Dr. Yousif Abulhassan

Dr. Yousif Abulhassan is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University. He earned his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University in May 2016 with a specialization in occupational safety and ergonomics. His primary research interests are in the areas of ergonomics and biomechanics, human factors engineering, safety engineering, and the design of emergency evacuation systems.

Courses taught at Murray State

  • OSH 452 Systems Approach to Hazard Control
  • OSH 591 Engineering and Technical Aspects of Safety
  • OSH 656 Ergonomics and Biomechanics
  • OSH 663 Applied Workplace Ergonomics

Education

  • B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) University of Portland
  • M.I.S.E. (Industrial and Systems Engineering) Auburn University
  • Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering) Auburn University
  • Specialization: Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
  • Dissertation: Evaluation of School Bus Emergency Evacuation Systems with Regard to Physical Capabilities of Young Children

Publications

  • Davis, GA, Abulhassan, Y., (2021, June). Establishing the Basis for a School Bus Emergency Evacuation Time Standard. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Volume 10, 100389.
  • Moore, JF., Carvalho, A., Davis, GA, Abulhassan, Y., Megahed FM. (2021, March). Seat Assignments with Physical Distancing in Single-Destination Public Transit Settings. IEEE Access, 9, 42985-42993.
  • Abulhassan Y., Davis GA, (2021, March). Considerations for the Transportation of School Aged Children Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Volume 9, 100290.
  • Wilbanks, D., Abulhassan, Y., (2021, January). COVID-19 Early Planning, Response & Lessons in OSH. Professional Safety, Program Development, 66, 32-37.
  • Gunter, L., Davis, GA, Abulhassan, Y., Sesek, RF, Schall Jr, MC, Gallagher, S. (2020, October) Increasing Evacuation Flow through School Bus Emergency Roof Hatches. Applied Ergonomics, 88, 103178.
  • Gunter, L., Davis, GA, Abulhassan, Y., Sesek, RF, Gallagher, S. Schall Jr, MC. (2020, January). School Bus Rear Emergency Door Design Improvements to Increase Evacuation Flow. Safety Science, 121, 64-70.
  • Abulhassan, Y., Wilbanks, D., Kilpatrick, R., & *Howell, T. (2019, November). Industrial Workers Perception of Reverse -Motion Warning Devices on Forklifts. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 63, No. 1, pp. 1861-1865). SAGE Publications.
  • Abulhassan, Y., Davis, J., Sesek, R., Callendar, A., Schall, M., & Gallagher, S. (2018, December). Physical and cognitive capabilities of children during operation and evacuation of a school bus emergency roof hatch. Safety Science, 110, 265-272.
  • Abulhassan, Y., Bani Hani, D., & Davis, J. (2018, September). Effectiveness of Pictogram Instructions for Donning Smoke Hoods. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 1504-1507). SAGE Publications.
  • Abulhassan, Y., Davis, J., Sesek, R., Schall, M., & Gallagher S., (2018, October) Evacuating A Rolled-Over School Bus: Considerations for Young Evacuees. Safety Science, 108, 203-208.
  • Huangfu, R., Lusk, C., Gunter, L., Davis, J., Abulhassan, Y. (2017, November). "Does Wearing a Smoke Hood Impede one’s Ability to see Stairs while Descending?", Athens: ATINER'S Conference Paper Series, No: IND2017-2301.
  • Abulhassan, Y., DeMoulin D., (2017, October). Locating Firefighters in Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Environments. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 1702-1705). SAGE Publications.
  • Abulhassan, Y., Davis, J., Sesek, R., Gallagher, S., & Schall, M. (2016, November). Establishing school bus baseline emergency evacuation times for elementary school students. Safety science, 89, 249-255.
  • Abulhassan, Y., Davis, J., Sesek, R., Gallagher, S., Schall, M., & Callender, A. (2016, September). Relating the Strength Capabilities of Children to the Design of School Bus Emergency Roof Hatches. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 1652-1655). SAGE Publications.
  • Abulhassan, Y., Menekse, S., Capanoglu, M., Webb, J., & Gallagher, S., (2015, October). Utilizing Fatigue Failure Theory to Relate Low-Back Loading to Predicted Spinal Strength: Update on the Low-Back Cumulative Trauma Index. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 59, No. 1, pp. 1222-1226). SAGE Publications.
  • Abulhassan, Y., Menekse, S., Capanoglu, M., Webb, J., & Gallagher, S., (2015, August). A fatigue failure-based ergonomics assessment tool for low back disorders: The Low Back Cumulative Trauma Index (LBCTI). In Proceedings of the 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA. (pp. 1363-1364).
  • Gallagher, S., Porter, M., Almas, P., & Abulhassan, Y. (2014, September). Do Inflammatory Responses to Eccentric Exercise Suggest a Fatigue Failure Process? In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 1561-1565). SAGE Publications.

Certification and licensure

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Board of Certified Safety Professionals, Certification no. CSP-36172
  • Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics, Certification no. 1991
  • Engineer in Training, Oregon State Board of Engineering, Certification no. 86104EI

Professional experience prior to Murray State

  • 2014-2016 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn University
  • 2013-2016 Graduate Research Assistant, Auburn University
  • 2012-2013 Ergonomic Job Evaluation Project, Donaldson Company

Professional organizations

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Alpha Pi Mu, Industrial Engineering Honors Society
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society of Safety Professionals

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