Sharon Joines is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at NC State University. She is also a researcher and ergonomist, teaching courses in human centered design and ergonomics. Joines’ research is focused on quantifying the interaction between individuals, products, and their environment. She has addressed challenges in consumer markets, warehousing and distribution, medical applications, and manufacturing environments ranging from forging to clean rooms. As the director of the Research in Ergonomics and Design (RED) Lab, Joines seeks to provide answers to the concern about the manner in which people interact and react to products and processes.