New lab focuses on human factors in complex, high-tech environments
A visit to campus last fall by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenburger
highlighted the need for the work being done in the College of
Technology’s new Applied Human Factors Research Laboratory.
Sullenberger landed his US Airways Airbus 320 in the Hudson River in
January 2009 after he flew through a flock of geese and lost engine
power. In his book written after the event, he credits his Purdue
education and experience in industrial psychology with helping him in
his career and his mission to create safer flying environments.
“Captain Sullenberger talked about industrial psychology and the role
human behavior plays in work performance,” said Erin Bowen, assistant
professor of industrial technology. “It is really important with
something as complex as commercial aircraft. In the lab, we can take
issues like fatigue and stress and study them. How do we quantify and
measure the impact on performance? One is a safety component, and one is
a performance efficiency component.”
In the summer of 2010, Bowen helped expand the college’s existing
ergonomics lab into a more comprehensive research and teaching space
focused on applied human factors. The lab is housed in the Purdue
Airport terminal. The research and teaching that occurs in the lab
focuses on how human factors affect performance in complex and
high-technology environments, such as aviation, manufacturing, or
Purdue selected for three-year EcoCAR 2 competition
Purdue will be one of 16 universities who will have a team in the
three-year EcoCAR 2 competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM). Teams were announced April 13.
competition challenges the teams to convert a Chevrolet Malibu into a
hybrid/electric or fuel-cell vehicle to reduce its environmental impact
without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.
Columbus location hosts second Boiler Tech Challenge
The College of Technology in Columbus hosted 200 students from eight
high schools April 15 during the second annual Boiler Tech Challenge
Zouras receives college's Student Leadership Award
Ellen Zouras, president of the Women in Technology student group,
received the 2011 College of Technology Student Leadership Award April 11.
As the winner, Zouras will receive $200 for Women in Technology to use for a service project.
Other nominees for the award were Spencer Douglas, representing the
National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter, and David
Lehmann, representing the Mechanical Contractors Association Student
Three films honored at inaugural student animation contest
Three student-produced animated short film were featured during the
Dean's Distinguished Lecture in April 2011. As part of the inaugural Student
Animation Contest, a panel of judges selected the finalists from among
the six entries. Audience members voted on their favorite, as well, for
the People's Choice Awards.
CoT undergraduate researchers win awards at symposium
College of Technology students won four awards at the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium April 12.
Eight faculty promotions approved
Purdue University's board of trustees approved faculty promotions during their meeting April 8.
In the news around the state
The College of Technology at New Albany was prominently featured in a
recent column in the Louisville Courier-Journal about the Purdue
Technology Center of Southeast Indiana. Read the column.
The Academic Bowl competition hosted by the College of Technology at Anderson was covered by the Anderson-Herald-Bulletin. See the coverage.
March 2011 CoT grants
For the month of March, the College of Technology received external funding that totaled $450,544.
Knoy Hall digital signs are operational
The digital signage in the student lounge area of Knoy Hall is now operational.
The signs were installed to help provide information to students, faculty and staff about college events and news stories.
Requests to publish information on the signage can be submitted online. After filling out the required information at the top of the form, click on "Submit to the Knoy Lobby Digital Sign." Submissions will be cleared and posted by the college's Office of Communications.
Contact Jason Mucher, Steven Lincoln or Matt Bosma if you need assistance submitting information.
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