Bryne & Gray, 2003

Byrne, M. D., & Gray, W. D. (2003). Returning human factors to an engineering discipline: Expanding the science base through a new generation of quantitative methods - Preface to the special section. Human Factors, 45(1), 1–4.

Returning human factors to an engineering discipline: Expanding the science base through a new generation of quantitative methods - Preface to the special section

[from the first paragraph]

Human factors is a disparate discipline. Academic programs in human factors are found in departments of industrial engineering, psychology, mechanical engineering, architecture, optometry, and elsewhere. Human factors professionals are employed in a variety of industries, at many levels in the organization chart, and hold an equally disparate array of job titles. However, many hold job titles along the lines of “human factors engineer,” and many academic programs housed outside engineering departments still refer to an engineering component in their program – for instance, many human factors programs in psychology departments are termed engineering psychology. Thus, despite the fact that the field is far from uniform or unitary, there is clearly a strong engineering presence.

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