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2019 dmi:Workshop
"Measuring the Value of Design Through Human Factors & Ergonomics"


Dan Nathan-Roberts & Kelli Sum

IIT Institute of Design (ID)
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661


28-29 March 2019 (1.5 days - ends Noon Friday)


Fee: $650 members/ $800 Non members





Measuring the value of design and translating design to business gains can be challenging. Small design decisions can have huge financial ramifications. This workshop will educate attendees on how to calculate the financial implications of these small decisions. Human Factors & Ergonomics can help communicate overall value to the business by starting at an elemental level and building towards an aggregate. This hands-on, fast-paced workshop will feature interactive projects covering workstation design and measurement, economic analysis, and other concepts that can be immediately applied across industries such as telemedicine, medical device design, robotics, and office space design.



Workshop Format 

Attendees should arrive ready for a hands-on workshop with a competitive spirit to participate in games and activities for a chance to win prizes! Be ready to engage with the material, participate in the workshop, and collaborate with each other. It is expected that participants will not simply to listen and memorize; instead, will be involved in demonstrating a process, practicing a technique, or applying a concept to a real-world situation.



You Will Learn: 

  • Measurement methods with physical anthropometry
  • Estimation of design impact using predetermined motion time studies and learning curves
  • Financial justification through calculating rate of return and break-even point


Who Should Attend? 

Anyone who is involved with or interested in measuring the value of design applying human factors and ergonomic methods. You may be, or aspiring to be:

  • Lead Designers
  • Program, Product, or Project Managers
  • Design/Innovation Strategists
  • Engineers


Workshop Fee per Person: 

DMI Members: $650
Non-Members: $800

Special Offer: Individual Registration + DMI Membership $950 USD per person
Group Discounts: Groups of 3 or more from the same organization are eligible for a discount. Please contact us at to learn more and register your group.





IIT Institute of Design (ID)
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661




Thursday, 28 March 2019

8:30 Registration light breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 Workshop

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 Workshop


Friday, 29 March 2019

8:30 Registration light breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 Workshop


Workshop includes light breakfast and lunch.

There will be many facilitated opportunities for networking and peer interaction.



About the Facilitators:

Dan Nathan-Roberts, Ph.D., CHFP
Dan is an assistant professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at San José State University. He has worked for Intel’s digital health division on telemedicine, the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on non-clinical medical device human factors, and the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business as an innovation author and consultant.


Dan has also worked in industry as a mechanical engineer and industrial engineer domestically and abroad. He applies his research in a wide variety of domains, such as home healthcare, medical devices, mobile phones, and office ergonomics.

Kelli Sum
Kelli Sum earned her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from San José State University with a focus on Human Factors and Ergonomics and returned as a current Master’s candidate further focusing in Human Factors. Kelli has worked on teams as an engineer designing improved tools and processes and quantifying their financial impact as well as physical ergonomic impact. She has contributed to environmental health & safety and workplace design & operations at Intuitive Surgical, makers of the DaVinci laparoscopic robot; and taught human factors & ergonomic concepts at TDK Headway Technologies..


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