Human Factors Engineering

Human Factors Engineering is the study of the interaction of humans with technology. Our program updates your skills and prepare you for success, whether you’re going into the industry or pursuing further graduate education. 

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Human Factors Engineering (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. Ready for a career move? The Tufts M.S. program in Human Factors Engineering provides a rigorous academic environment for advanced graduate study.

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

> Workplace safety

Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 SHUs and the fulfillment of at least 10 courses at the 100-level or above with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-. Program requirements may vary.

Dual Degree Master's Program (with Tufts Gordon Institute)

Develop your innovation, leadership and management skills and build your technical depth with the Dual Degree Master's Program. You’ll earn two degrees: an M.S. offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and an M.S. Innovation & Management (MSIM). You earn both degrees in an accelerated time frame (as little as two years) and at a reduced cost. Contact for more information.

Human Factors in Medical Devices and Systems (Certificate)

The rate of preventable deaths due to medical error is huge. Recognizing the medical error "epidemic," a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) manufacturing requirement has increased the demand for professionals in the field of human factors (usability) engineering who have specialized knowledge about the design and evaluation of medical technology. 

This 4-course certificate helps prepare you to:

> Make medical technology safe, effective, usable, and satisfying for clinicians and patients

> Improve the quality of healthcare

> Prevent injuries and deaths due to medical error

In this certificate program, students will develop knowledge and skills to meet the increasing demand for trained professionals in the field of human factors engineering, who work on the design and evaluation of health and medical systems and technology. 

Learn more about the study of human factors engineering at Tufts.


Chris B. Rogers
John R. Beaver Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Robotics, Musical Instrument Design, Engineering Education
Michael Wiklund
Professor of the Practice; General Manager, UL-Wiklund
M.S. , Tufts University
Human Factors Engineering
James Intriligator - Professor of the Practice
James Intriligator
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Human Factors Engineering
Daniel J. Hannon
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , Brown University
Human Factors, Airspace Systems
Gary G. Leisk
Associate Teaching Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Machine Design, Non-Destructive Testing
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
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Brown University, Engineering
Biophysics and Soft Matter, Cell Biomechanics and Sensing, Micro-Scale Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena, Microfluidic Devices
Marc Hodes
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Heat Transfer, Apparent Slip, Thermal Management of Electronics, Mass Transfer in Supercritical Fluids and Thermoelectricity
Mark Kachanov
Ph.D. , Brown University
Fracture Mechanics, Micromechanics of Materials
Erica M. Kemmerling
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Medical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics
Vincent Manno - Adjunct Professor, Provost and Dean of Faculty
Vincent Manno
Adjunct Professor, Provost and Dean of Faculty
Sc.D , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thermal-fluid phenomena, Power generation systems
Douglas M. Matson
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Solidification Processes, Thermal Manufacturing, Machine Design
Pratap Misra
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , University of California, San Diego
GPS, Emerging Satellite Navigation Systems
Jason Rife
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Navigation, Robotics, Controls
Anil Saigal
Ph.D. , Georgia Institute of Technology
Materials Engineering, Manufacturing Processes, Quality Control
Jivko Sinapov
Jivko Sinapov
James Schmolze Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Iowa State
Developmental robotics, computational perception, artificial intelligence, machine learning
Holly Taylor -  Professor
Holly A. Taylor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Spatial Cognition, Language, Memory
Thomas Vandervelde
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , University of Virginia
The Interaction of Light with Matter, Physics of Nanostructures and Interfaces, Semiconductor Photonics and Electronics, Epitaxial Crystal Growth, Special Interest in the Area of Materials and Devices for Energy and Infrared Applications
Kristen Bethke Wendell - Assistant Professor
Kristen Bethke Wendell
Associate 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 Zimmerman
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Novel Polymer Electrolytes for Batteries, Liquid Crystal Polymers, Composite Materials

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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 Requirements:

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> GRE General Test scores are not required
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test scores (if applicable)
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation
> Portfolio (optional)

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

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Science & Engineering Complex
Robinson Hall, Room 150
School of Engineering
Tufts University
200 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-3239