Kenneth H. Funk II, PhD

Emeritus Associate Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Oregon State University

Kenneth H. Funk II

Phone: 541-737-2357
FAX: 541-737-2600
Address: School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering 
204 Rogers Hall 
Oregon State University 
Corvallis, OR 97331-6001 

Biographical Sketch

Kenneth H. Funk II received the Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, magna cum laud, from Taylor University, and the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. He came to Oregon State University in 1980 and is now Associate Professor in Oregon State’s School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, where he teaches courses in human factors engineering, engineering ethics, and philosophy of technology. He is a member of Oregon State's Human-Centered Design Faculty. In addition to his current appointment, Dr. Funk worked as a faculty fellow and research psychologist for the US Navy and served as a panelist for the National Research Council.

Dr. Funk's primary research addresses human performance in complex, high risk systems, like submarines, surface warships, airplanes, and hospital operating rooms. His work has been funded by the US Navy, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and private agencies. He is the author of journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers on concurrent task management, human factors of aircraft automation, human performance modeling, and human factors in the hospital operating room. Recently he has turned his attention to technology, examining its role, pro and con, in the pursuit of the Good Life.

Dr. Funk has retired.

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching: Recent and Current Courses

Selected Publications

Recent and Current Projects

  • Soldier Sensor/Laser Device User Interface Design and Testing
  • West African Infectious Disease Diagnosis Aid
  • Book: Technology and the Good Life (working title)

Worldview Essays

Updated 11 July 2019