(October 12, 2017) John Grado Endowed Professor Dr. John G. Casali was the recipient of the 2017 A. R. Lauer Safety Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Dr. Casali received this prestigious award at the award ceremony of the HFES International Annual Meeting on October 9 in Austin, TX.
The A. R. Lauer Safety Award was established in 1968, and recognizes a person for outstanding contributions to human factors aspects in the broad area of safety. This includes human factors or ergonomics work that has led to reduced accidents and injuries in such areas as industry, aviation, surface transportation, and consumer products. Dr. Casali was awarded in recognition of his pioneering work and continuing contributions to improve safety on human auditory perception with application to hearing protection, noise hazard reduction, auditory alarms, vehicle driving, and communications systems. He has worked to improve safety across several sectors including military, construction, commercial trucking, consumer product development, and public safety. The HFES Awards Chair, Dr. Peter Johnson of Washington State University, in presenting Dr. Casali with the Lauer award, stated that he is an international authority on the application of auditory and acoustics human factors principles, and according to one reference letter from a high-ranking U.S. government program director, is "a national asset." His work has earned multiple highly-regarded awards, including the 2016 Safe-in-Sound Innovation Award from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA).
Lauer award candidates must be nominated by two HFES Full Members, Fellows, or Emeritus Fellows. Dr. Casali’s nomination was supported by Dr. Brian M. Kleiner (HFES Fellow, Bogle Professor of ISE, and Director of Myers-Lawson School of Construction), Dr. Robert C. Williges (HFES Fellow and Bogle Professor Emeritus of ISE), and Mr. Kurt Yankaskas (Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) Program Officer at Office of Naval Research).