Farheen S. Khan, Ph.D.

Director, Human Factors / Chicago


Dr. Khan completed her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her doctoral work involved studying human factors and their effect on accident causation in occupational settings. During her academic career, she worked for the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s Bureau of State Risk Management as a safety engineer.

Dr. Khan conducts human factors evaluations to assist clients in understanding how individuals at home and at work interact with products, processes and environments and how their capabilities and limitations can contribute to accident causation. This work involves understanding human error and risk-taking behavior in product liability, workplace accidents, premises liability and transportation accidents.

Dr. Khan is a member of the Association of Equipment Manufacturer’s (AEM) where she participates planning continuing education for heavy equipment manufacturers in the areas of safety and human factors. Dr. Khan participates as a standard developer and working group member of the International Organization of Standardization’s (ISO) joint committee for Off Road Vehicles and Industrial Trucks for lighting, signaling and marking lights, and reflex-reflector devices (ISO TC 127 SC 3 WG 11). Dr. Khan also participates as a standard developer and member of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) committees for Lighting and Sound (OPTC3) and Machine Displays and Symbols (HFTC2).

Representative Engagements

  • Warning Label Design (FHSA, MSDS, DOT, FDA, Industry Standards)
  • Alarms & Sounds (Backup alarms, fire alarms, sirens, train horns, equipment/industrial noise)
  • Construction Equipment & Construction Site Accidents (Excavators, Forklifts, Loaders, Skid Steers, Boom & Scissors Lifts)
  • Ergonomic Analysis
  • Evaluation of Lighting (Illuminance & Contrast)
  • Human Factors in Consumer and Commercial Product Design (Design Safety, Warnings, Instructions, Normal Use, Regulatory/Standards Compliance)
  • Human Factors in Transportation Accidents (Perception-Reaction Time, Visibility, Driver Distraction, Attention, Decision Making, Fatigue, Work Schedule, Stress)
  • Industrial & Occupational Safety (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO), Machine Guarding, Work Procedures/tasks, Training, Work Behavior, Workload, Work Schedule, Stress)
  • Warehouse Operation & Loading Docks (Material Handling and Storage)
  • OSHA/MSHA Compliance (Fall Prevention/Protection, Job Hazard Assessment)
  • Premises Liability (Slips, Trips, and Falls, Swimming Pool)
  • Visibility and Conspicuity (Pedestrians, Bicycles, Vehicles)
  • Warnings & Instructions (Auditory, Visual, Tactile and Olfactory)
  • Human Error, Risk Perception, and Response (Fires, Vehicle Accidents, Product/Equipment Use)


  • Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M.S., Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Certified Qualified Individual for Fall Protection
  • OSHA – Qualified Individual for Construction Industry Standards (OSHA 510)
  • OSHA Crane Safety Training for Engineers and Supervisors
  • HEAD Acoustics HEAD Measurement System Training (Artificial Head Technology and Binaural Sound Data Acquisition/Playback)