Gavriel Salvendy

Professor Emeritus
School of Industrial Engineering
Purdue University
West Lafayette , Indiana

Chair Professor Emeritus and Former Head (2001-2011)
Department of Industrial Engineering
Tsinghua University
Beijing , P.R.China


Gavriel Salvendy is professor emeritus of Industrial Engineering ( Purdue University and Chair Professor Emeritus and Former Head (2001-2011) of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R. China.  He is the author or co-author of over 580 research publications including 320 journal papers, and is the author or editor of 46 books.  His publications have appeared in seven languages. He has been the major professor to 67 PhD students. His main research deals with the human aspects of design, operation, and management of advanced engineering systems.  Gavriel Salvendy is the founding editor of two journals: the International Journal on Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries.  He was the founding chair of the International Commission on Human Aspects in Computing, Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1990 he became the first member of either the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society or the International Ergonomics Association to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering.  He was elected "for fundamental contributions to and professional leadership in human, physical, and cognitive aspects of engineering systems."  In 1995 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, "for great contributions to the development of science and technology and for the great influence upon the development of science and technology in China.” He is the fourth person in all fields of science and engineering in the 45 years of the Academy ever to receive this award.  In 2006, he received the Friendship Award presented by the People’s Republic of China.  The award is the highest honor the Chinese government confers on foreign experts.  In 2007, he received the John Fritz Medal ( which is the engineering profession’s highest award for his "fundamental international and seminal leadership and technical contributions to human engineering and industrial engineering education, theory, and practice". The journals Ergonomics(2003), Computers in Industry(2010) and Intelligent Manufacturing (2011) have published special issues in honor of Gavriel Salvendy and the Wall Street Journal ( described the impact of some of his work in China.He is honorary fellow and life member of the Ergonomics Society and fellow of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the American Psychological Association. He has advised organizations in 31 countries on the human side of effective design, implementation and management of advanced technologies in the workplace.  He earned his Ph.D. in engineering production at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.         


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