The Center’s M.S. student, Asher Townsend, presented his Industrial and Management Systems Engineering master’s degree thesis defense on May 15, 2020. His thesis is titled, “Altering Threat and Reflection Levels of Traffic Safety Messaging and Effects on Psychological Reactance.”

Asher graduated with a B.S. in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering and a Minor in Psychology from Montana State University in 2017. He is fascinated with areas of engineering that intersect with psychology, which led him to focus his graduate research on Human Factors. Asher is most interested in working in a field where human factors intersect with transportation, especially the advancements of automated driving features in vehicles and how to design them to allow users to adapt easily and safely.

Congratulations, Asher!