Latest Massey Graduate in Ergonomics/Human Factors

Jane Pierce graduated at Massey University in December 2015 with a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Ergonomics.

After returning to New Zealand from her extended working OE, Jane, who is an experienced physiotherapist, discovered that Massey University offered extramural (distance learning) study and began taking post graduate courses.

After a change in her work role she was required to undertake workstation assessments and thought she should undertake relevant study so she could have informed knowledge rather than assumptions. She first took Massey’s undergraduate course:  Ergonomics: Work, Performance, Health and Design, in 2005, offered through the Centre for Ergonomics, Occupational Health and Safety, and became hooked on Ergonomics.

Through her friendship with Rachel Dykes, who is another recent Massey ergonomics masters graduand and a former President of the Ergonomics and Human Factors Society of New Zealand, Jane became involved in the NZ Society, initially as a member and has since served on its committee.

Jane went on to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Ergonomics (PGDipErg).

Not satisfied with her level of study, Jane wanted to take a Masters in Ergonomics. This qualification was no longer offered, so she did a Master of Philosophy (in Science). This included a research project on adjustable height desks, supervised by Professor Stephen Legg and being published in the prestigious journal Ergonomics.

“The study of ergonomics is very exciting as there are so many facets. I recently attended the International Ergonomics association (IEA) Congress in Melbourne. It was very inspiring. I was lucky enough to be able to meet several people I had referenced in my research report. I was also able to talk to people from different countries and with different specialities”.

“Ergonomics embodies the person-centred approach and I am constantly amazed at examples of design of equipment and systems that do not take that approach”.

“I have not ruled out further study and am constantly thinking of ideas for further research.”


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