Join The Lab

We have various research opportunities in the lab and always welcome new members.

  • Undergraduate Students: A number of undergraduates have been involved with various projects.  For example, some students have been involved with the lab either through a directed study (IOE 490), a summer research experience, or a part-time job. We have also recruited students outside of IOE, such as computer programmers, to help program simulations needed for research studies. If you are interested in working in the lab please contact Dr. Nadine Sarter.
  • Graduates Students: The lab typically takes 1-2 Ph.D. students each year.  Students have come from all around the world and have various educational backgrounds including Economics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and Industrial and Operations Engineering.  Information about the admission/application process for the Ph.D. program can be found here. In the past we have had a few Masters students working in the lab and oftentimes these students have the opportunity to stay for a Ph.D. if so desired.  To get an idea of what is expected of graduate students, feel free to contact any of the graduate students listed on the People page or Dr. Nadine Sarter herself.


Also, if you are interested in cognitive ergonomics, below are some suggested courses to take from IOE and other departments.

Industrial & Operations Engineering
IOE 333 – Ergonomics
IOE 334 – Ergonomics Lab
IOE 432 – Industrial Engineering Instrumentation Methods
IOE 434 – Human Error and Complex System Failures
IOE 436 – Human Factors in Computer Systems
IOE 437 – Automotive Human Factors
IOE 438 – Occupational Safety Management
IOE 439 – Advanced Topics in Safety Management
IOE 463 – Measure & Design of Work
IOE 533 – Human Factors in Engineering Systems
IOE 534 – Biomechanics
IOE 536 – Cognitive Ergonomics
IOE 539 – Occupational Safety Ergonomics
IOE 836 – Seminar in Human Performance
IOE 837/EHS 668 – Seminar in Occupational Health and Safety Engineering

School of Information
SI 539 – Design of Complex Web Sites
SI 548/638 – Principles of Software Design for Learning
SI 618 – Special Topics: User-Interface Design Studio
SI 622 – Evaluation of Systems and Services
SI 682 – Interface and Interaction Design
SI 684 – eCommunities: Analysis and Design of Online Interaction
SI 689 – Computer Supported Cooperative Work

Psychology Department
PSYCH 449 Decision Processes
PSYCH 533/NEUROSCI 520 – Sleep: Neurobiology, Medicine, and Society
PSYCH 541 – Advanced Topics in Cognition and Perception
PSYCH 634 – Human Neuropsychology
PSYCH 640/EECS 695 – Neural Models and Psychological Processes
PSYCH 644 – Computation Modeling of Cognition
PSYCH 702 – Environmental Psychology
PSYCH 703 – Cognition and Environment
PSYCH 722: Decision processes
PSYCH 741 – Sensory Processes
PSYCH 742 – Motivation and Action
PSYCH 743 – Human Learning and Memory
PSYCH 744 – Perception
PSYCH 746 – Human Performance
PSYCH 747 – Models of Thinking
PSYCH 748 – Cognition and Perception Preliminary Preparation
PSYCH 749 – Organization of Cognitive Functioning