Human Factors

Many of the Human Factors research collaborations have been with Drs. S. Camille Peres and Ranjana K. Mehta with Texas A&M’s department of Environmental and Occupational Health and faculty with the Industrial and System Engineering and focus on:

  • methods for facilitating worker comprehension and adherence to procedures
  • fatigue assessment in the energy and petrochemical industries
  • assessments of risks regarding human factors in offshore environments.

What is Human Factors (or Ergonomics)[adapted from hfes.org]?

Human Factors (or Ergonomics) is the:

  • scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system
  • the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

Human Factors scientists and professionals contribute to the design and evaluation of tasks, jobs, products, environments and systems in order to make them compatible with the needs, abilities, and limitations of people. This results in human performance that is more effective, effecient, pleasant, and safer.