Director of Herman Miller Inc. to lead design seminar

November 09, 2009

Bill Dowell, director of research at seating and furniture company Herman Miller Inc., will lead an interdisciplinary design seminar from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Lipcon Auditorium in the Palmer Art Museum on Penn State's University Park campus. The presentation will focus on a range of topics, including the design and development process at Herman Miller, research into the arts of daily living and the office of the future.

Dowell leads a multifaceted research team that examines and evaluates Herman Miller products as they are developed, conducts market and business analysis and explores future trends.

Dowell has participated in the research, design and development of Herman Miller products since 1984. His professional path took a turn toward human factors and ergonomics in the mid 1980s when he developed a computer program that simulated humans and their interaction with their environment.

He led the research effort for Herman Miller's Aeron chair by examining the components of subjective comfort and methods for pressure mapping. Recent work has included studies of seating behaviors, anthropometry, trends in facility management and the future of technology in the workplace.

Dowell has published numerous articles on ergonomics in both peer-reviewed journals and the popular press. He is a certified professional ergonomist and is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES) and the CAESAR 3-D surface anthropometric survey. He is a member of the committees that published the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association Ergonomic Guideline for Visual Display Terminal (VDT) Furniture and the Business for Social Responsibility/HFES VDT Workstation Standard.

The Center for Research in Design and Innovation is sponsoring the event.

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