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Vaughn-Cooke, Monifa

Vaughn-Cooke, Monifa

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Applied Graduate Engineering
Center for Risk and Reliability
0151E Glenn L. Martin Bldg


  • Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering), The Pennsylvania State University, 2012
  • M.S. (Industrial and Systems Engineering), The University of Southern California, 2006
  • B.S. (Biomedical Engineering), The University of Southern California, 2004


Monifa Vaughn-Cooke joined the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012. Her M.S. degree focused on human factors and medical device design and her Ph.D. focused on the application of human reliability tools to the healthcare system. Dr. Vaughn-Cooke’s interdisciplinary research synthesizes sociology, psychology, systems engineering and risk assessment. Her research aims to identify the behavioral mechanisms associated with system risk propagation to inform the design of user-centric products and systems, with the ultimate goal of improving productivity and safety.


  • Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Scholarship (2010)
  • Bunton Waller Graduate Award (2007)
  • GE First Year Faculty for the Future Fellowship (2007)


  • Journal reviewer for the Institute of Industrial Engineers Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering
  • Session chair for the 2010 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference
  • Member of the American Society for Quality
  • Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Student organizer for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 52nd Annual Meeting

Co-Director, Hybrid-System Integration and Simulation Lab Human reliability assessment Human factors Systems engineering Healthcare system and medical device design Design decision making Psychometric tool development Bio-behavioral risk assessment Decision support systems


  • Vaughn-Cooke., M., Kremer, G.K. “Empirical Pilot Study Variable Selection Using Value Tree Analysis,” Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Reno, NV, May 2011.


  • Vaughn-Cooke, M., Nembhard, H.B., and Ulbrecht, J. “Reformulating Human Reliability in Healthcare,” Industrial Engineering Research Conference Proceedings, Cancun, Mexico, May 2010.


  • Vaughn-Cooke, M. “Development of an Integrated Model for Predicting Patient Compliance,” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 53rd Annual Meeting, San Antonio Texas, Oct. 2009.
  • Rahimi, M., and Vaughn-Cooke, M. “Information Architecture for an Alzheimer’s Communication and Monitoring System.” Gerontechnology, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 42-55, Jan. 2009.

Dr. Monifa Vaughn-Cooke Awarded VA SPIRE Grant

Research focuses on creating a virtual reality system to aid balance and reach tests for individuals with compromised motor function.

Empowering Experience and Innovation

Working together, the University of Maryland and IBM encourage students and faculty to think big and leverage technology.

ME Professors Featured on IBM Business of Government Podcast

Assistant Professors Fuge, Hahn, and Vaughn-Cooke featured on podcast to discuss new research in their fields.

Spotlight on NAVAIR-Funded Research at Maryland

Cooperative agreement between UMD and NAWCAD helps support research projects in Mechanical Engineering.

Vaughn-Cooke Participates as Panelist at Virtual Reality Meets Capitol Hill Event

Assistant Professor Monifa Vaughn-Cooke participates in panel, students demo evolving medical applications of VR simulations.

ISR welcomes five new affiliate faculty

Joining ISR: Ken Wood, Bill Fagan, Daniel Butts, Monifa Vaughn-Cooke, Ilya Ryzhov.

Engineering systems for mental health work by Espy-Wilson, Resnik, Vaughn-Cooke featured in Newsweek

Research on quantifiable indicators could result in mental health tracking app.

Droguett Joins Mechanical Engineering as Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering welcomes alumni Enrique López Droguett back to the University of Maryland as associate professor.

UMD Team Wins 2013 American Public Health Association's Affordable Care Act Codeathon

Terrapin Health Transformers & Friends team creates winning solution with ACA Benefits Buddy.

Dr. Monifa Vaughn-Cooke Appointed as ME Assistant Professor

Professor brings interdisciplinary emphasis to Maryland faculty.