Some Interesting Projects During Craig’s Career:

Craig Hartley, MS, CPE is an expert human factors engineering consultant based in Colorado. Craig’s experience includes advanced research and development of remotely controlled underground coal mining systems; medical instruments; computer software, servers and workstations; and telerobotic and manned space systems, including mars rovers, the space station, space shuttle payloads, and the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU). Over Craig’s 40-year human factors career he has held lead engineering, management, and chief engineering architect positions. He has created human factors engineering development support functions and departments at major high-tech companies, including Bendix Corporation, Martin Marietta Astronautics (now Lockheed Martin), Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle), DIRECTV, and Jeppesen (now part of Boeing).


Craig has chaired national (ANSI and SAE) standards working groups and committees. He is past Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Computer Systems Technical Group and was also Chair of the HFES 1989 Annual Meeting. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), has 30+ publications, 3 inventions, and worked in design teams that won 5 national design awards. 


Craig is mostly retired now but will consider interesting consulting jobs. Otherwise, he is spending much of his time as a luthier making guitars.


Contact Craig at:


                           Craig dot S dot Hartley at gmail dot com

Craig created a fully functional user interface for the Martin Marietta Flight Telerobotic Servicer simulator. This effort earned a corporate engineering excellence award and was singled out for praise by NASA.

Using Martin Marietta IRAD funding, Craig designed a control console and created a user interface for a ground-based system to remotely pilot spacecraft to dock with the space station.

Craig was responsible for training the Space Shuttle mission 51-A astronauts in the Martin Marietta Space Operations Simulator Lab to fly the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) to recover two failed satellites from low earth orbit.

Craig worked on the initial design concept and prototype for the cupola on the International Space Station. The cupola is a “room” with a set of windows that gives station astronauts an open view of the planet below.  In initial concepts of the station, to get a good view of the earth, astronauts would have had to pull out system racks to expose any windows facing the earth below. The final design of the cupola, which is virtually identical to the initial Martin Marietta Astronautics concept, but slightly smaller, was the last structure installed on ISS. It is, without doubt, the most popular architectural feature of the station for members of the crew.

For both Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) and DirecTV (now AT&T), Craig was the architect of world-class usability labs for hardware and software. The labs provided multiple viewing angles, video, audio, and performance data collection for observers of test subject tasks.

For the Bendix Corporation, under a US Bureau of Mines R&D contract, Craig developed the workstation for remotely operating a low-seam (30-inch) continuous miner machine. He also developed a hydraulic hand controller that enabled a miner to safely and consistently conduct a complex series of steps to install long roof bolts (drill holes, bend then straighten and insert, and tightened) in low seam mines. This hand controller was patented by Bendix and eventually marketed by a mining tool supply company.