Gary Mirka

  • John Ryder Professor of Engineering, Associate Chair of Graduate Education

Main Office

3025 Black Engr
Ames, IA 50011-1130
Phone: 515-294-8661
Fax: 515-294-9273

Interest Areas

Dr. Mirka's research interests are in the area of occupational safety and ergonomics with particular emphasis on spine biomechanics, low back injury prevention and ergonomic intervention effectiveness research. His research efforts have taken him into the construction, agriculture, commercial fishing, and furniture manufacturing industries. Dr. Mirka was the recipient of the 1993 Volvo Award for Low Back Pain Research.

Selected Publications

Ning X, O Haddad, S Jin and GA Mirka, (2011) Influence of Asymmetry on the Flexion Relaxation Response of the Low Back Musculature, Clinical Biomechanics, 26: 35-39, (doi:10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2010.08.012).

Sorensen CJ, O Haddad, S Campbell and GA Mirka (2011) The Effect of Stance Width on Trunk Kinematics and Trunk Kinetics during Sagitally Symmetric Lifting, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 41: 147-152, (doi:10.1016/j.ergon.2010.12.007).

Ning X and GA Mirka (2010) The Effect of Sinusoidal Rolling Ground Motion on Lifting Biomechanics, Applied Ergonomics, (DOI:10.1016/j.apergo.2010.06.001).

Haddad O and GA Mirka (2010) Hand-Hold Location and Trunk Kinematics during Box Handling, Ergonomics, 53(8): 1033- 1038, (DOI:10.1080/00140139.2010.494458).

Dai B, S Jin, X Ning and GA Mirka (2010) The Effects of Horizontal Load Speed and Lifting Frequency on Lifting Technique and Biomechanics, Ergonomics, 53(8): 1024â€"1032, (DOI:0.1080/00140139.2010.493957).

Xu X, SM Hsiang, and GA Mirka (2010) An Empirical Validation of a Base-Excitation Model to Predict Harvestable Energy from a Suspended-Load Backpack System, Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, (DOI:10.1080/14639220903373839).

Kucera, KL, D Loomis, HJ Lipscomb, SW Marshall, GA Mirka, and J Daniels (2009) Ergonomic Risk Factors for Low Back Pain in North Carolina Crab Pot and Gill Net Commercial Fishermen, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 52(4): 311-321, (DOI:10.1002/ajim.20676).

Anderson A, GA Mirka, SMB Joines, and DB Kaber (2009) Analysis of Alternative Keyboards Using Learning Curves, Human Factors, 51(1): 35-45, (DOI:10.1177/0018720808329844).

Jin S, RS McCulloch and GA Mirka (2009) Biomechanical Evaluation of Postures Assumed When Harvesting from Bush Crops, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 39(2): 347-352, (DOI:10.1016/j.ergon.2008.07.005).

Xu X, SM Hsiang, and GA Mirka (2009) The Effect of a Suspended-Load Backpack on Gait, Gait & Posture, 29(2): 151-153, (DOI:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2008.06.008).

Noack K, CM Sommerich and GA Mirka (2009) College Students and Computers: Profile of Use and Musculoskeletal Discomfort, Work, 32: 285-298, (DOI:10.3233/WOR-2009-0827).

Mirka GA, S Jin, and J Hoyle (2009) An Evaluation of Arborist Handsaws, Applied Ergonomics, 40(1): 8-14, (DOI:10.1016/j.apergo.2008.02.011).

Xu X, SM Hsiang and GA Mirka (2008) Coordination Indices between Lifting Kinematics and Kinetics, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 38(11): 1062-1066, (DOI:10.1016/j.ergon.2008.02.008).

Kucera KL, GA Mirka, D Loomis, SW Marshall, HJ Lipscomb, and J Daniels (2008) Evaluating Ergonomic Stresses in North Carolina Commercial Crab Pot and Gill Net Fishermen, Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene, 5(3): 182-196, (DOI:10.1080/15459620701873514).