Human Factors

Human Factors is the study of the interaction of humans with technology. 

Human Factors master's program
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Human Factors (M.S.)

Human Factors is sometimes also referred to as "Engineering Psychology" or "Ergonomics." This is a rapidly growing field with wide engineering and non-engineering applications. The program offers specialized courses, training, and research opportunities in the human-centered aspects of engineering activities such as: medical devices and systems design, product design, computer-interface design, ergonomics, and workplace safety.

Faculty

Daniel J. Hannon
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , Brown University
Human Factors, Airspace Systems
Chris B. Rogers
Department Chair and Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Robotics, Musical Instrument Design, Engineering Education
Behrouz Abedian
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fluid Mechanics, Electrokinetics, Thermal-Fluid Systems
Luisa Chiesa
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sustainable Energy, Superconducting Materials
Jeffrey S. Guasto
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Brown University, Engineering
Biophysics and Soft Matter, Cell Biomechanics and Sensing, Micro-Scale Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena, Microfluidic Devices
Robert Hannemann
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thermal Sciences, Heat Transfer
Marc Hodes
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Heat Transfer, Apparent Slip, Thermal Management of Electronics, Mass Transfer in Supercritical Fluids and Thermoelectricity
Mark Kachanov
Professor
Ph.D. , Brown University
Fracture Mechanics, Micromechanics of Materials
Erica M. Kemmerling
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Medical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics
Gary G. Leisk
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Machine Design, Non-Destructive Testing
Douglas M. Matson
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Solidification Processes, Thermal Manufacturing, Machine Design
William Messner
John R. Beaver Professor
Ph.D. , University of California at Berkeley
Automatic Control Systems with an Emphasis on Applications to Data Storage Systems, Robotics, Microfluidics, Biological Systems and Instrumentation
Pratap Misra
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , University of California, San Diego
GPS, Emerging Satellite Navigation Systems
Dean Jianmin Qu
Jianmin Qu
Dean and Karol Family Professor
Ph.D. , Northwestern University
Micromechanics of composites, interfacial fracture and adhesion, fatigue and creep damage in solder alloys, thermomechanical reliability of microelectronic packaging, defects and transport in solids with applications to solid oxide fuel cells and batteries, and ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of advanced engineering materials
Jason Rife
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Navigation, Robotics, Controls
Anil Saigal
Professor
Ph.D. , Georgia Institute of Technology
Materials Engineering, Manufacturing Processes, Quality Control
Igor Sokolov
Professor
Ph.D. , The Mendeleev Institute of Metrology (the Russian NIST)
Nanomechanics of Cells, Molecules, Polymers; Photonic Sensors; Soft Condensed Matter and Biomedical Research; Energy-Related Materials and Sustainability, Surface Science and Engineering
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Kristen Bethke Wendell
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Engineering Education, Design Practices, Learning Sciences
Robert D. White
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
Micro- and Nano- electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), Sensors, Dynamic System Modeling, Acoustics, Vibrations
Michael Wiklund
Professor of the Practice; General Manager, UL-Wiklund
M.S. , Tufts University
Human Factors
Iryna V. Zenyuk
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Carnegie Mellon University
Electrochemistry, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Renewable Energy
Michael Zimmerman
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Novel Polymer Electrolytes for Batteries, Liquid Crystal Polymers, Composite Materials

Applicants are admitted to this program on the basis of their educational qualifications. It is expected that applicants to the Human Factors program will have an acceptable B.S. in engineering or science. Relevant course work and research experience may be considered for non-engineering students. It is strongly recommended that the prospective student identify and contact the potential thesis advisor before applying to the program.

Application deadlines:

Spring: September 15
Fall: January 15
GRE General Test scores required.

For more information, visit the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact Dan Hannon, the graduate program director in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
 
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