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David Cochran

David Cochran photoDavid Cochran, professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, has helmed a career known for research in occupational safety and health, and development of industry programs and processes to address musculoskeletal disorders or cumulative trauma disorders.

Cochran earned his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Oklahoma. His career of more than 38 years has spanned teaching, research and work for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Cochran was featured in a 2008 Engineering@Nebraska article, “Cargill plant goes ergo-friendly with help from Nebraska Engineering,” about his work with UNL students to help the Nebraska City plant develop an ergonomics plan for its 500+ employees, most of whom are production line workers for food processing and packaging.

An avid sailor, Cochran also expertly navigated his students’ learning. Former IMSE chair and associate dean Morris Schneider described him as “a very good teacher: he knew his subject material well, and he taught it well, so that students came out of his classes with thorough knowledge of the subject matter.” Schneider termed Cochran “a student’s teacher—he liked to interact with the students and didn’t put himself high above them, but worked hard to be an outstanding teacher.”

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