Department of Mechanical Engineering
Title: Human Factors (MS, PhD)
Granted last 3 years: MS 8
Distance learning available: no
HFES student chapter: yes
Program: Engineering and research oriented, with emphasis on medical product and interface design, complex human-machine systems. Design or design research dissertation.
Contact: Caroline Cao, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02115; 617/627-3239; firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.tufts.edu/as/stu-org/hfes.
Catalog: (free) Graduate Application Office, 120 Packard Ave., Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155; http://www.tufts.edu/as/stu-org/hfes/.
Deadlines: October 15 (spring), February 15 (fall)
GPA: MS 3.5
Other: undergraduate degree in engineering or computer science, PhD students must be engineering undergraduates
Work experience: medium
Students applying last year: 5
TUITION AND FEES:
% receiving: 100
Amount: tuition remission + stipend (minimum $1556/month)
Available: fellowship, TA, RA, scholarship, plus tuition exempt
Apply: with application
MS: 10 units including 8 courses, seminar attendance, proposal, research (2 units), and oral defense of thesis; no languages or practical experience required, maximum 5 years
Nonthesis option: no
PhD: 20 units including 5 courses, seminar attendance, oral qualifying exam, 2 seminars, research, and oral defense of dissertation; no languages or practical experience, maximum 7 years
MS required courses (programs and courses are ordinarily determined after interview with student): HF in Product Design, Human-Machine System Design, Research & Analytical Methods in HF, Advanced Probability and Statistics I & II, User Interface Design
PhD: courses determined by background and dissertation topic, with breadth in 2 subdisciplines and mathematical preparation
Required courses outside department: 4
Recommended courses outside department: 0
Offered: summer (infrequently)
Class size: less than 10
Research facilities: Software, hardware, computational labs, machine shops.
Teaching: TA/RA sometimes available. Human factors courses.
Current research: HF in medical systems with focus on endoscopic applications, spatial visualization and control in remote environments, information visualization, decision making in the OR.
Active: 1 man, 6 women
First-year students: 1
Mean scores: MS: GRE n/a, GPA 4.0
Caroline Cao, PhD 2002, U Toronto; mechanical and industrial engineering, HF
[Updated Winter 2007]