April 25, 2024

Society News

Hi, Steve Kemp. Please enjoy this issue of the HFES Bulletin.

Table of Contents

  • #IAMHFES Spotlight: Christy Harper
  • Register Now for ASPIRE
  • Group Registration Available for ASPIRE
  • Submit Your Late Breaking Results Proposal for ASPIRE
  • HFES Offers Roommate Services for ASPIRE
  • Neal Wiggermann Elected President of Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals
  • Nominations for HFES Elected Office Deadline is May 15
  • HFES Announces New Award: HFES Inclusion Award
  • 2024 Student Member With Honors Awards and Outstanding Student Chapter Award Applications
  • Government Relations Activities
  • Call for Papers: Special Issue of Human Factors
  • Search the HFES Job Board for Your Next Opportunity
  • Upcoming Meetings and Activities
  • Community Updates

#IAMHFES Spotlight: Christy Harper

This month's #IAMHFES member spotlight video is from Christy Harper, Co-owner and Managing Partner at End to End User Research. She discusses her various roles within the organization and emphasizes the importance of volunteering during National Volunteer Week. She highlights the benefits of volunteering, such as inspiring others, leaving a legacy, building connections, expanding your network and advancing your career.

She encourages viewers to volunteer for HFES, stating that it's a rewarding experience and a great way to give back to the community. She provides her contact information for those interested in volunteering.

Click the picture above to see her full video!

The #IAMHFES campaign will highlight members from across HFES throughout the year. Stay tuned for more videos!

Register Now for ASPIRE

HFES is delighted to announce that registration is now open for ASPIRE—The International Annual Meeting powered by HFES.

ASPIRE will be held September 9-13 in Phoenix. This is your opportunity to gain insights into the latest HF/E research, with content tailored to follow the interests of the Society’s 27 diverse Technical Groups, as well as sessions that span multiple roles and interests. 

There will be a variety of special sessions—from workshops to keynotes to panels—that will provide the opportunity to learn from thought leaders in the field of human factors and ergonomics. The meeting is a friendly gathering with a variety of networking opportunities including receptions and other social activities for students and early career professionals.

Register now to secure your spot at this highly anticipated event.

Register Now

Group Registration Available for ASPIRE

We're excited to offer special discounts on meeting registration to current members of the Society. This offer applies to groups of ten or more Full, Affiliate, Associate, Early Career Associate and Student Affiliate members within the same company or organization, excluding Corresponding Members.

Enjoy a 10% discount on the prevailing meeting registration fee for groups from the same organization or institution.

Any questions should be directed to the meeting registrar at registration@meetingplanners.com

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Submit Your Late Breaking Results Proposal for ASPIRE

HFES will once again offer a Late Breaking Results session to recognize new and exciting work in the field of HF/E that was not available during the original call for contributions. A limited number of submissions will be selected; work submitted to the original call for contributions is not eligible. Presenters must submit an abstract by June 12 to be considered. Please note that no paper submission is required and Late Breaking Results will not be published as part of the conference proceedings. 

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HFES Offers Roommate Service for ASPIRE

HFES is providing a roommate finder service for its meeting attendees. Use this forum to contact other attendees looking for roommates with whom you may share lodging costs. Those agreeing to share accommodations will need to make arrangements for lodging on their own (i.e. securing the actual room reservation) and agree on how to share the room costs. 

Read more about this service.

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Neal Wiggermann Elected President of Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals

HFES member Neal Wiggermann, Ph.D., senior specialist research scientist at Baxter, has been selected for the role of president at the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals. We’re excited to see Neal further the science and adoption of safe patient handling and mobility practices across healthcare via his new role. Neal is also the new chair of the HFES ISO/TC 159/SC 3 (anthropometry and biomechanics) subcommittee. Congratulations, Neal!

Nominations for HFES Elected Office Deadline is May 15

The call for nominations for HFES president-elect, secretary-treasurer-elect and at-large executive council opened on April 15. Now is the perfect time to consider service to HFES as an elected officer or director. We encourage members to review the elected office position descriptions and responsibilities and read about nominee eligibility.

A minimum number of nominations is required for one to appear on the ballot so interested individuals should connect with fellow members to urge them to include your name on the nomination form. Nomination forms will be accepted through Wednesday, May 15. The minimum number of nominations required are:

  • Five (5) for president-elect
  • Three (3) for secretary-treasurer-effect
  • Three (3) for executive council member-at-large-elect

Receiving the minimum number of nominations does not guarantee the nominee will be on the ballot. Only those with the most nominations, as indicated below, will appear on the ballot:

  • For president-elect: the three (3) persons who receive the greatest number of nominations
  • For secretary-treasurer-elect: The three (3) persons who receive the greatest number of nominations
  • For at-large executive council (2 open positions): The six (6) persons who receive the greatest number of nominations

View the recorded webinar to learn about the benefits of serving HFES. Note: This video was recorded in 2021 and references the 2021 election timeline

All members are encouraged to email info@hfes.org if they have questions concerning any aspect of the HFES nomination or election process.

Full and emeritus members: Reference the email sent on Monday, April 15 for the nomination information and form.

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HFES Announces New Award: HFES Inclusion Award

The Executive Council of HFES recently approved a new Society award–The HFES Inclusion Award. The HFES Inclusion Award will recognize the contributions of HFES members related to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice in the fields of human factors and ergonomics and to HFES itself. These contributions may span outstanding and impactful research, practice and service.

This award will recognize novel and recent contributions that extend the reach of HF/E to new areas. In contrast to existing HFES awards, this new award will specifically: (a) address the critical importance of DEI principles; and (b) celebrate the impact of members’ research, practice or service regarding these principles. Recipients can include individuals or collaborative teams.

Award decisions will be announced on August 2, allowing recipients ample time to plan for attendance and travel at ASPIRE in September in Phoenix. 

Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 24.

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2024 Student Member With Honors Awards and Outstanding Student Chapter Award Applications

The Student Affairs Committee is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of and service to the Society by our students and student chapters through the Student Member With Honors Award and the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. Award recipients will be honored at ASPIRE—the HFES International Annual Meeting.

The Student Member With Honors Award honors students who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline and/or to HFES. Criteria include HFES membership, high GPA, HF/E-related course completion, and faculty endorsement. For the Outstanding Student Chapter Award, chapters are recognized based on activities and achievements. 

Applications are due by Sunday, June 30.

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Government Relation Activities

HFES Member and Fellow Dr. Najmedin Meshkati testifies at Senate Hearing

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, convened a full committee hearing titled "FAA Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) Expert Panel Report" on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Naj Meshkati was among three experts who provided testimony.

This hearing reviewed the findings and recommendations from the Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) Expert Review Panel’s final report. The landmark Aircraft Certification, Safety and Accountability Act required the FAA to convene an independent expert panel to review the safety management processes and culture of ODA holders like Boeing and make recommendations to address any safety deficiencies.

Witnesses from the Expert Panel Included:

  • Dr. Najmedin Meshkati, Professor, University of Southern California, Aviation Safety and Security Program
  • Dr. Javier de Luis, Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Dr. Tracy Dillinger, Manager for Safety Culture and Human Factors, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Science Policy Fellows Visit Congress

The HFES Science Policy Fellows had a successful visit to Capitol Hill in April. They were able to visit with the offices of 24 members of Congress to share information on human factors and ergonomics research and policy recommendations across many different areas including defense, artificial intelligence, human readiness levels, healthcare, energy, voting and space.

We were met with significant interest and support for the value of human factors and ergonomics and its role in improving safety and performance outcomes. Many thanks to the Science Policy Fellows who gave of their time and energy to promote the field: Neil Ganey, Emily Howard, Katie Jurewicz, Gretchen Macht, Ram Maikala, Sara Lu Riggs, Katie Tippey and Monifa Vaughn-Cooke.

View The Recording

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Human Factors

Lessons Learned From COVID-19 From the Human Factors and Ergonomics Perspectives

This proposed special issue invites submissions of original theoretical and empirical works related to the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of all HF/E domains.

All submissions must explicitly demonstrate knowledge that yields design principles; enhances training, selection and communication; and ultimately improves human-system interfaces and sociotechnical systems that lead to safer and more effective outcomes.

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Search the HFES Job Board for Your Next Opportunity

Have you visited the HFES Job Board lately? Current jobs include:

Use the convenient search feature to review and apply for open positions, set up job alerts, upload your resume, and review career resources to prepare you to find your next job. You can narrow your search with easy-to-use filters to focus on what matters most whether it’s where you work or how you work. Upload your resume to get noticed by employers who are seeking candidates like you. Plus, manage your job alerts, save favorite jobs, and more.

Are you an employer looking for new talent? With the HFES Job Board, you can find the right candidates. Register as an employer to get started.

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Upcoming Meetings and Activities


Attention chapters, technical groups, affinity groups and beyond: HFES is pleased to post information concerning upcoming meetings, webinars or other events you wish to raise awareness about on our events listing page. We also will post meetings of allied societies provided they do not occur close to any HFES-organized activity.


Let us know about your meetings and other events. Email us at info@hfes.org.

Events Schedule

Community Updates

HFES wants to promote the important achievements of our members in the bi-weekly Bulletin. Appropriate topics include research milestones or other significant achievements, professional accolades, awards or recognitions, promotions or new positions and similar professionally oriented topics.

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