Kapil Madathil


Dr. Kapil Chalil Madathil, the Director of Technology Operations of Clemson University Center for Workforce Development is a human factors and ergonomics engineer with a background in the entire spectrum of human-machine system design. Specifically, his area of expertise is in applying the knowledge base of human factors to the design and operation of human-computer systems that involve rich interactions among people and technology. He draws on qualitative and quantitative methodologies including ethnography, contextual inquiry, surveys and controlled behavioral experiments to understand how humans perceive, make sense of, and interact with human-machine systems.

He has been a principal investigator or co-investigator for more than 25 research grants and awards, generating more than $11.5 million in funding. His work is funded by the United States National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, National Institutes of Health and several other industry and state agencies. A great majority of these funded efforts involve multiple institutions including K-12 systems, technical colleges, universities, and industry partners.

He has published a total of 76 peer-reviewed publications. He currently teaches undergraduate courses on human factors and ergonomics and graduate courses on accident analysis, user-centered system design and human-computer interaction.

He serves as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. He is also the Associate Editor for Ergonomics in Design, and Program Chair for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Computer Systems Technical Group, and a technical reviewer for 20 different journals

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