Human Factors and Ergonomics

Degree Concentration for MS, Industrial Engineering

Human factors and ergonomics applies industrial engineering, physiology, psychology, and computer science to the design of working and living environments with explicit consideration of the physical and mental characteristics of users.

photo of two graduate students working in an ISE lab on workplace safety research.

ISE students can complete MS research in areas such as human-automation interaction, interaction design, mathematical modeling of human performance, human reliability, industrial safety, workplace design, cognitive engineering, and biomechanics. 

Sponsored human factors engineering research is funded by such agencies as the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institutes of Health, as well as national and local corporations. Our research domains extend from aviation to manufacturing and the service industries.

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at UB has a 50-year history of quality education and research in the area of human factors. Our program is one of the few graduate programs offered within an engineering school to be accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 

Our interdisciplinary work not only solves applied problems, but also enriches our research base. We have an active student body, as evidenced by our award-winning student chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Our alumni regularly take human factors positions in academic institutions, federal laboratories, and national corporations.

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