Welcome to the Center for Ergonomics!

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The Center for Ergonomics operates within the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering in the College of Engineering. We have a long-standing history and distinguished record of research in the areas of Cognitive Ergonomics, Biomechanics and Work Physiology and Safety. We also provide instruction, both to graduate students in various departments across campus as well as professional ergonomists, engineers, and designers in private industry through our continuing education courses. Students, research scientists, and research sponsors are drawn to the Center because of its faculty who are experts in a broad range of topics in Cognitive and Physical Ergonomics and because of the Center’s extensive resources– state-of-the-art laboratories, test equipment, expert staff, and computer systems.

The mission of the Center for Ergonomics is to make workplaces and organizations safe, efficient, productive and enjoyable. We are dedicated to gaining and sharing a better understanding of how tools, technologies and work practices affect health and performance and how they can be improved through human-centered design. Our research also advances basic knowledge about people’s psychological and physical abilities and limitations. Being part of the University of Michigan with over 250 degree programs uniquely qualifies us to take a systems-oriented and multi-disciplinary approach to engineering and design, combining cognitive, physical and organizational ergonomics and collaborating with experts in related disciplines.

Enjoy your tour of our website, and please contact us with your questions or for further information.

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Nadine Sarter
Professor, IOE and Director of the Center for Ergonomics



New and Noteworthy

  • The Center for Ergonomics welcomes Xi Jessie Yang as a new faculty member starting in August. Jessie’s research has focused on human-robot interaction, modeling trust in and reliance on automation, and supporting trust calibration through design. We are delighted to add Jessie’s expertise to the Center.
  • Don Chaffin has recently been appointed by the President of the National Academy of Engineering to serve for a three-year term on their Committee on Membership that oversees the election of members to the Academy.
  • Nadine Sarter recently served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI) Expert Panel on “FAA Staffing Standards” in Irvine, CA. June 2016.
  • The Center for Ergonomics received a Consultation Education and Training (CET) Grant from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to develop and provide customized on-site ergonomics training seminars, interactive teaching technology, ergonomics technical assistance, and safety and health management programs. For more information contact Sheryl Ulin at 734-763-0133 or sherylul@umich.edu

Featured Researcher

Dr. Thomas J. Armstrong is a Professor in the Center for Ergonomics, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. Dr. Armstrong’s research interests include the measurement and design of manual work, biomechanical models, and analysis and design tools for control of work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the hand and wrist . Within the Center for Ergonomics, Dr. Armstrong directs the Biomechanics Laboratory which is concerned with the study of how human behavior and health are influenced by physical factors. Many of the studies in the Biomechanics Laboratory have been concerned with workers, others have been concerned with military applications, consumers and even children. For more information about Dr. Thomas J. Armstong and his ongoing research, visit: