Tycho Fredericks, PhD

<span class="field-wrapper">Tycho Fredericks, PhD</span>
Tycho Fredericks, PhD
Tycho Fredericks, PhD

Program Chief, Program in Medical Engineering

Professor, Program in Medical Engineering


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WMed
1000 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Administrative:
Program in Medical Engineering
269.337.6250

Tycho Fredericks, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Industrial & Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management at Western Michigan University and Program Chief and Professor in the Program in Medical Engineering at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.

Dr. Fredericks is a graduate of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He earned his masters degree and doctorate in industrial engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. He also has a board certification as a professional ergonomist.

Dr. Frederics also serves as Director of the Human Performance Institute at Western Michigan University.

  • Education and Training

    • PhD 1995, Industrial Engineering, Wichita State University
    • MS 1991, Industrial Engineering, Wichita State University
    • BS 1989, Physics, Ursinus College
  • Publications

    • Hammond M.A., Martinez J.Y., Butt S.E., Fredericks T.K., Bellingar T.A. Studying objective measures of pressure redistribution during prolonged task seating IISE Annual Conference and Expo 2019. 2019

    • Martinez J.Y., Hammond M.A., Fredericks T.K., Butt S.E., Bellingar T.A. Modeling the relationship between trunk flexion and center of pressure in a seated position IISE Annual Conference and Expo 2019. 2019

    • Al-Bayati A., Abudayyeh O., Fredericks T., Butt S. Managing Cultural Diversity at U.S. Construction Sites: Hispanic Workers' Perspectives Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 2017;143(9) doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001359.

    • Al-Bayati A., Abudayyeh O., Fredericks T., Butt S. Reducing fatality rates of the Hispanic workforce in the U.S. Construction industry: Challenges and strategies Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 2017;143(3) doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001269.

    • Butt K. Trend analyses of emergency medical services for motor vehicle crashes Michigan case study Transportation Research Record. 2017;2635(1):55-61. doi: 10.3141/2635-07.

    • Kuk M., Butt S., Fredericks T., Abudayyeh O., Kumar A. Statistical investigation of modeling EMS response time: Michigan case study 67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017. 2017:830-835.

    • Fredericks T., Butt S., Kumar A., Bellingar T. Do users desire symmetrical lumbar supports in task seating? Ergonomics. 2016;59(7):901-912. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2015.1103904.

    • Amin-Kumar S., Fredericks T., Butt S., Kumar A. Determining the time allocated to different activities by nurses in NICU IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015. 2015:1342-1351.

    • Fredericks T., Kumar A., Oda N., Butt S. Psychophysically determined user acceptable oral reading speed (UAORS) for an 8-h work day International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 2015;50:52-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2015.09.003.

    • Kumar A.R., Fredericks T.K., Butt S.E. Using a psychophysical approach to identify a user's self selected thermal comfort on a task chair International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 2015;46:36-43. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2015.01.005.

    • Utkan F. The cost of performance: A study on the effect of marching style and tempo on energy expenditure during marching IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015. 2015:2596-2600.

    • Amin S., Fredericks T., Butt S., Kumar A. Measuring mental workload in a hospital unit using EEG - A pilot study IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014. 2014:1411-1418.

    • Butt S., Fredericks T., Kumar A., Amin S., Bellingar T. An investigation to determine postures selected by users for an office side chair IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014. 2014:2308-2315.

    • Fredericks T., Butt S., Kumar A., Amin S., Utkan F., Bellingar T. Influence of armrest width and task on armrest usage IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014. 2014:2326-2335.

    • Houshyar A., White B., Butt S., Fredericks T. Development and implementation of the industrial and entrepreneurial engineering program at Western Michigan university ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings. 2014

    • Rodriguez J., Butt S., Fredericks T. Pre-college activities to promote positive perception of engineering and engineering technology careers Proceedings of 2014 International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2014. 2014:715-719. doi: 10.1109/ICL.2014.7017858.

    • Butt S., Fredericks T., Cure L., Burns J., Harms K. Effects of stretcher mobility related design features on healthcare workers IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2013. 2013:1854-1860.

    • Fredericks T., Butt S., Prieto D., Burns J., Harms K., Nauman K., Larson-Jaramillo D. Investigating vertical displacement within the aesthesiometric threshold of the thigh 62nd IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012. 2012:2374-2379.

    • Utkan F., Fredericks T., Butt S. The effect of scoliosis curvature on lumbar support for task seating 61st Annual IIE Conference and Expo Proceedings. 2011

    • Amin-Kumar S., Butt S., Fredericks T., Utkan F., Glick A., Hovenkamp A., Bellingar T. Determining the aesthesiometric thresholds at the low back region: A pilot study IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2008. 2008:1843-1848.

    • Choi S., Fredericks T. Surface slope effects on shingling frequency and postural balance in a simulated roofing task Ergonomics. 2008;51(3):330-344. doi: 10.1080/00140130701652824.

    • Choi S., Fredericks T. The effect of adjustment period on maximum acceptable frequency for a roofing task International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 2008;38(2):222-231. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2006.12.007.

    • Fredericks T., Kumar A., Karim S. An ergonomic evaluation of a manual metal pouring operation International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 2008;38(2):182-192. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2007.02.003.

    • Choi S., Fredericks T. The effect of adjustment period on maximum acceptable frequency for a roofing task International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 2007;37(4):357-365. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2006.12.005.

    • Rodriguez J., Fredericks T., Butt S., Rodriguez L. Students and faculty experiences in technology and engineering workshops for middle and high schools ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings. 2007

    • Abudayyeh O., Fredericks T., Butt S., Shaar A. An investigation of management's commitment to construction safety International Journal of Project Management. 2006;24(2):167-174. doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2005.07.005.

    • Fredericks T., Abudayyeh O., Choi S., Wiersma M., Charles M. Occupational injuries and fatalities in the roofing contracting industry Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 2005;131(11):1233-1240. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2005)131:11(1233).

    • Fredericks T.K., Choi S.D., Hart J., Butt S.E., Mital A. An investigation of myocardial aerobic capacity as a measure of both physical and cognitive workloads International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 2005;35(12):1097-1107. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2005.06.002.

    • Butt S., Fredericks T., White B. Elements of an activity-based statistics course for engineers ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings. 2004:4569-4577.

    • Fredericks T., Rodriguez J., Butt S., Harris C., Smith H., Velasquez-Bryant N. The impact of a summer institute on high school students' perceptions of engineering and technology ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings. 2004:6707-6713.

    • Fredericks T., Abudayyeh O., Palmquist M., Torres H. Mechanical contracting safety issues Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 2002;128(2):186-193. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2002)128:2(186).

    • Rodriguez J., Fredericks T. Development of an ergonomics and safety minor for industrial and manufacturing curricula ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings. 2001:3789-3795.

    • Fredericks T., Fernandez J. The effect of vibration on psychophysically derived work frequencies for a riveting task International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 1999;23(5-6):415-429. doi: 10.1016/S0169-8141(97)00062-0.

    • Fredericks T., Fernandez J., Pirela-Cruz M. Kienbock's disease. II. Risk factors, diagnosis, and ergonomic interventions International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health. 1997;10(2):147-157.

    • Fredericks T., Fernandez J., Pirela-Cruz M. Kienbocks disease. I. Anatomy and etiology International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health. 1997;10(1):11-17.

    • Simons D., Fredericks T., Tappel J. Evaluation of an auditory alarm for a new medical device Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 1997;2:777-781.

    • Kattel B.P., Fredericks T.K., Fernandez J.E., Lee D. The effect of upper-extremity posture on maximum grip strength International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 1996;18(5-6):423-429. doi: 10.1016/0169-8141(95)00105-0.

    • Fredericks T., Fernandez J., Rodrigues C. Psychophysically acceptable weights for a combination lifting task using bags with handles. Journal of human ergology. 1994;23(2):101-109.

    • Fredericks T.K., Fernandez J.E., Rodrigues C.C. Predicting the maximum acceptable weight of lift for an asymmetrical combination task Proceedings of the Human Factors Society. 1992;1:707-711. doi: 10.1177/154193129203601014.

    • Kim C.H., Fernandez J.E., Fredericks T.K., Lim C., Ghahramani B. Effect of a clean suit on physical work capacity Proceedings of the Human Factors Society. 1991;1:743-747.