Julia G. Abate

Title: Executive Director of the Ergonomics Center
Company: North Carolina State University
Location: Wake Forest, North Carolina, United States

Julia Abate, Executive Director of the Ergonomics Center at North Carolina State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in evaluating work systems.

Since 2020, Ms. Abate has provided superior service as executive director of the Ergonomics Center at North Carolina State University, which partners with industry clients to help grow their ergonomics programs by providing program development, training, analysis, research and more. Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system. For over 20 years, she has excelled as an ergonomist, a professional who studies, designs, and evaluates human work systems with the goal of optimizing performance.

Ms. Abate earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1996 and a Master of Science in engineering in 1997 from Michigan State University, Lansing. She has prospered as a regional ergonomist with Johnson Controls Automotive from 1997 to 2003, a project manager and ergonomics group manager with Sandalwood Enterprises in Patchogue, New York from 2003 to 2006, a consultant and senior ergonomist with the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina from 2006 to 2010, a senior ergonomics specialist with SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina from 2020 to 2020 and a principal ergonomist with Triangle Ergonomics LLC from 2013 to 2020.

Ms. Abate became involved in her profession because she was always interested in people and mechanics. After she graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in mechanical engineering, she realized that her passion was not only focusing on automotive or mechanics but also on people. She later on realized that ergonomics is the field where she could combine her interests both in people and mechanics. Furthermore, making the machine and equipment safe for people to utilize is what appealed to her. Ms. Abate’s most notable achievement was her involvement with the Applied Ergonomics Conference as the conference chair. She is incredibly proud of being given the opportunity to manage and organize the program with an exceptional group of volunteers who made the conference and events held possible. In the coming years, she hopes to continue her work as the executive director of the Ergonomics Center at the North Carolina State University and also hopes to grow their network and resources in order to help their clients better.

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