Dr. Changwon Son is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering (IMSE) at Texas Tech University. Dr. Son received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (2021) from Texas A&M University with an emphasis on human factors and system safety. Dr. Son received his M.S. in Safety Engineering (2016) from Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University and B.S. in Industrial Engineering (2008) from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Son has also seven years of industry experience (2008 – 2014) as a safety engineer at Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's largest shipbuilding company. Dr. Son holds a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), the highest credential accredited by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP, 2020).
Dr. Son's research interests include cognitive systems engineering, system safety, and occupational safety and health in the context of disaster response, oil and gas operation, and healthcare practice. Specifically, his research is focused on understanding and enhancing human adaptive ability in safety-critical settings via user-centered design of cognitive tools and work systems. Dr. Son's research has been published in safety and human factors journals such as Safety Science, Applied Ergonomics, and Ergonomics. Also, Dr. Son serves as an editorial board member of Human Factors in Healthcare journal and as a reviewer of many other journals including the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Dr. Son is a recipient of the National Ergonomics Month Best Educational Resource for K-12 Award (2020) and the Texas Safety Foundation Steve Halliburton HSE Scholarship (2018). Also, Dr. Son was selected as an Emerging Leader of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2019) and a Young Talent of the Resilience Engineering Association (2017).