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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Announces Election of 12 Members to Fellow

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

On September 20 during the opening plenary session of the 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, HFES honored the following members for outstanding achievement, consistently superior professional performance, exceptional contributions, personal service to the Society, and other meritorious accomplishments. Brief highlights of the Fellows’ contributions are noted below.

Thomas J. Albin, High Plains Engineering, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Albin has an extensive background in the application and practice of ergonomics as an ergonomics practitioner, product developer, an applied researcher, and in the promotion of applying ergonomics and human factors in the workplace. He has played a leading role in the development of technical standards related to ergonomics and human factors and cochairs the ANSI/HFES 100 Revision Committee.

James P. Bliss, Professor of Psychology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia – Bliss has achieved an outstanding record of research, teaching, and service to the profession, always with an eye toward the pedagogical needs and interests of the next generation of HF professionals. His research has helped define the unique antecedents and behavioral outcomes related to varieties of signal trust. Under his leadership, in 2002 the Old Dominion University Student Chapter developed and implemented the first Student Career and Professional Development Day.

Jack T. Dennerlein, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts and adjunct professor of ergonomics and safety, Harvard School of Public Health – Dennerlein’s professional contribution is primarily in occupational ergonomics applied within a public health framework to prevent worker injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). He has served on the Human Factors Editorial Board, regularly reviews submissions to the HFES Annual Meeting, and was guest editor for the Ergonomics in Design special issue "Combatting the Sedentary Workplace."

Karen Jacobs, Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy, Boston University – The highly successful backpack awareness initiative conducted annually in the United States and Iceland is one example of Jacobs’ accomplishments in the area of ergonomics for children and youth. She continues her national involvement in backpack ergonomics as the national spokesperson for the American Occupational Therapy Association’s National Backpack Awareness Day. In 1990, Dr. Jacobs founded and continues to be the editor of WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. Currently chair of the HFES Outreach Division, Jacobs has also served as chair and program chair for the Environmental Design Technical Group.

Nancy L. J. Larson, Principal, Nancy L. J. Larson Consulting, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Larson has made significant and extraordinary contributions as a manager of a global ergonomics program as well as a consultant, whereby she has effectively applied HF/E principles to design office work environments and work processes for safety and productivity. She received the esteemed HFES Williams Design Award in 2015 for the design, implementation, and evaluation of an Ergonomic Program and Job Analysis System. Larson has served on the Executive Council and as chair and program chair for Macroergonomics and Environmental Design Technical Groups.

Christopher B. Mayhorn, Professor of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina – made significant contributions through graduate and undergraduate teaching, mentoring students, and conducting research. In additional to numerous publications, he maintains an active laboratory, mentoring more than 100 students. He served as coordinator the Human Factors and Applied Cognition graduate program. Mayhorn has served as chair of the HFES Technical Program Committee and is a former chair of the Carolina Chapter.

William H. Muto, Principal, WHM Consulting, Richardson, Texas – Muto has made contributions in both the application and practice of human factors that had a major impact on the products and product development processes at three major corporations. Most recently, at Abbott Laboratories, Muto initiated and established human factors as a core discipline in the development and evaluation of medical diagnostic equipment. He has served on the editorial board for Ergonomics in Design and is a past president of the North Texas Chapter.

Jay G. Pollack, Principal, Jay Pollack Consulting, Hillsboro, Ohio – Over his 30+-year career, Pollack has demonstrated the effectiveness of duplicating applied human factors research from the laboratory into real-world environments in the defense, public, and industrial sectors. Jay met an underserved need by developing a course in applied human performance and equipment design in extreme environments at the University of Dayton. He has held offices in numerous Technical Groups and serves on the Ergonomics in Design editorial board.

Amy R. Pritchett, Assistant Professor, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia – Pritchett’s research in aviation automation and safety is well-known and highly respected by the aerospace community. She served two years as director of the Aviation Safety Program at NASA headquarters. A dedicated teacher and mentor, she has served on dissertation and thesis committees for 50 PhD and MS students. Pritchett is serving her second term as editor in chief of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making.

Harvey S. Smallman, Senior Scientist, Pacific Science and Engineering, San Diego, California – Smallman’s research has had a tremendous impact on the research, design, and development of visual information displays across a wide range of military and industrial applications. His research has led to several significant discoveries in visual display perception and performance, advancing the literature and the application of design concepts and fielded systems. He has twice received the HFES Jerome H. Ely Award for best paper published in Human Factors. Smallman served as chair and cochair of the Perception and Performance Technical Group.

Tonya L. Smith-Jackson, Professor and Chair, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina – Smith-Jackson has chaired and cochaired 20 doctoral dissertations and 30 MS theses and supervised undergraduate and high school projects. She has received three awards for her efforts toward advancing women. Much of her funded research enterprise has focused on marginalized groups, with an emphasis on ethnicity, disabilities, and age. In addition to holding various technical group offices and chairing a task force on diversity, Smith-Jackson has been an associate editor of Ergonomics in Design.

Kim-Phuong L. Vu, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, California State University, Long Beach – Vu has developed outstanding research programs in basic and applied areas of human performance. She has related the theoretical advances from her research on action selection to applied issues in the field of human factors. She has mentored over 120 graduate and undergraduate students in research, publishing journal articles or proceedings papers with over 60 student co-authors. Vu is an associate editor for Human Factors and has served as chair of the HFES Student Affairs Committee.

The 2016 Fellows, whose nominations indicated specific categories of accomplishment (Academic & Teaching, Research & Development, Management & Supervision, or Applications & Practice), were approved following a two-stage process. They join an impressive group of distinguished colleages.

‚ÄčThe Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. “Human Factors and Ergonomics: People-Friendly Design Through Science and Engineering.”