Texas Tech University

Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering

What is Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering? 

Focuses on the "human-centered" design of tools and technology, machine, task, systems, and work environment.

What do we do? 

Develop engineering solutions to enhance human performance and well-being in all areas of life by using theories, methods, and techniques from biomechanics, neuroscience, work physiology, cognitive psychology, human-computer interaction, and systems engineering.

What will you learn? 

  • Human-machine interaction
  • Biomechanics and neuroengineering
  • Human behavior ad performance modeling 
  • Occupational ergonomics and safety
  • Work measurement
  • Human-centered product and systems design
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Wearable technologies

Concentration Courses

  • IE 5301: Advanced Industrial Ergonomics
  • IE 5304: Biomechanics and Work Physiology
  • IE 5305: Cognitive Engineering
  • IE 5306: Advanced Systems Safety Engineering

Who can you work for? 

  • Industry employment: Boeing, Amazon, Facebook, Exxon Mobil, Nike, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, and more!
  • Government agencies: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and more!
  • Military-related research centers: Several research laboratories in the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy employ human factors and ergonomics professionals.
  • Academic institutions: industrial /mechanical /biomedical engineering, construction science, public health, kinesiology, psychology, and more!

 

Average Salary: ~$96,296 /yr (Source: Glassdoor)

Human Performance and Neuroengineering Laboratory

— From mind to muscle: augmenting human performance

The Human Performance and Neuroengineering Laboratory houses many state-of-the-art facilities including a 12-camera optical motion capture system, HTC Vive Pro virtual reality system, a 6-DOF portable haptic device, a 3-DOF driving simulator, a 32-channel electroencephalogram (EEG) system, a 16-channel Wireless electromyography (EMG) system, electrocardiogram (EKG) sensors, multi-joint isokinetic strength measurement system, instrumented treadmill, force plates, and many other biopotential sensors.

Contact Us!

Phone: (806) 742-3543

Email: suman.chowdhury@ttu.edu or pat.patterson@ttu.edu

Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering