Subtle shifts refine big rigs
MENOMONIE – Take a look at Jeanette Kersten, and you don’t think trucker.
The assistant professor of operations and management for UW-Stout is so slight you would think she’d have a hard time climbing into the cab of an 18-wheeler, much less driving the beast on the open road. That’s the focus of Kersten’s research: to make long-haul trucks more accommodating and comfortable for women – a largely untapped, and badly needed, pool of drivers.
“Today’s trucks are not designed with women in mind,” Kersten said. “Given the driver shortage and the changing demographics that the trucking industry faces, it’s important for manufacturers to make trucks more female-friendly through moderate design changes for seats, pedals and gauges, for example.”
Kersten, with the assistance of her organization development class graduate students, and Ellen Voie, president for the Wisconsin-based Women in Trucking Association,…(read more)