985), The University of Michigan. Purdue University (1986-present): Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering. Commercial Boating (1965-1975).

Special Expertise: Knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.

Affiliations: American Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society).

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Adam M. Olshove, EIT, MSE (Mechanical Engineering)

Adam expects to receive his Professional Engineering license in late 2018, and his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in early 2019. He previously received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, also from the University of Michigan (2012).

His previous work experience includes: Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) Intern, RheTech, Inc. (2011). Product Development Engineering Intern, Caterpillar, Inc. (2011). Research Associate, University of Michigan Composite Structures Lab (2009-2010). Calculus Tutor, University of Michigan Mathematics Laboratory (2009-2013).

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Kelley S. Lodge, BSE (Packaging), MSE (Safety and Health)

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) Industrial Engineering (Occupational Safety and Health) (1993), The University of Michigan. Bachelor of Science in Engineering Arts (1992), Michigan State University. Bachelor of Science in Packaging (1992), Michigan State University. Kraft Foods (1996-1997): Research Engineer. Post Cereal Division, Package Premiums. Ford Motor Company (1993-1996): Customer Service Division, Warehouse Supervisor. Pillsbury (1990) Packaging Summer Intern

Special Expertise: Child safety packaging along with child safety specifications and testing. Flexible material packaging including package material and package performance testing. Competitive products packaging analysis. Labeling research, design and testing. Operator/instruction manual design and testing. Consumer product hazard analysis. Occupational safety and health audits. Chemical material safety data sheets (MSDS) analysis. Distribution operations including inventory analysis and control.

Affiliations: Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Women in Packaging, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

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Paul R. L. Miller, BSME (Mechanical Engineering) 

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University (2016). J.M. Miller Enterprises (2014-2016): Agricultural Systems Manager.

Special Expertise: Agricultural equipment, chemical application, and safety. Motorcycle design and safety. Heavy machinery design.

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Alyssa L. Blunt, BSME (Mechanical Engineering)

Alyssa received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2019. Her previous work experience includes design engineering at 3M (2018) and product development engineering at MC3 Cardiopulmonary (2016-2018). Alyssa’s international experiences include an accelerated entrepreneurship program in Turin, Italy (2017), a STEM outreach camp in Walchandnagar, India (2018), and a 3-D printing research project in Berlin, Germany (2019). 

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Shirley A. Ampulski, MLS

Masters in Library Science, University of Michigan (1990). Bachelor of Science in English and Psychology, Grand Valley State University (1987). Reference Librarian, Lansing Community College Library (1994-1996). Slide Cataloger, Art and Architecture Library, University of Michigan (1993). Serials Aquisitions Librarian, Eastern Michigan University Library (1992-1993). Cataloger, Library of Michigan (1990-1992).

Special Expertise: Research all areas of product liability, product safety issues, accident statistics, and federal and local government standards and regulations. Summarize deposition testimony.

Erinn L. Promo, BA

Erinn received her Bachelor of Arts in English with Honors from the University of Michigan in April 2018. Her undergraduate thesis explored the didactic mission of elegy and its implications for contemporary readers. She worked as a Peer Writing Consultant at the Sweetland Peer Writing Center while earning her degree.

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