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
- 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:$132,206 Total Pay/yr (Source: Glassdoor)
— 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.