3 Things to know about Human Factors Engineering: Starting with what the heck is it?

Most of the time when I tell people I’m studying Human Factors Engineering, I get a blank stare or an “oh, so you mean the human side of engineering!” I respond with “Kind of!” and launch into my elevator pitch on what Human Factors Engineering (HFE) is…

“It was formerly called Engineering Psychology,” I say, “It’s actually synonymous with the term ergonomics. We often only think about physical ergonomics-take for example that chair. Someone designed it, chose who fit in it, who didn’t…