Dr. Kumar is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Graduate Program in Human Factors/ Ergonomics in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at San Jose State University. His areas of specialty include product design and development (medical products and healthcare), ergonomics, human factors, work measurement and analysis, lean manufacturing, production/operations management, and safety. He has conducted industry and government funded ergonomic and industrial engineering related research (leading to publications in journals and conference proceedings) in the healthcare setting, medical device manufacturers, manufacturing, aerospace and furniture industries. He also has consulting experience in health care, aerospace, automobile, call centers, electronic manufacturing, food processing, furniture manufacturing and distribution, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, plastics manufacturing, retail, small and large assembly, transportation, U.S. government, and warehousing. Dr. Kumar is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. Since July, 2017, he serves as the President of the Bay Area/Silicon Valley Chapter of IISE, (254). In 2011-2012, he was the President of the International Society for Occupational Ergonomics and Safety. He is co-author of a number of international journal publications and has made presentations at a number of prestigious Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics conferences.
Areas of specialty include product design and development (medical products and healthcare), occupational ergonomics, human factors, work measurement and analysis, lean manufacturing, production/operations management, and safety.