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Creative Inquiry

Creative Inquiry in Industrial Engineering

IE has some faculty who have Creative Inquiry projects that are described on the University Creative Inquiry website and are associated with specific sections of IE 4040, while some faculty utilize the IE 4040 course but do not register their courses with the University Creative Inquiry Office.

Almost no two faculty members run CI in the same way in Industrial Engineering, and there is no expectation that any faculty member will offer a CI opportunity in any semester. Unfortunately, not all students who want an Industrial Fingering CI experience will be able to get one.

Some CI projects have open spaces for the next semester. Some faculty have an application process, some have a “first-come, first serve” policy, and some have an invitation only policy. Some projects require specialized skills / knowledge, while others may be more accessible to students entering the program. Some projects are open to Industrial Engineering majors only while others may accept students from other majors as well. Further, some faculty require a multi-semester commitment while others may have opportunities for single semester projects.

The primary course used in IE for Creative Inquiry is IE 4040. This is a pass/no pass course that can be taken for 1-6 credits.

IE students can use up to 6 credits of IE 4040 for the IE Technical Requirement. Creative Inquiry in other majors cannot be used for the IE Technical Requirement.

(last updated – Nov 30, 2017)

Spring 2018 Courses accepting Students

Wearable Technologies for Workplace Risk Reduction

Dr. Kapil Chalil Madathil

The healthcare industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injuries, with these professionals, specifically nurses, facing such safety and health risks as ergonomic hazards from lifting and repetitive tasks and hazards associated with laboratories. Currently, few tools are available to assess risk in real-time, with the existing ones primarily focusing on reactive identification of corrective actions rather than proactive interventions for preventive safety. This Creative Inquiry project will focus on using commercially available hand wearable devices which integrate various types of sensors that monitor factors related to human performance in the workplace. Our central hypothesis is that integrating sensors to measure worker motion, track location and environmental conditions, and provide real-time feedback and performance data could hold the key for making the healthcare workforce safer. Our long term goal is to develop a method for facilitating healthcare safety professionals in conducting evidence-based decision making using real-time analytics of worker performance. As part of that goal, the objective of this Creative Inquiry project is to develop and evaluate an integrated wearable system that can measure physical human performance in a healthcare setting and ultimately predict the possibility of an injury. Contact Dr. Kapil Chalil Madathil at