December 16, 2021
Society News
Happy Holidays from HFES!

On behalf of the Executive Council, the HFES family would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year.

I want to personally thank you for choosing HFES as your professional family and for your continuous support of the Society. It is through your ongoing membership that HFES can connect the HF/E field, advocate on your behalf, and continue to serve as the conduit for knowledge exchange within our community. If you have not yet, I encourage you to renew your membership today for the 2022 calendar year.
I also want to recognize and thank the more than 400 volunteers to the society who have taken time out of their busy schedules to contribute further to the mission of HFES during another challenging year, both in-person and virtually.

The upcoming year will bring many new things to HFES, such as our first-ever Titans of HFES Symposium. You--our members--are the driving force behind HFES and we are committed to increasing the benefits provided to you. I hope you have a prosperous and healthy upcoming year. 

I look forward to meeting you personally at one of the upcoming HFES events whether that is the Health Care Symposium in New Orleans, or ErgoX and Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

Christopher R. Reid
TOMORROW: First-Ever HFES Presidential Town Hall

1:00 pm ET
Friday, December 17, 2021

Join us for our first HFES Presidential Town Hall. HFES President Christopher Reid and HFES President-Elect Carolyn Sommerich will join Human Factors Cast host Nick Roome for an hour long podcast discussing latest HF/E industry news and trends. Ask your questions live during the event, or submit them ahead of time using this online form. Log in information for the event will be shared as we get closer to the date.
Ask your questions live during the event, or submit them ahead of time using this online form. If you have questions regarding the event, please reach out to us at or (202) 367-1114.

Note: There is no direct link to the viewing location on Twitter. This will automatically appear on the HFES Twitter feed on Friday during the event.
The 66th International Annual Meeting Call For Papers Is Now Open
October 10 - 14, 2022 | Atlanta, Georgia
Gain new knowledge and network with colleagues at the 66th International Annual Meeting convening October 10 – 14, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The annual meeting will feature more than 130 concurrent sessions, plus interactive posters and demonstrations, Fellows posters, User Experience Day, a Student Career and Professional Development Day, and much more! You will leave Atlanta with the latest research and practice solutions from 26 technical areas. 
The call for papers is open! Submit your paper for consideration of presentation before February 18, 2022. 
Register to Attend the New Titans of HFES Virtual Symposium – February 7 – 8, 2022

The Titans of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Virtual Symposium is a showcase of some of the premier researchers, practitioners, and academicians in HFES. On February 7 and 8, 2022, speakers will present on the foundational areas of the science of human factors and ergonomics and provide their insights into the future of HF/E. This symposium offers three simultaneous, live 90-minute sessions occurring (nine talks per day), allowing attendees to gain a deep appreciation of the seminal HF/E topics from the leaders who developed them. Each session will include a 30-minute question and answer period.

The Titans Symposium is an ideal opportunity gain knowledge and insights into important HF/E areas such as situation awareness; attention, decision making, spinal ergonomics, human error, team cognition and interaction, automation, autonomous vehicles, telepresence, patient safety, macro-ergonomics, aging, inclusion, stress, human system interactions, and team effectiveness. Attendees will hear from seminal leaders­–oftentimes the individuals who started and developed the topics discussed.

Whether you are an early-career professional, student, seasoned researcher, or practitioner, the Titans symposium will provide the opportunity to learn about the fundamental concepts, recent developments, and future initiatives through the eyes of the experts.

Registration is open! View the speakers, presentation titles, and register on
Register Now for the 11th International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care

As the premier educational activity dedicated to bringing the best of HF/E and health care professionals together to improve healthcare systems worldwide, the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care is a can’t miss event in 2022. Join HFES, March 20 – 23, 2022 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana for this highly regarded educational opportunity. 

Register today and take advantage of discounted registration rates and reserve hotel accommodations at special HFES rates.
Watch for the detailed schedule of lectures, posters, and other presentations coming soon to
NEW! Volunteer with HFES

Interested in getting more involved with HFES? Check out our new Volunteer Opportunities page on HFES Connect! HFES is now piloting a new Volunteer Opportunities tool on HFES Connect – your space to explore trending topics from the community and where you can connect with fellow members.

Please note: you must be logged into HFES Connect to view this page.
Enhance Your Knowledge Through the HFES Learning Center

Our wide-ranging library includes online educational activities across the spectrum of human factors and ergonomics aimed at improving your knowledge and practice, many of which are complimentary and a benefit of membership in the Society.  

This online resource will help you to find new knowledge points based on your areas of interest, and help you record your progress as you work your way through session and recording packages. 

Additional features include recorded sessions from previous years’ HFES meetings and symposia, webinars featuring experts sharing their latest research and works, DEI webinars and other on-demand learning opportunities to enhance your skills, advance your career and maintain your professional certifications.
Member News
Tonya Smith-Jackson, Ph.D, Named Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

HFES member Tonya Smith-Jackson, Ph.D, has been named the new interim provost and executive vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Dr. Smith-Jackson, Ph.D., has worked for North Carolina A&T since 2013, most recently as senior vice provost for Academic Affairs. She originally joined A&T as a professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and founder/director of the Human Factors Analytics Laboratory. She earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before completing her master’s degree in psychology and industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in psychology/ergonomics at North Carolina State University.  

She served in a variety of teaching, research and consulting capacities for such organizations as IBM and Ericsson, as well multiple colleges and governmental agencies before joining Virginia Tech in 1999. She served Virginia Tech in multiple roles, including founder and director of the Assessment and Cognitive Ergonomics Laboratory, co-director of the Safety Engineering Laboratory and the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and director of the Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Center.

Follow this link for the university's press release on this laudible achievement.
Barrett Caldwell named acting head of Purdue University’s School of Industrial Engineering
HFES member, Barrett Caldwell has been named Purdue University’s School of Industrial Engineering’s activing head, effective January 1 through May 31, 2022.
The appointment was announced by Mung Chiang, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and Purdue’s executive vice president for strategic initiatives. Caldwell’s naming comes as Abhi Deshmukh, the current James J. Solberg Head of the School of Industrial Engineering, plans to step down on Dec. 31. Deshmukh will continue as Director of Purdue Systems Collaboratory past January. Young-Jun Son will begin his IE headship on June 1, 2022.
“I am, of course, honored to have been invited to assist and support the school during this period of transition,” Caldwell said. As interim head, he will not institute any major changes or initiatives, but he plans to use this time as an opportunity for continuous growth.
“It’s a great time for piloting new activities and preparing the best possible foundation for Prof. Son’s arrival in June,” Caldwell said. “I’m extremely grateful to Prof. Abhi Deshmukh for his Rethink IE vision and especially the great financial foundation he has laid for the school to enable us to move forward.”

Follow this link for the university's press release on this impressive achievement.
HFES Members in the News

HFES wants to promote the important achievements of our members in the bi-weekly Bulletin. Appropriate topics include research milestones or other significant achievements, professional accolades, awards or recognitions, promotions or new positions, and similar professionally-oriented topics. If you would like to share news with the HFES community, please fill out the form. 

Additionally, if you are made aware of the passing of any members of HFES, please let us know. Contact HFES Executive Director Steven Kemp at
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