IE 507, Human-Centered Design Graduate Seminar

Spring Term 2019

Course Information

The purpose of the Human-Centered Design Graduate (HCD) Seminar is to bring together graduate students and faculty from around the University whose research is related to HCD, whether it be in discovering human characteristics and capabilities, understanding human interaction with the built environment, or designing systems and environments to enhance human performance, safety, comfort, and pleasure. The seminar will consist of a series of presentations by OSU faculty, advanced HCD graduate students, and HCD professionals, to give an overview of the field and of opportunities for study, research, and practice.

1 credit (1 hour seminar per week)

Meeting Time and Location

Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM in BAT 250

Instructor: Dr. Ken Funk

Phone: 541-737-2357
Office: Rogers 212
Office Hours:
Mon 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Wed 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Fri 9:00 - 10:00 AM
or when the door is open, or by appointment

Course Activities

In the Seminar, Human-Centered Design faculty and advanced graduate students will present their research and describe their laboratories and courses.


The only requirement to pass this course is to attend all meetings; one unexcused absence is permitted, without penalty.

Disabilities Information

Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined and approved by Disability Access Services (DAS). If you, as a student, believe you are eligible for accommodations but have not obtained approval please contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098 or at DAS notifies students and faculty members of approved academic accommodations and coordinates implementation of those accommodations. While not required, students and faculty members are encouraged to discuss details of the implementation of individual accommodations. [Updated 28 April 2016.]

Academic Honesty

It is the expectation of the instructor that any work you submit for this course is the product of your own abilities and efforts with respect to that work. You are free to discuss it with anyone, including other members of the class, and to consult any other honorable sources, but what you submit must represent your own thoughts and be in your own words, except in those parts of the work where you credit the original sources by proper citation. You are also subject to OSU's CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT, especially section 4.2, which defines and prohibits specific classes of academic misconduct. Any evidence that any of these expectations have not been met will prompt an inquiry, and if the findings support the conclusion that they have not, an academic misconduct report will be filed.


Subject to change.



Week 1: Fri 5 April Seminar Introduction and Overview
Week 2: Fri 12 April Mr. Saher Bishara, Senior Principal Human Factors & Usability Engineer, Medtronics Diabetes
"What's next and What to expect after Graduation: Human Factors and Usability Engineering Industries and Opportunities"
Week 3: Fri 19 April Dr. Kevin Lyons, Professor, OSU Forest Engineering
"High risk occupations: What is the question to ask and what are the challenges with data analysis?"
Week 4: Fri 26 April Dr. David Hurwitz, Associate Professor, OSU Civil and Construction Engineering, Transportation Engineering
"Promoting Safer Intersections and Roadways Through the Evaluation of Protected/Permitted Right Turns and Quieter Shoulder Rumble Strips in Oregon"
Week 5: Fri 3 May Dr. John Gambatese, Professor, OSU Civil and Construction Engineering
"Human and technology capabilities associated with work area design in the construction industry"
Week 6: Fri 10 May Mr. Jamison Heard, PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University and OSU Robotics
"Adaptive Robotics for Dynamic Environments"
Week 7: Fri 17 May Dr. Jay Kim, Assistant Professor, OSU Environmental and Occupational Health
Week 8: Fri 24 May Mr. Steven Hattrup, PhD candidate, Industrial Engineering
"The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and
Good Work: The Design of Work That Is Good For the Worker As Well As For the Employer"
Week 9: Fri 31 May Dr. Xinhui Zhu, Assistant Professor, OSU Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
"Ergonomics in the Operating Room"
Week 10: Fri 7 June Mr. Will Secor, UX Architect, Autodesk
"Systems Design for Design Systems: HCD at Autodesk"
Finals Week No final exam


Last update: 23 May 2019