HFES Honors New Fellows and 2017 Awardees at 61st Annual Meeting

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


On Tuesday, October 10, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society recognized a number of individuals for distinguished contributions to HFES and the human factors/ergonomics profession during the Opening Plenary Session in Austin, Texas.
Five individuals were named as Fellows. Election to Fellow status is an honor conferred by distinguished colleagues to recognize outstanding achievement, consistently superior professional performance, exceptional contributions, service to the Society, and other meritorious accomplishments by Society Full Members.

  • David N. Aurelio, Dassault Systems SA Solidworks

  • Robert R. Fox, General Motors

  • Dietrich Manzey,  Berlin Institute of Technology

  • Nadine Sarter, University of Michigan

  • Pamela A. Savage-Knepshield, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

The Society congratulates the following winners of HFES awards.
Arnold M. Small President’s Distinguished Service Award
Lynn Strother, HFES Executive Director. Strother was honored for her more than 30 years of service to the Society, on the occasion of her retirement. She is a past president of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.
Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award
Elias Apud, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile. honors a non-U.S. citizen for distinguished contributions to the field. Apud is a pioneer in bringing ergonomics to South America through working with students who have spread knowledge about the HF/E in several South American countries. He has been very active in activities of the International Ergonomics Association aimed at promoting the field in developing countries.
Paul M. Fitts Education Award
Ann M. Bisantz, University at Buffalo, SUNY. award recognizes a person for exceptional contributions to the education and training of human factors specialists. Bisantz has advised 18 PhD students and more than 20 MS students, and has served on the PhD committees of another 17 students. Across all of these students, 13 are currently in academic positions, training future HF/E professionals.
Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award
Robert G. Radwin, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Radwin has tirelessly worked to extend and diversify the application of HF/E principles and methods to new and important endeavors, including occupational safety and health care. His insightful analysis of the underlying issues affecting performance and safety, innovative application of HF/E methods, and novel solutions to complex problems have had a significant impact at both the individual and societal levels.
A. R. Lauer Safety Award
John G. Casali, Virginia Tech. This award recognizes a person for contributions to the broad area of safety. Casali founded and developed the Auditory Systems Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech. Through this lab and his work, Casali has improved safety across several industrial sectors, including military, construction, long-haul trucking, short-haul trucking, product development, aviation, mining, manufacturing, health care, and public safety.
William C. Howell Young Investigator Award
Ranjana Mehta, Texas A&M University. This award recognizes a person for demonstrating outstanding contributions to HFES through professional scientific contributions as a young investigator. Since receiving a PhD in industrial and systems engineering, human factors, and ergonomics in 2011 from Virginia Tech, Mehta and has made significant scientific contributions in the area of neuroergonomics and health science with applications to problems that include oil and gas ergonomics, stress and fatigue, obesity, and the effects of pesticides in children.
Bentzi Karsh Early-Career Service Award
Joseph R. Keebler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Keebler has demonstrated outstanding contributions to HFES through professional service and outreach activities as a student and early career professional. Among his many volunteer positions within HFES, Keebler served as president of the University of Central Florida Student Chapter, session chair or cochair at numerous Annual Meetings, chair of the National Ergonomics Month Committee, program chair for the Education Technical Group, and track cochair and incoming chair of the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care.
Alphonse Chapanis Student Paper Award
Robin Mickelson and Richard Holden for “Capturing the Medication Management Work System of Older Adults Using a Digital Diary Method.” This paper was selected from among 43 submissions accepted for the Annual Meeting and was one of three finalist papers presented in Austin before the judging committee.
Jerome H. Ely Human Factors Article Award
Christopher D. Wickens, Robert Gutzwiller, Alex Vieane, Benjamin A. Clegg, Angelia Sebok, and Jess Janes, for  “Time Sharing Between Robotics and Process Control: Validating a Model of Attention Switching.”
Best Ergonomics in Design Article Award
Joseph B. Lyons, Nhut T. Ho, Kolina, S. Koltai, Mark Skoog, Artemio Cancanindin, and Walter W. Johnson, for “Trust Based Analysis of an Air Force Collision-Avoidance System.”
Best Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Article Award
David Johnston and Ben W. Morrison, for “The Application of Naturalistic Decision-Making Techniques to Explore Cue Use in Rugby League Players.”
Human Factors Prize Recognizing Excellence in Human Factors/Ergonomics Research (2017 Topic: Cybersecurity)
Ben D. Sawyer and Peter A. Hancock for “Hacking the Human: The Prevalence Paradox in Cyber Attack and Cyber Defense.”


The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. “Human Factors and Ergonomics: People-Friendly Design Through Science and Engineering.”