Master in Human-Centered Design


Florida Institute of Technology offers a Master’s program in Human-Centered Design (HCD).

  • Candidates with backgrounds and degrees in engineering, science and human factors, as well as arts and architecture are encouraged to apply.
  • A graduate degree in HCD supports independent scholarly work, opportunities in academia, or to pursue advanced research and leadership in government, industry and business.
  • Current research is in: cognitive engineering, life- critical systems, complexity analysis for HCD, human- centered organization design and management, modeling and simulation, advanced interaction media, creativity and design thinking, functional analysis, industrial design, and usability engineering.
  • Internationally connected with best research and professional institutions in HCD.


  • Cognitive Engineering: Human-centered design and automation, cognitive modeling, risk, safety, situation awareness, decision- making, scenario-based design
  • Advanced Interaction Media: Interactive technology, ubiquitous computing, control devices, 2D and 3D information visualization, multi-touch surfaces
  • Complexity Analysis for HCD: Complex systems and theories, emerging behavior and properties, design for simplicity, self- organization
  • Life-Critical Systems: Comparing safety, efficiency and comfort of complex dynamic systems such as in aerospace, medicine, nuclear energy, process control, extreme environments, as well as everyday life systems
  • Human-Centered Organization Design and Management:
  • Knowledge and uncertainty management, socio-technical stability, governance, product integration, organizational automation
  • Modeling and Simulation: Discrete and multi-agent modeling and simulation platforms and methods, CAD, PLM, logical models, human-in-the-loop simulations, simulation-based requirement engineering
  • Function Analysis: Task, activity and work analyses, cognitive function emergence and discovery, function allocation, operational procedures and automation
  • Usability Engineering: Sensorimotor, cognitive and social models and measures, ergonomic guidelines, emotional stress, fatigue, workload, pleasure, conceptual models
  • Creativity and Design Thinking: Problem-solving using out-of-the- box approaches, concept thinking, storyboarding, parallel thinking, participatory design, inspiration and innovation
  • Industrial Design: HCD of life-critical systems including industrial and everyday-life products such as cockpits, control room, emergency centers, interior design and architecture

Starts Fall 2013.
Information: Delilah Caballero,, 321-309-4960

Program director: Dr. Guy A. Boy, University Professor Website:

Application deadline: July 15, 2013.


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I’m a self-proclaimed marketing nerd whose primary role at Florida Tech is to support our enrollment marketing efforts. When I’m not inundated with inspiration from our stellar faculty, students and staff, you’ll find me getting my crafting skills on with my daughter or awkwardly dancing at a concert.

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