Dr. Shaheen Ahmed, Professor

PhD, PE, CPE, CQE | Faculty

Address: Office | 128 Trafton Science Center E
Phone: 507-389-6332
Email: shaheen.ahmed@mnsu.edu


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  • PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2013, Mississippi State University, USA
  • MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2010, Mississippi State University, USA
  • MS in Automotive Industrial Design Engineering, 2008, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, 2004, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Recent Publications

  • Ahmed, S. (2020). Design of Experiments. The Open Educator.
  • Ahmed, S., (2017). Theory of Sustained Optimal Challenge in Teaching and Learning. Proceedings of the 2017 International Annual meeting of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX, USA, October 9-13.
  • Ahmed, S., Babski-Reeves, K., DuBien, J., Webb, H., & Strawderman, L. (2016). Fatigue differences between Asian and Western populations in prolonged mentally demanding work-tasks. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 54, 103-112.
  • Ahmed, S., Babski-Reeves, K., and DuBien, J., and Webb, H. (2014). A Proposed Relationship between Time and Load to Quantify Fatigue. Proceedings of the 2014 International Annual meeting of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Chicago, IL, USA, October 27-31.
  • Ahmed, S. and Babski-Reeves, K. (2012). Assessment of Upper Extremity Postures in Novice and Expert during Simulated Carpentry Tasks. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 56th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, USA, October 22-26.
  • Ahmed, S. and Babski-Reeves, K. (2011). Making Life Meaningful: Designing Workstations for Physically and Cognitively Impaired Adults. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 55th Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV, USA, September 19-23.
  • Ahmed, S. and Babski-Reeves, K. (2009). Analysis of Subjective Body Discomfort Ratings during Simulated Prolonged Driving Tasks: What Measures are most Effective? Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 53rd Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, USA, Oct. 19-23.
  • Ahmed, S., Strawderman, L. and Babski-Reeves, K. (2008). Evaluation of a Conceptual Warning System for Mobile Phone Use While Driving to Increase Public Awareness. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 52nd Annual Meeting. New York, NY, USA, September 22-26.


  • Profession Engineer, PE
  • Certified Professional Ergonomist, CPE
  • Certified Quality Engineer by American Society of Quality, CQE

Design of College-Level Courses

Following four course for the B.Sc. in Engineering Technology have been added to the University of West Alabama since 2015-2016 catalogue.

  • TY 101 – Introduction to Engineering Technology (3 credit)
  • TY 300 – Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering Technology (3 credit)
  • TY 400 – Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics (3 credit)
  • TY 453 – Statistical Quality Control (3 credit)

Courses Taught

College level courses at Minnesota State University, Mankato, the University of West Alabama and Mississippi State University.

  • MET 654 – Design of Experiments, MSU
  • AET 334 – Fluid Power, MSU
  • MET 423/523 – Ergonomics & Work Measurement, MSU
  • MET 324 – Strength of Materials and Dynamics, MSU
  • MET 427/527 – Quality Management Systems, MSU
  • MET 426 - Logistics and Transportation, MSU
  • MET 425 - Project and Value Management, MSU
  • MET 386 - Metrology for Engineering Technologist, MSU
  • AET 677 – Individual Study, MSU
  • MET 677 – Individual Study, MSU
  • AET 661 – Automotive Experimental Research, MSU
  • MG 453 – Quality Management Systems, UWA
  • TY 407 – Independent Study in Technology, UWA
  • BQ 371 – Business Analytics, UWA
  • MG 322 – Manufacturing Process Management, UWA
  • TY 210 – TPM and Mechanical Systems, UWA
  • MG 455 – Safety Risk Management, UWA
  • TY 230 – Blue Print Reading and Drafting, UWA
  • MG 351 – Managing Occ. Safety and Health, UWA
  • BQ 271 – Business Statistics, UWA
  • TY 240 – Fluid Power, UWA
  • AU 201 – Fundamentals. of Automotive Technology, UWA
  • IE 3913 – Engineering Economy I, Mississippi State University
  • High School Level Courses Taught
  • Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, and Mathematics at 11-12 Grade Level, especially in engineering admission coaching after the board exam upon completion of the 12th grade in Bangladesh

Research Interests

  • Vehicle Ergonomics
  • Exposure to risk factors for musculoskeletal injury in construction tasks
  • General workplace, work task and product design and evaluation in normal and physical and/or cognitively impaired working populations
  • Training, organizational and psychosocial ergonomics
  • Human fatigue in prolonged mentally demanding work-tasks
  • Statistical design and analysis of experiments
  • Engineering and Technology Education

About Me

What amazes me the most, is us, the humans. That's why I study humans, especially our abilities and inabilities to design, evaluate and redesign products, workstations and work-tasks. I believe the most challenging part of my interest is to understand ourselves. It has never been so easy: In 1930s, listening to a radio while driving was considered distracting. These days, operating in-vehicle information system is considered distracting. It appears as if we have never completely understood ourselves, but we are thriving to pursue that. The Ancient Greek aphorism "Know yourself" seems to carry the same significance today as it has ever been.

I enjoy gardening, fishing, cycling, biking, camping, traveling, meeting new people and places. I am an experimental chef. I also like working on bicycles, motorcycles, and cars. Please feel free to check the following sites for details on my professional, social and personal life. Thank you for visiting my sites.

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