2018 May



Submit Nominations for HFES Officers and Executive Council Members by June 8


Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making (JCEDM) Editor-in-Chief Candidates Sought

NSF and Air Force Sign Letter of Intent to Enable Future Collaborations
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

Highlights from the 13th Annual California State Long Beach Human Factors Student Chapter Conference
By James Y. Park

2017 European Chapter Conference Proceedings
By Dick de Waard

In Memoriam: Arun Garg
By Kermit Davis, President-Elect

NIOSH Updates

MAY 24, 2018


2018 ErgoX Symposium: Exoskeletons in the Workplace – Assessing Safety, Usability, and Productivity

MAY 17, 2018


White House Releases Rescission Package for Congress’ Consideration
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

Promote the Work of Your University Lab at HFES 2018

K. U. Smith Student Award to be Presented to Yaar Harari

MAY 10, 2018


View the Tentative Annual Meeting Session Schedule – Details to Come

Students: Apply for Annual Meeting Support Awards by May 15

Read the Spring Edition of the HFES Student NewsletterMichael Rupp, Editor; Brittany N. Neilson, Coeditor


HFES Sends Letter to Congress Advocating for NASA Research Funding
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

Call for HFE WOMAN Award Nominations
By Julia L. Wright, Chair, HFE WOMAN Awards Committee

Nomination Ballots Due June 8

Reviewing for Ergonomics in Design

Steven Casey Addresses Naval Sea Systems Command

Potential CDC Fellowship Opportunities

MAY 3, 2018


Stipend Increased and Submission Deadline Extended for NSF Workshop on Effect of Autonomous Trucks on the U.S. Economy

Students: Apply for Annual Meeting Support Awards by May 15


Nominations and Elections — Demystifying the Executive Council
By Christopher R. Reid, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

Congress Passes, and President Trump Signs, $1.3 Trillion Appropriations Bill
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

We Are Looking for YOU – And a Handful of Your Colleagues!
By Beth Blickensderfer, Chair, Education Division


2018 Student Career and Professional Development Day

Increase Your Organization's Visibility with Annual Meeting Promotions and Save 10%

Students: Participate in the 2018 Women in Robotics Workshop

K. U. Smith Student Award to be Presented to Adam Schwartz

Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making (JCEDM) Editor-in-Chief Candidates Sought

The term of the current editor-in-chief of JCEDM will expire at the end of 2018, and HFES is seeking candidates for the position.

The JCEDM editor's term is four years (2019–2022), with the possibility of two additional two-year terms. The incoming editor will be asked to work with the outgoing editor in the latter part of 2018, so on each end of the tenure there will be a few months of overlap to enable a smooth transition.

Desirable candidates should have a deep passion for the fields of cognitive engineering and decision making, particularly within the journal’s focus on understanding how experts perform in complex working environments. They should have a vision as to how they will engage the diverse community involved with this focus, and how they will reach out to related disciplines to extend the application of publications in the journal.

Candidates should have a broad perspective on the cross-disciplinary nature of the journal and how it complements other Society publications. They also should have prior experience working with authors of scientific research, including a demonstrated ability to communicate sometimes unwelcome news with consideration, tact, and diplomacy. Finally, candidates should be able to coordinate the activities of professional staff and volunteers involved in the review and publication processes.

Administrative support for the manuscript review process is provided by HFES and SAGE staff. Questions about these functions may be directed to Communications Director Lois Smith (310/394‑1811, lois@hfes.org).

If you are interested in being considered for the JCEDM editorship, please forward a current CV, letter of interest, and two professional or personal recommendation letters to Lois Smith by JUNE 25, 2018. The Scientific Publications Committee will conduct telephone interviews with qualified candidates in July and make a recommendation to the Executive Council in September.

NSF and Air Force Sign Letter of Intent to Enable Future Collaborations

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

On May 9, France Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to streamline collaboration between the two agencies to bolster national security through fundamental research and innovation. The new partnership aims to enhance collaboration between NSF and the Air Force in basic and applied research, as well as provide pathways for NSF-funded research to go from lab to marketplace. NSF and Air Force leaders share the goal of increasing innovation by accelerating research and development cycles together in strategic areas of importance to national security.

The agreement provides the structural foundation needed to foster new and increased collaboration between the two agencies, facilitate long-term planning, and focus on issues related to STEM education. The LOI will create new strategic partnerships focused on four areas of research:

  • space operations and geosciences

  • advanced material sciences

  • information and data sciences

  • workforce and processes. 

Director Córdova and Secretary Wilson stated in their address that these areas will build on underlying technologies of relevance to both agencies, such as quantum physics and artificial intelligence (AI). Under each of the four areas, cross-agency leadership groups will coordinate activities and develop a roadmap of focus areas for future collaboration. Several of these groups have already met and are further along than others in the process.

At the signing event, Secretary Wilson stated that the agreement would enable the Air Force greater access to universities through NSF. Director Córdova stated that the agreement would help accelerate innovation of NSF-supported basic research through a Lab-to-Market process and other pathways.

Although no new funding is directly associated with this partnership initially, the collaboration could lead to new opportunities in the future, potentially for individual researchers, center awards, early-career faculty, and students. HFES members are encouraged to leverage their contacts and engage with relevant program officers at both NSF and the Air Force on research projects and ideas of mutual interest while both agencies are at an early stage in their thinking. Members researching HF/E and AI should specifically consider how their work on AI may be tied into the four areas listed above.

Sources and additional information:

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, DC-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.

Highlights from the 13th Annual California State Long Beach Human Factors Student Chapter Conference

By James Y. Park


Keynote speakers and student chapter officers. From the top left-to-right: Elyse Hallett, Mario Lin, Zach Roberts, James Park, Corey Morgan, and Adam Emfield. From the bottom left-to-right: Allen
Chen, Edward Barraza, Andrea Flores, Sabrina Moran, Amber
Latham-Slepicka, and Jessica Howe. Photo credit: Matthew Nare.

The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) HFES Student Chapter hosted the thirteenth annual CSULB Human Factors Student Conference on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The event was open and free to the CSULB community as well as to students from other Southern California schools and local businesses.

Our conference brought students, faculty, and professionals together in an open forum for conversing and exchanging ideas in human factors, psychology, and related disciplines. This gave students an opportunity to present their research, meet with potential employers and peers, and attend presentations given by the keynote speakers. The student chapter provided food and beverages for more than 65 people during the all-day event, which was made possible by student chapter fundraisers and local sponsors.

The first keynote speaker was Principal UX Manager Adam Emfield from Nuance Communications, who spoke about the human factors design of vehicle interfaces for in-vehicle user experience. The second keynote speaker was Research and Systems Safety Specialist Jessica Howe from MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare. This speaker focused on how clinicians and patients interact with medical devices and systems, which was showcased by critical incident case studies in how human factors investigations fix and improve medicine.

The last event was a Q&A panel of alumni, ranging from recent graduates to more distant past graduates of the CSULB MSc Psychology, Human Factors program. The alumni panel was new for this year, and the students seemed to enjoy gaining insight for work-life after graduation. They also heard from alumni and attending professionals and faculty about differences and similarities between the different spectrums of human factors careers. Finally, students presented their research posters, and the conference concluded with a breakout session with speakers for informal conversations.

Student and faculty attended from the University of Southern California, University of California (UC) San Diego, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, San Jose State University, CSU Dominguez Hills, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Among the attendees were representatives from Boeing; California State Land Commission; COVER Price; DataScience; Don't Panic UX; Dynamic Research, Inc.; Human Factors Consulting Services, Inc.; Insulet Corporation; MedStar Health; NASA; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Nuance Communications; Pacific Science & Engineering Group; Sony Interactive Entertainment PlayStation; and the U.S. Air Force.

The HFES CSULB Student Chapter thanks the sponsors and helpers from HFES; MP Design & Printing; Associated Students, Inc.; Fast Signs; and the CSULB Department of Psychology, CSULB Human Factors Committee, University Student Union, Student Life & Development, and our student chapter faculty adviser, Gabriella M. Hancock, PhD.

The HFES CSULB Student Chapter welcomes all who are interested to our next conference, to be held in March 2019.

James Y. Park is a second-year MSc graduate student in the Miles Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Psychology, California State University, Long Beach.

2017 European Chapter Conference Proceedings

By Dick de Waard

Since 2012, the proceedings of the annual HFES Europe Chapter conference have been published and are available for download (open access). We are happy to announce that we just added all papers of the 2017 Rome conference. The theme of the conference was “Varieties of interaction: From User Experience to Neuroergonomics.” The proceedings include papers on automation, surface transportation, HMI, and aviation. Please visit http://www.hfes-europe.org/books-proceedings if you are interested in accessing the 2017 conference proceedings.

In Memoriam: Arun Garg

By Kermit Davis, President-Elect

Dr. Arun Garg passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2018. He was a distinguished professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the College of Health Sciences. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1976.

Garg was a pioneer in the field of occupational ergonomics, where he was instrumental in the development of the NIOSH lifting equation and Strain Index, two of the most widely used ergonomics assessment tools. He was also highly regarded in the health-care industry as one of the first researchers to document the stress placed on health-care workers during the handling of patients. He had more than 175 publications and 9,000 citations. His legacy and impact will truly live on forever.

“Arun helped me to implement an ergonomics program at a Fortune 300 company starting in 1979 and conducted a lot of research regarding safe patient handling and mobility amongst his many other accomplishments. He was truly a leader, a legend, and a friend.” – Colin J. Brigham

Anyone can make a donation in Arun's name to the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA, an educational nonprofit, at https://www.ekal.org/us/donate. For more information and to leave condolences, click here.

NIOSH Updates

NIOSH’s Strategic Plan has been updated for Fiscal Years 2019–2023 and is available at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/about/strategicplan/default.html. There are several goals that address occupational safety and robotics research. They can be found by searching for the following goal numbers: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.7, 6.1, 6.3, 6.5, 6.6, 6.15, 7.8, 6.13, and 6.14. NIOSH will use these research goals to guide intramural and extramural research. 


NIOSH has also issued a Request for Information (RFI) about occupational robotics research prioritization, https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docket/review/docket313/
. This includes identification of more detailed research needs than are in the Strategic Plan. NIOSH seeks feedback on potential refinements to the identified research needs and how specific research should be prioritized. Comments are being accepted through July 13, 2018.

MAY 24, 2018

2018 ErgoX Symposium: Exoskeletons in the Workplace
– Assessing Safety, Usability, and Productivity


HFES will offer its 2018 Ergo-X Symposium on Monday, October 1, the day before the HFES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Chaired by Christopher Reid, David Rempel, and Kermit Davis, the symposium has three objectives:

  • Provide an update on human factors, safety, and ergonomics research methods for exoskeletons

  • Highlight standards and technology on exoskeletons

  • Inform and educate stakeholders (designers, users, and researchers) about exoskeleton types, applications, and their potential to reduce injuries and increase human performance (productivity, quality, etc.).

The symposium will include two keynote presentations, user and developer discussion panels, and human factors/ergonomics research methods that dive into end user population accommodation, usability, safety, and ergonomics. Attendees will have the opportunity to network during meal breaks and to view product demos.

Symposium sponsors include Liberty Mutual, The Boeing Company, Levitate Technologies, ASTM International, and Northern Illinois University. NIOSH will prepare a publication of the day’s presentations and discussions, which will be available for downloading from its Web site.

Symposium Chair Chris Reid says, “HFES and my fellow chairs are grateful for the support we are receiving for this day. Their sponsorship makes it possible for HFES to contain costs while offering a rich day of learning for attendees.”

Organizers are inviting three groups to share their knowledge, experience, and goals with exoskeletons:

  • Developers (Producers) will showcase and demo their products. Demos will be embedded into the program. Vendors producing different types of exoskeletons, for different domains (military, medical, industrial, etc.), will participate. 

  • Researchers (University, Private Industry, & Federal Agencies) will provide information on approaches to the design of HF/E research on exoskeletons to appropriately assess fit, usability, safety, ergonomics, productivity, and cost-effectiveness.

  • Users, consisting of companies, federal agencies, patients, workers, and workers unions who have experience with exoskeletons in production environments will candidly share their evaluation methods, expectations, and findings, both positive and negative.

Bruce Floershein of WearRACon/GoXStudio will present the opening keynote: “Wearable Robotic Systems: Global Landscape and Opportunities.” The keynote will be followed by a presentation, “Update on Standards: ASTM F48, ISO, Etc.”

Sudhakar Rajulu of NASA Johnson Space Center will present the after-lunch keynote: “Ergonomic Assessment of a Spacesuit Exoskeleton: From The Perspective of Population Analysis, Fit, Accommodation, Comfort, and Performance.”

The symposium will also include a number of moderated discussion panels:

  • Exoskeleton User Discussion Panel
    Who are the faces and advocates behind the users of exoskeletons and exosuits? What questions and concerns should exoskeleton and exosuit developers be mindful of when designing their products for their customers? This user discussion panel session will allow us to deep dive and discuss the concerns from different experts in industrial, military, and medical domains that help advocate for the safety and performance of exoskeleton and exosuit users.

    Moderator: Robert Fox, General Motors. Panelists: Robbie Schram, Toyota; Nate Fuller, Bechtel; Ron Zmijewski, U.S. Navy – Puget Sound Naval Shipyard; Kendra Betz, U.S. Veterans Affairs.

  • Research Methods 1 - Design for Population Accommodation & Performance
    It is important to understand the extent to which a targeted user population will be able to be properly sized and fitted to an exoskeleton and exosuit system. Additionally, it is necessary to understand varying aspects of a user population’s age, gender, injury history, strength, and/or range of motion applicable to system usage that could have a positive or negative influence for safety and performance. This discussion panel will allow for audience discussion with researchers who are looking for lessons learned regarding nuances of the human population of exoskeleton/exosuit end users.

    Moderator: Kermit Davis, University of Cincinnati. Panelists: Joseph Parham, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC); Leia Stirling, MIT.

  •  Exoskeleton Developer Discussion Panel
    Exo Squad, Elysium, Edge of Tomorrow, Aliens, and Iron Man. What visions of grandeur are mentally conjured when we think of what Hollywood has imagined our future to be? But how much of science fiction can become science fact? And how will we do that safely, reliably, and effectively for the people who intend to use these exoskeletons and exosuits? This developer discussion panel will allow us to tap into the visions that current exoskeleton developers are pursuing while also allowing the audience and developers an opportunity to discuss processes, technology, and human research assistance needed.

    Moderator: Chris Reid, The Boeing Company. Panelists: Ben Wolff, Sarcos; Marty Linn, General Motors/Bioservo; Ignacio Galiana, Harvard Wyss Institute; Brandon Frees, Ekso Bionics.

  • Research Methods 2 – Assessing System Usability
    It is important to understand how a person would interface and integrate both physically and cognitively with an exoskeleton and exosuit system. Ideal system usability and user experience can lead to improved outcomes such as performance gains or, conversely, lead to safety, discomfort, or confusion in utilization. This is an interactive audience discussion panel with researchers who have been looking into how these devices interact with people and the positive and/or negative outcomes that are starting to be seen from exoskeleton/exosuit usage.

    Moderator: Carissa Harris-Adamson, University of California, Berkeley. Panelists: Kevin Purcell, U.S. Army Public Health Center; Kadon Kyte, The Boeing Company; Alix Dorfman, Underwriters Lab (UL) Wiklund.

  • Research Methods 3 – Assessing Safety
    It is important to understand the acute implications of wearing and using exoskeletons and exosuits. This is an interactive audience discussion panel that examines the physical, physiological, hygienic, biomechanical, and/or usage effects with respect to safety concerns.

    Moderator: Brian Lowe, NIOSH. Panelists: Roger Bostelman, NIST; Angela Boynton, U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

  • Research Methods 4 – Assessing Ergonomics
    It is important to understand any longitudinal (days, weeks, months, years) implications of wearing and using exoskeletons and exosuits. This session examines the physiological and biomechanical effects to estimate potential concerns that could occur over time. Subject matter experts and audience members will have the opportunity to discuss exoskeleton/exosuit human research looking into ergonomics areas such as musculoskeletal or physiological concerns and/or performance gains.

    Moderator: Cathy White, Dow Chemical. Panelists: Marty Smets, Ford; Maury Nussbaum, Virginia Tech; Karen Nolan, Kessler Foundation.

Conferences and symposia typically close with the event chairs giving a summary of the activities and findings from the occasion. As Chris explains, “This time we are doing things a bit differently by allowing summaries to come from the perspectives of exoskeleton and exosuit subject matter experts themselves…each with different application, industry, or expert perspectives.

“This Closing Discussion Panel will allow for audience interaction with experts from workers compensation, the U.S. Department of Defense, medical exoskeleton device researchers, and industry standards experts to help shape near-term and far-term next steps in exoskeleton and exosuit development.”

Moderator: Cindy Whitehead, U.S. Navy – Naval Sea System Command. Panelists: Delia Treaster, Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation; Bindu Nair, U.S. Department of Defense Basic Research Office; Gerard Francisco, TIRR Memorial Hospital; Don Peterson, University of Northern Illinois/ASTM F48.

To view the full schedule, click here.

MAY 17, 2018

White House Releases Rescission Package for Congress’ Consideration

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC


On May 8, the White House released a $15 billion rescission package that would eliminate unspent non-defense funds from previous years. The package follows the backlash the Administration faced from fiscal conservatives after the enacted increase in federal spending in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year (FY) 2018, known as the omnibus.

No cuts were proposed to programs funded in the recently passed FY 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, but would instead focus on unobligated funding appropriated prior to FY 2018. The requested rescissions would impact departments and agencies across the federal government, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency, but would have no impact on research and education programs of interest to the research and higher education community. Roughly half of the rescission would come from unobligated funding in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to indicate that House Democrats would be opposed to the proposal. The cuts would also target funding provided in the stimulus package passed by Congress in 2010, such as unused funding for loan guarantees and earmarks. While Congress reviews the proposal, the White House has placed a 45-day freeze on any funds included in a rescission package, which will be enforced by the Office of Management and Budget.

The cuts amount to the largest single rescission request submitted by a President. However, for the cuts to take effect, Congress would have to approve the package within 45 legislative days. Requiring only a simple majority, the House is likely to pass the measure, but its fate is uncertain in the Senate. With Republicans holding a Senate majority by only a two-seat margin and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in Arizona due to poor health, Senate Republicans may not have the votes to pass the measure. The rescission package reflects the White House’s and Congressional Republicans’ desire to demonstrate their priority of fiscal discipline to address mounting deficits and national debt. However, actual savings would be small since the package, if passed, would only reduce the deficit by $3 billion since most of the money targeted would not have been spent. This package would have no impact on the yearly projected spending deficit of $804 billion. 

The Trump Administration has indicated that it plans to release another rescission package that will likely target non-defense funding provided in the FY 2018 omnibus. That proposal may target programs of interest to the research and higher education community. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Richard Shelby (R-AL) have rejected revisiting FY 2018 funding and the overall bipartisan budget agreement, funding for any programs identified in the package would be frozen for 45 days at a time when agencies are rushing to obligate funding before the end of FY 2018.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • The Office of Management and Budget’s rescission package is available here.

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, DC-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.

Promote the Work of Your University Lab at HFES 2018

HFES invites posters from university laboratories that are conducting work in HF/E research and application to participate in the HFES showcase at the 2018 Annual Meeting. The aim of showcase is to demonstrate the variety of HF/E educational and research programs, not to describe specific research projects.

One side of each poster board may be reserved for a single institution. (Multiple labs from the same school should combine their materials to fit on one side of a board.) Each board measures 4 feet high by 8 feet wide; posters must not exceed those dimensions.

Lab posters will be on display in the registration area on the following days:

Wednesday, October 3
Session 1: setup at 7:45 a.m., on display 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., lab representative(s) available 9:00–10:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 4 
Session 2: setup at 7:45 a.m., on display 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., lab representative(s) available 9:00–10:00 a.m.

To reserve space to display your university's HF/E lab, send a request to Susan Marschner (susan@hfes.org) at the HFES central office by September 1 and include the following information:

  • Date and time (session) requested

  • Name of lab and university

  • Name, phone number, and e-mail address of person responsible for the poster

  • Brief description of the lab

Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation and instructions for displaying your lab poster will be sent via e-mail.

K. U. Smith Student Award to be Presented to Yaar Harari

Yaari Harari is one of two recipients of the 2018 K. U. Smith Student Award. The other recipient is Adam Schwartz, whose work was profiled in the May 3 Bulletin.

The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) launched the K. U. Smith Student Award in 1997. The award provides a tangible means by which the IEA can encourage the development of the discipline, foster scholarship, and recognize worthy achievements. It honors a deserving student responsible for an application of or contribution to ergonomics. This award is given every three years; any student-authored paper in the last three years was eligible for this award.

Harari, a PhD candidate from the Biomechanics and Robotics lab, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, will receive the award for his paper, Methodology for Optimal Workplace Design Using Digital Human Modeling and Considering Ergonomics and Productivity at the 20th Congress of the IEA in Florence, Italy, in August. The paper was co-authored by Harari's advisers, Raziel Riemer, PhD, the head of the Biomechanics and Robotics lab, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and Avital Bechar, PhD, from the Agricultural Research Organization, Israel.

In the paper, Harari presents an innovative automated ergonomic optimization methodology for workplace design based on digital human modeling simulation and using the genetic algorithm. He developed a new formulation for the optimization problem in which the objective is to maximize the workers' productivity and at the same time not exceed ergonomic thresholds. This new formulation results in a more than 100% improvement in productivity relative to the old formulation presented in previous studies. Moreover, it utilizes a similar concept to what practitioners (e.g., ergonomists, industrial engineers) are already using in the industry and therefore is much more intuitive for adoption by practitioners.

MAY 10, 2018

HFES Sends Letter to Congress Advocating for NASA Research Funding

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC


On April 20, HFES, joined by 37 organizations as part of the Coalition for Aerospace and Science (CAS), sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees advocating for funding and support for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its critical research programs. The letter was sent to Representatives John Culberson (R-TX) and Jose Serrano (D-NY); the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies; as well as Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), their counterparts in the Senate.

CAS, of which HFES is a founding member, is an alliance of prominent industry, university, and science organizations united in support for robust and sustained federal investments in NASA’s science and research programs. The coalition advocates that increasing federal support and maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness for the agency will help ensure the nation’s scientific, industrial, and academic leadership long into the future.

HFES and CAS urged the Appropriations Committees to allocate $21.7 billion for NASA for fiscal year (FY) 2019, an increase of $1 billion (5%) above the level recently enacted in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (FY 2018 omnibus), and $1.8 billion (9%) above the President’s FY 2019 Budget Request. Notable for HFES, CAS was unified in opposition to the proposed elimination of the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) proposed in the President’s Budget Request, advocating to fund STMD at $796 million, a $36 million increase from the amount enacted in the FY 2018 omnibus. STMD, created during the Obama Administration, funds science and engineering research to support investments in cutting-edge innovations not ascribed to a specific mission mandate. CAS stated that “STMD’s culture, strategy, and implementation approach is unique within NASA” and has a proven track record in developing science and technology to support NASA’s mission.

Since the passing of the FY 2018 omnibus by Congress and signature by President Trump on March 23, Congress has begun holding hearings to examine the president’s FY 2019 Budget Request to determine spending levels for federal agencies for the next fiscal year. The Appropriations Committees will take into account the input from HFES and other advocates as they prepare to introduce appropriations bills later in the spring and summer.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • The April 20 letter sent by the Coalition for Aerospace and Science (CAS) is available here.

  • A comprehensive analysis of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 is available here.

  • A comprehensive analysis of the President’s FY 2019 Budget Request is available here.

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, DC-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.

Call for HFE WOMAN Award Nominations

By Julia L. Wright, HFE WOMAN Awards Committee Chair

Human Factors and Ergonomics Women’s Organization for Mentorship and Networking (HFE WOMAN) announces that the nomination period is now open for the 2018 awards. Nomination packets will be accepted through June 29, 2018.

HFE WOMAN sponsors two awards each year, HFE WOMAN Woman of the Year and HFE WOMAN Mentor of the Year. These awards are presented annually during the HFE WOMAN luncheon. Details on these awards can be found at http://hfwomensgroup.com/awards.

The HFE WOMAN Woman of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contribution made by an individual woman (or team of women, if applicable) to the human factors and ergonomics community through research, academia, and/or service. This award honors women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and elsewhere, who make significant contributions in their community, and whose achievements make them leaders in changing the social and business landscape. Nominees can be at any stage of their career.

The HFE WOMAN Mentor of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions made by an individual (man or woman) in the mentorship and professional advancement of women within the human factors and ergonomics community. Nominees for this award should be mid- to late-career individuals with an extended history of mentoring, sponsoring, and/or otherwise advancing women professionals and students in the field of human factors.

HFES Full Members, Fellows, and Emeritus Fellows in good standing may nominate worthy candidates for the awards. Candidates need not be members of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Candidates for the award may self-nominate or ask colleagues to submit nominations on their behalf.

Nominees should submit the candidate’s résumé or curriculum vitae, a nominating letter, and at least one (but not more than two) letters of support from individuals who know the candidate well enough to assess his or her candidacy in terms of the award’s criteria.

Send all nomination packages via email to the awards committee at hfewomanawards@gmail.com, and identify that it is a nomination packet in the subject line (e.g., Nomination Woman Year). Please submit the package as a single file in PDF format.


Nomination Ballots Due June 8

HFES Full Members, Fellows, and Emeritus Fellows are invited to participate in the officer and Executive Council nominations process. Please download a ballot for your use in nominating HFES members for the positions of:

  • President-Elect

  • Secretary-Treasurer-Elect

  • Two Council Members-at-Large

Ballots must be received by 5:00 P.M. PDT on June 8, 2018 in order to be counted.

Individuals selected for these positions will begin their service at the October 2018 Annual Meeting and will serve three-year terms. The president-elect and secretary-treasurer-elect will serve as president and secretary treasurer in 2018-2019 and past president and past secretary treasurer in 2019-2020.

As in the past, please verify that your nominees are aware of your nomination and that they will agree to serve if nominated. This year, the Nominations and Elections Committee is requesting at least three nominations for each nominee, so please be sure that, if you are nominating someone else, he or she also nominates him- or herself. Remember that only full Members and Fellows of the Society in good standing may be nominated.

Complete instructions are available here, as is the ballot. You may return your ballot via e-mail (vote@hfes.org) or by mail or fax. If you fax your ballot, be sure to use the cover sheet, which includes a space for printing or typing your name and signing the ballot. Ballots returned by postal mail must have your printed name and signature on the back of the envelope.

Thank you for participating in this year's election!


Reviewing for Ergonomics in Design

EID invites prospective occasional reviewers with an interest in contributing to the manuscript peer-review process. Submissions are evaluated on the basis of suitability (that is, related to human factors/ergonomics practice), accuracy, clarity, and other criteria. Reviewers are asked to complete their evaluations in 4 weeks.

Please submit a letter of interest and current CV to Communications Director Lois Smith (lois@hfes.org) if you wish to be considered for occasional reviewing.

The Editorial Board has just approved a Student Reviewer Program, which enables advanced graduate students to participate in the review process. The student, once vetted by the editor, will work under the guidance of the student’s faculty adviser. Student reviewers will be provided with resources to help them produce a high-quality review. If the student’s review is acceptable, it will be provided to the author of the submission along with other reviews.


Steven Casey Addresses Naval Sea Systems Command


Rear Admiral Moises DelToro III (right) presents
Steven Casey with an engraved glass plaque as
a token of the Navy’s appreciation.

HFES Fellow and former Executive Council member Steven Casey gave the invited address to a full house at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C. on April 10, 2018, at the 55th Anniversary Commemoration of the loss of the USS Thresher. The newest and most advanced nuclear-attack submarine in the world, the Thresher was lost with 129 aboard while undergoing sea trials in 8,400 ft. of water 220 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts. Her loss resulted in the creation of the Navy’s comprehensive submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE.

Steve’s talk was entitled “Design-Induced Human Error in the Real World” and highlighted a number of informative technological disasters and James Reason’s “Swiss Cheese Model” of accident causation.


Potential CDC Fellowship Opportunities

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Division of Safety Research (DSR), Protective Technology Branch (PTB), located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has potential fellowship opportunities for assisting in development of virtual simulation environments, instrumentation interfaces, and equipment test procedures for the PTB Vehicle Safety Lab and Virtual Reality Lab. The two labs host projects that study occupational driver safety, construction safety, and robotics safety, among others. This position requires academic or work experience in biomedical engineering or other engineering fields that involve computer programming and instrumentation. The position also requires a demonstrated ability to work as a productive team member, conduct experiments with teams, and clearly communicate testing results.

The NIOSH Morgantown facility is a national leader in occupational safety research to prevent job-related injuries. The Division of Safety Research serves as the focal point for the Institute’s occupational traumatic injury prevention and safety research programs. Both U.S. citizens and Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Salary ranges for these positions are $41,365–$73,375 depending on education and experience and the type of fellowship.

For more details regarding this fellowship opportunity, feel free to contact Hongwei Hsiao, Chief, Protective Technology Branch, at hxh4@cdc.gov or 304-285-5981.

MAY 3, 2018

Nominations and Elections — Demystifying the Executive Council

By Christopher R. Reid, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

Can you hear that? That’s the sound of keyboards typing and printers printing the nomination ballots for the upcoming election of officers and At-Large Executive Council (EC) members. You may be wondering, what is life like on the Council?

As an HFES member in grad school, I used to hear stories of this mythical Executive Council, but I only ever saw the president from time to time. I used to conjure up images in my head, and with fellow students (Padawan learners), that the EC was like the Jedi Council from Star Wars - essentially, a group of elite academics and practitioners (resembling a cross between wise characters from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter movies) who sat in a room at the top of a tower in a circle conducting meetings and making national and international decisions to save the world. And if you’re thinking that I imagined that they all walked around in robes and had lightsabers…yes…yes, I did!

It’s been nearly thirteen years since those grad school days, and it’s been an amazing journey for me since then. Members of HFES were there for me in school, helping me connect with lifelong mentors, friends, and associates who helped me through the grueling dissertation process. It was the HFES family that I turned to for my first job, when the world was trying to make it through the recession of 2009 and 2010.

Two career jumps later and much more gray-haired, I’ve come to find that many of those same members of the HFES family who helped me through my career were also past or current EC members. By listening to their stories and watching their careers, I came to realize that it was time for me to start giving back to the home that raised me. I wanted to give back to HFES opportunities to strengthen its capabilities and ensure it is sustained beyond my time in office. I also wanted to share the lessons learned from my perspective in my unique bubble as a practitioner and give voice to those lessons learned so that we can increase the value of HFES for our membership.

How Does the Nominations and Elections Process Work?
Every year, Full Members, Fellows, and Emeritus Fellows have the privilege of nominating candidates for the EC positions of President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer-Elect, and two At-Large Members. Eligible members can nominate themselves or other members, provided the members being nominated agree to have their names put on the ballot.Ballots will be sent to members to Full and Emeritus members next week. You can find what these three positions entail in the HFES Bylaws under “Article II – Officers” in order to better understand what duties you will need to execute if elected.

These elected positions – along with Division Chairs, the Executive Director, Communications Director, Director of Member Services – form the leadership that keeps the cogs turning for the HFES machine. This includes the activities that we’re all familiar with, such the Annual Meeting, Health Care Symposium, ErgoX Symposium, and our journals, proceedings, and other publications. It also includes some of the lesser-known activities, such as paying the bills; keeping members informed through communications; external outreach with government, standards organizations, and other societies; educating our students and communities; anticipating and aiding with membership needs; and setting strategic goals for future resource investments. It’s through these tireless volunteers and staff that HFES continues to stay agile, adaptive, and contributing to the betterment of not only its membership but also the global society.

Our passion in the EC is palpable during our meetings, and we each leave a piece of our individual lives, our desires…our essence for HFES on the table every time we part. Ultimately, though, it’s these individual contributions that inspire that same passion of HFES onto the next member who wishes to run for office.

Having gone through the election process myself, I can say it can be stressful putting your nomination package together and running. Was it all worth it? I’d say this. Since joining the EC, I’ve been able to get a better understanding of the inner functions of HFES and the mechanisms that connect them to industry, government, and academia to enhance societal problem identification and solving. I’ve made new relationships and career connections with those on the EC who I never met before and deepened those I already knew.

So this article represents our EC call… our challenge to each of you. Take a moment to reflect on your life and career and ask yourself, what can you give back to HFES as a member of the EC? What problems will you help solve? What opportunities will you help create? What lessons have you learned that will help you guide this great ship on our journey into the future?

By the way, that earlier part about the EC being a bunch of sage Jedi sitting at a round table was real! There weren’t any Jedi robes or lightsaber involved though…total letdown. I guess that’s one thing demystified.

Congress Passes, and President Trump Signs, $1.3 Trillion Appropriations Bill

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

On March 23, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 was passed with broad bipartisan support with a vote of 256-167 in the House and 65-32 in the Senate. The $1.3 trillion comprehensive appropriations bill will fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2018. Congress rejected many of the cuts proposed by the Trump Administration in its FY 2018 budget request and provided increases to federal investments in many of the research, education, and health care programs important to research institutions.

The bill rejects the significant cuts to federal agencies proposed in the president’s FY 2018 budget request. For example, the bill would fund the National Science Foundation (NSF) at $7.7 billion (a 3.9% increase over FY 2017), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at $37.1 billion (an 8.8% increase), the Department of Transportation at $86.1 billion (an 11.6% increase), and the Department of Defense’s Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation account at $88.3 billion (up by 22.1%). With this bill, Congress sent a strong message of its funding priorities and how they sharply contrast with the Trump Administration’s proposals.

Following the passage of the bill, program managers at federal research agencies have determined funding allocations for programs and projects based on final appropriations and have begun to proceed with renewals, new opportunities, and award announcements. With less than five months left in the fiscal year, federal research agencies are preparing to release many funding solicitations. HFES members who are looking to obtain research funding should be proactive in reaching out to contacts and leveraging relationships with federal program officers, in order to respond quickly to future funding opportunities. 

Meanwhile, Congress has directed its attention to allocating appropriations for FY 2019, following the Trump Administration’s release of the FY 2019 president’s budget request on February 12. While that budget request builds on the previous year’s emphasis on defense and national security at the expense of nondefense federal agencies and programs, Congress will ultimately decide funding levels for FY 2019.

Congress is currently holding hearings on the president’s FY 2019 budget request, and the House of Representatives has begun to release and mark up appropriations bills. Congress is expected to again reject the proposed cuts to research and student aid programs proposed by the Trump Administration.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • A comprehensive analysis of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 is available here.

  • A comprehensive analysis of the President’s FY 2019 Budget Request is available here.

  • An updated analysis of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) FY 2019 Budget Request is available here.

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, DC-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.

We Are Looking for YOU − And a Handful of Your Colleagues!

By Beth Blickensderfer, Chair, Education Division

If you are ready to give back to your HF/E community, we are looking for a chair and a handful of members to lead the Webinars Committee.

The committee’s goal is to identify 4–6 topics and speakers each year. Webinars are 60 minutes in length, which includes an introduction and a question-and-answer segment. A committee member moderates or identifies a member to moderate each session.

HFES staff manage the logistics of gathering details, promoting the webinar, organizing practice and live sessions, monitoring the webinars as they happen, and archiving the recordings and presentation slides for downloading.

The contribution of your time allows your fellow members to stay informed about the latest HF/E research and practice and brings Society recognition to you and your colleagues.

Please send a letter of interest to be the chair or committee member to Education Division Chair Beth Blickensderfer (blick488@erau.edu) by May 15.

2018 Student Career and Professional Development Day

Held annually since 2003, Student Career and Professional Development Day offers guidance to students regarding their education and career paths. The Career Day program, to be held October 1 in Philadelphia, was organized by the HFES Student Chapters at the University of Toronto; University at Buffalo, SUNY; and Texas A&M University. Further details will be available in June.

Session 1: Transitioning From Student to Professional
Chair: Taylor Kunkes, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Students will hear from recent graduates on their experiences transitioning from their program to working in the real world as professionals in academia and industry. The session opens with each of the panelists discussing his or her experiences in making this transition and what they look for in recent graduates beginning their early careers. They will offer recommendations and advice. A Q&A session follows.

Session 2: Build Your Network Through Speed Networking Bingo
Cochairs: Carolina Rodriguez-Paras, Texas A&M University, and Taylor Kunkes, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Following on the success of the 2016 and 2017 speed networking sessions, this year, students and professionals will play bingo. Bingo speed networking is a simple, fun way to meet HF/E professionals and expand professional networks. This session will provide tips for successful networking.

Session 3: Human Factors in Practice: Past and Future Directions
Chair: Sean Kortschot, University of Toronto
Students will hear HF/E practitioners discuss how the role of human factors has changed in the workplace over time, and future directions for the field moving forward. The session opens with each panelists discussing his or her role in his/her respective company and how those roles have changed since they started with the company. Then the panelists will relate how they think HF/E will change in their respective fields with increased reliance on software and automation.

Increase Your Organization's Visibility With Annual Meeting Promotions and Save 10%

Reserving an an exhibit boothtabletopsponsorship, or ad at the 2018 HFES Annual Meeting is a cost-effective way to highlight the value of your services and products. Make your reservation by May 7 and receive a 10% discount!

Sponsorships include:

  • Program App

  • Internet Café

  • Registration Bags

  • Badge Lanyards

  • User Experience Day programs (contact Courtney Johnson)

  • Technical Group Topical Tracks in the program

  • Early-Career Professionals Reception and Networking Luncheon

  • Student Lounge

  • Mentor-Mentee Luncheons

  • General support via Supporting Sponsorships

Exhibit and tabletop space in the Exhibit Hall gives you face time with attendees. Educational institutions benefit from reduced fees. Exhibitors also qualify for reduced advertising rates.

Advertising in the Annual Meeting program book and via inserts in registration bags gets your message to attendees.

Acknowledgment of your promotions, which also support the Annual Meeting, is included in the program, on signs, and on the Web site.

See you in Philadelphia!

Students: Participate in the 2018 Women in Robotics Workshop

The fourth annual Women in Robotics Workshop at the 2018 Robotics: Science and Systems conference (R:SS) will take place Friday, June 29, 2018, at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The workshop will feature two poster sessions in which junior female researchers (grad students and post-docs) will present their research to workshop attendees and the R:SS community.

Submissions are due May 13. A research abstract (no more than 500 words) and the name and contact information of a referee must be provided. Apply here. Participants selected for presentation will be asked to submit a draft poster of their work. Travel awards will be provided to a limited number of selected poster presenters. For more information, visit the workshop Web site.

K. U. Smith Student Award to be Presented to Adam Schwartz

The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) K. U. Smith Student Award was launched in 1997, providing a tangible means by which the IEA can encourage the development of the discipline, foster scholarship, and recognize worthy achievements. The purpose of the award is to honor a deserving student responsible for an application of or contribution to ergonomics. This award is given every three years; Any student-authored paper in the last three years was eligible for this award.

The winning paper was authored by Adam Schwartz, who has a Master of Science degree from Human Factors and Ergonomics, College of Design, University of Minnesota (advised by Professor Kathleen Harder, PhD) and is a Doctoral Candidate (advised by Professor Susan Gerberich, PhD) in the Occupational Injury Prevention Research Program, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. His research is funded by the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center, through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. His paper, Intra-Rater and Inter-Rater Reliability for the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) Tool, will be presented and the award received at the 20th Congress of the IEA in Florence, Italy, in August.