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HFES Bulletin

June 2014
Volume 57, Number 6

Annual Meeting

Plan to Attend Student Career and Professional Development Day

By Kim-Phuong L. Vu, Student Affairs Committee Chair

Monday, October 27, will be packed with helpful information for today's students and tomorrows HF/E professionals. Student Career and Professional Development Day at the HFES Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for students to focus on career preparation. The theme this year is skill development in the areas of collaboration, publication, and intern/job searches. Panelists include successful students, recent graduates, and professionals from universities, industry, and government agencies. As of this writing, the panels are as follows:

Panel 1: Enabling Interdisciplinary Research: Insights for Facilitating Collaboration & Creating Multidisciplinary Research Opportunities
(Chair: Baron Summers, Capella University)

Human factors/ergonomics is a field with contributions from many diverse disciplines. Numerous opportunities exist for those who have diverse skills and are able to cross disciplinary boundaries. The panelists have extensive experience conducting interdisciplinary efforts and will share perspectives from diverse levels within academia and industry leaders. The intent of the discussion panel is to offer students insights about the skills necessary for facilitating collaborative research across disciplines.

Invited Panelists:

  • Steven Fiore, PhD, University of Central Florida, President of Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, Member of National Academies Study on Team Science
  • Kelly Hale, PhD, Design Interactive, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations
  • Joseph Keebler, PhD, Wichita State University
  • Dan Nathan-Roberts, PhD, AHRQ Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Shawn Weil, PhD, Aptima, Vice President of Business Development

Panel 2: Publishing in the Field of Human Factors/Ergonomics
(Chair: Kim-Phuong L. Vu, California State University, Long Beach)

Many students engage in research as part of their HF/E training and need to be able to disseminate their research findings to other HF/E professionals and the public. This panel brings together current and former editors, associate editors, and editorial board members of major human factors journals to provide students with tips on how to publish their research findings.

Invited Panelists:

  • Patricia DeLucia, PhD, Texas Tech University
  • Jason McCarley, PhD, Flinders University
  • Amy Pritchett, PhD, Georgia Tech
  • Penelope Sanderson, PhD, University of Queensland

Panel 3: Finding Internship Opportunities and Getting the First Job
(Chair: Paul Derby, Honeywell)

Landing that first job can be a challenge. When applying, it is common to receive feedback that more experience would be preferred. Therefore, as a student, it's important to gain professional experience ahead of graduation through internships and other means. The panelists, who are current interns, new professionals, and industry leaders, will discuss the importance of internships, how to find them, and how to prepare for your first job.

Invited Panelists:

  • Jennifer Teves, PhD student at Wichita State University and a seasoned intern at Honeywell
  • Anand Tharanathan, PhD (experimental psychology/HF), manages a group of UX designers at Accenture
  • Susan Stevens-Adams, PhD (cognitive/learning psychology), is a cognitive psychologist at Sandia National Labs
  • Trevor McIntyre, a PhD student at Texas Tech University, has recently begun an internship at Google[x].

Plan to attend Student Career and Professional Development Day!

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