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Human Factors Engineering Short Course

July 25, 2011

Forty students from a variety of professional disciplines are taking part in the Michigan Human Factors Engineering Short Course. This intensive course is geared toward professionals who design systems, products, and services to make them easier, safer, and more effective for human use.

The two-week course takes place at the University of Michigan July 25-30 and August 1-5. The popular course attracts engineers, psychologists, medical professionals, managers, and others interested in human factors, ergonomics, and human-computer interaction, or usability.

Paul Green, research professor in UMTRI's Human Factors Group, serves as course program coleader. What makes the program unique, explains Green, is the wide variety of application environments that people bring to the course--from aircraft cockpits, to nuclear power plants, medical environments, motor vehicles, and military settings, to name just a few.

"The hallmark of the class is that it represents the breadth of the human factors profession," says Green. "There's a tremendous cross-section of people who attend. There's nothing else like it."

The unifying theme for all participants is the goal of designing systems and products to make them safe and easy to use. The course features a combination of lectures, workshops, field trips, and small group and hands-on design experience.

See course information.

Photo credit: Michigan Interdisciplinary and Professional Engineering.