Membership Meeting January 19, 2017

The January membership meeting is at Dover Straits, 890 East US Route 45, Mundelein.

Pre-Meeting Presentation 5:30 – 6:00 pm

Dinner, Networking           6:00-7:00 pm 

Main Presentation             7:00 – 8:00 pm 

Reserve your spot by filling out the Eventbrite form at the end of this announcement.

Members seeking employment are eligible for the courtesy dinner.  Be prepared to show your membership number.


Title Human Factors and Implications for Medical Device Design

Abstract:  Human factors engineering encompasses the science and methods used to make products and services easy to use, and in the case of medical device design, safe to use.  This presentation provides an overview of human factors engineering, with examples of how evolving product designs can improve user experiences.  A quality system that is “fit for use” can only be evaluated as such when it is usable by the target population.  Usability takes on even greater importance when the system is a medical device because operator mistakes can have severe consequences.

Biography:  Ed Halpern, PhD, is a Principal Human Factors Research Engineer, focusing on medical combination products that are self-administered by patients.  He joined AbbVie in 2014 after 6 years at Baxter Healthcare, where he worked as an Engineering Specialist of Human Factors, focusing on the human factors design and evaluation of Large Volume Pumps for administering medications in hospitals and of dialysis devices for use in the home by patients suffering from kidney failure.  Prior to that, Ed spent 10 years at Motorola as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff with a focus on automatic speech recognition technologies and services and on wireless network management software tools. Prior to Motorola, Ed spent many years at Lucent Technologies/Bell Laboratories as a human factors engineer, researching and designing user interfaces for new enterprise telephone services and forward-looking technology platforms and applications.  Ed has a BS in Economics and a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology, both from Indiana University.

Main meeting:

Title: The Food Safety Modernization Act Review and Readiness


  • Review key parts of FSMA
  • Discuss areas of possible impact to food industry
  • Identify significant issues and questions for the future
  • Provide suggestions on how to prepare for the new regulatory environment

Biography: Loralyn (Lori) Ledenbach is a Principal Scientist in the Kraft Heinz Company Food Safety & Microbiology department, and has been with the company for over 36 years.  Over the years, Lori has worked on new method development and product category support for: salad dressings, pizza, and natural and pasteurized process cheese.  She is one of the internal process authorities for pasteurized process cheese products, and co-developed the Better Process Control School for Process Cheese standard curricula.  From 2007-2015, she was the lead for Kraft Foods global HACCP team, and now leads the newly merged Kraft Heinz Company North American HACCP team. She was an active participant in industry working groups to provide comments on the FSMA proposed rules, and was busy in 2016 conducting training sessions for the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA).  She has already trained over 140 Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals.  She graduated with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University and a M.S. degree in Food Science from University of Illinois.


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