LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
Department: Construction Management and Industrial Engineering
 

 

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program

Industrial Engineering with Ergonomics/Human Factors Option (MSIE, PhD) 

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established

1977

Accredited by HFES?

No

Contact person for more information, including applications

Fred Aghazadeh or Graduate Adviser, Louisiana State University, Industrial Engineering Department, 3128 CEBA Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6409
225/578-5112; aghazadeh@lsu.edu

Catalog ($3)

Office of Student Records and Registration, Louisiana State University, 112 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Web site

http://www.cmie.lsu.edu

Academic calendar

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered

MSIE and PhD

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

Human factors engineering is one of the areas of concentration within industrial engineering. Other areas include operations research, maintenance and reliability/quality control, and manufacturing systems. The Human Factors Option emphasizes ergonomics in work design, work physiology, biomechanics, industrial hygiene, and systems safety management. 

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years

10

Can students attend part-time?

Yes

Are required courses offered during summer?

Yes

Are required courses offered through distance learning?

No

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

Yes


 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadlines

May 15 (fall), October 15 (spring), May 15 (summer)

Application fee

$25


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

GPA: 2.7

GRE: 1000 v + q

Other: Applicants with degrees other than IE are required to take leveling courses.Applicants with degrees other than IE are required to take leveling courses.

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: medium 

Work experience: medium 

Letters: medium 

Interview: low

Tuition and fees

Resident: $2,200/semester

Nonresident: $6,400/semester


 

ADMISSIONS

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

100

Number of students accepted into the program last year

50

Number of students entering the program last year

10

Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years

20


 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance

50%

Amount received per year

$10,800 for half-time  

Types of assistance available

Fellowships, TA, RA, scholarship (all tuition exempt) 

When should students apply for financial assistance?

With application


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degrees offered

MSIE and PhD

Number of units required

MSIE: 24

PhD: 54 plus dissertation

Exams required

MSIE:  thesis defense

PhD: qualifying and general defense exams

Language requirements

None

Research required

MSIE: research required for thesis option

PhD: research required

Practical experience required

None

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

MS: 1.5

PhD: 2.5 years beyond MS

Is there a non-thesis option?

Yes


 

CURRICULUM

Required courses (units)

Ergonomics in Work Design (3), Statistics (3), Operations Research (3), Simulation (3), Production Systems (3). (For each student, the Thesis Committee determines which courses are required and which are electives.) 

Number of courses outside department that are required

None for MS

Number of courses outside department that are recommended

5

Average or typical class size in a required course

12


 

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 

The Human Factors Lab houses a wide spectrum of equipment for use in work analysis, human performance measurement, human-computer interaction, and evaluation of the environment. A bicycle ergometer, treadmill, dynamic and static strength measuring device, oxygen consumption apparatus, anthropometer, reaction timer, and other such items are included in the lab. Apparatus for biomedical recordings of EKG, EEG, EMG, heart rate, and ventilation and respiration rates are also available. This lab is supported by updated PCs. The Industrial Hygiene Lab is equipped for research and instruction in the evaluation and control of industrial environment, including noise pollution, industrial illumination, thermal stresses, air sampling, and industrial ventilation. 

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
Fifteen graduate teaching assistantships are offered per year. These assistants teach courses in engineering graphics, FORTRAN programming, and manufacturing processes labs.


 

STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program, by gender

50 men, 5 women

Current number of first-year students
in program

20

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

GRE 1200, GPA 3.2


 

FACULTY

Fereydoun Aghazadeh, PhD 1983, Texas Tech U.; ergonomics, human factors engineering, biomechanics, human-computer systems, occupational safety and health

Gerald M. Knapp, PhD 1992, U. Iowa; maintenance, computer-aided manufacturing, artificial intelligence, process control

T. Warren Liao, PhD 1990, Purdue U.; manufacturing processes and systems, automation, computer applications in manufacturing, time series analysis, optimization

Lawrence Mann, Jr., PhD 1965, Purdue U.; maintenance management, industrial and labor relations, work measurement

Thomas G. Ray, PhD 1971, Mississippi State U.; engineering economy, operations research, quality control, management of information systems

Bhaba R. Sarker, PhD 1990, Texas A&M U.; mass production and flexible manufacturing systems, automation and material handling, JIT in manufacturing, operations research

Dennis B. Webster, PhD 1969, Purdue U.; production systems design, cellular organization, material handling, operations planning and control

[Updated Winter 2007]