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NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY
Greensboro, North Carolina
Department of Industrial Engineering

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BACKGROUND:
Title: Human-Machine Systems Engineering (MS, PhD)
Est: 1990
Granted last 3 years: MS 7
Part-time: yes
HFES student chapter: yes
Program: Human-machine systems engineering is concerned with the analysis of knowledge about people and machines as they interact in real-world situations. Research activities in the Human-Machine Systems Engineering Laboratory include the development of models to characterize the human operator interacting with complex systems, such as modern aircraft and manufacturing systems, human-machine interaction, quantitative human factors model, cognitive ergonomics, human reliability and safety, decision aiding, intelligent supervisory control (including monitoring, diagnosis, and maintenance), and cognitive systems engineering. The program option emphasizes cognitive human factors. Good opportunity exists for interdisciplinary cooperation among the faculty in Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Mathematics Departments.
Contact: Celestine A. Ntuen, NC A&T State University, Department of Industrial Engineering, Greensboro, NC 27411; 336/334-7780, fax 336/334-7729; ntuen@ncat.edu
Catalog: (free) North Carolina A&T State University, 419 McNair Hall, Department of Industrial Engineering, Greensboro, NC 27411

APPLICATION:
Deadlines: 12/1 spring, 7/1 fall for financial support
Fee: $25

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
GPA: 3.0
GRE: yes
Other: TOEFL for foreign students; GRE recommended. Undergraduate major in engineering or in the physical, biological, or behavioral sciences with a good foundation in calculus and statistics. Some makeup in basic engineering courses may be required for nonengineering students.
Research: medium
Work experience: medium
Letters: high
Interview: low

ADMISSIONS:
Students applying last year: 8
Accepted: 6
Openings/year: 10

TUITION AND FEES:
Resident: $1179/semester
Nonresident: $5213/semester

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
% receiving: 100
Amount: $5000/$10000/$12000
Available: fellowships, TA, RA (none tuition exempt)
Apply: after acceptance into program

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:
MS: 30 units, thesis defense exam, research required, no languages or practical experience required, 2 years
Nonthesis option: yes
PhD: 75 units beyond bachelors including research, qualifying exam, preliminary exam, dissertation defense

CURRICULUM:
Required courses (units): Human-Machine Systems (3), Information Systems (3), Human-Machine Interaction (3), Experimental Design (3)
Electives: Cognitive Systems Engineering (3)
Required courses outside department: 0
Recommended courses outside department: 2
Offered: night
Class size: 10

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES:
Research facilities: Laboratory facilities include 1100 square feet in the Ergonomics Lab and 1600 square feet in the Human-Machine Systems Engineering Lab. Equipment in the Ergonomics Lab includes physiological monitoring and human performance measurement equipment; human strength-recording devices; six-channel datagraph for measuring heart rate, EMG, EKG, EEG, etc.; learning and motor skills evaluation devices; sensory and perception, reaction time, timing, programming, and biofeedback devices. The Human-Machine Systems Engineering Lab includes an audiometric chamber, computer monitoring station, ISCAN eye tracking equipment, virtual reality simulator, and a physical flight simulator.
Teaching: n/a

STUDENT STATISTICS:
Active: 6 men, 5 women
First-year students: 4
Mean scores: n/a

FACULTY:
Celestine A. Ntuen, PhD 1984, West Virginia U; industrial engineering (systems simulation)
Daniel N. Mountjoy, PhD 2001, North Carolina State U; industrial engineering (visual display design)