Taveira, Alvaro

At UW-Whitewater

University - Faculty/Staff
Ocup & Envir Safety and Health / OCUP & ENVIR SAFETY AND HEALTH
Office Phone
(262) 472-5427
Office Location
HH 3305B


Alvaro Taveira is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. Professor Taveira holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis on Human Factors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a MS degree in Industrial Engineering, with an emphasis in Ergonomics/Product Design, and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has over twenty years of professional practice in the fields of Safety and Human Factors/Ergonomics as a college professor, researcher, and consultant. His experience includes projects in the consumer products area, and in multiple work environments including agriculture, steel production, mining, railroading, retailing and office settings. Professor Taveira has over 60 peer reviewed publications and has made multiple presentations at national and international conferences. His academic experience comprises teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Product Safety, Human Factors/Ergonomics, Behavioral Aspects of Accident Prevention, and in a number of safety related courses. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.


  • Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, 1996
    Area: Human Factors/Sociotechnical Systems
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Minor in research methods
  • M.S. Industrial Engineering, 1987
    Area: Human Factors/Product Design
    Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - Brazil
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1984
    Universidade Federal de Uberlandia - Brazil



  • Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE)
    Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics - Certificate No. 1436
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
    Board of Certified Safety Professionals - Certificate No. 22049


  • Industrial ergonomics
  • Office ergonomics
  • Product safety
  • Warnings
  • Workplace and workstation analysis and design
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Job analysis and design
  • Organizational design and management (macroergonomics)

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