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Blog: Aviation Human Factors

Aviation Human Factors at Florida Tech

Katie Ried is currently obtaining her Master's in Aviation Human Factors at Florida Tech.

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Master of Science - Human Factors in Aeronautics Online

Human factors in aeronautics is the science behind the human element of aviation and how humans interface with machines. The study of human factors involves the psychological, social, biological and safety characteristics of a user and the system in which they work. Experts in the field of human factors work to understand the human interaction with aviation technology so they can improve the complex nature of the environment and its user's experience.

Florida Tech's online human factors in aeronautics learning program is highly interactive and brings students and faculty together through discussion boards and live chat sessions with peers and professors for a sense of academic closeness that is sometimes missing in other online programs, or even in traditional classroom settings.

Dedicated, Experienced Professors

The College of Aeronautics' faculty are not only experienced commercial, private and military pilots but also recognized leaders in aviation and aeronautics, published authors of aviation safety textbooks and research articles on topics ranging from human factors in aeronautics, analysis and classification, to 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

Students have extensive opportunity for research and field study at Florida Tech. The cornerstone of every degree program, research gives students real-world, hands-on experience. The university's expertise in science and aeronautics helps students fully explore the many facets of human factors in aeronautics through a capstone course at the end of their second year. Research funding from the FAA Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) provides funding to professors and students to study selected aviation topics.

Interdisciplinary Careers

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 in aeronautics. 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.