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HFES Bulletin

November 2010
Volume 53, Number 11


Distinguished International Colleague Award Named in Honor of Hal W. Hendrick

by Pascale Carayon, Michelle M. Robertson, & Michael J. Smith, Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award Subcommittee

     The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Executive Council has renamed the Distinguished International Colleague Award to honor a renowned member of the Society, Hal W. Hendrick. The Distinguished International Colleague Award, formerly known as the Distinguished Foreign Colleague Award, recognizes a non-U.S. citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the human factors/ergonomics field. In a letter to the Executive Council, the award's subcommittee wrote that Hal Hendrick has been active in promoting human factors/ergonomics internationally for decades and that he has received worldwide recognition as an outstanding scholar, teacher, practitioner, and diplomat for the field.

     Hendrick received a BA in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University (1955), and an MS in human factors (1961) and a PhD in industrial psychology with a minor in industrial engineering from Purdue University (1966). Hal is emeritus professor of human factors at the University of Southern California. He is principal of Hendrick and Associates, a human factors/ergonomics design and industrial/organizational psychology consulting firm. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, Board Certified Forensic Examiner, a Diplomate of the American Board, and a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.

     Hendrick is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). He is also a Charter Member and Fellow of the American Psychological Society. Hal has served as secretary general and president of the IEA, president of HFES, and president of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE).

     Hal was a college dean at the University of Denver, chair of the Human Factors Department at USC, and executive director of USC's Institute of Safety and Systems Management. He served as chief of Behavioral Sciences at the Defense Race Relations Institute, associate professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he co-developed the undergraduate psychology program and developed the graduate human factors engineering program. Hal was a human performance engineer on the Dynasoar space vehicle and C-141 transport aircraft, 463L cargo-handling system, and flight simulator development programs.

     Hal received a best teaching award while at USC and also USC's highest award for teaching excellence. In addition, HFES presented him with the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award for conceptualizing and initiating the subdiscipline of macroergonomics, the Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Award for outstanding system design, and the Arnold M. Small President's Distinguished Service Award. Other recognitions include the IEA Distinguished Service Award and the International Society for Occupational Ergonomics and Safety's Certificate of Recognition of Prominence.

     Hal is considered the "father" of macroergonomics based on his work in the 1980s and 1990s. Hal and Ted Brown founded the ODAM International conferences. In 2000, Hal authored "The Technology of Ergonomics," in which he drew from international sources and his observations of ergonomics internationally to describe human-system interface technology. He was the senior coauthor with Brian Kleiner of Macroergonomics: An Introduction to Work System Design (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2001) and co-editor of Macroergonomics: Theory, Methods, and Applications (2002).

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