NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Department: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
 

 

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program

Industrial Engineering with courses in Human Factors; Computer Systems Engineering with courses in Human-Machine Systems (MS, PhD) 

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established

1985

Accredited by HFES?

No

Contact person for more information, including applications

Yingzi Lin, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University, 334 Snell Engineering Ctr., 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
617/373-8610; ylin@coe.neu.edu

Catalog (free)

Graduate Admissions Office, Northeastern University, 130 Snell Engineering Ctr., 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115; 617/373-2711, grad-eng@coe.neu.edu

Web site

http://www.mie.neu.edu

Academic calendar

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered

MS and PhD

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

Interdisciplinary study in human factors engineering and human-machine systems available to graduate students in industrial engineering and computer systems engineering at MS and PhD levels. Areas of study available include human performance in virtual environments, training, and human-machine interactions. 

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years

MS 7, PhD 1

Can students attend part-time?

Yes

Are required courses offered at night? 

Yes

Are required courses offered during summer?

Yes

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

No


 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadlines

Full-time: February 15; part-time: August 15 (fall); December 1 (winter); March 1 (spring), June 1 (summer) 

Application fee

$50


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

GPA: 3.0 or greater preferred 

GRE: required only for international students

Other: BS in engineering or a closely related field

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: low

Work experience: low 

Letters: high 

Interview: low

Tuition and fees

Resident and nonresident: $575/semester credit hour


 

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

Unlimited


 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance

80%

Amount received per year (minimum – typical – maximum)

$15,720 – $18,720 – $22,080

Types of assistance available

Fellowships, TA, RA (all tuition exempt)

When should students apply for financial assistance?

With application


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degrees offered

MS and PhD

Number of units required

MS: 32

PhD: Variable

Exams required

MS: none

PhD: qualifying exam, doctoral defense, doctoral dissertation

Language requirements

None

Research required

MS: thesis/research project

PhD: doctoral dissertation

Practical experience required

None

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

MS: 1.5–2

PhD: 4–5

Is there a non-thesis option?

No


 

CURRICULUM

Required courses (units)

Human Factors Engineering (4), Human-Computer Interaction (2), Engineering/
Organizational Psychology (4)

Number of courses outside department that are required

0

Number of courses outside department that are recommended

Up to 2 for MS; for PhD, number varies according to individual student requirements

Average or typical class size in a required course

6–30 (refers to required courses for all industrial engineering graduate courses)


 

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 

Human Factors and Reliability Laboratory supports studies in learning and perception. Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning and Computer Laboratories support applications and developments in human-factors-oriented simulation and expert systems software. A Virtual Environments Laboratory and a Robotics/Manufacturing Laboratory are also available.

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
MS students may serve as teaching assistants or laboratory assistants, whereas a PhD student may be responsible for one undergraduate class offering.

Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students:
Simulation systems for human factors design of manufacturing systems; expert systems tools for work space design; job design in advanced manufacturing systems; human factors in the design process; human-computer interface and computer-supported cooperative work; virtual reality; creation of virtual reality models and virtual reality driving simulators.


 

STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program, by gender

4 men, 5 women

Current number of first-year students in program

3

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

Sagar Kamarthi, PhD 1995, Pennsylvania State U.; knowledge-based systems in design and manufacturing

Yingzi Lin, PhD 2003, U. Saskatchewan; human machine system integration and evaluation, adaptive intelligent human machine interface design 

Ronald Mourant, PhD 1971, Ohio State U.; human factors, human-machine interactions in virtual environments