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Michael Wiklund

Professor of the Practice
Mechanical Engineering

Michael Wiklund

Professor of the Practice
Mechanical Engineering

Phone 617-627-3239
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
human factors

As a certified human factors engineering professional (CHFP), Michael Wiklund has built a career conducting product research and design with a focus on medical technology. He founded and served as president of Wiklund Research and Design, Inc., which was acquired in 2012 by Underwriters Laboratories. Wiklund now serves as general manager of UL's human factors engineering practice, which helps medical, industrial, consumer, automotive, and software industry clients develop safe, effective and usable products.

Wiklund's affiliation with the Tufts Human Factors Engineering program is over 30 years long. He has authored and/or edited several important textbooks in the field, including Medical Device Error – Root Cause Analysis (2016), Usability and Testing of Medical Devices, second edition (2016), 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.

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

Professor of the Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering


General Manager, Human Factors Engineering, UL-Wiklund


Lecturer in Human Factors, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering


President, Wiklund Research & Design, Inc.


Vice President, New England Research Center, American Institutes for Research


Engineer, Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation


Engineer, Transportation Systems Center, U.S. Department of Transportation

Research Interests: 

Michael Wiklund's research interests lie in human factors engineering.

Selected Professional Activities: 
1993-present: Contributing Editor, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI)
Voting Member, Human Engineering Committee, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
U.S. Representative to Human Factors Engineering Committee, International Electrotechnical Commission