Sheila Krawczyk, Ph.D., CIH, CSP


Creative, analytical leader with 17 years experience in safety, health (industrial hygiene), environment, ergonomics, and industrial engineering in the automotive, aluminum, printing, and other industries. Major strengths include problem solving skills, systematic thinking, drive for change, and building ownership and commitment. Additional areas of expertise include program evaluation and development, strategic and tactical planning, risk assessment and management, fatality prevention, and compliance. Additional skills include the use and application of basic and advanced statistical methods, Toyota Production System (Lean Manufacturing) implementation, and Six Sigma methodologies.


Ph.D.Industrial and Operations Engineering (Occupational Health and Safety Engineering and Ergonomics) & Environmental and Industrial Health (Industrial Hygiene), GPA = A, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1993
Environmental and Industrial Health (Industrial Hygiene), The University of Michigan, 1988
Industrial and Operations Engineering, The University of Michigan, 1988
Bioengineering and Engineering Science, cum laude, The University of Michigan, 1986


American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (C.I.H.)
Board of Certified Safety Professionals, Certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Safety (C.S.P.)
Six Sigma Certified, (Green Belt, Black Belt)


  • American Industrial Hygiene Association, Outstanding Leadership and Service 2001
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association, Outstanding Leadership and Significant Contribution 2000
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association, Outstanding Chairperson 1999
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association, Committee Chairperson (1999), Vice-Chair (1998), Conference Technical Session Arranger and Coordinator (1997), Conference Roundtable Arranger and Coordinator (1996), Elected Member (1994-1995), Outstanding Committee Award (1994-1999).
  • Michigan Safety Conference Memorial Scholarship 1991
  • National Safety Council, American National Standards Institute-Accredited Z365 Committee for Control of Cumulative Trauma Disorders, Representative
  • NIOSH Traineeship in Industrial Hygiene 1987-1992
  • NIOSH Traineeship in Occupational Health and Safety Engineering 1987-1992
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society (Nominated 1986)
  • University of Michigan Dean's List
  • University of Michigan Regents-Alumni Scholar 1981-1986


  • American Society of Safety Engineers National and Local Chapters (Pittsburgh, President and Vice-President of University of Michigan Chapter)
  • Applied Industrial Ergonomics, First Conference Executive Board
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Reviewer for Human Factors Journal and Conference, Industrial Ergonomics Technical Group
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
  • University of Michigan Engineering Council
  • University of Michigan Government Representative
  • University of Michigan, Alpha Gamma Delta Collegiate Fraternity, Scholarship Advisor and Officer
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, Alpha Gamma Delta Collegiate Fraternity, Advisor and Officer


    More than 30 International and National, Available Upon Request


    RR Donnelley & Sons Company, Corporate Environment, Health, and Safety; Chicago, Illinois (2000-2001)
    Corporate Ergonomics Manager. Conceived, engaged, and led the Ergonomics Leadership and Design Coalition that developed a company-wide strategy. This Coalition consisted of members from different line and staff functions, at all levels of the organization. Analyzed injury and illness records to determine optimal risk reduction initiatives. Directed and developed both proactive and reactive tactical plans to address the $6 million direct and $30 million indirect costs/year. Researched and analyzed risk assessment methods and production systems using the Six Sigma process. Interpreted results to define advantages, disadvantages, and appropriateness for detecting, quantifying, and prioritizing risk using the Six Sigma process. Evaluated business impact of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Evaluated and advised locations on program effectiveness and risk assessments. Counseled, coached, advised, and mentored professionals, interns, and co-op students.

    Alcoa Corporate Center, North American Environment, Health, and Safety Services; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1997-2000)
    Ergonomics, Health, and Safety Manager/Specialist. Provided ergonomics and safety leadership and expertise to worldwide corporate group, business units, and locations. Addressed all aspects of ergonomics and safety throughout all levels of the organization. Analyzed injury and illness records to determine optimal risk reduction initiatives. Determined optimal data collection strategy. Initiated and implemented safety strategy to reduce incident rate by at least 50% over two years, and exceeded all targets. Utilized fault tree analyses in injury/illness reduction analyses. Assembled, organized, and led the Global Ergonomics Working Group that developed a worldwide ergonomics strategy with a comprehensive framework and systematic ergonomics initiatives. Led implementation of the ergonomics strategy throughout all geographical regions. Provided direction, injury/illness analyses, training, and job assessment strategies for Business Units. Initiated ergonomics injury/illness analyses, awareness, trainin, initiatives, and improvements “hands on” at industrial facilities.

    Implemented comprehensive ergonomics and EHS components in Alcoa’s version of the Toyota Production System (Lean Manufacturing). Utilized Lean Manufacturing implementation in achieving significant ergonomics and safety improvements "hand's on" at Tennessee, Massena, Lafayette, and numerous other industrial locations. Analyzed and reviewed Lean Manufacturing engineering process changes for appropriate safety, health, and ergonomics implementation. Followed and/or affected ANSI, OSHA, North American, and states' regulations and determined appropriate strategies. Provided comments to OSHA on behalf of Alcoa on proposed safety regulations. Benchmarked EHS and other programs at Toyota (Lean Manufacturing), Dupont, Kodak, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Boeing, 3M, and other companies.

    Alcoa Primary Metals and Rigid Packaging Division; Warrick and Tennessee Operations (1996)
    Business Units’ Ergonomics and Safety Specialist. Provided “hand’s on” manufacturing/industrial ergonomics and safety expertise in reduction of all incidents. Technical expert in the implementation of ergonomics principles for risk reduction of injuries and illnesses. Provided technical assistance, job analyses, and ergonomics training at all levels of the organizations. Reviewed engineering changes and redesigned work environment, workstations, tools, and methods to minimize the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and other safety and health incidents. Organized and conducted union and management committees in plants to jointly address worker ergonomics, safety, and health concerns and injuries and illnesses. Technical expert in the initiation and implementation of the ergonomics processes at Tennessee as they went from an audit score of "poor" to an "excellent". Analyzed accident repetition trends, and initiated and conducted an interview/investigative committee process to determine and correct root causes. Conducted safety and health audits.

    Liberty Mutual Insurance, Research Center for Safety and Health; Hopkinton, Massachusetts (1993-1995)
    Senior Research Associate. Analyzed business needs, then developed, designed, conducted, supervised, and published appropriate ergonomics, safety, health, and industrial hygiene research. Presented and demonstrated contemporary ergonomics research, experiments, and applications to occupational safety and health professionals, loss prevention representatives, technical consultants, policyholders, management, and research center visitors. Analyzed, evaluated, and summarized claims distributions of upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders for major policyholders. Instructed ergonomics training and education courses for safety and health professionals. Reviewed technical manuscripts for submission to journals and conferences. Responsible for safety and health of all human subjects, in all research activities at the research center, through membership on the Institutional Review Committee (Human Subjects Review Committee).

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); Cincinnati, Ohio (1992-1993)
    Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Engineering Controls and Technology Branch.
    Ergonomist, Industrial Engineer, and Industrial Hygienist. Researched, drafted, authored, and reviewed the NIOSH response to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Ergonomics Program Management Recommendations for General Industry. Researched, drafted, and reviewed the NIOSH "Workplace Use of Back Belts, Review and Recommendations" document. Involved in research and writing of the NIOSH Criteria Document on Ergonomics. Reviewed technical manuscripts for submission to journals and conferences. Instructed ergonomics training courses for safety and health professionals (engineers, physicians, hygienists, etc.). Composed and critiqued instructor outlines, lesson plans, audiovisuals, and slides. Researched, defined, and authored protocol for ergonomics intervention study utilizing biomechanical, physiological, and psychophysical indices for study of the soft drink beverage delivery industry. Initiated and conducted data collection for the above project. Provided assistance on industry hand tools project. Participated in work-related musculoskeletal disorders exposure assessment and validation group. Involved in dissemination of research grants and critique of ergonomics research projects in the meatpacking industry. Provided technical expertise on various engineering, ergonomics, and industrial hygiene projects.

    The University of Michigan, Industrial & Operations Engineering, Center for Ergonomics; Ann Arbor, Michigan (1987-1992)
    Research and Teaching Assistant. Researched, designed, conducted, and supervised laboratory and field experiments in ergonomics. Recruited, interviewed, hired, trained, supervised, and evaluated assistants, graduate students, undergraduate students, and employee subjects and participants for experiments. Presented, explained, and demonstrated contemporary ergonomics research and experiments to occupational health and industry professionals. Assisted in ergonomics training and education for safety, health, and industry professionals. Assisted in an introductory ergonomics course for engineering and public health graduate students and occupational physicians. Assisted in lecture preparation and presentation. Devised and corrected exams and homework. Held office hours to field students' questions about class content.

    Ford Motor Company, Engine and Casting Divisions; Ontario, Canada (1989-1991)
    Ergonomics Consultant for six facilities. Established and implemented an ergonomics program for engine plants, a casting plant, and an aluminum foundry. Organized and conducted joint union and management committees in plants to address worker safety, health, and ergonomics concerns and injuries. Provided technical assistance, job analysis, and ergonomics training. Redesigned workstations and methods to minimize the risk of cumulative trauma disorders, low back pain, and other work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Analyzed and reviewed engineering projects. Recruited, interviewed, hired, trained, supervised, and evaluated assistants as needed.

    General Motors Corporation, Hydra-matic Divisional Health Services, Safety, and Industrial Hygiene; Willow Run, Michigan (1988-1989)
    Divisional Industrial Hygienist. Implemented health hazard evaluations at seven Hydra-matic facilities. Investigated industrial hygiene workplace hazards, observed the affected processes, and researched the process and conditions present. Determined and conducted appropriate air sampling, ventilation, heat stress, noise, or other measurements to help evaluate the particular problem when necessary. Developed recommendations and determined appropriate workplace controls and specific actions required to remedy the situation. Prepared reports that documented and summarized pertinent actions, results, and recommendations of the investigations. Assisted in training of industrial hygiene student interns (masters' degree students and occupational physicians).

    The University of Michigan, Department of Pharmacology; Ann Arbor, Michigan (1982-1986)
    Researcher. Researched, designed, and developed molecular pharmacological experiments. Conducted platelet membrane purifications, α2-adrenergic receptor binding assays, protein reconstitution experiments, gel electrophoresis, and protein concentration determinations. Purified platelet guanine nucleotied binding protein. Utilized various quantitative analytical instrumentation. Recommended and ordered laboratory materials. Analyzed data with the use of a computer. Presented results to a technical audience. Attended pharmacology seminars.

    The University of Michigan, Industrial & Operations Engineering, Center for Ergonomics; Ann Arbor, Michigan (1985)
    Research Assistant. Researched the ergonomical aspects of computer and typewriter keyboard design. Conducted an extensive statistical analysis on the results of a study of hand and finger positions on a computer keyboard. Utilized the statistical packages MIDAS and BMDP for computerized computation. This project was completed in conjunction with an IBM research and design team.

    Ann Arbor Public Schools; Ann Arbor Recreation Department; Ann Arbor, Michigan (1983-1988); Delta Community College; Saginaw, Michigan (1986-88)
    Head girls' gymnastics coach for Clague Junior High School, head gymnastics instructor for the city gymnastics program, head swimming instructor for emotionally impaired children, senior citizens' water therapy and water aerobics instructor, physically challenged (paraplegic and quadriplegic) swimming instructor, and aerobics instructor. Responsible for the full coordination and operation of all activities. Recruited, interviewed, hired, trained, supervised, and evaluated employees. Organized instruction and delegated duties to instructors. Organized and directed meets with other teams. Coached teams and choreographed routines. Responsible for the safety of all participants. Maintained the gym and pool in safe operating condition.


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