Candidates for 2020 Election



 SCamillePeres.jpg  S. Camille Peres
 Associate Professor
 Texas A&M University

Ph.D. Psychology, Department of Psychology, Rice University. Houston, Texas, May 2005, M.A., Psychology, Department of Psychology, Rice University. Houston, Texas, January 2005 M.A., Behavioral Science, Department of Psychology, University of Houston-Clear Lake. Houston, Texas, December 1996 B.A., Theatre Arts, Department of Theatre, University of Houston-Clear Lake. Houston, Texas, May 1990

I am asking for your vote for HFES PRESIDENT. HFES is my home and there are 3 reasons I believe I am the best fit for this role: experienced leadership, vision of the future, and passionate leadership.

I Have 17 Years Experience in HFES Leadership: I have held many leadership roles in HFES from multiple committee and task force (TF) chairs, Professionalism Division chair, and Secretary-Treasurer on Executive Council (EC). Through these, I have a full understanding of the society’s functioning. I also chaired the TF that led to move to a management company for HFES and thus am aware of ongoing benefits and challenges of this. Importantly, I know how to work well with the staff, EC members, and volunteers who run this organization.

I Will Work to Improve Diversity and Inclusion: When I ran for President last year, my vision was to address HFES’ goal of diversity. Recent events have strengthened this resolve. There are strategic reasons for doing this, but really, it is the right thing to do. I remind myself daily that if I am not contributing to the reduction of racism and sexism, I am contributing to their perpetuation. HFES has many efforts underway and these are awesome. If elected President, I want to bolster these and add more.

Practitioners are another group in our community we need to include in HFES more effectively. These people apply our science and without them, we cannot actually do any good in the world. If elected President, I will build on my extensive experience with practitioners as part of the Houston HFES chapter and the Texas HFES symposiums. These organizations are a good mix of academics and practitioners where both thrive.

One way we can become more inclusive is by being more available. If elected, I would work toward having a day of the annual meeting (AM) be synchronously available at satellite meetings across the globe. This would allow those who cannot afford to travel, often from under-represented groups, to attend, network, and benefit from AM content. This could also benefit practitioners whose travel budgets can be low, or unpredictable at best. It might also be possible to reach out to groups who do not normally attend the AM.

I Lead with Passion and Participation: HFES is an organization with > 450 volunteers. Thus, a president must listen carefully, think about what s/he hears, and make decisions and work with people to move forward. My years on EC and as Division Chair let me learn from effective leaders of HFES with team-based approaches. From this, I developed a leadership style focused on both facilitating work and supporting individuals doing the work, always striving to 1st assume good intent when a conflict arises. I am a passionate person and am ready to apply that passion to leading my professional home—HFES.

In summary, I believe that I will be an experienced, passionate, and effective leader and it would be an honor to serve as your President. I would appreciate your vote.

ChristopherReid.jpg Christopher Reid
Associate Technical Fellow
The Boeing Company

Ph.D. – Industrial Engineering – Human Engineering & Ergonomics Focus, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2009 M.S. – Industrial Engineering – Engineering Management Focus, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2005 B.S. – Electrical Engineering Technology – Computer Systems Focus, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2003 Graduate Certificate – Technical Leadership, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2020 Graduate Certificate – Visual Analytics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2019 Graduate Certificate – Project Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2005

Dear Colleagues,

I’m seeking your vote for the President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) so that I can work to increase the value of HFES membership to you. Each member should feel value in the Society and the Society should value each member.

My time on the HFES Executive Council (EC) as Secretary-Treasurer has given me gratitude for our successes as a Society; converting to a new management system, adding investment and savings policies and managing the difficulties regarding canceling face to face conferences due to COVID-19’s crisis. We also face a looming crisis that threatens the viability of the Society: a marked and ongoing decline in membership over the last few years.

Value should be apparent to all members, both current and prospective. For HFES, this means that we will need to establish ourselves as the conduit for supply of, and demand for HFE goods (knowledge) and services (experts). This includes opportunities for research, solutions, education, advocacy, and jobs. This “circle of life” ecosystem can be proven through HFES Strategic Alliances with external institutional partners. To work though, it will require all in HFES to see a relationship value, whether student, academic, practitioner, staff, partner, sponsor or exhibitor.

My career has taught me to build alliances with institutions, teammates and mentees to lead the creation of agile, resilient, and strategic solutions to HFE problems. I have learned to “crowd-source” resources by drawing on the expertise of all at the table. I have 10+ years’ experience as a researcher/practitioner in government (US Army, NASA), private industry (Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ASTM Int’l Standards), and an academic sabbatical (The Ohio State University) combined with 10 years of differing HFES leadership positions as an EC member, ErgoX Symposium Event Chair, Occupational Ergonomics TG Program Chair, and New England Chapter Conference Chair. This gives me a powerful skillset to lead and bring about impactful changes that strengthen HFES for all whom we serve.

My Presidency focuses on five strategic initiatives to operationalize our ultimate resources: our HFE science, members, and integrity:

1. Creating internal/external strategic alliances to improve resource readiness (e.g., finance; people; processes; tools)
2. Harnessing the vast intelligence of HFES to synergize around central challenges (e.g., COVID-19; membership; diversity, equity and inclusion; new technology)
3. Investing in capabilities to allow our members to be more effective (e.g., publications; advocacy; policies; standards; guidelines; tools)
4. Strengthening education of students/members in hard/soft skills (e.g., diverse/inclusive leadership; business acumen; project management)
5. Balancing HFES goals with member input by listening and engaging across a variety of channels (e.g., town halls; industry advisory boards; institutional partnerships; Research to Practice to Research). 



EllenBass.png Ellen Bass
Senior Associate Dean of Research, College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) Professor, Dept. of Information Science, CCI Professor and Chair, Dept. of Health Systems and Sciences Research, College of Nursing & Health Professions
Drexel University

Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 2002 M.S. Systems Science, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, 1989 B.S. Eng. Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1983 B.S. Econ. Finance, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1983

As an academic leader. I understand the critical roles of management and stewardship as well as the value of and the work required to implement shared governance and to foster collaborative decision making. Within HFES, I currently serve on the Executive Council where I have helped with the transition to the new Association Management structure and associated services. As Secretary-Treasurer, I will continue the prior work in addressing our society’s financial stability. I will initiate stronger alignment between our society’s strategic goals and values with our spending and investment. For example I will put processes into place to ensure that we not only evaluate opportunities on price and return on investment but also on factors of the associated businesses. As you may have experienced, some conference hotels have more accessible options, more accommodating bathrooms, and more supporting amenities. Some vendors may have better hiring practices than others. Having policies that consider the factors that our members value would help our society to address our strategic goals related to equity and inclusion as well as to improve the quality of our offerings for our membership. Thus I ask you for your support to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer, so that I can chair the Finance and Budget Committee, oversee the Executive Director in the management of finances, and develop initiatives to align our strategic goals with our financial decision making.

My track record as a servant leader for the society spans a range of leadership, mentorship, and scholarly activities. At the society leadership level, as mentioned, I serve on the Executive Council where I initiate programs to address unmet needs such as the Mid-Career Task Force. I currently serve on the Fellow Selection Committee in order to help recognize those with outstanding contributions to our field and to society. I also am a member of the Ethics Task Force where we are reviewing the society’s code of ethics, statement of appropriate conduct and other policies. With respect to mentorship, I am a co-leader of the HF/E Academic Leadership (HEAL) Council where we develop programs to help the transition into academia. I have helped students to launch and have served as the faculty advisor to the University of Virginia and the Drexel University student chapters. With respect to scholarly activities, I am a member of the editorial boards for Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making (JCEDM) and for Human Factors and have co-edited two special issues of JCEDM. I am a member of the program committee for the Health Care IT track for the HFES Symposium on Human Factors & Ergonomics in Health Care. I have also served at the technical group (TG) level as Chair, Program Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Newsletter Editor for the Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making (CEDM) TG. These experiences demonstrate my passion for our society and my ability to continue to deliver for our membership. 

JulieGilpin-McMinn.jpg Julie Gilpin-McMinn
Technical Fellow Human Factors & Ergonomics
Spirit AeroSystems

Ph.D., Human Factors Psychology, Wichita State University, Wichita Kansas, 1998 B.S., Psychology, Wichita State University, Wichita Kansas, 1992

HFES has been my professional home for over 25 years, and I have benefited at each stage of my career. I’ve held various leadership roles, most recently, Chair for Occupational Ergonomics TG and currently as Chair of the Practitioner Engagement Committee. I have now been nominated for Secretary-Treasurer, where I hope to continue HFES fiduciary direction during these difficult times. As a graduate student in the 90s, HFES helped me to land an internship with Microsoft. Twenty-some years later, as a Technical Fellow for Spirit AeroSystems, I continue to look to the society as a resource. HFES is MY society. It is the conference that I attend each year. I appreciate the rigor and high quality of work spotlighted. Through HFES, I have established collaborative research relationships with multiple universities, the results of which have translated to innovative factory floor applications and design decisions. I am proud of the quality of work that we have done. I’ve been reflecting on where we stand as a society, how we are perceived, and what we need to do in order to continue to stay relevant. Many exciting initiatives are underway in HFES including leadership development, expansion of minority, LGTBQ, and other under-represented memberships, and expanding our practitioner engagement. As a society, we have been underutilizing critical segments of our population.

As a human factors expert, part of my job is to tell designers that their babies are ugly. No one wants to hear that the design they have labored over needs to be changed. That being said, our HFES baby has the opportunity to be a lot prettier. In a survey of practitioners last year, several issues were identified as discouraging practitioner participation. All segments of the HFES population are valuable. Opportunities need to be available for facilitated information sharing. HFES should be a resource connecting practitioners and academic researchers. Practitioner experience and needs provide insight which can guide the direction of our science in order to make practical change. At the annual meeting, practitioner focused topics and activities are being expanded. Practitioners have been encouraged to submit and present. Still, we need to go further. I would encourage more practitioner panels and student networking events. I find us lacking in practical take-away resources for “boots to the floor” ergonomists, HF practitioners, and our student population. We need a practical technology expo and vendor forum. It is more important now than ever that we provide our members the tools they need to not only justify membership and conference attendance, but maintain and grow their role within their institution. Our value and the impact of ignoring our science at this critical time needs to be clearly communicated. If elected, I will continue to listen to all of our members and look for implementable opportunities to expand the influence and usefulness of HFES.



TamsynEdwards.png Tamsyn Edwards
Senior Research Associate
NASA Ames/San Jose State University

2009-2013. Ph.D. (Human Factors). ‘Human Performance in Air Traffic Control’ University of Nottingham, UK 2006-2007. MSc Occupational (Industrial/Organizational) Psychology. University of Nottingham, UK 2003-2006. BSc (honors) Psychology. University College London, UK

I am grateful to have the opportunity to be considered for the position of Executive Council Member-at -Large. My desire for this position stems from my personal passion for the area of human factors, and my commitment to the continued development of our Society as well as the wider HF/E domain. My experience both as a researcher as well as in industry, has emphasized for me the significance of our domain, from the essential value of human factors research, to the critical impact of HF/E when applied to operations and industries.

Through this role of Executive Committee member, I endeavor to contribute to, and drive initiatives for, the continued development and evolution of HFES, both internally, and externally within in our wider domain. Internal to HFES, the success of our society is dependent on meeting the needs of our membership community. Members span career stages, HF/E domains and working contexts, and it is essential that all distinct needs are recognized and addressed in order to add significant and consistent value to members.

My additional ambition in this role is to enhance the visibility and impact of HFES within the wider HF/E domain, through representing the diversity, passion and scientific excellence of the HFES society. Our field is dynamic, growing and changing with increasing societal and industrial demands, and the rapid development of new technologies. It is essential that, as a community, we adapt to these changes, and continue to enhance our contribution to supporting relevant research and industry applications to maintain and increase our impact in HF/E, within the US and internationally.

Having had the honor of holding multiple leadership positions within HFES, including Chair of the Recruitment Committee (2017-Present), Chair of the Safety Technical Group (2018-2020) and Program Chair for the Safety Technical Group (2016-2018), I have been fortunate to gain unique insight into the HFES organization and operations, as well as significant experience with member needs and requirements. Combined with my current contributions in technical roles, including Senior Editor for Ergonomics in Design (2019 - Present), as well as relationships with international HF/E Societies (specifically, our UK counterpart), I am confident I have the skills required to fulfill the responsibilities of this role and contribute to the interests of our society. This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to shaping and furthering HFES as well as impact of HFES in the wider HF/E field, and I would be both honored and delighted to be selected to represent the needs of our members and the HFES society in this important endeavor.

BarryGoettl.jpg Barry Goettl
Senior Research Psychologist
Air Force Research Laboratory

Ph.D., Engineering Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1987 M.S., Engineering Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1985 B.A., Psychology, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1981

Dear Colleagues

I am humbly asking for your vote for At-Large Member of the Executive Council of HFES. I am a research psychologist working for the Air Force Research Lab since 1992 and I have been active in the society since graduate school. I have seen a lot of changes in the field of human factors over the years. It is gratifying to see the field grow and continue to make contributions to all aspects of modern technology such as medical technology, mobile devices, autonomous systems and cyber security. More importantly, human factors terminology has seeped into everyday use. As awareness of human factors has broadened into new areas and technologies, it is important to remember the core principles on which the field was founded and continue to apply them to the latest technologies. Recent events surrounding COVID19, telework, race relations, and training police have shown that there are many more areas where human factors can be applied. I want to contribute to keeping human factors at the forefront of research and development to address these issues, identify solutions, and produce products and technologies that integrate with how people perceive, think and perform.

One of the primary vehicles for promoting the field is through the various HFES publications. The scientific publications of the society represent the primary communication channel by which the profession of human factors is shared amongst scientists and through which the field is advanced. I have contributed to the flagship journal, Human Factors, as a reviewer, editorial board member, and associate editor. Other society publications focus on promoting the field to other scientific communities as well as non-scientists. One of my goals is to provide guidance and policies for the society’s publications to maintain the highest quality journals, periodicals, and books.

In addition, human factors is promoted through development of professional and technical standards and legislation. Advances in technology require re-evaluation of current technical standards and development of new standards. In addition, advances in our understanding of human system interaction will continue to guide legislation. I want to promote the development and modernization of technical standards and the incorporation of human factors principles into legislation to enhance performance and safety.

I also want to represent the interests of HFES members to ensure the society is serving them. One way to do that is to recognize the great accomplishments of society members through nomination and selection of award recipients. In addition, I want to explore ways to increase membership in the society and participation in society activities.

So far 2020 has been an interesting year with many changes. I am keenly interested in seeing how the virtual Annual Meeting will play out. I hope to be part of the solutions to these issues and ask you to consider voting for me.

CarisaHarrisAdamson.jpg Carisa Harris-Adamson
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine; Director, UC Ergonomics Research Program; Deputy Director, Center of Occupational & Environmental Health
University of California, San Francisco/Berkeley

Ph.D. Environmental Health Sciences University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2011 M.A. Kinesiology San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, 2002 M.S. Physical Therapy University of California, San Francisco, CA, 2001 B.S. Psychology, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1997 Certified Professional Ergonomist, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

I am asking for your support to serve as a member on the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) At-Large Executive Council. I have been an active member and contributor of HFES since 2008 when I attended my first conference. Since then, I have valued the camaraderie and support from the HFES community and am grateful to share this experience with my students as they get acquainted with HFES. Currently, I teach a variety of HF/E classes to over 150 undergraduates, Masters and PhD students at UC Berkeley including Occupational Biomechanics and Human Factors & Design in Industrial Engineering. My research team conducts epidemiological research on the association between physical, personal and work psychosocial factors and upper extremity disorders, and is developing a variety of exposure assessment devices (wearables) for primary and secondary prevention purposes. We are also highly engaged in intervention research on passive exoskeletons, particularly in Construction.

I am very passionate about providing high quality education and training opportunities to HF/E students and practitioners, so they have a pathway to professional certification (CPE) and access to the latest research. Our continuing education program has developed a six course, year-long online HF/E program that provides high quality education for HF/E practitioners so they can increase their effectiveness and impact in the field and prepare themselves for certification. Additionally, we coordinated 18 NIOSH Education and Research Centers to offer a monthly HF/E webinar series to share the latest knowledge with students, researchers and practitioners in our field. I look forward to contributing to the development of education and professional development opportunities within HFES.

I am also dedicated to advocating for HF/E in policies, standards and guidelines. Most recently, I have served as an HFES Policy Fellow. I will continue to develop advocacy skills to promote the inclusion of HF/E in pertinent federal policies and guidelines.

Lastly, I have organizational leadership experience that will help me contribute to the HFES At-Large Executive Council. Over the last 2 years I have served as Deputy Director of the Northern California Center of Occupational & Environmental Health which has 9 programs dedicated to training tomorrow’s occupational health professionals, developing knowledge and implementing research to practice in our region. I serve on the board of Worksafe, a California-cased nonprofit dedicated to preventing worker injury, illness and death. I also co-founded a nonprofit dedicated to providing STEM and sailing/water access to underserved populations, serving over 1800 children each year, most of whom are on scholarship. I am deeply devoted to diversity and inclusion initiatives in science, education and occupation and would like to support such initiatives within HFES if elected. Thank you for your consideration.

JoeKeebler.jpeg Joseph Keebler
Associate Professor
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

PhD Psychology, University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 2011 Masters of Psychology, University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 2010 Bachelors of Psychology, University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 2005

I am an associate professor of human factors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I have over 15 years of experience conducting experimental and applied research in human factors, with a specific focus on training and teamwork in medical, military, and consumer domains. I have partnered with multiple agencies and institutions where I have led projects aimed at the implementation of HF/E in complex, high-risk systems to increase safety and human performance. This work includes command and control of tele-operated unmanned systems, communication and teamwork in medical systems, and simulation-/game- based training for advanced skills including playing guitar and identifying combat vehicles. My work includes over 50 publications and over 60 presentations at national and international conferences.

I also dedicate a large portion of my time to HFES through volunteer service. This currently includes chairing the healthcare symposium, where I led efforts alongside Tony Andre, Smith-Bucklin, and the Executive Council to successfully pivot our face to face conference to an online format. I serve as an ex-officio member of our executive council and as a member of our crisis committees. In the past I have been program chair of the Healthcare TG and Training TG, as well as chair of the Education TG.

As a professor I currently mentor 2 PhD students and a variety of masters and undergraduate students. I am a member of 2 laboratories at ERAU - Research Engineering and Applied Collaborations in Healthcare (REACH) and the Gaming, Education, and Advanced Research Studies (GEARS) laboratory. These two labs allow me to conduct a variety of work including studies in healthcare, simulation and gaming, and teamwork. I also teach coursework in research methods, experimental design and analysis, psychometrics, human factors, and industrial organizational psychology.

RanjanaMehta.jpg Ranjana Mehta
Associate Professor
Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University

PhD, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2011 MS, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2009 ME, Industrial Engineering, University at Buffalo, NY, 2006 BE, Production Engineering, University of Mumbai, 2004

I am passionate about serving my science and society through research and service activities. I want to support HFES leadership in making the right, and sometimes tough, decisions for our members and our society that aligns with our collective values and motivations. To that end, I am seeking your vote of me as a Member-at-Large of the Executive Council.

Our society is facing its inflection point – both in terms of how we reshape and rebuild as a society during the pandemic, but more importantly, how we address the current global dialogues of bias, race, and equity. I believe that one of the core values of HFES is to encourage and empower our members to continue contributing through their science, practice, and advocacy to the betterment of our society, especially during times like this.

I have been an active member and contributor to HFES since 2004, first as a student member and President of the Virginia Tech HFES Student Chapter, and now as a Faculty Advisor of the Texas A&M HFES Student Chapter. At the national level, I have held several leadership positions:

  • Current Chair of the Occupational Ergonomics Technical Group
  • Current Chair of the HFE WOMAN group
  • Current Member of the HFES Finance and Budget Committee
  • Past Member of Alphonse Chapanis Student Paper Award Selection Committee
  • Past Program Chair for the Aging Technical Group
  • Past Member of the Publications Committee
  • Served as reviewer/moderator/chair of HFES sessions across OETG, Safety TG, and Aging TG

I have also served as the Secretary of the Houston HFES Local Chapter. I have championed human factors and ergonomics science across other professional societies, where I have served as the Chair of the Human Factors Research Track twice at IISE conferences and served as a Program Committee Member for Applied Ergonomics Conference since 2013. I also serve as a contributing member in the ASTM Subcommittee F48.02 on Exoskeleton and Exosuits – Human Factors and Ergonomics. Through these local and national leadership and technical roles, I am cognizant of the changing needs of our members, and I understand the processes of the TGs and in general, understand how to navigate strategies and procedures to address and meet member needs.

My foremost duty will be to vocalize member inputs in the deliberations and decisions that the Executive Council take toward the progress of our society stakeholders (i.e., our members and our science!). As such, my goals would be to:

  • Champion efforts to make inclusive and equitable research, practice, and advocacy a collective norm!
  • To help craft sustainable benefits for our members such that our members remain competitive in their career pathways
  • Develop convergence efforts in research and education across the various TG’s
  • Expand HFES membership base to other technical and professional societies
  • Collaborate closely with industry to develop growing/learning opportunities for our members

ChangNam.jpg Chang Nam
North Carolina State University, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Ph.D., Human-Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2003 MS, Human Factors, State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, NY, 2000 MBA., School of Business, Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, 1996 BS, Industrial Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, 1994

CHFP (Certified Human Factors Professional), 2007-present

I have been an active member and contributor to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for nearly 17 years. I have held several leadership positions in our local society as well as at the national level:

  1.  Served on the HFES Fellowship Task Force (2019)
  2.  Served on the Learning Center Task Force (2019)
  3.  Chair, Augmented Cognition Technical Group (2016-2018)
  4.  Program Chair, Augmented Cognition Technical Group (2015-2016)
  5.  Member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO/TC159/SC4 (2015-present)
  6.  President, Carolina Chapter of HFES (2014-2015)
  7.  Newsletter Editor, Cognitive Engineering & Decision-Making Technical Group (2007-2009)
  8.  Newsletter Editor, Virtual Environments Technical Group (2007-2009)

I ask for the honor of your vote as the at-Large Executive Council Member. Over the past years I have dedicated my time to helping our society through numerous volunteer positions. I am a recipient of the 2018 US Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (AFSFFP) Award and the 2019 Leland S. Kollmorgen Spirit of Innovation Award from the HFES Augmented Cognition TG. I have been particularly meritorious in advancing human factors and ergonomics knowledge to propel the 21st Century Workforce to practice more engaged, high-impact, and accurate human factors and ergonomics. This is an important role and I do not take it lightly. I have demonstrated commitment to teaching and academia as a service to the HFES, the nation, and the globe.

I have committed to quality efforts in providing service to the HFES and other professional societies as appropriate to my disciplinary area. This has driven me to run for the position of the Council Member of our Society. If elected, I will be dedicated to acting as a representative, informed and responsible Council member in the interests of our society, while streamlining processes of our organization and offering a fresh perspective to members of HFES. Please vote for Chang S. Nam for the at-Large Executive Council Member of our Society.