Backpack Awareness Day

Ruth Loewenhardt is author of the book Thumbs Up! A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the Ergonomic Needs of the Thumb Generation (available July 2009 at She has conducted several Backpack Awareness Day events at her local library in Pleasanton, California and she has spoken to many middle school students about the ergonomics of backpacks and notebook computers. After graduating from San Jose State University with a Master of Science in Human Factors and Ergonomics, Ruth started her own company, Elegant Ergo, as a division of Concinnity Ergonomics Corporation in 2006. In 2007, she received the Ergonomist of the Year award from the Bay Area Ergonomics Roundtable (BAER) for her work with children’s ergonomics. Ruth is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and she is also chair of the Pleasanton PTA Wellness Committee. She continues to bring ergonomics education to the local community by giving lectures to middle schools and parent groups.

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