2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineering Minor

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

342 Bell Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-2050
716-645-2357
716-645-3302
www.ise.buffalo.edu
Victor Paquet
Chair
Lora Cavuoto
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Why study Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineering Minor at UB?

With the advent of more advanced, intelligent technologies, more and more engineered systems require complex human-technology interaction and/or require an understanding of how people interact with systems to be considered during the system design process. Having the depth of coursework associated with this minor, as well as a formal credential in this area, will enhance our graduates' knowledge of human factors and ergonomics and their ability to obtain employment in related fields.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and describe current theories, methods, and design principles related to human factors and ergonomics.
  2. Identify, formulate, and solve problems in the areas of human factors and ergonomics.
  3. Apply appropriate theories and methods to analyze and design human-technology systems which are safe and effective for people to use and operate.
  4. Communicate effectively about human factors and ergonomics engineering problem solutions, and system designs.

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers nine engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering.

Students may pursue minors in computer science, electrical engineering, human factors engineering, manufacturing, operations research, quality engineering, and robotics, as well as a certificate in data-intensive computing.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Halls.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

The ISE department has two teaching laboratories which allow students to obtain relevant experiences in analysis and design of modern work systems and processes, and collaborative use of current ISE software tools: (1) Work Systems Simulation Laboratory (427/428 Bell Hall), which supports a number of current manufacturing and healthcare equipment such as work simulation, patient care/health systems tasks, light manufacturing cells, robotic assembly, quality inspection, 3D printing, and digital and additive manufacturing. (2) Collaborative Learning Laboratory (216 Bell Hall), which contains space for computer supported group work.

About Our Faculty

In surveys of our graduating seniors, interactions with faculty are consistently cited as one of the best aspects of the department. Undergraduate IE students at UB have access to award-winning faculty who maintain high standards in teaching and research activities in diverse expertise areas (Human Factors, Operations Research, and Production Systems). The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has 21 full-time faculty, and other affiliated or adjunct faculty, all holding Ph.D. degrees. Adjunct faculty and teaching assistants teach about 2 courses per year. Teaching assistants also assist in grading and leading recitation sessions. Class sizes in IE are small (often less than 40 students) insuring personal connections between students and faculty. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, our faculty regularly engage undergraduate students in ongoing engineering research.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Career Choices:

  • Ergonomist
  • Facilities designer
  • Human-computer interface designer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Logistics analyst
  • Manufacturing or operations manager
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Operations analyst
  • Process engineer
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Safety engineer
  • Space planner

Work settings include:

Manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, banking/finance, social services, construction, facilities design, government, military, and educational systems.

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment?

A survey of our alumni indicated that 100% of those responding have had, or currently hold, positions related to industrial engineering.

Salary Information

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for industrial engineers was $81,490 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $52,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $123,400.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study.

For departmental faculty advising, contact the ISE Department.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education

410 Bonner Hall

North Campus

Buffalo, NY 14260-1900

Phone: 716-645-2774

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences website

The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Lora Cavuoto, or Academic Coordinator, Ann Mangan, can answer questions about the programs.

Published: August 16, 2018 09:19:32 AM