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Ronald G. Shapiro

Hi, I'm Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro a speaker and consultant in Capabilities and Limitations, Career Development, Leadership Development, Education, Human Factors/Ergonomics and Human Resources. My Education by Entertainment programs are highly relevant, educational, entertaining, useful and fun!


I, Ronald G. Shapiro, am, by training, a psychologist with a specialization in designing products, solutions, and services so that they will be easy for people to use. Currently I am an independent consultant and speaker/presenter in Human Factors, Ergonomics, User Experience, Learning, Leadership and Human Resources.

I have worked as a human factors professional, manager, and corporate coordinator at IBM. My competency in this area is recognized by my Certification as a Human Factors Professional (CHFP) by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics.

My substantial and unique contributions to the field have been recognized by my title as a Fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). I was the first chair of the now highly successful National Ergonomics Month (NEM). My performance in founding NEM was recognized with the Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award from HFES. I've also served in a variety of offices including Secretary-Treasurer of HFES and President of the APA Division of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology.

I am also an outstanding educator and leader of educators. My IBM positions have included managing technical learning and new employee orientation world wide. I have also managed IBM's external employee education program in the United States and career coaching in North Carolina. Two of my learning programs, one of which I managed (new employee orientation) and one of which I designed (Blue Opportunities) have won major awards from professional organizations (ASTD Excellence in Practice Award and SHRM Innovative Business Solution Award) recently.

I have presented for a number of professional societies including HFES, APA, Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), American Indian Scientific and Engineering Society (AISES), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Documentation and Training (DocTrain) and Medical Product Safety network (MEDSUN).  I also present to businesses, colleges, universities, and schools on Careers, Learning, Leadership, and Human Factors/Ergonomics. My presentations are educational, informative, interactive, and fun. My participant comments and ratings are excellent.

My other professional affiliations include Sigma Xi (Scientific Honorary Life Member), Phi Kappa Phi (Academic Honorary Life Member), Society of Industrial Psychologists (SIOP) and AISES (Sequoyah Fellow).

I am listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. I received my B.A. from the University of Rochester and my M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State in Experimental Psychology. I have taught at Ohio State, Denison University, University of Connecticut and Dutchess Community College.

Ronald G. Shapiro's Background

Ronald G. Shapiro's Experience

Consultant: Human Factors/Ergonomics, Learning, Career Development, and Human Resources at Ronald G. Shapiro, Ph. D.

January 2009 - Present | USA

Provide consulting services and presentations to industry and academia focusing on Human Factors/Ergonomics, traditional and non-traditional forms of Learning and Career Development. My clients find that my services are very relevant to them and exceed their expectations.

Speaker at Education by Entertainment

January 2009 - Present | USA

TV game style programs which offer content useful for business, academics and home. More information is retained than from a typical lecture!!! More fun than a typical party!!! Program topics include: Customer Service, Effective Leadership, Managing By Working Through Others, Teamwork, Working With Our Capabilities and Limitations, Product and System Design, Self Esteem, Ethical Management, Communication, Teaching & Educating, Career Planning and Resume Development. My participant satisfaction ratings are outstanding. If you are looking for programs which improve job or academic performance, educate, and entertain at the same time please consider offering one of my Education By Entertainment programs.

Secretary - Treasurer at Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

September 2009 - September 2012 | Santa Monica, CA

Immediate Past Secretary - Treasurer (2011-2012), Secretary - Treasurer (2010 - 2011), Secretary - Treasurer Elect (2009 - 2010), Executive Council (2006 - 2012). Grew membership. Exceeded financial goals. Instituted electronic voting.

Manager New Employee Orientation, Technical Learning, External Employee Education, Career Coaching at IBM

June 1985 - February 2009 | USA

Managed the Enterprise Technical Learning Curriculum, New Employee Orientation World Wide, the Employee University Education program for the United States of America and Career Coaching for employees in North Carolina. All of my learning programs demonstrated clear and measurable business value to IBM and improve employee satisfaction with the company. My Your IBM program has won prestigious awards from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and Brandon Hall. The Blue Opportunities program which I designed won the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) Innovative Business Solution Award in 2007.

Manager & Human Factors Engineer, Human Factors / Ergonomics at IBM

June 1985 - January 1994 | Poughkeepsie, NY

Managed the Human Factors / Ergonomics department for IBM's large scale computing division. Significantly improved the usability of IBM large system products and solutions for our biggest customers. Served as IBM's lead representative to our Human Factors Community at SHARE (user group for IBM large scale computing customers). Excellent people management as well.

Assistant Professor at Dutchess Community College

January 1986 - June 1994 | Poughkeepsie, NY

Taught introduction to psychology and industrial psychology. Excellent student ratings.

Assistant Professor at University of Connecticut

January 1982 - June 1985 | Stamford, CT

Taught introduction to psychology, and industrial psychology. Excellent student ratings.

Principal Associate at Dunlap and Associates

July 1982 - June 1985 | Norwalk CT

Behavioral sciences research firm. Worked on aviation, military, highway safety (school bus and automobile) and computers.

Assistant Professor at Denison University

September 1981 - June 1982 | Granville, OH

Taught introductory psychology, sensation and perception, research methods, computers in psychology.

Graduate Teaching & Research Associate at Ohio State University

August 1975 - June 1981 | Columbus, OH

Taught 7 introduction to psychology courses per year most of these years. Also was a research associate. I was most likely the first individual to teach Introduction to Psychology in the university's adult Saturday university program. I developed the very first version of my now well know Games To Explain Human Factors: Come, Participate, Learn and Have Fun!!! program during this teaching assignment. Many of my classes scored at the top of the distribution on standard university-wide Introduction to Psychology achievement tests. High student evaluations, especially from the Saturday adult student population.

Ronald G. Shapiro's Education

Ohio State University

1975 – 1981

Doctor of Philosophy

Concentration: Psychology

Activities: Dissertation: The effect of irrelevant surrounding letters on focal letter identification Thesis: The effect of inter-stimulus interval on same-different judgments of visual patterns Publications: Journal of Experimental Psychology, Psychological Review, Perception and Psychophysics, Psychological Research, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Activities and Societies: Student Representative: Graduate Council (the Governing Body for the Graduate School) Secretary: Council of Graduate Students (Student Government) Elected to: Sigma Xi (Scientific Honorary Society) Elected to: Phi Kappa Phi (Oldest and largest collegiate honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all disciplines)


University of Rochester

1971 – 1975

Bachelor of Arts

Concentration: Psychology

Activities: Research: Cognitive psychology and reading Employment: Computing Center -- student operator at remote sites. Volunteer: Strong Memorial Hospital Activities and Societies: Chair: Blood Drive, Organ Donor Drive Scoutmaster: Boy Scouts of America


Providence Country Day School

1967 – 1971

High School Diploma

Concentration: College Preparation

Activities: Activities and Societies: Bookstore manager Country Day Players (drama club, treasurer) Red and Black (yearbook, production staff) Roundtable (student newspaper, editorial board) Sports Manager (varsity soccer, wrestling, & baseball)


Ronald G. Shapiro's Interests & Activities

Interests: Public speaking, presenting including: "Education by Entertainment" programs for professional organizations, colleges, universities, schools, youth groups and community groups. Photography. Groups and Associations: Professional certification (Certified Human Factors Professional, CHFP) by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). Fellow Recognition by: American Psychological Association (APA), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and Eastern Psychological Association (EPA). Life member: Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi. Member: Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists (SIOP). Previous President: APA Division 21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology. Sequoyah Fellow: American Indian Scientific and Engineering Society (AISES).

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