Maintaining Agility in the Human Factors/Ergonomics Job Marketplace

Presented by J. Christopher Brill, Old Dominion University; Christopher A. Monk, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Justin F. Morgan, Forensic Engineering Technologies; and Haydee M. Cuevas, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016

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About the Webinar

In this webinar, Chris Brill, Chris Monk, Justin Morgan, and Haydee Cuevas will discuss how to maintain agility in the job marketplace. Many human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) professionals switch career paths to find the best "fit" or to seek new challenges. The presenters will discuss their personal journeys while offering advice for how to keep oneself marketable. The collective experience of the presenters includes positions in industry, government, and academia, and all three presenters will reflect on their experiences as both interviewers and job applicants. The discussion will begin by focusing on graduate students who will soon enter the HF/E workforce and then address how established professionals who want to transition from one HF/E career path or specialty to can do so. Chris Brill will host and facilitate the discussion. Webinar attendees will have opportunities to ask questions.

About the Presenters

J. Christopher Brill, PhD, is a faculty member in the psychology department at Old Dominion University. His research focuses on multimodal displays, system trust, workload, and solving special perceptual problems, such as spatial disorientation, motion sickness, and sopite syndrome. He maintains active research collaborations with scientists at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He teaches courses such as attention and human performance, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, and aviation psychology.

Christopher A. Monk, PhD, is Chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Human Factors/Engineering Integration Division. He is responsible for developing, planning, conducting, and coordinating NHTSA's research program pertaining to the human factors of advanced safety and driver information systems, driver distraction and impairment, and the safe application of advanced technologies. Prior to joining NHTSA in September 2011, he was the Human Factors Team Leader at the Federal Highway Administration. Before that, he was an assistant professor of human factors psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He began his career as a human factors engineer for an automotive manufacturer, where he led the development of the driver-vehicle interface for an early-generation in-vehicle navigation system.

Justin F. Morgan, PhD, is a human factors consultant with Forensic Engineering Technologies. He applies human performance and ergonomics principles to the investigation of traffic accidents, product claims, and premises loses. Prior to working as a forensic scientist, he was a transportation and human performance researcher and held research positions at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the Battelle Memorial Institute.

Haydee M. Cuevas is an Assistant Professor in the College of Aviation School of Graduate Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, FL. Prior to joining ERAU, she worked for over 7 years as a Research Scientist at SA Technologies, Inc. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology, both from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Cuevas has over 20 years of experience as a human factors researcher investigating a broad range of human performance issues in complex operational environments and has worked on numerous Department of Defense, government, and industry-funded projects.