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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, PhD

Dr. Lehto is a Professor at Purdue University. He completed his Ph.D. in engineering at the University of Michigan in 1985, where he specialized in human factors engineering, in particular warnings and labeling, which was also the topic of his dissertation. He has taught courses at Purdue in human and safety factors areas, as well as decision making and artificial intelligence. He has authored numerous professionally-reviewed articles, and he has authored / coauthored internationally-recognized textbooks in the areas of human factors and ergonomics. His current research often involves collecting data in the usability of consumer products and human computer / machine interactions in relation to safety. Dr. Lehto also holds patents in the automotive area in relation to occupant restraint systems. In addition, with his early experience in commercial fishing, he is qualified to analyze recreation- and marine-type accidents.

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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David R. Clark, PE, PhD

Dr. Clark is an Emeritus Engineering Professor at Kettering University. He was an engineering Ph.D. graduate from the University of Michigan, where he specialized in human factors engineering and system safety analyses. In particular, his earlier degrees in mechanical and electrical areas have given him a special expertise in electrical fire- and explosion-related accidents. Dr. Clark is also published on the topics of warnings and labeling. With considerable in-plant experience at General Motors, he is uniquely qualified to provide student theses and design projects while teaching at Kettering that deal with many types of mechanical and optimization projects. Finally, he has extensive experience working for loss control companies, performing over 150 fire origin and cause investigations in the past few years.

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

Adam is a registered mechanical professional engineer whose projects at Miller Engineering have focused on the analysis of consumer product safety hazards and industrial accidents. He has performed dozens of on-site investigations nationwide in relation to these projects.

Under the direction of Dr. Miller, Adam has designed numerous warning labels and developed instruction manuals. He has also led several large projects involving the analysis and reverse engineering of Material Safety Data Sheets.

Adam holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on control systems and battery modeling (2019), and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2012), both from the University of Michigan.

His past experience includes product development at Caterpillar, Inc. and implementation of energy saving solutions at Rhetech, Inc., a plastic resin manufacturing company. As an undergraduate, he conducted research at the University of Michigan’s Composite Structures Lab under the supervision of the Aerospace Engineering Department Chair, Dr. Tony Waas.

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Sarah A. Snyder, PhD, EIT (Materials Science and Engineering)

Dr. Snyder received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2019. She also holds an M.S.E in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan (2017), and she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers University (2014). As a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, the focus of Dr. Snyder’s Ph.D. was on biomedical applications of polymers and polymeric surfaces. Her undergraduate work focused on glass engineering, culminating with an internship at Corning Incorporated. Professionally, Dr. Snyder is affiliated with Tau Beta Pi (The National Engineering Honor Society), Keramos (The American Ceramic Society), and Phi Sigma Rho (The National Engineering Sorority).

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James M.L. Miller, MS, PhD, EIT (Mechanical and Electrical Engineering)

James M. L. Miller received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 2014, and the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 2016. He completed his Ph.D. degree in December 2020 in Mechanical Engineering with  a minor in electrical Engineering. He was supported by the National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Fellowship and the E. K. Potter Stanford Graduate Fellowship.  His research interests include nonlinearities, fluctuations, and dissipation tuning mechanisms in MEM resonators for sensors and parametric oscillators. His expertise centers on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS); microscale devices with applications for sensors and agriculture. At Miller Engineering he has applied his mechanical-electrical expertise to biomedical heat transfer problems and energy management in hydroelectric systems, solar arrays and portable battery usage, including battery life cycle testing.

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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, EIT, 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, EIT, 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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Jackson D. Troin, BSME (Mechanical Engineering)

Jackson received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2018. Jackson’s work experience and technical background includes vehicle and performance testing and design revision as a mechanical engineer at Ford Motor Company (2015 & 2016), electrohydraulic controls design for braking systems at ZF Automotive (2017 & 2018), and thermal finite element analysis as a thermal CFD engineer at ThermoAnalytics (2019-2020). Jackson’s academic focus and electives include the study of advanced finite element analysis and CAD design for machine operations using NX and CATIA. Jackson’s international experience includes the design of a robotic prosthetic hand during a four month study-abroad program in Valencia, Spain. Jackson is also a licensed builder in the state of Michigan and has conducted residential and commercial construction projects in southeast Michigan including new home construction, additions, excavation and mechanical and electrical facility upgrades.

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Shirley A. Ampulski, MILS

Master of Information and 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 Acquisitions 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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