The Outstanding Extension Award recognizes excellent performance by NC State faculty and staff members. It holds the same honor as the University’s Outstanding Teaching Award. This month, ISE’s Jeff Hoyle, director of ergonomic services at the Ergonomics Center of NC (Center), received this award for his passion, dedication, and drive to educate and assist others in making the workplace safer.
As the director of ergonomic services since 2012, Hoyle wears many hats, including a manager, salesman, project manager, instructor, researcher and consultant. “He has been and continues to be instrumental in the active operation and growth of the Center and its mission to provide companies with the expertise to improve their ergonomics cultures and optimize business performance,” shared Julia Abate, executive director of the Center. “He is a well-respected leader in the field of ergonomics.”
In 2020, Hoyle was instrumental in working with Abate in helping to set the direction for the Center and introduce her to long-term clients. His leadership and insight ensured a smooth transition with Center staff members and clients.
What is the Ergonomics Center of NC?
The Center is a membership-based organization housed in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. It launched in 1994 as a partnership between NC State and the NC Department of Labor. Its mission is to make workplaces safer, more productive, and more competitive by providing practical, cost-effective ways to reduce or eliminate cumulative trauma disorders. Every company that engages with the Center gains knowledge and resources to create a safer work environment for their employees.
The Center strives to bridge technology transfer and information exchange between the university and industry. Mr. Hoyle has helped drive research through the Center and the ISE Department by collaborating with clients and ISE faculty members.