KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Department: Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
 

 

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program

Industrial Engineering with Specialized HF Courses (MSIE, PhD)

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established

1964

Accredited by HFES?

No

Contact person for more information, including applications

Margaret J. Rys, Kansas State University, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, 215 Durland Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-5101
913/532-3733; malrys@ksu.edu 

Catalog ($6)

KSU Union Bookstore, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

Web site

http://www.imse.ksu.edu

Academic calendar

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered

MSIE and PhD

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

Option in the IMSE program. Students with undergraduate degrees in some field of engineering take a variety of other IE courses, as the emphasis is on training industrial engineers with a specialty in ergonomics rather than just knowledge of ergonomics.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years

MSIE 6, PhD 1

Can students attend part-time?

Yes

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

No


 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadlines

March 1 (fall), June 1 (spring)

Application fee

$25 for international applicants


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

GPA: 3.5

GRE: 725 q

Other: TOEFL for foreign students, degree in engineeringTOEFL for foreign students, degree in engineering

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: low 

Work experience: medium 

Letters: high 

Interview: low

Tuition and fees

Resident: $113.40/credit hour plus $14/credit hour engineering fee and $251 campus privilege fee

Nonresident: $357.75/credit hour (plus fees)


 

ADMISSIONS

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

N/A

Number of students accepted into the program last year

N/A

Number of students entering the program last year

N/A

Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years

5


 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance

90%

Amount received per year

$1,200

Types of assistance available

TA, RA

When should students apply for financial assistance?

With application


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degrees offered

MSIE and PhD

Number of units required

MSIE: 30 units for thesis, 32 for report

PhD: 90

Exams required

MSIE: none

PhD: preliminary exams, oral defense of dissertation

Language requirements

None

Research required

MSIE: recommended

PhD: dissertation research required

Practical experience required

MSIE: none

PhD: recommended

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

MSIE: 2

PhD: 3 beyond MS

Is there a non-thesis option?

Yes


 

CURRICULUM

Required courses (units)

Industrial Ergonomics (3), Occupational Safety (3), Work Environments (3), Engineering Administration (3), Statistical Methods (4)

Number of courses outside department that are required

1

Number of courses outside department that are recommended

3

Average or typical class size in a required course

10


 

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 

Specialized facilities in illumination and office workstations; specialized facilities in heat stress (Institute for Environmental Research).

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
PhD students will teach at least one course as part of their training (and assistantship). MS students generally get no teaching experience.

Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students:
Investigate and test in the field the human factors and safety aspects of center-of-lane and center line rumble strips on two-lane rural highways without shoulders; study alternative ways of marking narrow bridges and culverts on low-volume rural roadways; study the safety and effectiveness of roundabouts; study the influence of sitting, standing, and sit/standing on comfort and fatigue; study the effects of automatic tilting chair on the lower back.


 

STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program, by gender

4 men, 1 woman

Current number of first-year students
in program

3


 

FACULTY

Margaret J. Rys, PhD 1989, Kansas State U.; human factors in transportation, industrial ergonomics