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Vaughn-Cooke, Monifa

Monifa Vaughn-Cooke
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
0151E Glenn L. Martin Hall

Research Interests 

  • Human reliability assessment
  • Human factors
  • Systems engineering
  • Healthcare system and medical device design
  • Design decision making
  • Psychometric tool development
  • Bio-behavioral risk assessment
  • Decision support systems.


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 2012

Honors and Awards 

  • Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Scholarship (2010)
  • Bunton Waller Graduate Award (2007)
  • GE First Year Faculty for the Future Fellowship (2007)

Professional Memberships 

  • Journal reviewer for the Institute of Industrial Engineers Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering
  • Session chair for the 2010 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference
  • Member of the American Society for Quality
  • Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Student organizer for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 52nd Annual Meeting

Selected Publications 

  • Vaughn-Cooke., M., Kremer, G.K. “Empirical Pilot Study Variable Selection Using Value Tree Analysis,” Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Reno, NV, May 2011.
  • Vaughn-Cooke, M., Nembhard, H.B., and Ulbrecht, J. “Reformulating Human Reliability in Healthcare,” Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Cancun, Mexico, May 2010.
  • Vaughn-Cooke, M. “Development of an Integrated Model for Predicting Patient Compliance,” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 53rd Annual Meeting, San Antonio Texas, Oct. 2009.
  • Rahimi, M., and Vaughn-Cooke, M. “Information Architecture for an Alzheimer’s Communication and Monitoring System.” Gerontechnology, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 42-55, Jan. 2009.