Naj Meshkati

Expert in workplace safety and accidents.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering


  • technology transfer to developing countries
  • human mental workload, information processing and occupational stress
  • human factors in organizational design and management
  • ergonomics — the study of how to adapt machines to people
  • cumulative trauma disorders (CTD) and repetitive motion injuries (RMI)
  • the design and evaluation of technological systems for human use
  • the safety of large-scale technological systems (e.g., nuclear power plants, chemical plants and refineries)
  • human and organizational error
  • industrial accidents
  • aviation safety and runway incursions
  • safety culture
  • transportation safety
  • process safety management of petrochemical plants
  • accidents
  • Chernobyl and Three Mile Island
  • safety and regulatory issues
  • the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in international nuclear safety
  • electrical industry deregulation
  • work overload and human error
  • workplace safety management

Additional Information

  • Co-editor of Human Mental Workload
  • Fellow, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Recipient, Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation (1989)
  • Established the International Technology Transfer Group (1985)

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