Engineering professor named editor of human factors and ergonomics journal

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ling Rothrock, associate professor of industrial engineering at Penn State, has been named the editor of the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries journal.

Established in 1990, the goal of the journal is to facilitate discovery, integration and application of scientific knowledge about human aspects of manufacturing and service enterprises, and to provide a forum for worldwide dissemination of such knowledge for applicable and beneficial use in industry.

“It is an honor to assume the editorship from Professors Gavriel Salvendy and Waldemar Karwowski, two pioneers in human factors and ergonomics,” said Rothrock. “I hope to not only uphold the quality of the publications, but also to promote connections to emerging fields of human work within manufacturing and service industries.”

According to publisher Wiley Periodicals Inc., the journal ”covers a broad spectrum of ergonomics and human factors issues with a focus on the design, operation and management of contemporary manufacturing systems, both in the shop floor and office environments, in the quest for manufacturing agility, i.e. enhancement and integration of human skills with hardware performance for improved market competitiveness, management of change, product and process quality, and human-system reliability.”

Rothrock has experience as an associate editor of the following journals: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Human-Machine Systems (2004-present); Institute of Industrial Engineers Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors (2014-present); and International Journal of Industrial Engineering: Theory, Applications and Practice (2014-2015).

A member of the faculty of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering since 2002, Rothrock’s research interests include human-in-the-loop discrete event simulations, display visualization and human-machine performance evaluation. He has developed simulation software that has been used by the U.S. Navy for training and modeling purposes, and he has been funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate decision strategies in dynamic tasks. Rothrock has published more than 80 technical articles in the area and obtained more than $3 million in external funding. 

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Last Updated January 13, 2016