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Sharon Claxton Bommer

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology


Email: Sharon Bommer
Phone: 937-229-4216
Kettering Laboratories Room 321


Dr. Sharon Claxton Bommer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology. She earned a Ph.D. of Engineering in Industrial and Human Systems, specializing in human performance and cognition. Dr. Bommer holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and two master's degrees: Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering. Prior to earning her Ph.D., she had a successful career working for over fifteen years in the automotive manufacturing industry in various engineering and operation roles, whereas her last role was Plant Manager for a Tier 1 parts supplier. In addition, she has served as the Dean of the School of Business and Applied Technologies at Clark State College, providing leadership for business, information technology, agriculture, and engineering technology programs. She enjoys teaching graduate and undergraduate courses relative to operational improvements. Her research is in human systems integration, focusing on human performance and cognition for industrial and military operations.

Selected Publications

Technical Reference Book

  • Badiru, A. B. & Bommer, S. C.  (2017). Work design: A systematic approach. Taylor & Francis CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL.

book chapter

  • Bommer, S. (2022). Cognitive and Human Factors Modeling for Engineering Management In B. Bidana (Ed.), Maynard's Industrial Engineering Handbook (Chapter 75). McGraw-Hill.

Journal Publications

  • Doran, E., Bommer, S. & Badiru, A. (2022). Integration of Human Factors, Cognitive Ergonomics, and Artificial Intelligence in the Human-Machine Interface for Additive Manufacturing, International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems (IJMMS), vol. 15 (no. 4), pages 310 - 330.  
  • Drankoff, L., & Bommer, S. (2020). A systems engineering framework for integration of cognitive ergonomics in smart factory configurations. Journal for Management and Engineering Integration (JMEI), 13(1), 53-62.
  • Gnacek, M., Doran, E., Bommer, S., & Appiah-Kubi, P. (2020). The effectiveness of smart compose: An artificial intelligent system. Journal for Management and Engineering Integration (JMEI), 13(1), 111-121.
  • Bommer, S. C., & Fendley, M.  (2018). A theoretical framework for evaluating mental workload resources in human systems design for manufacturing operations. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics (IJIE), 63, 7-17.
  • Bommer, S., & Badiru, A. (2016). Quality insights: Impact of cognitive load on the cost of quality. International Journal of Quality Engineering and Technology (IJQET), 6(1/2), 115-122. 
  • Bommer, S., & Fendley, M. (2015). Assessing the Effects of Multi-Modal Communications on mental workload during the supervision of multiple unmanned aerial vehicles. International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering (IJUSEng), 3 (number 1), pages 38 - 50.
  • Bommer, S. (Winter, 2012). How to Improve the Quality of Your Output: It’s All About Effective Problem Solving.  The Quality Management Forum, Journal of the Quality Management Division of the American Society for Quality, volume 37(4), 1, 4-5.

Selected Invited Presentations

  • Bommer, S.C. (2019). Cognitive ergonomics in manufacturing. University of Lagos, Nigeria (UniLag).
  • Bommer, S. C. (2019). Using cognitive ergonomics for continuous improvement of manufacturing work design. Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Conference, Engineering Management Track. Orlando, Florida.
  • Bommer, S. C. (2016). Cognitive ergonomics in manufacturing. Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Seminar Series. Rochester, New York: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
  • Bommer, S. C. (2016). Cognitive ergonomics in manufacturing. Proceedings of the 62nd  International Instrumentation Symposium. Dayton, Ohio: Mechanical Failures Prevention Group (MFPT).


  • Bommer, S. C.  (January, 2017). Cognitive ergonomics in manufacturing. Industrial & Systems Engineer Magazine, Magazine of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE), 41-43.

Selected Research and Work

  • Warfighter Performance Faculty, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL), an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) appointment. (October 2020 – September 2023).
  • Artificial Intelligence in Industrial Systems sponsored by the University of Dayton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.) Program. (May 2019 – August 2019).
  • Computational Human Factors, Cognitive, and Ergonomics for Data Analytics in Additive Manufacturing sponsored by Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. (June 2019 – August 2019).

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Who’s Who in Aerospace and Defense (Dayton Business Journal).


  • Ph.D., Engineering, Industrial and Human Systems, Wright State University
  • M.S., Industrial and Human Factors Engineering, Wright State University
  • M.B.A., International Business, University of Cincinnati
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee State University

Courses Taught

  • IET 435 Human Factors
  • IET 409 Lean Management
  • ENM 540 Lean Production Systems
  • IET 321 Quality Management
  • IET 230 Work Measurements
  • ENM 560 Quality Assurance
  • ENM 564 Lean Six Sigma
  • ENM 583 Leadership and Engagement for Engineering Diversity

Professional Activities

  • Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)

Research Interests

  • Human-systems integration
  • Human performance
  • Cognition
  • Work design