What is Industrial and Human Factors Engineering?

Human factors is a body of information about human abilities, human limitations, and other human characteristics that are relevant to design. Industrial and Human Factors Engineering (IHE) is the application of human factors information to the design of tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs, and environments for safe, comfortable and effective human use. Students will study relevant characteristics of human beings to be able to successfully design systems that integrate humans and machines or tools. Some specialized areas of study include human computer interaction (HCI), ergonomics, safety, usability engineering, human perception, human cognition, neuroengineering, and engineering psychology.

Why WSU's Industrial and Human Factors Engineering Program?

The BIE Department offers both a Master of Science Degree and Doctoral focus area in IHE. The Masters program has a non-thesis alternative in addition to the traditional thesis option. The department offers two main tracks of courses: Human Computer Interaction and Systems Modeling and Human Factors Ergonomic Engineering. Both tracks offer hands-on courses in state-of-the-art research facilities.

Career Opportunities

There are vast career opportunities for a human factors engineer including prospects in the various government agencies, industrial research and development, and consulting firms.

Entrance Requirements:

GPA of at least 2.7 in undergraduate course work.

GRE score of at least 150 Quantitative and at least 142 Verbal for applicants (1) whose undergraduate degree is not in engineering or (2) whose undergraduate degree is not from and ABET-accredited engineering program.  

Additional pre-requisite course work may be required if your undergraduate degree is not in engineering.

Letters of recommendation are recommended but not required.

Master Course-Option Focus Areas

Ergonomic Engineering - Faculty Advisors: Dr. Caroline Cao, Dr. Chandler Phillips

Human Systems Integration - Faculty Advisors: Dr. Caroline Cao, Dr. Mary Fendley, Dr. Subhashini Ganapathy

Logistics and Supply Chain - Faculty Advisors: Dr. Frank Ciarallo, Dr. Pratik Parikh, Dr. Xinhui Zhang

Systems Modeling - Faculty Advisors: Dr. Frank Ciarallo, Dr. Mary Fendley, Dr. Subhashini Ganapathy, Dr. Pratik Parikh, Dr. Xinhui Zhang

Neuroengineering - Faculty Advisors: Dr. Mary Fendley, Dr. Subhashini Ganapathy, Dr. Chandler Phillips

 

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 30 semester hours
  • Minimum 15 hours of 7000 level or above from BIE Department
  • Maximum 8 hours thesis
  • BME or IHE 6010 - Ethics in Engineering Research & Practice
  • Minimum 18 hours of program specific courses
  • Minimum 6 hours of BIE Department approved courses with a mathematics or statistics content

Preapproved courses

  • BME 7110 (3) Biomedical Signals
  • EGR 7050 (3) Design & Analysis of Egr Experiments
  • IHE 6120 (3) Probability for Engineers
  • IHE 6130 (3) Statistics for Engineers
  • IHE 7300 (3) Research Methods in HFE
  • IHE 7711 (3) Integer Optimization and Heuristics