Interim report

I was nominated for a Coleman Fellow in spring 2011 and been impressed by the inspiring examples of how to incorporate entrepreneurship in a wide variety of courses. I am currently teaching a course in Human Factors Psychology and am incorporating some of the things I’ve learned at the CEO conference in Fort Worth in the course.

Below is an outline of the topics I will be incorporating in my course. As a result of the interaction with other Coleman fellows we have begun to develop the outlines of an interdisciplinary course that would bring together students from engineering, industrial design, psychology and business and have them work in teams to develop novel applications to address problems identified by local business.  
A. Review Employment opportunities in Human Factors
1. Working for a corporation versus self-employment
a. Examples of opportunities for self-employment
2. Pros and cons of self-employment
B. Growing need for human factors expertise
1. Consultancy
a. Providing design and prototyping services
b. Providing Usability testing and evaluation services for other companies,
2. Government research contracts
3. Expert witness testimony
C. Companies’ that provide Human Factors services
1. Failure Analysis
2. SA Technologies
D. Risk versus rewards of self-employment

Learning objectives

1. Familiarize students with the opportunity for self-employment
a. Benefits
b. Risks
2. Emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary training in Human Factors
3. Familiarize students with successful consulting and design companies that specialize in human factors.