Human Factors in Aviation
Florida Tech is involved in a 10-year partnership with the FAA to enhance general aviation in many aspects. Katie, an Aviation Human Factors graduate student, explains what it is and how Florida Tech students can benefit from it in her Florida Tech blog!
Blog: Aviation Human Factors
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MASTER OF SCIENCE - AVIATION HUMAN FACTORS
Aviation human factors is the science behind the human element of aviation and how humans interface with machines. Students of human factors look at the psychological, social, biological and safety characteristics of a user and the system in which they work. Aligned with the concepts of human centered design and engineering, experts in the field strive to understand the human interaction with aviation technology so they can improve the complex nature of the environment and its user's experience.
Professors Dedicated To The Field
The College of Aeronautics' faculty is comprised of professors who are not only experienced commercial, private and military pilots but also recognized thought-leaders in aviation and aeronautics. They have authored textbooks on aviation safety and published considerable research in aviation human factors with topics including human factors analysis and classification, G-Force induced loss of consciousness, haptic feedback in aviation systems and aviation accident investigation. Dedicated researchers themselves, Florida Tech's faculty are actively involved in supporting their students' passion for discovery.
Varied Research Programs
Florida Tech gives students extensive opportunities for research and field-study: it is at the core of every degree at Florida Tech, giving students real-world, hands-on experience. The university's expertise in science and aeronautics provides students with a wide variety of advanced tools and facilities for research. This includes wind tunnels and air quality monitoring systems, high-tech modeling software programs and other technology from our colleges of science and engineering.
Focused Training and Research Centers
The Center for Aviation Human Factors provides modern flight simulators and advanced statistics software that lets students dig deeper into complex aviation data sets to uncover the meaningful trends inside. The Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research houses more than 50 aircraft equipped with cutting-edge technology that are available for students looking to go beyond simulations and labs. The Center of Excellence for General Aviation, along with the Center for Excellence in Commercial Space Transportation, provides Florida Tech with research funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for studies in aviation human factors and other topics.
Improving human-machine interaction is paramount in reducing airline accidents. Graduates are in great demand by private airline, airport and aviation organizations. As a consultant, graduates guide these organizations in designing better technology and systems utilizing data from study in human factors. Government agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board also seek aviation human factors graduates to aid in creating and fine-tuning new systems and legislation to improve aviation safety.