Graduate Research | Angela Tate
Angela Tate is from Melrose, Nova Scotia. She completed a joint honours B.Sc, in physics and biology, at St. F.X.U. Her M.Sc. in biomechanical engineering at Queen's University focused on biomechanical modelling of working pregnant women and the implications for low back pain.
Angela is pursuing a PhD, specializing in biomechanical ergonomics, in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Her team is developing a biomechanical model of the upper body of a snow crab processing worker to allow research into biomechanical factors that might affect the risk of developing a cumulative trauma disorder such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
"I debated doing a BEd seriously but when I got a Postgraduate Scholarship - Masters from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) I realized that this was an opportunity that I couldn't turn down. I love research, most days, and I find the challenges and the changes stimulating. And you have to admit, the lifestyle is pretty great, it is very flexible and very individualized. Every day is a challenge and curiosity and enthusiasm are encouraged!"
"The project I am working on here allows me to develop the skills to deal with industrial partners. In my field, in particular industrial ergonomics, scientists are challenged to create simulated work environments in the lab that accurately portray the conditions in the plant. This project gives me the opportunity to develop the approaches and experimental techniques to use in the real work site. This kind of research allows the scientist to see immediate results that can improve worker health and safety but working with the industrial partner and the workers. The research team I work with is multidisciplinary; this means I get to learn a lot of new things associated with my field, how the workers compensation system works, the role of professional ergonomists and what are the psychosocial factors that affect workers. It's very enriching to have so many perspectives on a complex problem like worker health."
"I am a unique graduate student in this department and am lacking in colleagues with similar research interests, but I have to admit the engineering department is very friendly and the multiculturalism of the department is exciting! We have about 100 grad students and I would guess about 60% plus are international students; potlucks are a real treat in the department."
"All of the people I have met at MUN have been very helpful especially when it comes to the use of facilities and equipment, especially IMD, MI, C-CORE, and the Human Kinetics Department. People keen to collaborate and share resources is very encouraging!"
"I love the east coast, the ocean, the feel of the downtown, the great trails, and it's a comfortable size for a girl from rural Nova Scotia! It's great to be able to walk to the woods or the ocean in a few minutes and get away from the sounds of the city."
Angela is an avid runner and volleyball player, a member of the Big Brothers / Big Sisters Program and president of the Engineering Graduate Student Society. She assists students who are using the Engineering Department research facilities-including a high school science fair project, and is looking forward to and working with the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program.
She hopes to conduct post-doc studies with colleagues in Australia and Europe before taking a faculty position. She would like to teach ergonomics/human factors and motion analysis at a smaller university, and combine her industrial ergonomics research with consulting.
Angela Tate is the recipient of: a Queen's University Graduate Award; a NSERC PGS A; a NSERC PGS B; and a NLCAHR doctoral fellowship.