Shaheen Ahmed


Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Board of Director

Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics


The Open Educator

The Open Educator YouTube Channel


Professional Licenses/ Certifications

Certified Professional Ergonomist, CPE

Certified Quality Engineer, CQE

Professional Engineer, PE

Research Interests

  • Vehicle Ergonomics
  • Exposure to risk factors for musculoskeletal injury
  • General workplace, work task and product design and evaluation in normal and physical and/or cognitively impaired working populations
  • Training, organizational and psychosocial ergonomics
  • Human fatigue in prolonged mentally demanding work-tasks
  • Statistical design and analysis of experiments
  • Engineering and Technology Education

Selected Publications

Ahmed, S. (2020). Design of Experiments. The Open Educator.

Ahmed, S. (2017). Theory of Sustained Optimal Challenge in Teaching and Learning. Proceedings of the 2017 International Annual meeting of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX, USA, October 9-13.

Ahmed, S., Babski-Reeves, K., DuBien, J., Webb, H., & Strawderman, L. (2016). Fatigue differences between Asian and Western populations in prolonged mentally demanding work-tasks. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 54, 103-112.

Ahmed, S., Babski-Reeves, K., and DuBien, J., and Webb, H. (2014). A Proposed Relationship between Time and Load to Quantify Fatigue. Proceedings of the 2014 International Annual meeting of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Chicago, IL, USA, October 27-31.

Ahmed, S. and Babski-Reeves, K. (2012). Assessment of Upper Extremity Postures in Novice and Expert during Simulated Carpentry Tasks. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 56th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, USA, October 22-26.

Ahmed, S. and Babski-Reeves, K. (2011). Making Life Meaningful: Designing Workstations for Physically and Cognitively Impaired Adults. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 55th Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV, USA, September 19-23.

Ahmed, S. and Babski-Reeves, K. (2009). Analysis of Subjective Body Discomfort Ratings during Simulated Prolonged Driving Tasks: What Measures are most Effective? Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 53rd Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, USA, Oct. 19-23.

Ahmed, S., Strawderman, L. and Babski-Reeves, K. (2008). Evaluation of a Conceptual Warning System for Mobile Phone Use While Driving to Increase Public Awareness. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 52nd Annual Meeting. New York, NY, USA, September 22-26.

Design of Post-College-Level Certificate for faculty, staff, and administrator

  1. Assessment of Student Learning Certificate
  2. Program-Level Assessment Certificate
  3. Teaching and Learning Certificate

Design of College-Level Courses

Following four course for the B.Sc. in Engineering Technology have been added to the University of West Alabama since 2015-2016 catalogue.

  1. TY 101 – Introduction to Engineering Technology (3 credit)
  2. TY 300 – Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering Technology (3 credit)
  3. TY 400 – Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics (3 credit)
  4. TY 453 – Statistical Quality Control (3 credit)

College-Level Courses Taught

College level courses at Minnesota State University, Mankato, the University of West Alabama, and Mississippi State University.

  1. MET 654 – Design of Experiments, MSU
  2. MET 423/523 – Ergonomics & Work Measurement, MSU
  3. MET 427/527 – Quality Management Systems, MSU
  4. MET 426 – Logistics and Transportation, MSU
  5. MET 425 – Project and Value Management, MSU
  6. MET 386 – Metrology for Engineering Technologist, MSU
  7. AET 334 – Fluid Power, MSU
  8. MET 324 – Strength of Materials and Dynamics, MSU
  9. MG 453 – Quality Management Systems, UWA
  10. BQ 371 – Business Analytics, UWA
  11. MG 322 – Manufacturing Process Management, UWA
  12. TY 210 – TPM and Mechanical Systems, UWA
  13. MG 455 – Safety Risk Management, UWA
  14. TY 230 – Blue Print Reading and Drafting, UWA
  15. MG 351 – Managing Occ. Safety and Health, UWA
  16. BQ 271 – Business Statistics, UWA
  17. TY 240 – Fluid Power, UWA
  18. AU 201 – Fundamentals. of Automotive Technology, UWA
  19. IE 3913 – Engineering Economy I, Mississippi State University

High School Level Courses Taught

Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, and Mathematics at 11-12 Grade Level, especially in engineering admission coaching after the board exam upon completion of the 12th grade in Bangladesh

About Me

What amazes me the most, is us, the humans. That’s why I study humans, especially our abilities and inabilities to design, evaluate and redesign products, workstations and work-tasks. I believe the most challenging part of my interest is to understand ourselves. It has never been so easy: In 1930s, listening to a radio while driving was considered distracting. These days, operating in-vehicle information system is considered distracting.  It appears as if we have never completely understood ourselves, but we are thriving to pursue that. The Ancient Greek aphorism “Know yourself” seems to carry the same significance today as it has ever been.

I enjoy gardening, fishing, running, cycling, biking, swimming, camping, traveling, meeting new people and places. I am an experimental chef. I also like working on bicycles, motorcycles, and cars.