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Anderson Hall
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617.627.3239
Fax: 617.627.3058

Michael Wiklund
Professor of the Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering


M.S., Tufts University, Engineering Design (Human Factors), 1984
B.S., Tufts University, Civil Engineering, 1979

Research Interest

Human Factors Engineering


As a Certified Human Factors Engineering Professional (CHFP), Mr. Wiklund has had a distinguished career conducting product research and design with a focus on medical technology. He founded and served as President of Wiklund Research & Design, Inc., which was acquired in 2012 by UL (Underwriters Laboratories). He now serves as general manager of UL's human factors engineering practice. The professional consulting firm offered a variety of human factors-related services, including research, design, evaluation, and training. The company helped developed safe and usable products for major companies such as Baxter, Covidien, GE Healthcare, and Philips Healthcare. In 2012, Wiklund Research & Design, Inc. was purchased by Underwriters Laboratories, an international firm specializing in safety science. Wiklund has had a 30-year affiliation with the Tufts Human Factors Engineering program. He has authored and/or edited several important textbooks in the field of Human Factors Engineering, including Usability and Testing of Medical Devices (2010) and Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design (2010), as well as published numerous articles related to the design and improvement of medical devices.

Professional Experience

  • 2012-present General Manager, Human Factors Engineering, UL-Wiklund
  • 1986-present Lecturer, Engineering Psychology Program, Mechanical Engineering Department, Tufts University
  • 2004-2012 President, Wiklund Research & Design, Inc. (acquired by UL in November 2012)
  • 1993-present Contributing Editor, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), UBM Canon
  • 1985-2004 Vice President, New England Research Center, American Institutes for Research
  • 1983-1985 Engineer, Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation
  • 1979-1982 Engineer, U.S. Department of Transportation – Transportation Systems Center

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, Voting Member of Human Engineering Committee
  • International Electrotechnical Commission, USA representative to Human Factors Engineering Committee