Dr. Ravindra S. Goonetilleke
Dr. Ravindra S. Goonetilleke Professor
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Dr. Ravindra Goonetilleke is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Prior to joining Khalifa University, Dr. Goonetilleke was a Professor and held a joint appointment in the Division of Integrative Systems and Design and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  After graduation, he worked as a Senior Ergonomist at the Biomechanics Corporation of America. His last appointment in the USA was as a Human Factors Manager and Researcher at the NIKE Sports Research Laboratory.

His research is on Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering and their applications on Product Design and Human-Computer Interaction.  Dr. Goonetilleke is recognized as a leading researcher on the ergonomics of footwear. With a distinct emphasis on the design and manufacture of footwear he was one of the recipients of the LEAD award (Leadership and Excellence in Application and Development) from SME/CASA (Computer and Automated Systems Association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers). Dr. Goonetilleke is currently serving as an Editor of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics and is a Senior Editor of Ergonomics in Design. He is also on the editorial board of three other ergonomics journals.

Dr. Goonetilleke has served as a consultant and an expert advisor for numerous Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering and Design projects in multi-national and local organizations such as Dow Corning International, Cooper Power Tools, Exxon-Mobil Corp., General Motors,  Procter and Gamble, Steelcase, Thomson Consumer Electronics, MicroComputer Accessories, Lear Seating Corporation, MTR Corporation, Hong Kong Telecom, Icon MediaLab (Asia), Honeywell, Inc., and Motorola in the USA, China, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea. 

Dr. Goonetilleke is a Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES, USA), and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Ergonomics Society. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the USA.

  • PhD, Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York (USA), 1990
  • MSAE, Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia (USA), 1985
  • MS, (Fulbright Scholar) Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York (USA), 1984
  • BSc (Eng), Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours), University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka), 1980
Teaching Areas
  • Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Product Design
Research Interests
  • Human-Centered Product and Service Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psycho-physical Modelling
  • Data Visualization