Montana State University

Ward joins MSU engineering faculty

April 3, 2008 -- MSU News Service

Nicholas Ward (MSU photo by Elizabeth Brock.)   High-Res Available

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Nicholas J. (Nic) Ward has taken a joint position as professor of industrial engineering and senior research scientist at the Western Transportation Institute of Montana State University. Prior to joining MSU, Ward was at the University of Minnesota for six years, where he was a research associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute. In 1993 he earned his doctorate in human factors in psychology from Queen's University in Canada. Ward then spent 10 years conducting human factors research in transportation safety and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in the United Kingdom at Loughborough University and at the University of Leeds.

Ward's research interests include human factors related to traffic crashes; system interfaces and how users adapt to systems; determinants of risk taking; and using virtual reality, or simulators, for transportation research. Ward is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Ergonomics Society, and the International Association of Applied Psychology. He serves on editorial advisory boards of two transportation journals and has published extensively in academic journals and international conference proceedings. Ward is also an active member of Transportation Research Board committees that are part of the National Research Council (NRC). The NRC is one part of the National Academies. Members of the academies serve without pay and advise the federal government and the public on science, engineering and medicine.

Contact: Nicholas Ward,, (406) 994-5942