Daytona Beach Campus

Master of Science in Human Factors & Systems

  • OVERVIEW
  • ADVANTAGES
  • REQUIREMENTS
  • CAREERS
  • FACULTY

Overview

The Department of Human Factors and Systems offers graduate instruction leading to the Master of Science degree in Human Factors and Systems with two distinct tracks in Human Factors and in Systems. These programs are designed to meet the highest academic standards, fully preparing students for doctoral-level studies, while, at the same time, preparing students for immediate employment in the real world of cost-sensitive and operationally driven aviation/aerospace environments.

The Human Factors track will develop a graduate with the capacity to design, conduct and apply human factors research in support of the design of simple and complex systems. It will develop a student's ability to work as a human factors professional in aviation and aerospace environments based on their academic preparation and to actively participate in human factors projects at the graduate level. A variety of research, consulting and internship arrangements are included in the program.

This track is based on the scientist-practitioner model of the American Psychological Association (APA) and adheres to guidelines established by the committee for Education and Training of APA's Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology). The program has been designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the Education Committee of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, as well as the International Ergonomics Association.

Students receive education in the content and techniques of human factors, including statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design, survey methods, computer techniques and other research methodologies.

The Systems track provides a systemic focus to the transformation of an operational need into a defined system configuration through the iterative process of functional analysis, synthesis, optimization and design integration.

History indicates a properly coordinated and functioning system which has a minimum of undesirable side effects cannot be achieved unless the system designer is sensitive to operational feasibility during the early stages of system development, and assumes the responsibility for a user-centered life cycle. Therefore, a major focus of the Systems Track is an appreciation of the total life cycle of the system, including design, development, testing, production, operations, sustaining support and disposal.

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Advantages

The program has two tracks: Human Factors or Systems.

Human Factors Track

This is a research-based program, offering a variety of research, consulting and internship opportunities which will prepare you to work as a human factors professional. You will learn the techniques of human factors research, including statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design, survey methods, computer techniques and other methodologies.

The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model of the American Psychological Association.

Systems track

This program will teach you how to take a systematic approach to integrating and applying scientific principles and knowledge to product design. You'll also learn to transform an operational need into a defined system function, through the process of functional analysis, synthesis, optimization and design integration.

A major focus of the Systems track is on the total "life cycle" of the system. The program teaches how issues of reliability, maintainability, logistic support, safety, producibility and economics apply to the design, integration and evaluation of systems.

You will graduate knowing the proper balance between operational, behavioral, economic and logistics factors.

Requirements

View requirements for the M.S. in Human Factors and Systems degree on the Catalog site.

Careers

Many Human Factors students expand their education through co-ops and internships at a wide variety of organizations, including: 

If students pursue internships, they can find a wealth of support and information from our career services office.

Department of Human Factors and Systems

Human Factors and Systems (HFS) can prepare you for an exciting career in human computer interface design, research, ergonomics, and aerospace life sciences.

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Faculty

Albert Boquet Dr. Albert Boquet

Associate Professor

Human Factors & Systems

Dr. Albert Boquet joined the department in August of 2005 and served as Department Chair from 2006 to 2012.

Amy Bradshaw Hoppock Dr. Amy Bradshaw Hoppock

Assistant Professor

Human Factors & Systems

Dr. Amy Bradshaw Hoppock joined the Department in September of 2002. She is our resident clinician and teaches many of our traditional psychology courses. She also supervises independent studies and research practices.

Christina Frederick-Recascino Dr. Christina Frederick-Recascino

Full Professor

Human Factors and Systems

Dr. Christina Frederick-Recascino is an Human Factors and Systems professor at ERAU - Daytona Beach Campus.

Dahai Liu Dr. Dahai Liu

Associate Professor

Human Factors & Systems

Dr. Dahai Liu is an Associate Professor and joined the Department in August of 2002. He is a systems engineer and his research interests include performance measurement theory, UAV control systems, and human and machine behavioral modeling and simulation.

Elizabeth Blickensderfer Dr. Elizabeth Blickensderfer

Associate Professor

Human Factors & Systems

Dr. Elizabeth Blickensderfer's interests include the acquisition and assessment of cognitive skills , training effectiveness, team performance and simulation based training. She is also the Faculty Advisor of our PSI CHI chapter.

Eric Vaden Eric Vaden MS

Associate Professor

Human Factors & Systems

Eric Vaden is the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and has been teaching in the department for more than 10 years. His research interests include training system design, performance measurement and human-computer interaction.

Jason Kring Dr. Jason Kring

Assistant Professor

Human Factors & Systems

Dr. Jason Kring is an Assistant Professor in the Human Factors and Systems Department at Embry Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus.

Jessica Cruit Jessica Cruit MA

Instructor

Human Factors & Systems

Jessica Cruit is an Instructor in the Human Factors & Systems Department at Embry Riddles Daytona Beach Campus.

Jon French Dr. Jon French

Professor

Human Factors & Systems

Dr. Jon French is a Professor, the Human Factors & Systems Department's Director of Research, and Chair of the Aerospace Life Science Steering Committee.

Kelly Neville Dr. Kelly Neville

Associate Professor

Human Factors & Systems

Dr. Kelly Neville is an Associate Professor in the Human Factors & Systems department at Embry Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus.

Shawn Doherty Dr. Shawn Doherty

Associate Professor

Human Factors & Systems

Dr. Shawn Doherty is an Associate Professor in the Human Factors & Systems department at Embry Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus.