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Hugh Pierre Salehi


Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology


Email: Hugh Salehi
Phone: 937-229-4216
Kettering Labs Room 241E


Hugh Salehi is a Lecturer within the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology at the University of Dayton. 

He has received his bachelor degree in aerospace engineering. His bachelor’s thesis is on Turbofan aircraft engine malfunctions. Then, he worked for a major gas turbine manufacturer.

He attained a master’s degree in engineering and management of manufacturing systems from Cranfield University. His master’s research focused on understanding reasons of ceramic-blade cracks in collaboration with Ross Ceramics Co., a subsidiary of the Rolls Royce Company.

Hugh received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa. His dissertation research focused on understanding human interaction effect with autonomous vehicles (AVs) and the effect of it on the built trust between human and AVs.


  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Salehi, H., Pennathur, P., Da Silva, J., & Herwaldt, L. Examining health care personal protective equipment use through a human factors engineering and product design lens.
  • Salehi, H. What clinicians think about smartphones for healthcare communication.

Courses Taught

  • Human factors engineering in transportation
  • Design and analysis of experiments 
  • Supply chain management 
  • Project management 
  • Manufacturing cost estimation
  • Thermodynamics
  • Statics
  • Material Engineering
  • Material Engineering Lab
  • Organizational behaviour 

Research Interests

Hugh is interested in human factors. His current research involves:

  • Human factors of Autonomous Vehicles (AV) especially using human factors methods for improving AVs’ designs and making AVs to imitate human driving behaviour.
  • Exploring human factors in infection prevention and healthcare quality.
  • Applying human factors methods to improve aviation systems safety.