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2015 Webinar Profile

Thriving at the HFES Annual Meeting
Presented by J. Christopher Brill, Old Dominion University and Sandra K. Garrett, Consultant
Moderated by Beth Blickensderfer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and chair, HFES Education & Training Committee
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

View the recording (mov; 62.7 MB) and download the slides (PDF; 741 kb) from the webinar. Please note that the first minute of the recording has no video.


The purpose of this webinar is to provide information, tips, and strategies to help you navigate and flourish at the HFES Annual Meeting. Whether this is your first meeting or you want to "amp up" your participation, please join us as our experienced Annual Meeting panelists discuss these topics and more:

  • The culture of the HFES Annual Meeting
  • How to network at the Opening Reception and beyond
  • National Ergonomics Month activities
  • What you can learn from the Opening Plenary Session
  • Strategies and perspectives on selecting which sessions to attend
  • Participation in technical group meetings
  • How to achieve success at the career center
  • Student-specific activities and resources
  • Post-Annual Meeting follow-up


Christopher Brill earned a PhD in applied experimental and human factors psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2007. He is a faculty member at Old Dominion University and previously worked for the U.S. Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory and Michigan Tech. He has been an active HFES member and is chair of the Education Technical Group, cochair of the Early-Career Professionals Committee, and a member of the Education and Training Committee. He previously served as chair of the Perception and Performance TG, chair of the Student Forum technical program for the Annual Meeting, and president of the HFES Tidewater Chapter. Chris's primary research interests include multimodal displays, system trust, human performance assessment, spatial disorientation, and responses to motion. He regularly collaborates with scientists at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, the 811th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

After having served multiple roles within the Society, Sandra Garrett is a member at large on the HFES Executive Council and a 15-year veteran of the Annual Meeting. She focuses on human factors outreach and educational efforts in nontraditional settings. Sandra received her PhD and MS degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue University and her BS in industrial engineering from Clemson University. Her research in human factors engineering has taken a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach; she explores theoretical issues in information flow and knowledge development within complex environments, team coordination, and health-care systems engineering. Sandra's second primary research application area has focused on disaster mitigation, response, and recovery.