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Ergonomics Laboratory

Overview Of Lab Facilities

To aid in the educational and research programs in Ergonomics and related fields, the Industrial Engineering Department maintains several extensive laboratories:

In addition to these special laboratories where Ergonomics investigations are performed, there are other laboratories used for other programs within Industrial Engineering. These include the Manufacturing Science Laboratory and the Metrology Laboratory. The department also maintains supporting facilities in the form of metal, wood, and electronic workshops where instrumentation for research and teaching can be manufactured and serviced. A photographic facility is also maintained by the department in support of the research and teaching activities.

What is Ergonomics?

The word ergonomics comes from the Greek ergo (work) and nomos (rules, law). It can be simply described as the science that fits the job or activity to the person who is doing the job or activity. That may seem like a common sense statement, and in many ways it is. People have been practicing ergonomics ever since the first person fashioned a tool or devised a better method to do something that was previously, slow, difficult or painful to accomplish. In a very real sense, all people (not just designers and engineers) practice ergonomics to some extent.

For instance, the famous engineer and philosopher Leonardo Davinci could easily be considered an early ergonomics practitioner. His detailed study of the human body aided him in the design of machines that were to be used by people.

The development of ergonomics as a special effort has arisen from the expanding knowledge about the complexity of human capabilities and limitations and the increasing need to ensure the safe, efficient, interaction of people with products and environments. Stated simply, ergonomics or human factors is focused on designing products and systems for human use. Inherent in this design process is the goal to design systems which optimize system performance, safety, and user satisfaction. Individuals who offer their services in the field of ergonomics are typically referred to as Professional Ergonomists or Human Factors Professionals. If you are interested in learning more about professional certification in ergonomics. Texas Tech has a long tradition of educating students who go on to become leaders in the ergonomics field. Contact the Industrial Engineering department for more information regarding the career paths of Texas Tech alumni.