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Dr. Jim Potvin
Jim Potvin, PhD, is the founder and owner of Potvin Biomechanics Inc. He worked as an Ergonomist at General Motors and was an Assistant Professor, an Associate Professor and a Professor in multiple universities, between 1992-2015. He has been providing ergonomics and biomechanics consulting services since 1988.
Jim researches primarily in the areas of biomechanics and physical ergonomics. His basic research focuses on the study of joint mechanics and stability and the quantification of the effects of muscle fatigue during repetitive or prolonged tasks. He also conducts applied research with a focus on developing valid ergonomic methods to quantify injury risk in the workplace; including the assessment of manual materials handling tasks and the evaluation of the risk of upper limb disorders.
Since 1992, Jim has supervised 70 graduate students and employed 57 graduates, published 75 scientific articles, presented over 130 conference abstracts, written 35 technical reports and secured over $3.8 million in research funds. His research has been funded by the Automotive Partnership Canada and the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD), AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, Canadian Foundation of Innovation and various automotive manufacturers. He has consulted for many companies across the manufacturing, health care, technology, and energy sectors.