Ford Motor Company
Allison Stephens, Ford Technical Specialist in Ergonomics. Lead researcher in the use of Motion Capture technology and Digital Human modeling development. In 2010 Stephens was awarded the Henry Ford Technical Award, the highest technical award given in Ford Motor Company for Innovation.
Stephens uses both advanced motion-capture technology - similar techniques were used to make the film Avatar - and human modeling software to bring digital employee avatars to life. In this virtual manufacturing world, Stephens is able to find ways to reduce the physical stress of assembly workers, lower costs, and bring better quality products to market faster.