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About Nir Keren

Dr. Nir Keren is an Associate Professor of Occupational Safety in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. His research interests fall into two broad categories: Behavioral Safety and Harnessing Incident Databases to enhance Loss Prevention.
In Behavioral Safety Dr. Keren’s interest is in Safety Decision Making. As a graduate faculty in the Human Computer Interaction program he develops Virtual Reality Applications to research decision making. Among his current studies are modeling the effect of consequence severity on process and choice, the effect of stress on decision making processes among emergency responders, and the effect of safety climate on safety decision making.
In harnessing incident databases Dr. Keren is developing novel applications to support loss prevention efforts. In his research he utilizes publicly available and privately owned incident datasets. Recent works in this area include risk assessment of hazardous material transport, and development of calibration values for equipment failure rates in chemical processes.


Present Associate Professor, Occupational Safety, Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

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Honors and Awards

  • ISU Miller Faculty Fellow (2007–2008, 2008–2009)
  • Magna Cum Laude, Ben Gurion University, Israel


  • Occupational Safety
  • Fire Protection and Prevention
  • Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
  • Safety Laboratory
  • Risk Analysis and Management

Contact Information

1620 Howe
537 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-2580
Fax: 515-294-5530


Animal Production Systems Engineering (2)

Occupational Safety Engineering (19)

Biological and Process Engineering and Technology (4)