Montana State University

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Nicholas J. Ward
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173800
Bozeman, MT 59717-3800

Tel: (406) 994-5942
Fax: (406) 994-1697
E-mail: nward@ie.montana.edu
Location: 220 Roberts Hall

Nicholas J. Ward, Ph.D., F.Erg.S.

Teaching

Undergraduate Courses

EIND 313 WORK DESIGN & ANALYSIS
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: WRIT 101W; EIND 142 for IE majors.
-- Covers analysis and design methods for occupational tasks to improve productivity, workplace health, and safety. Topic areas include fundamental aspects of work standards development, ergonomics, and industrial safety. The labs demonstrate example applications of these topic areas.

EIND 410 INTERACTION DESIGN
S 3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: EIND 313 for IE majors; EIND 413 or consent of instructor for non-majors.
-- This course demonstrates the processes of integrating the psychology of the user into the design process as well as conducting usability testing to evaluate the design success. It emphasizes the need to understand the needs, capabilities, and emotions of the user to produce usable and desirable designs. 

Graduate Courses

EIND 510 USABILITY ENGINEERING
F, alternate years, to be offerd odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: IE major, one of EIND 313, 410, 413 (or equivalent); Non-major - EGEN 310 or instructor permission.
-- Usability engineering is an iterative design process that applies human-centered design principles integrated with user participation (usability testing) to produce usable, desirable, and sustainable products, sevices and systems. This project-based course will use a seminar format with industry guest-speakers and case studies.

EIND 513 HUMAN FACTORS IN SAFETY OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS
F, alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: EIND 410 or EIND 413 (or equivalent); or permission of instructor.
-- Advanced topics and methods in ergonomics and human factors engineering as applied to human error and safety in complex systems. Basic and applied issues of human error and safety are explored through seminars, laboratory demonstrations and case studies.