Terry Stentz

Contact Information:

City Campus (Lincoln)
113 NH
(402) 472-5078

Professional Memberships:

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
American Institute of Constructors (AIC)
Association of Registered Professional Industrial Hygienists (APIH)
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
• (CPE) Certification #891
• (CPC) Certification #1410
• (RPIH) Registration #03880197
• Electrical Contractor - State of Nebraska License #515
• (29 CFR 1910 - General Industry) #27-0081307
• (29 CFR 1926 - Construction) #27-0107078

Associate Professor
CEMT Graduate Committee Chair
Associate Professor UNMC College of Public Health Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health

Academic Degrees

  • M.P.H. Occupational and Environmental Health Harvard University, 2000
  • Ph.D. Psychological Studies (Human Factors) University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997
  • M.S.I.E. Industrial and Management Systems Engineering University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1996
  • A.M. Environmental Science Concentration Dartmouth College, 1989
  • M.A. Technical Composition and Rhetoric, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1978
  • B.A. Biological Science University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1970

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Courses Taught

About Terry Stentz


Professional Experience:
  • Thirty-eight years professional experience in electrical contracting, manufacturing engineering, test engineering, quality control, product development management, and executive level management in defense contracting, consumer products, and construction. Seven years experience as a research associate and lecturer (Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln).

    Twenty-eight years (active and reserve) U.S. Navy as an aeronautical engineering duty officer and naval intelligence officer (scientific and technical intelligence), Naval War College, Defense Intelligence College; Vietnam veteran (RVAH-1, USS Ranger, USS Saratoga), Grenada (DIA), Desert Shield (CENTCOM), COMNAVFORJAPAN, and CINCUSNAVEUR (London). Senior naval officer instructor multiple courses related to a broad range of professional and technical subjects over 25 years.

Professional Registrations and Certifications and Society Society Memberships:
  • Registrations and Licenses
    • Board Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE)
    • Board Certified Professional Constructor (CPC)
    • Registered Professional Industrial Hygienist (RPIH)
    • Licensed Electrical Contractor-State of Nebraska
    • Certified OSHA Outreach Instructor (29 CFR 1910 - General Industry)
    • Certified OSHA Outreach Instructor (29 CFR 1926 - Construction)
  • Professional Society Memberships
    • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) - Senior Member
    • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) - Member
    • American Institute of Constructors (AIC) - Member
    • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ACSM)-Full Member
    • Sleep Research Society (SRS) - Full Member
    • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) - Full Member
    • Association of Registered Professional Industrial Hygienists (ARPIH)-Member
    • American Psychological Association (APA) - Full Member
    • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) - Full Professional Member
    • American Public Health Association (APHA) - Full Member
Teaching Experience:
  • Courses Taught (UNL)

    Construction Management, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering
    • CNST 498/898 - Accident and Injury Risk Mitigation
    • CNST 887 - Leadership and Strategic Planning for Construction
    • CNST 890 - Master's Degree Project-I
    • CNST 498/898 - Special Topics in Human Factors and Safety
    • CNST 826 - Occupational Health and Safety for Construction
    • CNST 398 - Special Topics in Construction Safety
    • CNST 480/880 - Productivity and Human Factors in Construction
    • CNST 131 - Introduction to Construction Administration
    • CNST 306 - Physical Environmental Systems II-Electrical
Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering
  • IMSE 412/812 - Occupational Safety and Hygiene Engineering
  • IMSE 305 - Engineering Management-I
  • IMSE 321 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • IMSE 996A - Advanced Topics in Engineering Management (TQM)
  • IMSE 301 - Technology and Society
Courses Taught (UNMC)

Department of Environmental, Occupational, and Agricultural Health Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Omaha, NE
  • ENV 892 - Environmental Health (formally PSM 892)
Courses Developed (UNL)
  • CNST 498/898 - Advanced Special Topics in Construction (revised course)
  • CNST 826 - Occupational Health and Safety for Construction
  • CNST 887 - Strategic Leadership and Planning for Construction
  • CNST 890 - Master's Project (I)
  • CNST 891 - Master's Project (II)
Courses Developed (UNMC)
  • ENV 802 - Occupational Health and Safety for Health Sciences
  • ENV 804 - Human and Factors and Ergonomics for Health Sciences


  • 2005-2009 
    QEEG Brain Synchrony in Parent-Child Dyads, Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
    Co-investigator with Dr. Julia Torquati (PI) $50,000

  • 2005-2009 
    Analysis of Mechanical Permits in Douglas County, NE for YR2000 through YR2005, Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Nebraska Co-principal Investigator with Prof. Timothy Wentz $35,000

  • 2003-2009 
    Accident Injury and Accident Causation Models for Near Miss/Close Calls in Railroading, LEAP Study and Re-analysis, ITRI Re-analysis, Shift Work Scheduling Job Analysis and Certification Program, and Rail-crossing Human Factors, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) $621,000 Principal Investigator

  • 2005-2009 
    Prospective Study of Transient Risk Factors for Laceration Injuries in Meat Packing, Center for Disease Control (CDC)/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Harvard School of Public Health and UNL Co-principal Investigator with Melissa Perry, Harvard University $588,000

  • 2003-2009 
    Transient Risk Factors and Near Miss/Close Call Accidents in Railroad Environments (Statement of Work #2) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Principal Investigator $233,000

  • 2002-2008 
    Analysis of Sleep Behaviors and Accidents in a Sample of 10,000 Nebraska General Industry Workers (Phase 2) , Harvard School of Public Health and Liberty Mutual Insurance, and UNL Co-principal Investigator with Dr. Steven Shea (Harvard) $30,000

  • 2002-2008 
    Transient Risk Factors for Railroad Accidents and Injuries (Research Activity #1) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Principal Investigator $167,000

  • 2001-2008 
    National Association of Electrical Contractors ELECTRI'21 "Job Stress in Electrical Construction Supervisors"(Now being printed as a book chapter by NECA - ELECTRI '21 with expected publication in 2009) Principal Investigator $76,150

Selected Publications

  • Berryman, C., Jensen, W., Fischer, B., and Stentz, T. "Factors Influencing the Effectiveness of Construction Safety Programs,"Journal of the American Institute of Constructors (2006).

  • Ding, X., Riley, M.W., and Stentz, T.L., "Combining Wald, Agresti & Couli, and Arcsine Methods for Construction of pCharts", Proceedings of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Atlanta, GA (2006)

  • Cai, C., Hauser, R., Spanjer, K., Mittleman, M., Perry, M., Sorock, G., and Stentz, T.L. "Occupational Laceration Injuries in the Meat Packing Industry: A Three-year Retrospective Study of Two Meat Packing Plants,"American Journal of Industrial Medicine 47:4030410 (2005)

  • Stentz, T.L. and Spanjer, K, J. "Ergonomic Job Analyses for Manufactured Home Side-wall Fabrication: A Technical Report,"Bonnavilla Homes, Aurora, NE, March 1, 2002.

  • Stentz, T.L., Harmon, P.E., and Smith-Gunnison, E.L. "Effectiveness of Highway Noise Barriers,"Nebraska Department of Roads Study (NDOR) No. SPR-PL-1 (038),"March 8, 2002

  • Stentz, T.L., and Spanjer, K.J. "Ergonomic Job Analyses for Automotive Shock Absorber Manufacturing: A Technical Report,"Tenneco Automotive, Inc., Cozad, NE, February 25, 2002

  • Riley, M.W., Stentz, T.L., Sposato, R.C., Ballard, J.L. and Glismann, C.L., "Median Nerve Mononeuropathy in Railroad Maintenance Workers", Journal of Occupational Medicine, 2002

  • Riley, M.W., and Stentz, T.L., "Third Party Settlement Agreement OSHA Ergonomics Audit Report"prepared for Armour Swift-Eckrich (ConAgra Refrigerated Prepared Foods), Butterball Turkey Processing Plants (Missouri, Colorado, and Arkansas Plants), 1999-2001
    Stentz, T.L. "Nebraska State Electrical Contractors Licensing Requirements: A White Paper Report."Nebraska State Board of Registered Engineers and Architects, September 22, 2000.

  • Cochran, D.J., Stentz, T.L., Stonecipher, B.S., Hallbeck, M.S. "Job or Task Analysis for Risk Factors of Musculoskeletal Disorders."Handbook of Industrial Ergonomics, Chapter 30; CRC Press, 1999, pp. 345-354.

  • Stentz, T.L. "Case Study of Ergonomic Project Descriptions and Costs for Two Large Pork Slaughter Processing Plants."Project Contract No. Y500-B06, Study of Ergonomics Programs in Industry, Parts I and II, U.S. Department of Labor (OSHA), Contract No. J-9-4-0009, Washington, D.C., July 12, 1999.

  • Cochran, D.J, Stentz, T. L., Stonecipher, B.S., Hallbeck, M.S. "A Guide for Videotaping and Gathering Data on Jobs for Analysis for Risk of Musculoskeletal Disorders."Handbook of Industrial Ergonomics, Chapter 19; CRC Press, 1999, pp. 511-524.

  • Riley, M.W., Stentz, T.L., and Tarawneha, I. (1997). Safety Impact Issues of Job Associated Sleep; Final Report, March, 1997. Prepared for Mid-America Transportation Center, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Springfield, Virginia.

  • Riley, M.W., Kamal, A., Stentz, T.L., and Harn, S.D. "Dental Hygienist Median Nerve Impairment." Proceedings of the XIth International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, July 1996, pp. 176-181.

  • Riley, M.W., and Stentz, T.L., "Ergonomic Assessment Tool: Nerve Conduction Testing", Proceedings of the International Industrial Engineering Conference, 47th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 1996, pp. 331-336.

  • May, D.R., Schwoerer, C.E., Stentz, T.L., and Cochran, D.J. "Effects of Ergonomic Job Design on Employees' Health-Related Outcomes and Organizational Attitudes: A Quasi-Experimental Field Study."Personnel and Human Resource Management Division for the National Academy of Management Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., August 1995.

  • Sposato, R.C., Riley, M.W., Ballard, J.L., Stentz, T.L., and Glisman, C.L. "Wrist Squareness and Median Nerve Impairment." Journal of Occupational Medicine, 1995.

  • Stentz, T.L., Riley, M.W., Harn, S.A., Sposato, R.C., Stockstill, J., and Harn, J.A. (1994). "Upper Extremity Altered Sensations in Dental Hygienists."International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, v.13; pp. 107-112.

  • Riley, M.W., Stentz, T.L., and Harn, S.D. "Dental Ergonomics." Proceedings of the M.M. Ayoub Occupational Ergonomics Symposium, Lubbock, Texas, April 1993, PP. 93-96.

  • Riley, M.W., Cochran, D.J., Stentz, T.L., May, D.R. and Schwoerer, (1993). C.E.,"Case Study #1." Participatory Ergonomics Interventions in Meatpacking, Ed. Gjessing, C.C., Schoenborn, T.F. and Cohen, A., DHH5 (NIOSH) Publication, No. 94-124, pp. 51-91.

  • Stentz, T.L., Riley, M.W., Glismann, C.L., Ballard, J.L. and Sposato, R.C. (1992). "Prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome in heavy maintenance railroad workers."Proceedings of the Human Factors Society, 36th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.,v.2, pp. 788-790.

  • Stentz, T.L. and Riley, M.W. (1992). "Nerve Conduction Testing."Proceedings of the 1st Annual IIE Research Conference, Chicago, IL, pp. 359-361.

  • Riley, M.W., Ballard, J.L., and Stentz, T.L. (1992). "Tablet Medication Manufacturing Statistical Process Control Capability Study."Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Lincoln, NE.

  • Riley, M.W., Stentz, T.L., and Broman, M. (1991). "Ergonomic Improvement: Industry and University Cooperation."Proceedings of the 11th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, Paris, France.

  • Riley, M.W., Stentz, T.L., and Moore, B.E. (1991). "SD-60 Locomotive American Wide Cab Ergonomics Study."Burlington Northern Railroad, Overland Park, KS.

  • Riley, M.W., and Stentz, T.L. (1991). "Incidence of upper extremity pain in railroad maintenance and repair operations."Proceedings of the Human Factors Society, pp. 853-856.

  • Riley, M.W., and Stentz, T.L. (1991). "Ergonomics and Automation."Proceedings of Conference held at the University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland; Factory Automation and Information Management; CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 544-547.

  • Bishu, R., Hallbeck, M.S., Riley, M.W., and Stentz, T.L. (1991). "Seating Comfort and its relationship to spinal profile: A pilot study."International Journal of Ergonomics, v.8, pp. 89-101.

  • Adams, W., Stentz, T.L., Stonecipher, B.L., and Hallbeck, M.S. (1990). "Comparison of spinal profiles while standing, supine, prone, and seated in four chair types: A pilot study."Proceedings of the Human Factors Society, pp. 679-683.