student chapter reports - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

student chapter reports - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Student Chapter Officers and Activities



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

ongoing activities.

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,, www.humanfactors-berlin.



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




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@,


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


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



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,,




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., 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



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

Career Panel.

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,, http://archlab.gmu.




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/




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,,



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, or, www.hfes.



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,



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,



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@,


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/

Program Chair

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@,


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,, 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





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,, http://www2.


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,

President/Newsletter Editor

Jennifer Kirschner, Vice President

Hsin-Ying (Nancy) Huang,


Sung-Hee Kim, Secretary

Chittayong (Jao) Surakitbanharn,

Outreach Chair

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,,, https://engineering.


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,

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



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

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,,


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,, 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



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,,



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, index.php.



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@,


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,

Internal Affairs

W. Sloane Hoyle, Copresident,

External Affairs

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



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,, http://



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

Relations Officer

Radhameris A. Gómez, Events


Brain Amster, Events Coordinator

Donald L. Fisher, Faculty Adviser

Jenna Marquard, Faculty Adviser

Matthew R. E. Romoser, Faculty




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

the country.

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/




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

Solutions, LLC).

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,,



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,



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,, http://


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,


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,, http://www.sys.


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,,



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,,



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,,


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



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