Dr. Susan Hallbeck, PE, CPE is the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Scientific Director of Health Care Systems Engineering in the Kern Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery and faculty in Health Science Research/Health Care Policy and Research, as well as a faculty member of Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is a Professor and section head of Health Care Systems Engineering in the Mayo Medical School.
Susan earned her PhD from Virginia Tech, her MS from Texas Tech and her BS from Iowa State University, all in Industrial Engineering. She is a licensed professional engineer and a certified professional ergonomist. Dr. Hallbeck is an emerita Professor in Industrial Engineering / Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) and retains a courtesy appointment in Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Hallbeck is an adjunct professor in the Colleges of Engineering and Health Solutions at Arizona State University and an affiliate professor in Industrial Engineering at Iowa State University.
Dr. Hallbeck served as engineering lead for the VA Engineering Resource Center at the Nebraska-Western Iowa Veterans Health Administration Medical Center. She performed research at the Swedish National Institute for Working Life, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research in the Quality of Worklife, Ergonomics and Innovation Department and Linköping University’s Center for Teaching and Research in Disaster Medicine Traumatology (KMC) in Sweden.
Susan has over 110 archival journal articles, 145 peer-reviewed conference proceedings and 6 book chapters. She has been the major professor for 28 graduate students and served on 44 graduate committees at UNL, UNMC, Penn State and Arizona State Universities. She also serves on dissertation committees at the Technical University of Delft (in the Netherlands) as both committee member and co-promotor (major professor) in Industrial Design Engineering.
Dr. Hallbeck was elected President-elect of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2018, HFES Fellow in Fall 2014 and was previously elected to the HFES Executive Council for three different 3-year terms. She completed a fellowship in Executive Leadership in Academic Technology & Engineering (ELATE at Drexel) in 2018. She is on the editorial board of Applied Ergonomics and an associate editor of both Human Factors and IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. She serves as a council member for the National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for the Healthcare and Social Assistance (HCSA) industry sector, a NIOSH, CDC, DHHS partnership. She was recently named to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Ergonomics.