The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes John Casali, the John Grado Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, for his research that focuses on human hearing and acoustics. He is an international authority on ergonomics, hearing protection, and auditory displays.
Casali’s wide range of research activities have included projects concerning hearing protection devices, auditory situation awareness in military and industrial applications, active noise cancellation, headset design, ear anthropometry, aircraft cockpit communications, truck safety, driver-vehicle interaction and vehicular displays, warning signal design, backup alarm design, aural nondetectability of military devices, and operator communications in noise and under workload. He has developed both a truck and an automobile simulator.
He is a board-certified professional ergonomist and is active as a legal consultant, having served in expert witness or other forensic support capacities on cases involving industrial safety, product and premises liability, hearing-critical arbitration, hearing protection, acoustic alarms, community and occupational noise, and patent litigation.
Casali founded and developed, and is director of, the Auditory Systems Laboratory, which is unique among U.S. academic institutions in that it is equipped to conduct experimentation on and testing of hearing protectors as per ANSI standards as well as several ISO and military standards. In the Auditory Systems Laboratory, principles and methods of human factors engineering, ergonomics, and acoustics are applied to solve research problems concerning human hearing conservation, auditory information display, communications systems, product design, and general ergonomics. The facility is equipped to support industrial and community in-field investigations as well as controlled laboratory experimentation.
Casali received a College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011; a College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in 1998 and 2013; and was one of the awardees of the 2014 Joseph L. Haley Writing – Best Publication Award from the Army Aviation Medical Association.
In 1998, Virginia Tech awarded him the Engineering Award for Excellence in Research while he was serving as department head of the industrial and systems engineering department. In September 2002, Virginia Tech awarded him its highest research award, the Alumni Award for Research Excellence.
He became a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 1994.
Casali’s three degrees are all from Virginia Tech: a bachelor’s in psychology, and a master’s and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research with a concentration in human factors engineering.