Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)


Industrial Engineering

First Advisor

Barrett S. Caldwell

Committee Chair

Barrett S. Caldwell

Committee Member 1

Christie Sahley

Committee Member 2

David R. Johnson


Team-oriented work dominates industry, government, and academic areas with the goal of solving increasingly complex problems. However, the scope and external validity of traditional human factors research is inherently limited by the time and resources required to conduct laboratory studies. The model described in this thesis integrates simulation with human factors by providing an operationalized model that incorporates cognitive diversity and domain expertise. Convergence and functionality of the model have been established through a series of analyses, and a clear path for future research has been identified. By integrating simulation methods into human factors subject areas, researchers may be able to gain understanding of a more diverse set of teams, team dynamics, and group performance in a fraction of the time and resources required for traditional methods.