Faculty / Linda Borghesani

Education:

  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Brown University, Providence, United States, 1991
  • Sc. M., Experimental Psychology, Brown University, Providence, United States, 1987
  • B.A., Psychology, Nazareth College, Rochester, United States, 1985
  • M. S., Community Mental Health Counseling, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, United States, 2008

linda.borghesani@tufts.edu

Linda Borghesani

Part-time Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering

As a professor of the practice, Dan Hannon is engaged in the ‘practice’ of human factors engineering in industry, and also collaborates on research projects on campus. Presently, his work is focused in multiple areas, including transportation human factors, medical product design, educational technology, team performance, and the use of technology in mental health practice. His work includes system design, integration and analysis, as well as empirical investigation, human-in-the-loop simulation, and the modeling of human performance. As an educator, Hannon is particularly interested in the development of methods for teaching human factors engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels and in the creation of learning opportunities for students.

What Classes Do I Teach?

ENP164 – Behavioral Statistics for Engineering
ENP 162 – Human Machine Interaction
ENP 161 – Human Factors in Product and System Design
ENP 064 – Methods in Human Factors Engineering
ME193 – Assistive Design
ME 40 – Engineering Design
ENP193 – Multicultural Elements in Design 

My Advice

Human factors/engineering psychology is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field.  Therefore, I recommend a program of study that is diverse in terms of learning different perspectives and approaches to understanding people and how things work and are made in the world around you.  Now is a good time to find out what you don’t like to do as much as what you do like to do, so don’t be afraid to try and possibly fail at things.  What matters is what you take away from the experience.  During your career, you will need to communicate with many people from other disciplines, so develop the soft skills of listening and perspective taking.  Above all, remember that in this field you have a unique opportunity to affect people’s lives for the better.