Deivanayagam Named TTU's 2001 Brown-Henderson Award WinnerAlready a respected researcher in the field of ergonomics and human factors, Subramaniam Deivanayagam, known on campus as "Dr. Deivy," has now been recognized as Tennessee Tech University's 2001 Brown-Henderson Award winner.
Deivy, interim associate dean for graduate studies and research for TTU's College of Engineering, was presented with the award that honors outstanding performance in teaching and research or service and carries the names of Engineering Dean Emeritus James Seay Brown and James Henderson, the college's first dean.
"Dr. Deivy is the epitome of personal integrity, honesty and ethical behavior, " said Ken Currie, interim director of the Center for Manufacturing Research. "Whether it is in the classroom, conducting research or dealing with colleagues, his honest and fair treatment of others sets the standard."
The first person to obtain a certificate as a Professional Ergonomist in Tennessee, Deivy was invited by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to serve on the Steering Committee for the Conference on Workplace Safety and Training.
Deivy's research on lifting capacity has been used as the basis for setting national safety standards, and practical results of his work quantifying human back muscle fatigue have contributed to the understanding of muscle strength and the rehabilitative process after back surgery.
His early work at TTU, conducted for the Air Force, led to standards in maintainability of aircraft. His work also led to the redesign of aircraft parts for accessibility and the redesign of tools for improved ergonomic use.
In service to students, Deivy has served as faculty adviser to the student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. The chapter received the Silver Award for excellence three consecutive years, an honor achieved by fewer than 10 percent of programs in the country.Deivy is also credited with establishing TTU's ergonomics/human factors laboratory, now recognized as the only such facility in the state.