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Principals

Jeff Fernandez, PhD, PE, CPE - Managing Principal

Office: (703) 938 2895/(703) 573 3492
Email: jf [at] jfa-inc.com


Dr. Jeffrey Fernandez is the Managing Principal at JFAssociates, Inc. based in the Washington, DC area. He has a MS and PhD in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) and a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) and is known for his expertise in occupational ergonomics and classical industrial engineering. From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Fernandez worked as a senior managing engineer at Exponent, Inc. From 1986 to 1999, Dr. Fernandez was a professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and co-director of the Manufacturing Innovation and Design (MIND) Center, at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. In 1993, Dr. Fernandez served as a Senior Research Associate for the National Research Council (NRC) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). From 2003 to 2008, he was involved in testing and evaluation for a U.S. Army ATD.

Dr. Fernandez is a fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors, and a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the International Society of Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, and the Society for Industrial and Systems Engineering. From 2010-2016 he was on the board of directors of the Board of Certification of Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) and in 2015-2016 he was the President of the Board of Certification of Professional Ergonomics. In 2004-2005, he was the president of the International Society of Occupational Ergonomics and Safety. He has published more than 200 articles nationally and internationally. Dr. Fernandez is co-author of Applied Occupational Ergonomics: A Textbook – Fourth Edition and co-author of Ergonomía Ocupacional: Diseño y Administración del Trabajo. From 1995-2010, he was the news editor of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics; and from 1995-2011, he was the managing/executive editor of the International Journal of Industrial Engineering. He is on the editorial board of the EHS Today, Industrial and Systems Engineering Review, and the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, and is on the advisory panel of IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors. At present, Dr. Fernandez is an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America and George Mason University.
Credentials and Professional Honors
  • PhD, Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1986
  • MS, Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1983
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, NED University of Engineering and Technology, 1982
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas, #71020
  • Certified Professional Ergonomist, #263
Selected Relevant Experience
Consulting experience includes the following industrial sectors:

Aerospace
Amusement parks
Automobile
Call centers
Computer accessories
Construction trades
Defense
Department stores
Electronic manufacturing
Energy
Entertainment
Financial institutions
Food processing
Foundry
Furniture manufacturing and distribution
Healthcare
Hospitality
Landscaping
Newspapers
Parcel and postal
Pharmaceutical
Plastics manufacturing
Railroad
Retail stores
Security
Small and large assembly
Telecommunications
Transportation
U.S. Government
Warehouse

Served as an expert on several time and motion projects involving a variety of occupational tasks. Designed study, visited site, collected and analyzed data, prepared reports, and provided litigation support.

Served as a consulting expert for the Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, on a project involving time spent on numerous tasks. Inspected the sites, collected and analyzed data, and prepared report.

SServed as an expert on several suitable seating projects involving a variety of tasks. Designed study, visited stores, collected and analyzed data, prepared reports, and provided litigation support.

Served as a consulting expert for OSHA on numerous occasions in the ergonomic evaluation of work places as it relates to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Prepared reports and provided litigation support.

Led a test and evaluation team for a U.S. Army ATD. Designed, planned, conducted numerous evaluations in the field, analyzed data, and presented results in the form of reports and briefs.

Worked with companies to comply with aspects of settlement agreements, involving a number of ergonomics-related OSHA citations. Developed ergonomics programs, redesigned work places, trained employees, developed a focus group, and assisted in designing tools.

Provided various companies and agencies with assistance in implementing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Assignments involved the design or redesign of independent living tasks, work-place tasks, and assistive devices for individuals with disabilities (e.g., Down’s Syndrome, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, cerebral palsy).

Anand Subramanian, PhD, CPE, CSSBB - Principal

Office: (703) 938-2895
Cell: (703) 395-1594
Email: anands [at] jfa-inc.com


Anand Subramanian is a Principal at JFAssociates, Inc. based in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Subramanian has a Doctoral and Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a Certified Six-Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Since 2003, he has been associated with JFAssociates, Inc. and his responsibilities include experimental design, data collection, statistical data analysis, data modeling, and reporting. His areas of specialty include time and motion studies, process improvement, ergonomic evaluations, economic analyses, facilities planning, and warehouse design. . He has co-authored more than 40 publications and conducted research and consulting in applied industrial engineering, time studies, occupational ergonomics, safety, and process improvement and has made presentations at a number of prestigious Industrial Engineering and Ergonomic conferences.

Dr. Subramanian is co-author of Product Development- A Structured Approach to Consumer Product Development, Design, and Manufacture - Second Edition published by Elsevier in 2014. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the managing editor of the International Journal of Industrial Engineering - Theory, Applications and Practice. In 2015-2016, he was the President for the International Society for Occupational Ergonomics and Safety (ISOES). Currently he serves as the co-editor of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Review (ISER) an open access journal (ISSN# 2329-0188) aimed at the advancement of industrial and systems engineering theory and practice as applied to any enterprise system. From 2011 to 2016 he has also served on the board of directors for the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) National Capital Chapter.
Credentials and Professional Honors
  • PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2007
  • MS, Industrial Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2004
  • BE, Production Engineering, University of Bombay, 2001
  • Certified Professional Ergonomist, #1367
Selected Relevant Experience
Industrial Engineering experience includes the following industrial sectors:

Automobile
Call centers
Communications
Computer chip manufacturing
Department stores
Drugstores
Electronic manufacturing
Energy
Financial institutions
Food processing
Foundry
Healthcare and hospital
Higher education
Hospitality and hotel
Landscaping
Parcel and postal service
Pharmaceutical
Plastics manufacturing
Professional staffing services
Plastics Manufacturing
Restaurants
Retail stores
Security
Small and large assembly
Telecommunication
Transportation
U.S. Government
Warehouse

Served as a consulting expert on several time and motion projects involving a variety of occupational tasks. Designed study, visited site, collected and analyzed data, and prepared reports.

Worked as a project lead and team member on several time and motion projects involving a variety of occupational tasks. Designed study, visited site, collected and analyzed data, prepared reports, and provided litigation support.

Provided hands-on training on manufacturing ergonomics to employees and production leads at a chip manufacturer. This was to provide ergonomics awareness and to help promote safe work practices.

Provided office ergonomic evaluations and hands-on training on ergonomics in various organizations and government agencies.

Performed proactive/ reactive workstation evaluations to identify hazards; recommend effective countermeasure to reduce or eliminate the work related musculoskeletal disorders.

Engineers

Zach Harrison, BSIE, CSSGB, CEAS - Senior Engineer

Office: (703) 938 2895
Cell: (484) 252 1186
Email: zachh [at] jfa-inc.com


Zach Harrison is a Senior Engineer at JFAssociates, Inc. based in the Washington, DC area. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a Certified Six-Sigma Green Belt and Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist.

His responsibilities include data collection, data analysis, data modeling, data migration, report development, quality control, literature review, and support with engineering drawings. His areas of specialty include time and motion study, work measurement and analysis, manufacturing system design and analysis, simulation modeling and safety. He is detail-oriented and provides technical writing and quality control support for the development of reports. He has aided in organizing several prestigious Industrial Engineering and Ergonomic conferences. He is co-author to an international conference proceeding and has presented at an Industrial Engineering conference.
Credentials and Professional Honors
  • BS, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2011.
  • Certified Six-Sigma Green Belt
  • Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist
Selected Relevant Experience
Industrial Engineering consulting experience includes the following industrial sectors:

Automotive
Chemical Processing
Distribution and Warehousing
Department Stores
Food Processing
Healthcare
Hospitality
Manufacturing
Professional Staffing Services
Retail Stores
Telecommunications

Ramkumar Harikrishnakumar, MSIE - Engineer

Office: (703) 938 2895
Cell: (316) 841 2535
Email: ramh [at] jfa-inc.com


Ramkumar Harikrishnakumar is an Industrial Engineer at JFAssociates, Inc. based in the Washington, DC area. He has his Master of Science Degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Wichita State University.

His responsibilities include data collection, data analysis, data modeling, data consolidation, data migration, quality control. His areas of specialty include time and motion study, value Stream Mapping, work measurement and analysis, manufacturing system design and analysis, simulation, project management.
Credentials and Professional Honors
  • MS, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wichita State University, 2017.
  • BS, Production Technology, Anna University, Chennai, India, 2013
Selected Relevant Experience
Industrial Engineering consulting experience includes the following industrial sectors:

Automotive
Department Stores
Distribution and Warehousing
Manufacturing
Retail Stores

James Measures, BSIE - Engineer

Office: (703) 938 2895
Cell: (412) 779 7021
Email: jamesm [at] jfa-inc.com


James Measures is an Industrial Engineer at JFAssociates, Inc. based in the Washington, DC area. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University.

His responsibilities include data collection, data analysis, report writing and quality control. His areas of specialty include time and motion study, work measurement and analysis, process improvement and ergonomics.


Credentials and Professional Honors
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, West Virginia University, 2016


Selected Relevant Experience
Industrial Engineering consulting experience includes the following industrial sectors:

Department Stores
Manufacturing
Retail Stores