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About Gary A. Mirka

Dr. Mirka’s research interests are in the area of occupational safety and ergonomics with particular emphasis on spine biomechanics, low back injury prevention and ergonomic intervention effectiveness research. His research efforts have taken him into the construction, agriculture, commercial fishing, and furniture manufacturing industries. Dr. Mirka was the recipient of the 1993 Volvo Award for Low Back Pain Research.


Present Associate Dean for Education, Iowa State University College of Engineering
Present The John Ryder Professor, Iowa State University Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Ergonomics Society (2009)
  • Volvo Award for Low Back Pain Research (1993)


  • IE 271 Applied Ergonomics and Work Design
  • IE 501/601 Graduate Seminar
  • IE 571 Occupational Biomechanics
  • IE 671 Research Practicum in Ergonomics
  • IE 690 Spine Biomechanics

Contact Information

3025 Black Engr
2529 Union Dr
Ames, IA 50011-2030


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