B.S. ​Engineering Psychology, Tufts University, 1990M.S. ​Industrial & Systems Engineering, Ohio State University, 1993Ph.D. ​​Industrial & Systems Engineering, Ohio State University, 1995

"I help design and evaluate systems (products, procedures and software) so that they are easier, faster, and safer to use."

Stephanie Guerlain, Research Associate Professor

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I worked at the MITRE Corporation, Apple Computer and Honeywell prior to joining the faculty in 1999. I primarily work in the Medical, Military, and Process Control fields, teaching, designing, and evaluating software and products, incorporating data visualization and cognitive systems engineering methodologies. I've been active in the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society, and the National Patient Safety Foundation. I've also enjoyed leading a US-Brazil Exchange program. I teach Human-Computer Interaction and Cognitive Systems Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as teach workshops and short courses to companies. My students and I have won several best paper awards at conferences and for published journal articles and book chapters.


  • Chapter author for a “Highly Commended Surgery Book” as rated by the British Medical Association 2010
  • Invited Speaker for the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Conference 2008
  • Advisor to the Day 1 Best Poster at the National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Trainee Conference, David Bauer 2008
  • Co-advisor to the Louis T. Rader Outstanding Ph.D. student, Michael Smoot 2005
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center - Dahlgren Division group achievement award 2004
  • Paper of the Year, Medical Systems and Rehabilitation HFES technical group 2001
  • Advisor to winner of Best Student Paper Award, HFES Annual Meeting 2001
  • Jerome Ely Best Journal Paper Award, Human Factors 1999
  • American Helicopter Society Best Technical Paper Award 1999
  • Honeywell Technology Center Technical Achievement Award 1999
  • Abnormal Situation Management Research Consortium All-Star Award 1999
  • Best Student Paper Award, HFES Annual Meetings 1993, 1995
  • Student Paper Award, IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Annual Meeting 1995
  • Ohio State University Presidential Fellow 1995

Research Interests

  • Human Factors
  • Human Machine Interface

Selected Publications

  • A comparison of 4 epinephrine autoinjector delivery systems: usability and patient preference. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 104 (2), 172-177, 2010. ABS S Guerlain, A Hugine, L Wang.
  • A system for visualizing and analyzing near-optimal protein sequence alignments. Information Visualization 4 (3), 224-237, 2005. ABS ME Smoot, EJ Bass, SA Guerlain, WR Pearson
  • A systems approach to surgical safety. Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques 16 (6), 1005-1014, 2002. ABS JF Calland, S Guerlain, RB Adams, CG Tribble, E Foley, EG Chekan
  • Assessing team performance in the operating room: development and use of a “black-box” recorder and other tools for the intraoperative environment. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 200 (1), 29-37, 2005. ABS S Guerlain, RB Adams, FB Turrentine, T Shin, H Guo, SR Collins
  • Crew resource management training for surgeons: feasibility and impact. Cognition, Technology & Work 10 (4), 255-264, 2008. ABS S Guerlain, FE Turrentine, DT Bauer, JF Calland, R Adams
  • Critiquing vs. partial automation: How the role of the computer affects human–computer cooperative problem solving. Human performance in automated systems: Current research and trends, 73-80, 1994. ABS S Guerlain, PJ Smith, SM Gross, TE Miller, JW Smith, JR Svirbely
  • Decision support in medical systems. Automation and human performance: Theory and applications, 385-406, 1996. ABS S Guerlain, PJ Smith, JW Smith, S Rudmann, JH Obradovich, P Strohm.
  • Designing for distractions: a human factors approach to decreasing interruptions at a centralised medication station. BMJ Qual Saf 21 (11), 939-947, 2012. ABS L Colligan, S Guerlain, SE Steck, TR Hoke.
  • Developing operator capacity estimates for supervisory control of autonomous vehicles. Human Factors 49 (1), 1-15, 2007. ABS ML Cummings, S Guerlain.
  • DiAs user interface: a patient-centric interface for mobile artificial pancreas systems. Journal of diabetes science and technology 7 (6), 1416-1426, 2013. ABS P Keith-Hynes, S Guerlain, B Mize, C Hughes-Karvetski, M Khan
  • Human factors approach for evaluation and redesign of human–system interfaces of a nuclear power plant simulator. Displays 29 (3), 273-284, 2008. ABS PVR Carvalho, IL dos Santos, JO Gomes, MRS Borges, S Guerlain.
  • Improving surgical pattern recognition through repetitive viewing of video clips. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part A: Systems and Humans, 34 (6), 699-707, 2008. ABS S Guerlain, KB Green, M LaFollette, TC Mersch, BA Mitchell, GR Poole
  • Improving the usability of intravenous medication labels to support safe medication delivery. International journal of industrial ergonomics 41 (4), 394-399, 2011. ABS DT Bauer, S Guerlain
  • Intelliject's novel epinephrine autoinjector: sharps injury prevention validation and comparable analysis with EpiPen and Twinject. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 105 (6), 480-484, 2010. ABS S Guerlain, L Wang, A Hugine.
  • Interactive critiquing as a form of decision support: An empirical evaluation. Human Factors 41 (1), 72-89, 1999. ABS SA Guerlain, PJ Smith, JH Obradovich, S Rudmann, P Strohm, JW Smith
  • Judging Pace Cross-Country. Ergonomics in Design 9 (3), 13-18, 2001. ABS S Guerlain
  • Morbidity, mortality, cost, and survival estimates of gastrointestinal anastomotic leaks. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 220 (2), 195-206. 2015. ABS FE Turrentine, CE Denlinger, VB Simpson, RA Garwood, S Guerlain
  • Overview+ detail in a Tomahawk mission-to-platform assignment tool: applying information visualization in support of an asset allocation planning task. Information Visualization 5 (1), 1-14, 2006. ABS J Cushing, LD Janssen, S Allen, S Guerlain
  • RATE: A Customizable, Portable Hardware/Software System for Analysing and Teaching Human Performance in the Operating Room. In: Safer Surgery: Analysing Behaviour in the Operating Theatre, 117-128, 2009. ABS S Guerlain, JF Calland
  • Supporting collaborative field operations with personal information processing systems. Mobile Networks and Applications 4 (1), 37-48, 1999. ABS S Guerlain, J Lee, T Kopischke, T Romanko, P Reutiman, S Nelson
  • The design and evaluation of a graphical display for laboratory data. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 17 (4), 416-424, 2010. ABS DT Bauer, S Guerlain, PJ Brown
  • The MPC Elucidator: A case study in the design for human-automation interaction. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part A: Systems and Humans, 32 (1), 25-30. 2002. ABS S Guerlain, GA Jamieson, P Bullemer, R Blair
  • The surgical safety checklist: lessons learned during implementation. The American surgeon 77 (9), 1131-1137, 2003. ABS JF Calland, FE Turrentine, S Guerlain, V Bovbjerg, GR Poole, K Lebeau
  • The Transfusion Medicine Tutor: Using expert systems technology to teach domain-specific problem-solving skills. Intelligent Tutoring Systems, 521-530, 1996. ABS J Obradovich, P Smith, S Guerlain, S Rudmann, P Strohm, J Smith
  • Thirty-day postoperative death rate at an academic medical center. Annals of surgery 235 (5), 690, 2002. ABS JF Calland, RB Adams, DK Benjamin Jr, MJ O’connor, V Chandrasekhara
  • User evaluation of an innovative digital reading room. Journal of digital imaging 25 (3), 337-346, 2012. ABS A Hugine, S Guerlain, A Hedge
  • Using video data for the analysis and training of medical personnel. Cognition, Technology & Work 6 (3), 131-138, 2004. ABS S Guerlain, B Turrentine, R Adams, JF Calland
  • Visualization of near-optimal sequence alignments. Bioinformatics 20 (6), 953-958, 2004. ABS ME Smoot, SA Guerlain, WR Pearson
  • Visualizing surgical quality data with treemaps. Journal of Surgical Research 191 (1), 74-83, 2014. ABS AL Hugine, SA Guerlain, FE Turrentine

Courses Taught

  • SYS 3023 Human-Machine Systems
  • SYS 6023 Cognitive Systems Engineering
  • SYS 6007 Human Factors I