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The Tufts Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (THFES) is an undergraduate student organization dedicated to field of Human Factors Engineering, also known as Engineering Psychology. Tufts University offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field and it is one of the few concentrations available to students in both the School of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts. THFES is an official student chapter of the national HFES organization.

What is Human Factors?

"Engineers build gadgets; psychologists study the human mind. Put them together and you get the field of engineering psychology…" -10 Radically Innovative College Programs, Popular Mechanics, September 2006

According to the International Ergonomics Association, human factors "is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data, and other methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance." It is a multi-disciplinary field with a staggering variety of applications; you likely use several products every day that were designed by human factors professionals. From keyboards to space shuttles, almost everything has considerations that can be improved by the work of someone trained in human factors.

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