Human Systems Engineering (HSE) is a field that combines methods and principles of engineering and psychology to design systems that incorporate the capabilities and limitations of humans. By applying the theories, methods, and processes of HSE, the safety and effectiveness of tools and interfaces can be remarkably and measurably improved.
My research and teaching interests are directly related to the goals of applying HSE to high-risk industrial settings to improve the safety and productivity of these work environments.
- RESEARCH GOALS: contribute to methods and theories of HSE needed for the professionals in high-risk industries to be successful and safe
- how variables associated the context, task, and person are predictive of procedural performance
- interaction of teams and technology in highly dynamic environments
- effects of human states (e.g., fatigue) on human performance with procedural tasks
- developing effective, practical, and valid and methods of measuring elements of HSE in real working environments
- TEACHING GOAL:
develop students' knowledge and skill in HSE so they can ultimately:
1) integrate this knowledge into their profession work or
2) become professionals in HSE so, in time, all Human-Machine Interfaces will be designed for optimal usability
- through the use of team and critical thinking assignments, have students develop their ability to accomplish goals with interdisciplinary groups.