Thomas J. Armstrong
Dept. Industrial and Operations Engineering
Dept. Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2117

Phone: 313-763-3742

Thomas J. Armstrong is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His education includes a B.S.E. degree in Aerospace Engineering, an M.P.H. degree in Industrial Health, and a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Health, Physiology and Engineering, all from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Armstrong teaches undergraduate and graduate engineering courses in work analysis and design. Course topics include task analysis, the use of computer-aided design tools and engineering anthropometry to describe the spatial relationship between workers and work, the use of time studies and predetermined time systems to describe the temporal work patterns of work, and the use of biomechanical and ergonomic tools to study work patterns and manage work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

His current research includes 1) study of work-related musculoskeletal disorders; 2) development of biomechanical models for the study of handwork; 3) study of surgical procedures, training, and health outcomes; and 4) development computer tools for analysis and design of manual work.

Dr. Armstrong is on the editorial boards for the Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics and the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. He is a Fellow in the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (USA), the Ergonomics Society (GB) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is a member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and a former member of the ACGIH Physical Agents Committee, PAC, and the American Biomechanics Society (ASB). In 2019, he received the ACGIH Wagner award for his work on the PAC Committee that included contributing to the development of the TLVĀ® for musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limbs and collaborative work on materials handling and localized fatigue TLVsĀ®. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Professional Ergonomist and a licensed commercial pilot.