How Can Human Factors/Ergonomics Take on the NAE Grand Challenges?

Presented by Nancy J. Cooke, HFES President | Wednesday, April 19, 2017

About the Webinar

At the 2016 Annual Meeting, then-President Bill Marras highlighted the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges and urged us as a community to embrace them. He noted that by playing in the space of the Grand Challenges, HF/E professionals can demonstrate its relevance. Similarly, the National Science Foundation has identified 10 "big ideas" to guide future fundamental research in the United States. These big ideas, like the Grand Challenges, can also serve as a guide for HF/E research and practice efforts. But how should this be done? How can we as a Society, and as individual researchers and practitioners, take on the Grand Challenges and other big problems? In this webinar, Cooke will describe the NAE Grand Challenges and some ways in which HFES is connecting with them. She will outline some ideas for taking on these challenges.

About the Presenter

            Nancy J. Cooke

Nancy J. Cooke is a professor of human systems engineering at Arizona State University and is science director for the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, AZ. She received her PhD in cognitive psychology from New Mexico State University in 1987. Cooke is a past chair of the Board on Human Systems Integration at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She recently chaired a study panel for the National Academies on the Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. Cooke was a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory board from 2008 to 2012. In 2014 she received the HFES Arnold M. Small President's Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals whose career-long contributions have brought honor to the profession and the Society. Cooke's research interests include the study of individual and team cognition and its application to the development of cognitive and knowledge engineering methodologies, sensor operator threat detection cyber and intelligence analysis, remotely piloted aircraft systems, human-robot interaction, health-care systems, and emergency response systems. She specializes in the development, application, and evaluation of methodologies to elicit and assess individual and team cognition.