Industrial and systems engineering associate professor named rising safety star

Published: Oct 5, 2021 4:25 PM

By Alyssa Turner

Mark Schall Jr., industrial and systems engineering associate professor, has been named a 2021 Rising Star of Safety by the National Safety Council.

The class of 2021 is comprised of 38 honorees younger than age 40, showcasing the next generation of leaders redefining the future of safety and health. 

“I am honored to be recognized by the National Safety Council as a leader dedicated to workplace safety,” said Schall. “This recognition would not have been possible without the contributions and support of my collaborators, colleagues, and students over the years. I’ve been fortunate to be part of an excellent team.”

Schall is a committed leader of several safety and ergonomics communities across the Auburn University campus and internationally. A member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Schall also serves as the Engineering Safety Council chair for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the director of the Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (OSE) program of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety. 

Schall’s research focuses on applying direct measurement technologies that enhance objective exposure assessments in ergonomics to improve the health, safety and well-being of working people by refining decision-making. His recently funded projects include a field-based exploration of wearable inertial sensors in the manufacturing industry and a laboratory-based investigation of novel surface electromyography and inertial sensor signal processing techniques to classify and predict kinematics of the warfighter. 

As director of the OSE training program of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety, one of 18 education and research centers sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health across the United States, he leads a group of faculty devoted to training graduate-level professionals to identify, analyze and prevent occupational hazards. Applying engineering methodologies and designs, the program is one of the largest producers of occupational safety and health professionals across the nation.

Schall is featured in the October issue of the Safety+Health magazine.

Media Contact: Cassie Montgomery,, 334.844.3668

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