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North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Location:   Greensboro, North Carolina

Department:   Industrial Engineering


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PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program:

Human-Machine Systems Engineering (MS, PhD)

Year human factors/ergonomics
program was established:

1969

Accredited by HFES?

No

Contact person for more information, including applications:

Celestine A. Ntuen
NC A&T State University
Department of Industrial Engineering
Greensboro, NC 27411
336/334-7780
fax 336/334-7729
domsimon@nmsu.edu

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North Carolina A&T State University
419 McNair Hall, Department of Industrial Engineering
Greensboro, NC 27411

Academic calendar:

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered:

MS and PhD

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the programs:

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.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years:

MS 7

Can students attend part-time?

Yes

Are classes offered at night?

Yes

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

No


APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadlines:

December 1 (spring)
July 1 (fall) for financial support

Application Fees:

$25


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum 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.

Importance of other criteria as admission factors:

  • Research: medium
  • Letters: high
  • Interview: low

Tuition and fees

Resident: $1,179/semester
Nonresident: $5,213/semester


ADMISSIONS

Number of students applying to the human factors/ergonomics program last year:

8

Number of students accepted into the program last year:

6

Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years:

10


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance:

100%

Amount received per year (minimum – typical – maximum):

$5,000 – $10,000 – $12,000

Types of assistance available:

Fellowship, TA, RA, (none tuition exempt)

When should students apply for financial assistance?

After acceptance into program


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degree offered:

MS and PhD

Number of units required:

MS: 30
PhD: 75 beyond bachelors including research

Exams required:

PhD: qualifying exam, preliminary exam, dissertation defense

Language requirements:

None

Research required:

None

Practical experience required:

None

Typical number of years required to obtain degree:

MS: 2


CURRICULUM

Required Courses (units):

Human-Machine Systems (3), Information Systems (3), Human-Machine Interaction (3), Experimental Design (3)

Electives:

Cognitive Systems Engineering (3)

Number of courses outside department that are required:

0

Number of courses outside department that are recommended:

2

Average or typical class size in a required course:

10


RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program:
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 opportunities available to students in the program:
None.


STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program, by gender:

6 men, 5 women

Current number of first-year students in program:

4

Based on current graduate students in the program, the mean score on admission tests and undergraduate GPA by degree being sought are:

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)