New Faculty Member, 2022–23
Assistant Professor, Human systems engineering
Heejin Jeong believes human systems engineering is a domain that can help advance individual well-being and societal quality of life. Working toward those ends, Jeong’s expertise includes human factors engineering, human performance modeling, human-computer interaction and human-automation interaction.
“My research seeks to design, implement and evaluate human interaction systems to bridge the critical communication gap between users and system designers,” he says. “My current efforts focus on extended reality systems, assistive robotics for occupational safety enhancement and health care rehabilitation training, human-automation interaction, as well as human-robot collaboration in Industry 4.0 manufacturing systems.”
Prior to joining The Polytechnic School, one of the seven schools in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, Jeong was an assistant professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His accomplishments there earned recognition, including the Distinguished Junior Research and Development Award from the Chicago section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Jeong says he chose to come to the Fulton Schools because of its reputation for excellence among the faculty with whom he can collaborate and the wide range of curricula integrating human factors engineering, experimental psychology, cognitive science and systems engineering domains.
“I’m also a member of the biomedical engineering graduate faculty in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering [another of the Fulton Schools at ASU], and I am excited to have an opportunity to explore collaboration between schools,” he says.
Jeong says the university’s inclusive charter, its visionary leadership and the dynamic campus environment also attracted him to ASU. And alongside innovative research efforts, he looks forward to working with students.
This fall, for example, he will be teaching a graduate-level course called Human Factors in Occupational Safety. Jeong says it will provide an overview of human factors research and practical strategies that can improve occupational safety, health and performance.
“Students need to be prepared to identify ergonomics and human factors problems in daily activities,” he says, “and then learn to apply theoretical and practical concepts, tools and methods to solve problems throughout this course.”
When not devoted to advancing human systems engineering, Jeong says he enjoys outdoor activities including biking, tennis, golf and fishing.
Written by Gary Werner