Human-Centered Design (HCD) at Oregon State University

is just that: design centered on the people who use, live, work, or play with or in designed things. It starts with a body of HCD knowledge about common human capabilities, limitations, needs, and preferences that our faculty teach and enlarge with their research. It proceeds by understanding specific user needs and wants, and it applies general HCD principles and guidelines to designs that satisfy them. 

OSU's HCD faculty represent research and graduate programs across the campus, including Bioengineering (Human Performance Engineering), the College of Public Health and Human Sciences (Environmental and Occupational Health, Kinesiology), Civil Engineering (Transportation Human Factors), Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction), Construction Engineering Management (Construction Safety), Industrial Engineering (Human Systems Engineering, Human Factors Engineering), Mechanical Engineering (Design), Psychology (Applied Cognition, Applied Psychology, Engineering Psychology), and Robotics (Human-Robot Interaction).

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