The Department of Human Factors helps students understand the interactions of humans and the other elements of a system. Embry-Riddle is the only university in the U.S. — and possibly the world — offering a bachelor's, a master's, and a Ph.D. degree program in Human Factors.
The department’s primary focus is on Human Factors, followed by Ergonomics, so the main emphasis is on psychology, not machinery. Students study fascinating interdisciplinary topics like Psychology, Aerospace Life Sciences, Ergonomics, and Human-Computer Interaction. The programs emphasize applications almost from the first day.
Students get to participate in ongoing research in these interesting and important areas: Aviation Human Factors; Gaming and Human Factors; Medical Human Factors; and Aerospace Physiology.
Aviation Human Factors deals with the relationship between people and avionics, aircraft, and equipment. Aerospace Physiology focuses on the discovery, prevention, and management of adverse physiological responses to the hostile aerospace environment. Led by coordinator Dr. Albert Boquet, the curriculum provides students interested in pursuing allied and public health professions a particular focus on aviation and aeronautics.
Gaming and Human Factors researchers are working on game-based projects, studying how to design games to be used for education purposes that will appeal to gamers from the point of view of human factors and performance. Others are studying the area of gaming and ethics.
One of the newest areas deals with Medical Human Factors, where one of the largest groups of Ph.D. students in the country is researching human factors in heart surgery, labor and delivery, trauma care, and similar topics.
Students have access to flight simulators, computers and related technology, and every game imaginable. However, an eclectic faculty — neuroscientists, industrial engineers, research and experimental psychologists, and clinical psychologists — work with undergraduate and graduate students in the full spectrum of related activities.
* Information about this combined bachelor's-to-master's degree program is on the B.S. in Human Factors Psychology page
To learn more or to schedule an appointment to speak with a faculty member, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email DaytonaBeach@erau.edu.