Scholar of the Week

Brian Kleiner

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Brian Kleiner, the Ralph H. Bogle Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, for his efforts to understand and alleviate safety risks and hazards, particularly within the construction industry.

Photo of Scholar of the Week Brian KleinerKleiner's research interests focus on systems or macro-ergonomics (also known as human-systems integration) for improved safety, health, and performance. His interest in the socio-technical nature of work systems and safety is supported by his educational training in both psychology and engineering.

As director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, Kleiner oversees one of the newest schools at Virginia Tech, which is a joint venture between the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering. This partnership offers a comprehensive platform for innovation and excellence in construction education, research, and outreach.

He has authored or co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed papers and has participated in more than $10 million in funded research projects. In addition, he has served as proposal coordinator and as director for three rounds of proposals for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health funded Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health Research, resulting in approximately $15 million in research funding and approximately $29 million more in grant proposals.

He has developed and taught innovative courses in industrial and systems engineering to hundreds of students. Kleiner has advised more than 35 graduate students to completion of their degrees.

Kleiner is the founding director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health, a core research unit affiliated with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He is immediate past director of the Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Center, and currently directs the Macroergonomics and Group Decision Systems Laboratory in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Kleiner received a Distinguished Professor Award in 2014 from the Construction Industry Institute, and in 2013 received the U.S. Department of Defense Patriot Award.

He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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The goals of the Scholar of the Week are to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Recognition is based on research and/or scholarship.

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