UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Coral Gables, Florida
Department of Industrial Engineering
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Title: PhD Ergonomics, PhD Industrial Engineering with 4 specialized ergonomics courses, MS Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, MS Industrial Engineering with 3 specialized ergonomics courses, MS Environmental Health and Safety
Granted last 3 years: n/a
HFES student chapter: no
Program: Involves multidisciplinary subjects, including engineering psychology, management science, statistics, health science, and computers.
Contact: Shihab S. Asfour, Professor & Chairman, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, U. of Miami, P.O. Box 248294, Coral Gables, FL 33124-0623; 305/284-2344, fax 305/284-4040
Catalog: ($2) Graduate Admissions Office, U. of Miami, PO Box 248125, Coral Gables, FL 33124
GRE: 1000 v + q
Other: TOEFL for foreign students. PhD Ergonomics: background in science, psychology, statistics, engineering. PhD Industrial Engineering: engineering background. MS Occupational Ergonomics and Safety: background in science, psychology, statistics, engineering. MS Industrial Engineering: engineering background. MS Environmental Health and Safety: background in science, psychology, statistics, engineering, or related fields.
Work experience: high
Students applying last year: n/a
TUITION AND FEES:
% receiving: n/a
Available: fellowship, TA, RA (NIOSH-sponsored traineeships), scholarship, all tuition exempt
Apply: with application
MS OES: 36 units, comprehensive exam, practical experience, no languages or research, 1 1/2 to 2 years
MS IEN and MS EHS: 36 units nonthesis option, 30 units thesis option, comprehensive exam, research, no languages or practical experience required, 1 1/2 to 2 years
PhD Ergonomics: 30 credits beyond MS, qualifying exam, research and practical experience required, no languages, 4 years
PhD IE: 30 credits beyond MS, preliminary and qualifying exams, research, no languages or practical experience, 4 years
Contact university for program.
Offered: night, summer
Class size: 5-30
Research facilities: The Ergonomics Research Lab is well equipped and allows research and training studies with human participants. The lab contains several microcomputers and can support a wide range of research in work physiology, biomechanics, anthropometry, strength measurements, psychomotor and closed-loop human-machine systems, motion studies, biological signal recording and analysis, environmental stresses, and all aspects of HF research. The Biomechanics Research Laboratory is equipped with the Vicon 512, which is the state-of-the-art human motion capturing system. It consists of eight high speed cameras each of which is capable of capturing up to 250 frames per second with an outstanding resolution of 1000 x 1000 pixels. The Vicon System is integrated and synchronized with: a ground force plate and an instrumented treadmill from Kistler, the most technologically advanced telemetered EMG system from Noraxon, and 4 normal video cameras from Sony. This setup is controlled by one start/stop button, which allows fully synchronized data capturing. In the HF and Aging Research Lab, students study human factors and aging with particular attention to the occupational and home environments. Extensive research is also conducted in the Ergonomics and Bioengineering Division of the Comprehensive Pain and Rehabilitation Center. Hospital and lab facilities are available to conduct research and application pertaining to the problem of low back pain and musculoskeletal injuries.
Teaching: TAs assist faculty in class instruction, grading, lab demonstrations, etc. Qualified advanced grad students may be given independent teaching assignments in various undergraduate-level courses.
Current research: NIH/NIA Miami Center on Human Factors and Aging Research, NIOSH Occupational Safety and Health Training Grant, gait biomechanics and baseball pitching biomechanics, sports injuries.
First-year students: n/a
Mean scores: n/a
Elsayed Abdel-Moty, PhD 1988, U Miami; rehabilitation, ergonomics
Shihab S. Asfour, PhD 1980, Texas Tech U; work physiology, applied ergonomics, safety, biomechanics, manufacturing processes
Sara Czaja, PhD 1980, SUNY Buffalo; aging, human-computer interaction, human factors
Mohamed Fahmy, PhD 1993, U Miami; finite element modeling, biomechanics
Vincent Omachonu, PhD 1987, Polytechnic Inst. of New York; health care/service sector quality and productivity management, production systems, facility location and layout
Joseph Sharit, PhD 1984; human and systems reliability, human factors in aging