graduate students working in the Niebel Work Design Lab

Benjamin W. Niebel Work Design Lab

Both undergraduates and graduate students who work in the Benjamin W. Niebel Work Design Lab focus on the human within the context of today’s technological work environment. Work analyses are conducted to improve industrial processes and methods, design and build interfaces between humans and the environment to enable control of complex systems, and advance the development and management of organizations from a social-technical perspective.

Located in 235 Leonhard Building, the lab provides close to 1,000-square-feet of laboratory space dedicated to human factors research and education and contains an extensive array of equipment to measure physical, physiological, and cognitive performance. Strength, electromyography, temperature, stress, aerobic capacity, eye tracking, reaction times, time study, and work sampling are typical measurement applications.

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Home of the first established industrial engineering program in the world, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State has made a name for itself in the engineering industry through its storied tradition of unparalleled excellence and innovation in research, education, and outreach.

We are Innovators. We are Makers. We are Excellence in Engineering. We are Penn State IME.

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

310 Leonhard Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-7601

FAX: 814-863-4745