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 aerospace systems, including mars rovers, the space station, space shuttle payloads, and the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU). Over Craig’s 35+ year human factors career he has held lead engineering, management, and chief engineering architect positions. He has created human factors engineering development support functions at major high-tech companies, including Bendix Corporation, Martin Marietta Astronautics (now Lockheed Martin), Sun Microsystems, 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 luther making guitars (see Contact Craig at:


                                        Craig dot S dot Hartley at gmail dot com

Some Interesting Projects:

I 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.

I 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.

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

For the Bendix Corporation, under a US Bureau of Mines R&D contract, I developed the workstation for remotely operating a low-seam (30-inch) continuous miner machine. I 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.