Human factors engineering is the discipline of applying known human capabilities and limitations to the design of products, processes, systems, and work environments.
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Research in the field of human factors has a significant impact on our day-by-day life. Its application to system design improves ease of use, system performance and reliability, and user satisfaction while reducing operational errors, operator stress, training requirements, user fatigue, and product liability. Human factors engineering is distinctive in being the only discipline that relates humans to technology.
Students may pursue a PhD after completion of the master's degree
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Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real-world engineering challenges. The cooperative education program, also known as co-op, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a co-op program for graduate students. Through this program, students gain professional industry experience in their field of interest as part of the academic curriculum while employed from four to eight months in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial startups.
In 2019, the Graduate School of Engineering placed nearly 1000 students in co-op positions. We have a team that prepares students for the cooperative education experience through resumé building, developing interview skills, and guiding professional development.
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MS in Human Factors Program Director; Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
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