Student Chapter Officers and Activities
BERLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY STUDENT
The Berlin Institute of Technology Student Chapter engaged in
multiple activities throughout 2011, including a job symposium on
June 20. Four guest speakers gave interesting talks on their careers
and working possibilities in the human factors/ergonomics area:
Astrid Oehme (Human Factors Consult GmbH), Steffen Eßers (Apliki
GmbH & Co. KG), Christoph Möhlenbrink (Institute of Flight
Guidance of the German Aerospace Center), and Stefanie Eßers
(Takata AG). Chapter members were delighted that the event was
so well received (70 people attended). As a result of the success
of this event, further job symposia are intended for 2012.
Another goal achieved by the chapter in 2011 was the relaunch
of the Web site, which included new interactive content and information
about HF/E. The updated Web site has been attracting
more than 3,000 visitors each month.
The summer ceremony on July 15 marked the end of the summer
term and featured a short review of our first year as a new student
chapter and an opportunity to inform other students about
Given the fascination of aviation psychology and engineering,
20 students toured the Airbus factories in Hamburg on October
28 for National Ergonomics Month. The tour included a factory
inspection and a lecture on the topic of cabin and cargo HF/E highlighting
the company’s virtual reality environment and ending with
questions and discussions.
The Berlin Student Chapter looks forward to an exciting and
successful year in 2012 and hopes to dramatically increase membership.
The chapter would also like to thank HFES for its support!
The chapter consists of 17 students and 1 faculty member.
Contact the Berlin Institute of Technology Student Chapter, Technische
Universität Berlin Institut für Psychologie und Arbeitswissenschaft,
Fachgebiet Arbeits-, Ingenieur- und Organisationspsychologie,
Sekretariat F 7, Marchstr. 12, D-10587 Berlin, +0049-30-314-21340,
Anne-Catrin Ludwig, President
Christian Karl, Vice President
Dietlind H. Cymek, Secretary
Nina Hallier, Treasurer
Paul J. Hoepner, Web
Gunnar Junghans, Web
Robert R. Sonnenberg, Web
Erik Berndt, Nonportfolio Officer
Juliane Bürglen, Nonportfolio
Falk Hermann, Nonportfolio
Kristin Lange, Nonportfolio
Ina Othersen, Nonportfolio
Simon Willkomm, Nonportfolio
Dietrich H. Manzey, Faculty
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH,
The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Student
Chapter had a great year in 2011, beginning with the 6th annual
Regional Human Factors Conference in February. The conference
featured three speakers: Kim-Phuong L. Vu (CSULB), Ryan Clukey
(Nokia, Inc.), and Robert Rauschenberger (Exponent Engineering
& Scientific Consulting). The conference also included a student
poster session and breakout sessions in which speakers and attendees
talked in small-group settings.
The chapter also participated in a variety of college- and
university-wide activities, including the Week of Welcome, the College
of Liberal Arts Spring Fair, and Psych Day. In honor of National
Ergonomics Month, chapter members repeated their product usability
and ergonomics cartoon contest. The chapter also took a daylong
field trip to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center to tour its
Unmanned Aircraft Systems facilities. Finally, the chapter held monthly
meetings, a social, and a Thanksgiving potluck to enable members
and interested students to get to know one another.
The chapter consists of 21 students and 4 faculty members.
Contact the California State University, Long Beach, Student Chapter,
c/o Thomas Strybel, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., PSY 100, Long Beach,
CA 90840-0901, 562/985-5001, fax 562/985-8004, president@
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
The Clemson University Student Chapter enjoyed another busy
year and earned its second Gold-level Outstanding Student Chapter
Award. The spring 2011 semester began with an invited HF/E presentation
to introductory psychology students at Furman U., followed
by a similar talk at Liberty High School. For the second annual
“Human Factors Month” in April, members invited speaker Justin
Graving, a research fellow at Humanfirst (U. of Minnesota) to discuss
the development of a specialized training program for the Driver
Assistive System on Bus 2.0.
In observance of National Ergonomics Month in October, Alexander
Walker from Aptima discussed his experiences since graduation.
A networking lunch gave our members the opportunity to ask
questions and discuss research in an informal atmosphere. In addition,
the chapter gave its HF/E presentation to classes at three local
high schools and closed the year with a trip to the Oconee Nuclear
Power Station control room and simulation training in December.
The chapter consists of 27 students and 5 faculty members.
Contact the Clemson University Student Chapter, Margaux Price,
418 Brackett Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-1355, 864/656-1695, fax
864/656-0358, email@example.com, www.clemsonhfes.org.
Corey A. Morgan, President
Ryan N. O’Connor, Vice President
Gregory A. Morales, Treasurer
Kevin J. Monk II, Secretary
Sabrina S. Billinghurst,
Thomas Z. Strybel, Faculty Adviser
Margaux M. Price, President
Stephanie A. Whetsel, Vice
James N. Salley, Secretary
Ashley A. Stafford, Treasurer
Matt E. St. Pierre, Webmaster
Drew M. Link, Usability and
Design Services Chair
Bliss Altenhoff, Social Activities
Kevin A. Juang, Interdepartmental
Richard Pak, Faculty Adviser
CORNELL UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
The Cornell University Student Chapter has established an HFES
information library in the Resource Center in the Department of
Design and Environmental Analysis. The library is intended to increase
knowledge and awareness about the chapter among students
in other majors. The chapter organizes activities that include tours
of local industries, member presentations, guest speakers, and exploration
of graduate programs and career opportunities. In the spring,
the chapter hosted a career panel discussion at the Rochester Institute
of Technology, a series of webinars, a faculty research seminar,
and three guest-speaker seminars. Julie Dorsey (Ithaca College)
and Todd Baker (Cornell U. Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention
Program), also gave presentations in the spring. In the fall, Daniel
Strongwater, Apple’s newest Industrial Design Team member, gave
a talk to Cornell students and faculty. The chapter also hosted two
social events to enable members to get to know one another and to
discuss any concerns, ideas, or achievements.
The chapter consists of 24 students and 8 faculty members.
Contact the Cornell University Student Chapter, c/o Alan Hedge,
2415 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, 607/255-1957, fax 607/255-0305,
EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY
From guest speakers and conferences to fundraisers and bowling
nights, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Student Chapter
provided students with the perfect balance of research, academics,
and social activities. Speakers included Haydee Cuevas (SA Technologies),
Scott Shappell (Clemson U.), and Jennifer Fowlkes (Naval
Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division).
Every year the chapter helps to organize and sponsor the Human
Factors and Applied Psychology (HFAP) student conference (www.
hfapconference.com), hosted at Embry-Riddle. HFAP provides students
with the experience and feel of a professional conference without
the stress and apprehension that usually comes with it.
For the past five years, the chapter has organized a trip to the
HFES Annual Meeting. In 2011 the group raised enough money to
cover most of the cost of accommodations for attending members.
In observance of National Ergonomics Month, the chapter held a
special meeting focused on ergonomics and organized guest lectures
in human factors and psychology classes about classroom ergonomics.
With a total of 20 active members—including 9 graduate and
11 undergraduate students—the chapter is an integral part of the
Human Factors and Systems Department at Embry-Riddle.
The chapter consists of 20 students and 1 faculty member.
Contact the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Student Chapter,
c/o Antoine D. Juhel, Human Factors and Systems Dept. Embry-
Riddle Aeronautical U., 386/226-7744, fax 386/226-1436, juhela@
Jordan C. Licero, President
Scott A. Bergman, President
Kelton R. Minor, Vice President
Joelle M. Jach, Secretary
Alexander A. Egan, Treasurer
Jessica Chen, Publicity Chair
Alan Hedge, Faculty Adviser
Antoine D. Juhel, President
Shanon Cummings, Vice
Anna Vitalis, Secretary
Jon Sullivan, Treasurer
Shawn M. Doherty, Faculty
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
The George Mason University Student Chapter had an active
2011–2012 academic year. Professional activities included a Webbased
symposium with the University of Central Florida Student
Chapter and a lab tour with the Potomac Chapter. The chapter also
held a Web-site-building night to help students develop a professional
site. Additionally, the chapter toured the Pentagon and MITRE
Corporation, sponsored two posters at the Department of Defense
TAG Mixer, hosted professional speakers, and organized an Alumni
To further its outreach efforts, the chapter hosted booths at the
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s Work/Life Fair and will
actively participate in the HFES booth at the 2012 U.S.A. Science
and Engineering Festival. Furthermore, the chapter presented the
concept of HF/E and the dangers of distracted driving at several
high schools. Other outreach activities included maintaining the
chapter’s social-networking sites, updating its human factors design
blog, and publishing the biannual newsletter.
To foster social interactions among students, faculty, and alumni,
members continued its tradition of an orientation happy hour
tradition to welcome new students. Other social events included
barbecues at the start and end of the year, a Halloween happy hour,
an overnight ski trip, an annual alumni dinner at the HFES Annual
Meeting, and the end-of-semester award ceremony.
The chapter consists of 69 students and 10 faculty members.
Contact the George Mason University Student Chapter, c/o Nicole
Werner, 4400 University Dr., MSN 3F5, Fairfax, VA 22030, 703/993-
1384, fax 703/993-1389, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://archlab.gmu.
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY STUDENT
The Georgia Institute of Technology Student Chapter participated
in many outreach and networking events in 2011. A contest
called “Bringing Human Factors to the City: Bad Design in Atlanta
Competition” was held to encourage students at Georgia Tech to
find bad designs in Atlanta and suggest creative solutions based on
human factors/ergonomics design principles. Entries were received,
and the top three winners will present their reports and design suggestions.
Chapter members were invited to participate at the Fernbank
Museum of Natural History during its annual Science at Hand Day.
Chapter members interacted with young people in the Atlanta area,
many of whom were Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts interested in learning
about careers in science. As part of this event, the chapter modified
radio-controlled cars to illustrate HF/E principles and presented
examples of poor human factors.
The chapter is fortunate to have local human factors labs where
members can participate in tours and collaboration. The chapter
continues to engage in consulting activities for various Fortune 500
Nicole Werner, President
Bridget Lewis, Vice President
Stephanie M. Pratt, Treasurer
Christian Gonzalez, Secretary
Daniel Roberts, Webmaster
Daniel Gartenberg, Newsletter
Allie Sleeman, Social Chair
Tyler Shaw, Faculty Adviser
John Burnett, Copresident
Jonathan Schuett, Copresident
Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon,
Akanksha Prakash, Secretary
Keith R. Bujak, Webmaster
Wendy A. Rogers, Faculty Adviser
companies, providing opportunities for members to gain experience
while providing companies with quality HF/E designs.
The chapter consists of 18 students and 1 faculty member.
Contact the Georgia Institute of Technology Student Chapter,
654 Cherry St., Atlanta, GA 30332-0170, 404/894-2680, fax 404/
894-8905, email@example.com, http://psychology.gatech.edu/hfes/.
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
In 2011, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Student
Chapter organized a number of successful events, including
a tour of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
subway control room, a tour of MIT’s research nuclear reactor control
room, and movie nights at the Museum of Science.
In addition, the chapter hosted a visit from several members of
the New England Chapter (NEC), during which those from several
affiliated MIT labs presented their work and exchanged ideas with
NEC members. Several chapter members also participated in the
NEC Student Conference. In order to promote the chapter, several
mixers were organized between different affiliated labs.
The chapter consists of 44 students and 2 faculty members.
Contact the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Student Chapter,
c/o Jason C. Ryan, 77 Massachusetts Ave., 35-220, Cambridge,
MA 02139, 617/253-0993, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://hfes.mit.edu.
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT
The second official year of the Mississippi State University Student
Chapter was as successful as the first. Interest meetings were
organized during the spring and fall semesters to create awareness
and attract new members. The chapter was also involved in community
service activities during the summer. Through tornado relief
efforts, members provided canned goods, clothes, medical supplies,
and other items to students at the U. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, who
were affected by the tornadoes. Volunteers from the chapter also
participated in MVNU2MSU (Movin’ You to MSU) to help incoming
residents move into the on-campus community. A speaker presentation
by Chip Wade, an assistant professor at MSU and assistant
research professor at Auburn U., was cohosted by the chapter in
collaboration with the Human Factors Working Group at MSU. The
chapter also cohosted an EndNote workshop with G-WISE (Graduate
Women in Science and Engineering), a local group at MSU, in
which students learned and developed skills using EndNote software.
A potluck and a night at the movies were held for members
in appreciation of their participation in student chapter events.
The chapter consists of 16 students and 2 faculty members.
Contact the Mississippi State University Student Chapter, c/o
Nirathi Keerthi Govindu, McCain Hall, Rm. 300, 479-2 Hardy Rd.,
P.O. Box 9542, Mississippi State, MS 39762, 727/415-4692, 662/
Jason C. Ryan, President
Andrew Clare, Vice President
Carine Abi Akar, Treasurer
Jaqueline Tappan, Webmaster
Mary L. Cummings, Faculty
Nirathi Keerthi Govindu,
Abigail J. Werth, President-Elect
Martha L. Smith, Secretary
Yunchen Huang, Treasurer
Sara M. McGinley, Webmaster
Kari L. Babski-Reeves, Faculty
Lesley J. Strawderman, Faculty
325-7618, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hfes.
NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT
Members of the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Student
Chapter presented their research to both the chapter and department
every Friday at a weekly brown-bag event. These meetings enabled
presenters to get feedback on their current research and encouraged
collaboration between human factors students and students in the
other psychology-based areas at NMSU.
During National Ergonomics Month, the chapter provided food
for the department and composed a flyer about ergonomics awareness
in the office. The chapter is particularly proud of members who
received the Best Poster Award from the HFES Perception and Performance
Technical Group at the 2011 Annual Meeting, and members
hope to continue to have a presence at future annual meetings.
The chapter consists of 15 students and 2 faculty members.
Contact the New Mexico State University Student Chapter, c/o
Igor Dolgov, P.O. Box 30001/MSC 3452, Las Cruces, NM 88003,
575/646-2502, fax 575/646-6212, email@example.com.
NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY
After renewing last year, the chapter’s Executive Board emphasized
exposure to quality research and awareness in the local and
academic communities to keep membership as a focus while also
prioritizing current research trends.
The chapter’s major contribution to National Ergonomics Month
was to update the McNair Industrial Engineering Board with weekly
postings on ergonomics advancements in industry, particularly
for aviation, defense, and mobile technology. During the annual
North Carolina A&T State University Career Fair.members sponsored
information sessions with Sandia Laboratories, the U.S. Army
Research Laboratory, and GE Aviation to discuss career paths and
the need for human factors expertise.
In the fall, the chapter ran a canned-food drive for the local
Urban Ministries center. Several members participated in weekly
presentations with the Center for Human Machine Systems on pertinent
HF/E research. The efforts of other members who served as
mentors and tutors for undergraduates assisted in chapter member
retention and development.
In 2012, the chapter plans to host a design/usability challenge
for Web site design. The winner will receive a gift, and the selected
site will be used by the chapter. Tours will continue throughout
2012 with destinations that include GE Industrial Systems, Proctor
& Gamble, and a usability tour with Wells Fargo.
The chapter consists of 11 students and 1 faculty member.
Jeremy Schwark, President
William Graves, Vice President
Matthew Rambert, Treasurer
Igor Dolgov, Faculty Adviser
Katherine G. Bagley, President
Cedric L. Perry, Vice President
Ashley J. McBryde, Secretary
Raquel T. Teasley, Treasurer
Zongliang Jiang, Faculty Adviser
Contact the North Carolina A&T State Student Chapter, 1601 East
Market St., McNair Hall, 4th Fl., Industrial Engineering, Greensboro,
NC 27411, 336/334-7780, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT
The North Carolina State University Student Chapter was very
active in 2011. The Psychology Department’s brown-bag lunch series
hosted various speakers from NCSU. Highlights included current
faculty and graduate student research within the Psychology and
Industrial Systems Engineering Departments. In partnership with
the HFES Carolina Chapter, the chapter held tours and events
throughout the year.
In preparation for the HFES 55th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas,
members participated in a research symposium sponsored by the
Carolina Chapter. Congratulations to Brannan McDougald and Eric
Carpenter, who won best student paper competitions in the Safety
and Aging Technical Groups.
The chapter consists of 44 students and 6 faculty members.
Contact the North Carolina State University Student Chapter,
c/o Gina Tyree, Campus Box 7650, Raleigh, NC 27606, rmtyree@
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
On January 24, the chapter held a meeting focused on human
factors engineering, research, and graduate school in order to expose
undergraduate and graduate students to career and research opportunities
in the HF/E field. Chapter members also traveled to Design
Central in Westerville, Ohio, on February 25 for a tour of the company,
which is nationally recognized for its work in product design.
On March 9, the chapter hosted Tonya Smith-Jackson of Virginia
Tech, who spoke about safety-centered cognitive and cultural capabilities
and limitations to the design, development, and evaluation of
systems and products. Additional guest speakers included Sharnnia
Artis of Virginia Tech on April 6; Patrick Dempsey of NIOSH on
May 2, speaking on mine safety; and Brian Lowe of NIOSH on May
18. On May 25, the chapter attended the Department of Integrated
Systems Engineering’s 2nd Annual ISE Student Research Day in
order to learn more about the department’s research.
Some of the goals of the 2011–2012 academic year included
recruiting students who are interested in HF/E; increasing membership
retention by incorporating suggestions and feedback into
chapter activities; and fundraising for the HFES Annual Meeting.
Efforts to achieve these goals included participation in the College
of Engineering’s Fall Activities Fair to introduce incoming engineering
students to the chapter, a kick-off meeting in October geared
toward educating interested students in how to become members,
and a meeting that focused on leadership opportunities within the
chapter in order to develop an elite executive board that will work
to raise funds and plan events.
Gina Tyree, President
Megan Hardy, Vice President
Michaela Case, Secretary/
Addison English, Communications/
Landon Laporte, Social/
Rosemarie Yagoda, Recruitment
Christopher B. Mayhorn, Faculty
Alyssa L. Geralds, President
Erica N. Loughry, Vice President/
Jordan J. Wiesner, Treasurer
Lori Meyer, Secretary
Nick Boyd, Webmaster
Carolyn M. Sommerich, Faculty
W. Gary Allread, Faculty Adviser
The chapter consists of 11 students and 2 faculty members.
Contact the Ohio State University Student Chapter, 210 Baker
Systems Bldg., 1971 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210, hfes.osu@
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
The Old Dominion University Student Chapter engaged in social,
charity, recruitment, and academic activities throughout 2011 to
enhance awareness of HF/E as a discipline, to increase membership
in the chapter, and to foster a sense of community for existing
members. Recruitment efforts included the dissemination of
human factors PhD program flyers to APA-accredited undergraduate
programs and participation in campus-wide recruitment fairs.
Members attended meetings of other student organizations to build
and strengthen relationships across campus. An alumni and accreditation
celebration dinner was held in Las Vegas for current students
and alumni who attended the 2012 Annual Meeting.
The student chapter hosted a field trip to NASA Langley Research
Center, which included lectures by Raymond Comstock and Lance
Prinzel and hands-on experience with flight simulators. Members
sponsored webinar and brown-bag events beyond those hosted by
HFES. Roger Cholewiak, the final director and custodian of Frank
Geldard’s Cutaneous Communication Laboratory at Princeton U.,
gave a lecture on vibrotactile displays via Skype. Neil Ganey was
a guest speaker as part of a “Human Factors in the Workplace” students-only
brown-bag series. The chapter planned a campus-wide
World Usability Day event, including a webinar with Anthony D.
For National Ergonomics Month, the chapter created a newsletter
that included guidance for backpack ergonomics and healthy
postures in the workplace. Along with six other student organizations
on campus, the chapter cosponsored a fall-themed event for
children in the community. Members shared the newsletter with
parents and answered questions while their children were engaged
in activities. The chapter also shared this newsletter with clients at
a large chiropractic clinic in the community.
The chapter consists of 28 students and 5 faculty members.
Contact the Old Dominion University Student Chapter, c/o
Christopher Brill, 250 Mills Godwin Bldg., Norfolk, VA 23529,
757/683-4242, fax 757/683-5087, email@example.com, http://sites.
Alexandra B. Proaps, President
Kimberly Culley, Vice President/
Erik G. Prytz, Treasurer
Rebecca A. Kennedy, Secretary
Molly Liechty, Public Affairs
Kellie Kennedy, Webmaster
J. Christopher Brill, Faculty
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT
The Penn State Student Chapter completed a number of successful
programs during 2011. In March, the 3rd Annual Bad Design
Competition solicited bad designs in the area of transportation.
Students turned in pictures and essays about poorly designed pedestrian
and motorist routes and other modes of transportation (elevators,
building hallways, cafeteria lines, etc.).
Over the summer the Design Committee conducted a study on
pedestrian behavior at one of the high-risk crosswalks identified
in a competition submission. In April, the chapter hosted a Human
Factors Research Forum, in which students from industrial engineering,
computer science, engineering design, earth and mineral sciences,
and mechanical engineering participated in a research poster
competition and seminar presentation.
In September, the chapter’s adviser hosted a welcome picnic for
returning and new members, offering a relaxed atmosphere for students
to meet each other and HF/E professors. To celebrate and promote
National Ergonomics Month, the chapter organized a tutorial
session at a local high school and presented an HF/E demonstration
to approximately 30 students.
World Usability Day was celebrated by a team of students participating
in the “Milking the Rhino” competition, a video and forum
contest to generate ideas to improve and sustain the lives of villagers
in Kenya and Namibia. The past year was filled with educational and
social activities aimed at improving the HF/E community at Penn
The chapter consists of 63 students and 11 faculty members.
Contact the Pennsylvania State University Student Chapter, c/o
Kelly Sprehn, 310 Leonhard Bldg., University Park, PA 16802, 239/
910-4707, fax 814/863-4745, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www2.
PURDUE UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
During 2011, the Purdue University Student Chapter hosted
eight technical meetings. Of the speakers who were invited to give
talks, four were from other institutions: Enid Montague (Industrial
Engineering, U. of Wisconsin–Madison), Alissa Russ (Roudebush VA
Medical Center and Regenstrief Institute, Indiana U.), Mariaelena
Tagliabue and Giulio Vidotto (U. of Padua, Italy), and Arik-Quang
V. Dao (NASA).
To celebrate National Ergonomics Month and achieve the chapter’s
goal of promoting the science, application, and profession of
HF/E at Purdue and in the community at large, members held a
T-shirt/mug design campaign. To ensure that every member could
contribute to this event, each was asked to describe an HF/E expert
in five words. In October, the chapter cohosted a picnic with the Aviation
Graduate Council, which featured an outdoor team-building
game that illustrated the concept of HF/E, “Best Egg-Packaging Design
Competition.” The game was fun, generating several creative ideas,
and, most important, facilitated networking among members with
Kelly Sprehn, President
Gretchen Macht, Vice-President/
Sarah Tapscott, Secretary
Hui Yang, Webmaster
Joonho Chang, Design Chair
Inki Kim, Community Outreach
Andris Freivalds, Faculty Adviser
Chung Yin (Joey) So,
Jennifer Kirschner, Vice President
Hsin-Ying (Nancy) Huang,
Sung-Hee Kim, Secretary
Chittayong (Jao) Surakitbanharn,
Bum Chul Kwon, Webmaster
Robert W. Proctor, Faculty Adviser
different academic subconcentrations. The chapter’s NEM celebration
concluded with a field trip to the Holleman-Niswonger Simulator
Facility at Purdue Airport, where members observed the power of
simulation technology for training pilots and facilitating experiments
in aviation human factors.
The chapter consists of 31 students and 11 faculty members.
Contact the Purdue University Student Chapter, c/o Chung Yin
(Joey) So, Grissom Hall 315, 315 N. Grant St., West Lafayette, IN,
47907, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://engineering.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
The SJSU Student Chapter hosted a number of events during
the year, including invited talks, field trips, and socials. The first tour
of the year was to the Electronic Arts campus in Redwood City (also
known as EA Games). Attendees saw the facilities and heard a history
of the company, then a games user-experience researcher gave
a tour of the labs and described how usability testing is conducted.
Chapter members also had the opportunity to visit the LinkedIn
and Google facilities in Mountain View.
The chapter hosted its first large-scale event and invited students
and alumni to attend the First SJSU Human Factors and Ergonomics
Alumni Symposium. Speakers included Jamie Kravitz, Cassy
Rowe, Jeff English, Shima Kazerooni, and Brent White, who gave
presentations on such topics as mobile design and eye tracking. The
event ended with a Q&A panel with alumni.
A highlight of the year was attending the 2011 Annual Meeting
in Las Vegas and being part of the Host Committee, which opened
up opportunities such as developing the daily newsletter and hosting
the Student Lounge. For National Ergonomics Month, the chapter
hosted Amy Breaux, an SJSU HF/E alumna who spoke about
her recent ergonomics consulting projects with VSI Risk Management,
and Dan Kelso, a professional ergonomist who works for
The chapter held a number of social events, including beginningand
end-of-semester events, a “welcome back” summer barbecue,
and a holiday party including dinner and bowling. These events were
all well attended and enjoyed by members.
Contact the San Jose State University Student Chapter, c/o
Natalia Shimuk, email@example.com.
Natalia L. Shimuk, President
Darshil V. Vora, Vice President
Christine A. Griffeth, Events
Caitlin Kenny, Secretary-
David L. Snyder, Webmaster
Anthony D. Andre, Faculty Adviser
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
In 2011, the Texas Tech Student Chapter was very active. Members
traveled to Houston for a one-day conference, where many of
them gave presentations. Members attended a design conference,
“Big gifts, deep needs,” to learn about the benefits of pro bono design
from presenters John Carry and Courtney Martin (author and editor,
respectively, of Feministing.com).
The chapter participated in Texas Tech’s celebration of Arbor
Day by helping to plant flowers across campus and joined in a Red
Cross-sponsored event to raise money for the people of Japan who
were affected by the 2011 tsunami. On October 17, Adam Probst
(Office of Patient Safety, Baylor Health Care System) presented a
talk about the impact of HF/E in health-care. Following his visit
the chapter arranged a tour of the state-of-the-art Health Science
Center at Texas Tech.
To wrap up 2011, the chapter set up lab tours in the Industrial
Engineering and Psychology Departments, which enabled students
to present their work to their peers and to learn about the work
of other students.
The chapter consists of 22 students and 2 faculty members.
Contact the Texas Tech University Student Chapter, c/o Keith S.
Jones, Psychology MS2051, Lubbock, TX 79409, 806/742-3711,
TUFTS UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
During National Ergonomics Month, the Tufts University Student
Chapter hosted an alumni speaker, Blade Kotelly, who talked about
the process of design. This event was attended by both members
of the chapter and by freshmen and sophomore students in the
Introduction to Engineering Psychology program. This event was
a great opportunity to promote interest in human factors to undergraduates
who have not yet selected their major.
The chapter also held a Collegian-Alum Networking Dinner in
which the current job market was discussed. Alumni from different
companies gave advice and guidance to undergraduates at this wellattended
event. Members went on an overnight retreat to Cape Cod,
where they discussed issues with user interfaces and the pros and
cons of various software, and had a chance to bond in a nonacademic
setting. Working with the Tufts Career Services office, the chapter
created a résumé booklet for distribution to local companies
seeking interns and employees, which was very successful.
The chapter consists of 20 students and 1 faculty members.
Contact the Tufts University Student Chapter, c/o Tufts U. Human
Factors and Ergonomics, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://ase.
Elizabeth A. Schmidlin, President
Noah J. Wheeler, Vice President
Young-Ji Chun, Secretary
Ryan L. Stacey, Treasurer
Manolo Meza, Webmaster
Michael J. Crites, Social Chair
Keith S. Jones, Faculty Adviser
James L. Smith, Faculty Adviser
William H. Vaughan, President
Marina Miaoulis, Vice President
Quinn Childs, Treasurer
Katherine Riker, Secretary
Joel Greenberg, Webmaster
Daniel Hannon, Faculty Adviser
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO, SUNY, STUDENT
In 2011, the University at Buffalo, SUNY, Student Chapter held
a mix of academic, educational, and social events. The chapter organized
meet-and-greet sessions with four seminar guest speakers:
Patrick Dempsey (NIOSH, Pittsburgh) in April, Cleotilde Gonzalez
(Carnegie Mellon U.) in June, Ellen Bass (U. of Virginia) in July, and
Ayse Gurses (Johns Hopkins U.) in October.
For National Ergonomics Month, the chapter organized a
pumpkin-carving event for Halloween; participants had to use a
set of tools to carve jack-o-lanterns and later assess the task using
a RULA worksheet. The purpose of the event was to attract students
from non-HF/E backgrounds and educate them about the field
through a fun activity.
On November 5, the chapter hosted the 12th Inter-University
Workshop (IUW). IUW is an annual student conference hosted on
a rotating basis by the Universities of Toronto, Waterloo, and Buffalo
to serve as a platform for students to present their research and network
with peers and professors from other universities. There were
78 participants from various schools in the region including the
host universities and also Rochester Institute of Technology, Ryerson
U., the U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Cornell U. Keynote speakers
for the event were Emilie Roth (Roth Cognitive Engineering)
and Thomas Armstrong (U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor).
The chapter organized various social events throughout the year,
including a potluck/board game night and a laser-tag event. A
“know your fellow members” event was held at beginning of the
semester, when attendees had the added incentive of making their
own sundaes using an assortment of ice-cream flavors and toppings.
The chapter consists of 39 students and 4 faculty members.
Contact the University at Buffalo, SUNY, Student Chapter, c/o
Sudeep Hegde, 342 Bell Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260, 716/645-4704,
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA STUDENT
In 2011 the UCF Student Chapter was involved in a number
of activities that focused on promoting HF/E within the central
Florida community, fostering strong relationships between student
members and faculty in the Applied Experimental and Human Factors
Psychology Program, and collaborating with other graduate programs
within the UCF Psychology Department.
During October, the chapter hosted a human factors open house,
a student-faculty social, and a volunteer event for the Jupiter Medical
Center. In addition, members hosted a discussion panel for all psychology
students about working in industry, academia, and/or government
after graduation. Guest speakers included Eduardo Salas
of the UCF Department of Human Systems Integration Research,
Haydee Cuevas of SA Technologies, and James Pharmer of NavAir.
The chapter is in the process of creating a student liaison member
Sudeep Hegde, President
David LaVergne, Vice President
Nicolette McGeorge, Treasurer
Aaron Gilby, Secretary
Luda Miao, Webmaster
Victor L. Paquet, Faculty Adviser
Benjamin Sawyer, President
Adam G. Emfield, Vice President
James M. Oglesby, Treasurer
Ashley M. Hughes, Secretary
Amira Mohamed-Ameen, Social
Gaby Hancock, Historian
Shan Lakhmani, Webmaster
Eduardo Salas, Faculty Adviser
position to promote collaboration with the UCF student chapter
of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
The chapter consists of 18 students and 2 faculty members.
Contact the University of Central Florida Student Chapter, 3100
Technology Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32826, ucfhfeswebmaster@gmail.
com, http://hfes.cos.ucf.edu/ index.php.
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON – CLEAR LAKE
The University of Houston – Clear Lake Student Chapter spent
the past year developing activities to lay the groundwork for the
organization. In the spring, the Mentoring Program, which pairs
student chapter members with professionals in the Houston area,
kicked off with a meet-and-greet dinner. The program continued
into the fall with the addition of more mentors and mentees and a
dinner for the new pairs to get acquainted. Donations and chapter
funding helped start and develop a student chapter library.
This relatively new chapter participated in multiple events on
campus in hopes of increasing membership and enhancing awareness
of human factors/ergonomics. One of the events was a carnival
hosted by another student organization to benefit children with
autism. Student chapter members participated in many of the Houston
Chapter’s events, such as its annual symposium and quarterly
meetings. At the last quarterly meeting, several members took a minitour
of the Schlumberger usability facilities. The chapter held regular
social events to promote a sense of community among members.
The chapter consists of 11 students and 1 faculty member.
Contact the University of Houston – Clear Lake Student Chapter,
U. of Houston – Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Box #26 Attn:
HFES Student Chapter at UHCL, Houston, TX 77508, hfes.uhcl@
UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO STUDENT CHAPTER
During spring 2011, the University of Idaho Student Chapter
held an end-of-the-year barbeque for undergraduate and graduate
students, formed an intramural indoor soccer team with engineering
students, and created and set up the human factors lab in E.
Forney Hall at the U. of Idaho. The HF lab became the meeting place
for the Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Lab teams.
In the fall the group hosted the Idaho National Laboratory Discussion
Roundtable, featuring speaker Ronald Boring; presented two
posters at the 2011 Annual Meeting (Rowdy J. Hope and Nolan D.
Boyle) and one lecture presentation (Joseph C. Vargas); and conducted
a Student Career and Professional Development Day panel with
members Kim Vu (CSULB), Sandra Garrett (Clemson), Lauren
Reinermen (UCF), and Ronald Shapiro (consultant).
The chapter consists of 21 students and 1 faculty member.
Contact the University of Idaho Student Chapter, P.O. Box
443043, Student Health Center, 832 Ash St., Moscow, ID 83844,
Tasha Y. David, Copresident,
W. Sloane Hoyle, Copresident,
Paul Ritchey, Treasurer
Angelene Nery, Secretary/
Kevin Toy, Mentoring Director/
Kate Bruton, Fundraising
Trinidad Gutierrez, Social
Adrian Garcia, SGA Rep Director
S. Camille Peres, Faculty Adviser
Rowdy J. Hope, President
Joseph C. Vargas, Vice President
Thomas A. Ulrich, Secretary
John Bailar, Treasurer
Soul Zeng, Webmaster
Steffen Werner, Faculty Adviser
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Student Chapter
held many exciting events during 2011, including hosting a
spring semester speaker, Samantha Szymczak (Resilient Cognitive
Solutions), and activly participating in the “Design Matters” speaker
series held on campus throughout the year.
The fall semester began with a back-to-school networking event
to meet new students and catch up with returning members. In
October, the chapter hosted its Third Annual National Ergonomics
Month Bad Designs and Smart Solutions Contest. As always, students
enjoyed sharing the bad designs with others who had likely interacted
with the designs/systems during everyday campus life.
The chapter consists of 20 students and 1 faculty member.
Contact the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Student
Chapter, c/o Jake Jaster, 847/417-8310, email@example.com, http://
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST
Members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student
Chapter spent last year developing activities to lay the groundwork
for the chapter. During the spring semester, the chapter started the
Human Factors Journal Club and the Stats Club. Both clubs met
biweekly throughout the year. Over the past year the Journal Club
has introduced students to various HF/E research topics in transportation
safety, traffic design, cognitive human factors, and health
care. During the fall semester, the chapter hosted the first student/
professional event at the university. This annual event will be a platform
for both graduate and undergraduate students to meet and
interact with professionals in the New England area. Almost 20 students
presented posters at this meeting.
Many chapter members participated in multiple on-campus
events. One such event was the Annual Mechanical and Industrial
Engineering Research Poster Competition, where Gautam Divekar
was awarded first place. Members also participated in the New
England Chapter’s 2011 Student Research Conference, at which five
members were selected to present their research. Radhameris A.
Gómez won the Volpe Transportation Center Student Research Award
for her presentation at that conference.
The chapter consists of 21 students and 3 faculty members.
Contact the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Chapter,
c/o Gautam Divekar, 160 Governor’s Dr., Amherst, MA 01003,
413/545-0632 or 413/545-3393, fax 413/545-1027, gdivekar@
Jakob B. Jaster, President
Lauren M. Kelly, Vice President
Angela M. Ding, Treasurer
Jordan A. Petry, Webmaster
Derrick A. Pemberton, Social
Alex Kirlik, Faculty Adviser
Gautam U. Divekar, President
Abd Malek Abdul Hamid, Vice
Jing Yi Zhang, Secretary
Siby Samuel, Treasurer
Luis F. Roman Gerardino, Public
Radhameris A. Gómez, Events
Brain Amster, Events Coordinator
Donald L. Fisher, Faculty Adviser
Jenna Marquard, Faculty Adviser
Matthew R. E. Romoser, Faculty
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STUDENT CHAPTER
The University of Michigan Student Chapter hosted a wide range
of events during the 2011–2012 school year, including its annual
Bad Design on Campus Competition, which encourages students
to identify ergonomics issues around campus; and ErgoOlympics,
which showcases different ergonomics principles (such as Fitts’ law)
with fun, engaging activity stations. Social events included bowling
and an ergonomics movie night featuring the 1950 version of
the film Cheaper by the Dozen.
The chapter also held a private tour of the U. of Michigan Clinical
Simulation Center, where faculty member F. Jake Seagull demonstrated
medical education equipment. A new event hosted by the
chapter was a panel for undergraduates interested in applying to graduate
schools with HF/E programs. The panel consisted of Thomas
Armstrong and Paul Green, the graduate coordinator in the Industrial
and Operations Engineering Department, and current graduate
students. The panel provided information on graduate school
expectations, the application process, and ergonomics research areas
within the department as well as in programs and institutions around
Finally, to increase the chapter’s visibility and keep members informed,
the chapter used Facebook, LinkedIn, and its chapter Web
site to connect members and alumni, recruit members, and announce
The chapter consists of 24 students and 2 faculty members.
Contact the University of Michigan Student Chapter, c/o Sara
Lu, 1205 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109, 734/936-0146, fax 734/
764-3451, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.engin.umich.edu/
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND STUDENT CHAPTER
The HFES-UQ Student Chapter enjoyed a productive year. It continued
its relationships with financial sponsors, including the Faculty
of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering,
Architecture and Information Technology.
HFES-UQ and the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute cosponsored
a visit by Erik Hollnagel from MINES ParisTech, France.
Members participated in a roundtable discussion with Erik about
the philosophy of human factors. The group also hosted a lecture
and roundtable discussion with Dal Vernon Reising (Human Centered
Members participated in HF/E projects and traveled to the control
center of the Clem Jones Tunnel, one of the largest infrastructure
projects to be completed in Queensland, with its impressive array
of monitoring and safety technology.
HFES-UQ once again had a strong presence at the HFES Annual
Meeting in 2011. Izhak Nadler was runner-up for the Alphonse
Chapanis Best Student Paper Award and placed second in the Health
Care Technical Group’s Student Paper Prize; Anita Vuckovic placed
third in the Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical
Group’s Student Paper Prize; the chapter participated in the
Sara A. Lu, President
Julie Prinet, President-Elect
Vernnaliz Carrasquillo, Treasurer
Anthony Mize, Secretary
Nadine Moacdieh, Membership
Shi Cao, Webmaster
Paul A. Green, Faculty Adviser
Matthew B. Thompson, President
Cara Stitzlein, President-Elect
Robert Niederberger, Treasurer
Anita Vuckovic, Secretary
Penelope M. Sanderson, Faculty
“Showcase Your University Lab” poster session; and HFES-UQ was
awarded a gold-level Outstanding Student Chapter Award.
The chapter consists of 28 students and 13 affiliate members.
Contact the University of Queensland Student Chapter, c/o
Matthew Thompson, School of Psychology, U. of Queensland,
Australia 4072, +61-(0)401-204-295, email@example.com,
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA STUDENT
During 2011, members of the University of South Dakota Student
Chapter continued to pursue research interests in the areas
of decision making with risk perception implications and intertemporal
research, wayfinding and spatial cognition, human-computer
interface design, and transportation science with an emphasis on
the aging driver. A weekly colloquium attended by faculty and students
continues to be used as a means to discuss current human
factors/ergonomics topics and for students to present past, current,
and future research endeavors.
In March, an HF/E information session was held to promote the
discipline to undergraduates. Students also collaborated with the
clinical psychology program in hosting an open house, which enabled
undergraduate students to tour and watch demonstrations
in the Heimstra Human Factors Labs and ask questions during a
panel discussion to help them better understand HF/E as a career.
Social events were held to welcome new students into the program
and celebrate the end of the fall semester.
The chapter consists of 11 members and 6 faculty members.
Contact the University of South Dakota Student Chapter, c/o
Nikki Hanson, 414 E. Clark St., SDU 208, Vermillion, SD 57069,
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO STUDENT CHAPTER
The University of Toronto Student Chapter held events of different
sizes for various audiences during 2011. The chapter got off
to an early start with two events in January. The first was a seminar
from visiting researcher Yukio Horiguchi of Kyoto U. on interfaces
to support industrial robot teaching. The second was to host colleagues
from the U. of Waterloo with tours of the U. of Toronto
Human Factors Labs and a social evening downtown.
In February, Paul McInerney of IBM gave a seminar on task analysis.
Later that month, the chapter arranged a mentorship brown-bag
lunch for undergraduate students interested in HF/E to meet with
graduate students and ask questions about careers and continuing in
academia. In March, the chapter held its annual industry panel for
undergraduate and graduate students to hear from practitioners about
HF/E in their respective domains. Panelists included Ming Hou of
Defence Research and Development Canada, Harumi Takeshita of
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Deborah Chan of University
Health Network, and Mehdi Ravandi of the U. of Toronto.
Nikki Hanson, President
Chris Gunsolly, Vice President
Steven Garelik, Treasurer
James Meyers, Webmaster
Jan Berkhout, Faculty Adviser
Lisa Min, President
Mario Iannuzzi, Vice President
Maryam Merrikhpour, Treasurer
Patrick Stahl, Secretary
David Canella, Webmaster
Fatima Kanji, Social Events
Adam Smith, Member at Large
Michael R. C. Kealey, Member at
Bardia Bina, Member at Large
Paul Milgram, Faculty Adviser
Later in the semester, distinguished alumnus Gerard Torenvliet
led a pragmatic discussion of how to promote the value of HF/E to
key decision makers in industry. Visiting professor Neville Stanton
of Southampton U. gave a seminar on the HF/E considerations of
the Ladbroke Grove rail crash in July. Members give special thanks
to our faculty adviser for 2010/2011, Birsen Donmez, for her support
throughout the year.
The chapter consists of 108 students and 4 faculty members.
Contact the University of Toronto Student Chapter, c/o Lisa Min,
Interactive Media Lab, Rm. 8171, Bahen Bldg., 40 St. George St.,
Toronto, ON Canada M5S 2E4, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH STUDENT CHAPTER
The chapter focused on advertising its existence in 2011 and
employed many techniques for inviting people to attend meetings.
All chapter meetings were advertised by posting flyers, sending
e-mails, and making announcements in relevant classes. Every meeting
saw new people join the chapter through these efforts. Another
attraction was a visit by Thomas Vanderbuilt, author of the New York
Times bestseller Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It
Says About Us). He spoke about his interests and about the contributions
of cognitive psychology research to applied settings.
Social activities were held to foster interaction among members.
At the end of the spring semester, the chapter held a party to meet
and greet other student members. Attendees played Wii games while
commenting on how game interfaces and console designs could be
improved for a better user experience.
The chapter consists of 33 students and 2 faculty members.
Contact the University of Utah Student Chapter, c/o Nathan
Medeiros-Ward, 380 S. 1530 E., Rm. 502, Salt Lake City, UT 84112,
801/747-9242, fax 801/581-5841, email@example.com.
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA STUDENT CHAPTER
Throughout the year, the University of Virginia Student Chapter
actively pursued its academic and social aims by hosting guest speakers
and holding social events, field trips, and outreach activities. The
chapter welcomed Matthieu Branlat (Ohio State U.) and William
Lee (MITRE Corp.) as guest speakers. The chapter remotely attended
a series of HFES webinars in which human factors–related talks
were shown on a projection screen and lunch was served. The chapter
hosted two social events to celebrate the end of the 2010–2011
school year and the beginning of the 2011–2012 year to recognize
student and faculty achievements.
As part of National Ergonomics Month, chapter members participated
in an outreach activity in which a group of students visited
from Jack Jouett Middle School. During the visit, members
interacted with the students by providing them with an overview
of engineering and participated in an engineering activity called
“Building a Speaker: Understanding Sound and Design.”
Nathan J. Medeiros-Ward,
Joel M. Cooper, Consultant
Heidi S. Kramer, Secretary
Janelle Seegmiller, Treasurer
David L. Strayer, Faculty Adviser
Frank A. Drews, Faculty Adviser
Akilah L. Hugine, President
Justin M. DeVoge, Vice President/
Jennifer E. Prey, Vice President/
Donald J. Rude, Webmaster
Aaron L. Williams, Program Chair
Ellen J. Bass, Faculty Adviser
Several chapter members and a faculty member took a field trip
to the Center for Human Factors Engineering in Health Care, where
Rollin (Terry) Fairbanks serves as director. Another highlight came
at the 55th Annual Meeting when the chapter proudly received
Outstanding Student Chapter Award silver-level recognition.
The chapter consists of 25 students and 3 faculty members.
Contact the University of Virginia Student Chapter, c/o Akilah L.
Hugine, 151 Engineer’s Way, Charlottesville, VA 22904, 434/243-
2280, fax 434/982-2972, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.sys.
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO STUDENT CHAPTER
During 2011, the University of Waterloo Student Chapter concentrated
its efforts on increasing membership and expanding the
reach of its activities throughout the campus. Members hosted a
few invited talks and social events to promote the expansion and
dissemination of HF/E knowledge. Members also represented the
U. of Waterloo at the 55th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas and the
2011 Human Factors Inter-University Workshop in Buffalo.
The goal of the chapter-hosted talks was to foster engagement
from the audience and promote interaction between student members
and prominent researchers. Speakers included Lisette van
Gemert and Nienke Nijhof (eHealth Research Centre, U. of Twente)
and Mathias Gorges (Electrical & Computer Engineering in
Medicine Research, U. of British Columbia).
The chapter consists of 43 students and 4 faculty members.
Contact the University of Waterloo Student Chapter, c/o Plinio
Morita, Advanced Interface Design Lab, E2-1303B, 200 University
Ave. W., Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3G1, 519/888-4567 ext. 34904,
fax 519/746-4791, email@example.com, http://hfes.uwaterloo.ca/.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON STUDENT
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Student Chapter held
many events in 2011, beginning with a kickoff meeting to introduce
the organization to students on campus. A happy hour was
held at a local restaurant for members to network in an informal setting.
To engage incoming industrial and systems engineering (ISyE)
freshman, members gave a presentation during an Introduction to
Industrial Engineering class to introduce students to HFES and
describe membership benefits and planned activities. Two guest
speakers gave presentations during the spring semester: Ji Soo Yi
(Purdue U.) spoke about information visualization, and Donald
Fisher (U. of Massachusetts Amherst) visited campus and talked
about his research on transportation safety. The semester concluded
with a coffee-break presentation by an outgoing PhD student,
who gave tips on applying for positions in academia.
Over the summer, members attended a meeting of the Chicago
Metropolitan Chapter to network with other HF/E professionals and
to learn more about work at Abbott Labs. The chapter hosted an
Plinio Morita, President
Annie Cho, Vice President
Behzad Aghaei, Treasurer
Hojoon Lee, Secretary
Xiaochen Yuan, Director of Public
Abhiram Bojadla, Director of
Anson Ho, Webmaster
Jonathan M. Histon, Faculty
Shannon Roberts, President
Onur Asan, Vice President
Mahtab Ghazizadeh, Membership
Jie Xu, Fiscal Director
Erin Chiou, Outreach Director
Rashmi Payyanadan, Webmaster
Enid Montague, Faculty Adviser
event with the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity (PEOPLE)
program and interacted with middle- and high-school girls to engage
their interest in engineering. Members gave a presentation during
the Engineering Summer Program to expose high-school juniors and
seniors to the fields of industrial engineering and human factors/
The fall semester began with hosting a booth during the
UW-Madison Student Activities Fair to attract more undergraduate
students. Shortly thereafter, the fall kickoff meeting enabled
undergraduates, faculty, and alumni to interact in lively discussion
and an ice-breaker game. During the 2011 Annual Meeting, members
attended the annual student/faculty/alumni UW-Dinner. After
the Annual Meeting, the chapter created an annual HFES Bad Design
Competition in collaboration with the Introduction to Human Factors
course and announced it during National Ergonomics Month.
A T-shirt design contest gave students the opportunity to create a
shirt for the entire Industrial and Systems Engineering Department.
In November, members hosted a booth during the ISyE Advising
Day to expose more students to the field and to allow undergraduates
to question graduate students about typical HF/E academic
paths. In addition, Paul Micheli, an interaction designer at Pharmacy
OneSource, visited and talked about interaction design in
health care and job opportunities at Pharmacy OneSource.
In addition to chapter events, members created a new Web site
to announce events, host photo albums, and allow members to post
on the chapter discussion board.
This chapter consists of 18 students and 1 faculty.
Contact the University of Wisconsin-Madison Student Chapter
c/o Shannon Roberts, 3221 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University
Ave., Madison, WI 53706, 608/890-3637, fax 608/262-8454,
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE
UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
The Virginia Tech Student Chapter was very active in 2011.
Student interest in professional development, current research, and
career opportunities was galvanized by several seminars with speakers,
including Miranda Capra (HumanCentric), Enid Montague (U.
of Wisconsin), Steven Feldman (Wake Forest U.), Christopher Brill
(Old Dominion U.), David Kaber (North Carolina State U.), Jose
Bauermeister (U. of Michigan), Frank Buczek, Jr. (NIOSH), and
Christian Johnson (GE).
The chapter also helped to organize lab tours for new students
and visitors and provided human factors–related activities for a
Kids Tech event for high-school students. Members organized social
and service activities including an alumni dinner at the 2011 Annual
Meeting, socials with graduate recruits, a chapter movie night, a
potluck dinner, a spring picnic, several happy hours in the summer,
and a holiday party. The chapter also provided a mentorship program
to match new students with current HF/E students. Tours were
held at the Smart Road at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and
Ralph H. Cullen, President
Gurjot Singh Dhillon, Vice
Marc Christian, Treasurer
Judith L. Harlow, Secretary
Jongsoon Park, Webmaster
Maury A. Nussbaum, Faculty
the Visionarium at Virginia Tech. The chapter received a gold-level
Outstanding Student Chapter Award for the 2010–11 academic year.
The chapter consists of 50 students and 7 faculty members.
Contact the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Student Chapter, c/o Ralph Cullen, Grado Dept. of Industrial and
Systems Engineering, 250 Durham Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061,
WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
Members of the Wichita State University Student Chapter have
worked hard during the past year to positively impact the community
and to improve the organization’s visibility. Chapter members
provided technology (cell phone and computer) trainings for older
members of the community and worked to advance autism research
through eye-tracking studies. In October, the chapter was awarded
the Volunteer of the Year Award from the YMCA for its collective volunteer
efforts to support the annual Lions Club pancake breakfast
In addition to extensive community service, members of the chapter
are afforded opportunities for professional development and learning
outside the classroom. In April, the director of the Perceptual
Neuroscience Laboratory at the U. of Kansas, Edward Auer, presented
research on speech perception after which students were invited
to engage in a Q&A session and dinner to discuss future research
ideas. Members also gained valuable industry experience through
the Software Usability Research Lab, under the direction of Barbara
Chaparro. Finally, the chapter offered a curriculum vitae workshop
to help members kick-start their internship and job searches.
The chapter consists of 21 students and 7 faculty members.
Contact the Wichita State University Student Chapter, c/o
Samantha Jansen, Dept. of Psychology, 1845 Fairmount, Box 34,
Wichita, KS 67260-0034, 316/978-3170, fax 316/978-3086,
Samantha Jansen, President
Jo R. Jardina, Vice President/
Neethan Siva, Secretary/
Joe Crandall, Treasurer
Jeremiah Nyman, Undergraduate
Barbara S. Chaparro, Faculty