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 Human Factors Short Course Instructional Staff

Course Leader

Dr. Paul Green - University of Michigan

Instructional Staff

Dr. Deborah Boehm-Davis - George Mason University
Dr. Bruce Bradtmiller - Anthrotech, Inc.
Dr. Neil Charness - Florida State University
Dr. Richard Hughes - Univeristy of Michigan
Dr. Richard Jagacinski - Ohio State University
Dr. Debra Jones - SA Technologies, INC.
Dr. Clayton Lewis - University of Colorado
Dr. Mark Newman - University of Michigan
Dr. Nadine B. Sarter - University of Michigan
Dr. F. Jacob (Jake) Seagull - University of Michigan
Dr. Douglas A. Wiegmann - University of Wisconsin - Madison

Instructional Staff Biographies (Listed in Alphabetical Order)

Deborah Boehm-Davis
George Mason University
Department of Psychology
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

Phone: (703) 993-8735
Fax: (703) 993-1359

Deborah A. Boehm-Davis is an University Professor in Psychology and Associate Dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and an A.B. in psychology from Rugers University (Douglass College). Prior to joining George Mason University in 1984, she worked on applied cognitive research at General Electric, NASA Ames and Bell Laboratories. She is also the recipient of Medical Devices Fellowship Program award which allowed her to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor for Human Factors at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Deborah’s research focuses on how human performance is helped or hindered by the design of tools that help us accomplish everyday tasks. Specially, her interest centers on how the display of information can improve human performance. Over the years, this interest has led her to conduct research on the comprehension and maintenance of software and data bases, the role of cognition in driving and piloting performance, the role of interface design in creating cognitive workload, and recovery from interruptions during task performance.

Dr. Boehm-Davis has served as President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and as President of Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She is an associated editor for Humand Factors and the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.

If anyone is interested, she would love to play squash while in Michigan

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Bruce Bradtmiller
503 Xenia Avenue
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Phone: (937) 767-7226
Fax: (937) 767-9350

Dr. Bruce Bradtmiller, a physical anthropologist, is the owner and president of ANTHROTECH (formerly named Anthropology Research Project, Inc.), a small business engaged in the collection, analysis, and application of human body size data to ergonomics, design, and sizing problems. Since joining the firm in 1983 Dr. Bradtmiller has designed, conducted, and directed a number of military and civilian body size surveys and other anthropometric research projects. Currently he is conducting a pilot study concerning the fit of protective fall-harnesses for construction workers, in which traditional measurements and whole-body scans are being taken. Most recently he completed a nationwide school bus driver study in which 34 measurements were taken on 1,500 drivers.

Dr. Bradtmiller also designed and directed several three-dimensional head-and-face surveys, using computerized laser scanning techniques. ANTHROTECH recently completed a nationwide 3-D survey of children's heads for the Snively Foundation aimed at developing standard head forms for the bicycle industry. He served as lead investigator for the U.S. Army's landmark survey of 9,000 troops, and managed a variety of support projects for the U.S. Air Force. He also directed a study of luxury car buyers for Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Dr. Bradtmiller is a specialist in glove sizing and design. Working with Midwest Quality Glove Co., and Arthur D. Little Co. in a series of protective handwear projects, he developed the techniques for creating sewn glove patterns from anthropometric data. The resulting gloves have been adopted by the U.S. Army and are being tested by the U.S. Navy.

He served as a partner in the Defense Logistic Agency's Apparel Research Network and is a member of the SAE committee on human body modeling, which is studying the next generation of auto and aircraft seating. The author of many articles and technical reports, Dr. Bradtmiller received his Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from Northwestern University and his B.A. in anthropology from Indiana University.

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Neil Charness
Florida State University
Department of Psychology
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1270

Phone: (850) 644-6686
Fax: (850) 644-7739

Neil Charness is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Florida State University and an Associate in the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at Florida State. He received his undergraduate honors BA degree in Psychology at McGill University in 1965, and his MSc (1971) and PhD (1974) in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. He was an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada from 1974-1977, a Professor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from 1977-1994, and joined the Psychology Department at Florida State University in 1994.

Neil’s primary research interest concerning age and technology use. One area of concentration includes minimizing age differences in performance through selection of appropriate input and output devices. Neil’s other main research interest concerns age and expert performance. Neil has published over 85 journal articles and book chapters. Recent books include "Impact of Technology on Successful Aging" (co-edited with K. W. Schaie, 2003) and a book written in 2004 called "Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches" which he co-authored with colleagues Fisk, Rogers, Czaja, and Sharit.

Neil has served as editor for the Canadian Journal on Aging in the Psychology section, and has served on the editorial boards of Psychology and Aging; Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences; Psychological Bulletin; and Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. He currently serves as Chairperson for the editorial board for the journal Gerontechnology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division 20, the American Psychological Society, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Gerontological Society of America (Behavioral and Social Sciences). He is President-Elect for Division 20, Adult Development and Aging, of the American Psychological Association.

Neil is currently very busy traveling to assorted professional meetings. However, some trips allow visits to his grandchildren in Kitchener, Canada and as a result he is becoming more skilled at digital photography. Upon retirement he plans to take up some of his prior hobbies including chess, bridge, golf, and the improvement of his photography.

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Paul Green
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Driver Interface Group
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Phone: (734) 763-3795
Fax: (734) 764-1221


Dr. Paul Green is a Research Professor in the Human Factors Division at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) and School of Information. He has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Drexel University, 1972, Philadelphia, PA-where he grew up), and 3 degrees from the University of Michigan (M.S.E. - IOE - 1974; M.A. - Psychology - 1979; joint Ph.D. - IOE and Psychology - 1979).

Paul has been an engineering staff member at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and a safety and health engineer for Scovill. At Michigan, he has also held appointments in the Department of Psychology and the School of Art (Industrial Design).

His research has concerned driver workload, navigation system design, motor vehicle controls and displays, and person-computer interaction research that makes extensive use of instrumented cars and a driving simulator. He was the lead author of the SAE recommended practices concerning navigation system design ("the 15-second rule") and design compliance calculations. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (and its' current President), the Ergonomics Society, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Paul will probably try to convince people to go sailing Saturday and possibly contra dancing that night. (Contra dancing resembles square dancing and has nothing to do with Nicaragua.)

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Richard Hughes
University of Michigan
Orghopaedic Surgey, Medical School
Biomedcial Engineering
Industrial & Operational Engineering
G161 North Ingalls Building
300 N. Ingalls
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0486

Phone: (734) 763-9674
Fax: (734) 930-7379


Richard Hughes, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering, and Industrial & Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. He completed his undergraduate educationed at Princeton University and his graduate work at the Center for Ergonomics at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering in 1991. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in physican mdeicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic. He has conducted research in ergonomics, occupational biomechanics, and orthopaedic biomechanics. He has worked as an ergonomists at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and as a human factors team leader at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health before joining the University of Michigan’s Orthopaedic Surgery in 1998. He co-owner of White Pine Occupational Health LLC. He is a certified Professional Ergonomist.

He has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journas and serves on the board of the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health.

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Richard Jagacinski
Ohio State University
Department of Psychology
225 Psychology Building
1837 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: (614) 292-1870


Richard Jagacinski is a Professor in the Psychology Department at the Ohio State University. He has a B.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering (Princeton University, 1968) and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Michigan (1973), where his advisor was Dick Pew.

His research explores speed‐accuracy tradeoffs in acquiring stationary targets, control theoretic models of tracking, rhythmic models of inter‐limb coordination, the effects of aging on perceptual‐motor skills, and measures of creativity. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering (1981‐present), where he has collaborated with Professors Al Miller and Steve Lavender.

His teaching explores perceptual‐motor control and learning, human performance, decision making in dynamic contexts, the behavioral impacts of technology on quality of life, and research methods. In 2003 he co‐authored with John Flach a book entitled Control Theory for Humans.

Rich has served as an Associate Editor for Human Factors (1980‐2005) and as a consulting editor and editorial board member of the Journal of Motor Behavior (1981‐2004). He was a member of the National Research Council, Committee on Human Factors (1998 ‐ 2005), and he was a consultant to the United States Air Force at Wright‐Patterson Air Force Base (1976‐1983; 1992‐1993). His research has been funded by the U.S. Air Force, NASA, and the National Institute on Aging.

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Debra Jones
Vicr Present, Operations
SA Technologies, Inc.
3750 Palladian Village Dr.
Building 600
Marietta, GA 30066

Phone: (770) 790-5412
Fax: (770) 579-1132


Debra Jones is Vice President of Operations for SA Technologies, a Marietta, Georgia based cognitive engineering firm specializing in the development of operator interfaces for advanced systems, including the next generation of systems for aviation, air traffic control, medical, power, oil & gas, and military operations. Debra earned her PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University where she was an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Fellow. She has over 18 years of experience in human factors research, design, and experimentation. She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist whose areas of expertise include situation awareness (SA) and decision-making, SA‐oriented design, and the measurement and analysis of SA in complex systems. She has worked extensively conducting cognitive task analyses and applying these analyses to user‐centered design and evaluation for large scale, complex systems. Serving as Program Manager for SA Technologies effort on a large scale Defense Department development project, Debra was responsible for ensuring that novel designs across all facets of Army Command and Control (including Army commanders and command staff, network specialists, intelligence analysts, logistics staff, medical personnel, unmanned ground vehicle operators, and unmanned aerial vehicle operators) utilized a consistent, user‐centric approach to design functionality that supports Soldiers in maintaining high levels of SA and performance while minimizing workload. This activity included the design, development, usability evaluations, and iteration of over 220 GUI designs across multiple display sizes for Army Brigade operations.

Debra is experienced in a wide range of domains, including Army command and control, unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, Air Traffic Control, trust and uncertainty research, natural gas operations, and medical applications. Ongoing projects include evaluating trust as it impacts distributed decision-making in Army platoon operations and designing applications to support gas transmission and distribution operations. Past projects include designing airport runway configuration applications to support NASA's vision for NEXTGEN, designing a collision avoidance system for a mining company, evaluating the design of a web interface for a health wellness medical application, partnering with the National Weather Service Warning Decision Training Branch to gain insight into the strategies experts use to predict how a system or environment will change overtime, and investigating visualization methods for portraying information uncertainty to decision makers.

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Clayton Lewis
Dept. of Computer Science, Chair
University of Colorado
Campus Box 430
Boulder, CO 80309

Phone: (303) 492-6657
Fax: (303) 492-2844


Clayton studied mathematics at Princeton (A.B. 1966) and MIT (M.S. 1968) before turning to experimental psychology at Michigan (Ph.D. 1978). The change grew out of his work at IBM Watson Research Center in the early seventies on the design of computer systems that would be easier to learn and use: at Watson he had been strongly influenced by John Gould and Lance Miller, two psychologist who were pioneers in bringing insights about cognition to bear on problems of systems design. After his Ph.D. studies (where Paul Green was a classmate and Dick Pew one of his teachers), Clayton returned to Watson and became Manager of Human Factors there. He and his colleagues did early work on methods for studying cognitive processes in computer use, playing a role in bringing the thinking aloud method out of university labs and into industry usability labs.

In 1984 Clayton joined the Computer Science faculty in Boulder, where the Institute of Cognitive Science has facilitated many years of interdisciplinary collaboration with Peter Polson. Peter, Clayton, and their students have contributed to the development of cognitive models of computer use and associated design and evaluation methods, including the cognitive walkthrough and the related programming walkthrough. Clayton and his students have recently been applying these ideas to the development of computer supports for science learning by elementary school children. Clayton has twice served as Technical Program Chair for the ACM CHI conference on human factors in computing systems.

Clayton retains an interest in math, especially math for kids; some of his ideas can be found at the following site:

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Mark Newman
Associate Professor
University of Michigan
School of Information
2222 SI North
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Phone: (734) 764-0020


Mark is an assistant professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. His research interests lie broadly in the field of human-computer interaction, and particularly in the areas of ubiquitous computing and end-user programming.

Mark has attended Bryn Mawr College and subsequently received a BA in Philosophy from Macalester College (St. Paul) in 1992. He attended the University of Minnesota (Computer Science) and later UC Berkeley, receiving an MS in 1992 and PhD in 2007.

From 2000-2007, he was a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC, formerly known as Xerox PARC) and prior to that worked at Netraker Corporation (Sunnyvale), DEC, and Honeywell.

Before you contact Mark, be aware that there is another Mark Newman at the University of Michigan. Mark E. J. Newman is in the physics department and does work in complex systems and network analysis (in the sense of graph theory, not TCP/IP). Mark W. Newman does HCI and ubiquitous computing research. Both Mark Newmans are interested in the social world, thus increasing the likelihood of confusion, but Mark W. tends to avoid the really hard math. Also, Mark W. never made an election map, even though he has been complimented on the other Mark Newman's maps a number of times now.

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Nadine B. Sarter
Dept of Industrial and Operations Engineering,
University of Michigan, 1205 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2117

Phone: (734) 763-5773
Fax: (734) 764-3451


Nadine Sarter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering and the Center for Ergonomics at the University of Michigan, joining the faculty in September of 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, with a specialization in Cognitive Ergonomics/Cognitive Systems Engineering, from Ohio State University in 1994.

From 1996-1999, Nadine was an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she held co-appointments with the Departments of Psychology, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and with the Beckman Institute. From 1999-2004, she was on the faculty in the Department of Industrial, Systems, and Welding Engineering and the Institute for Ergonomics at the Ohio State University with a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology. Since September 2004, Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering and the Center for Ergonomics at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Sarter's primary research interests include a) the design and evaluation of multimodal HCI and CSCW interfaces (including sight, sound, and touch), b) support for attention and interruption management through adaptive notifications and preattentive reference, c) the design of decision aids that support trust calibration and adaptive function allocation, and d) human error and error management in a variety of complex domains, including aviation, the military, and the automotive industry.

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F. Jacob (Jake) Seagull
Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Education
University of Michigan Medical School
G1100 Towsley Center, SPC5201
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5201

Phone: (734) 763-1424
Fax: (734) 936-1164


F. JACOB SEAGULL, PhD., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Michigan Medical School. He was previously Director of Education Research at the University of Maryland Department of Surgery, and also worked in the Human Factors Research Program at University of Maryland's Department of Anesthesiology. He has worked over the past 13 years with medical human factors, technology, and patient safety in a variety of settings. Dr. Seagull has a background in human‐computer interaction, aviation psychology, and medical human factors. His work includes development and testing of online training to improve compliance to sterile practices, and development of a computerized checklist for just‐in‐time training for medical emergencies. He has carried out research regarding the effects of various technologies on human performance within the domain of medical care provision, such as telemedicine, and advanced displays for anesthesiology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign in Engineering Psychology, working with Chris Wickens as an advisor. He received his M. S. in Engineering Psychology and Behavioral Sciences from the Technion-The Israel Institute of Technology, where his research involved developing training methods for helicopter pilots using single‐eye helmet‐mounted displays for night vision. He received his A.B. with high honors in Psychology from the University of Michigan. He has carried out research in attentional aspects of helmet‐mounted displays, human‐computer interaction, and alarms systems in medical devices. His research interests include patient safety, human perception and performance, and cognitive engineering.

At Michigan, he is working with the patient safety team and quality improvement teams to improve communication in the operating room, as well as studying chaos and workload in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He is the director of the Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Scholars Program, which teaches faculty clinicians about human factors, patient safety and quality improvement.

Jake sees the world through the filter of human factors, and hopes that this short course will "infect" the participants with an uncontrollable urge to fix things that are not designed well.

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Douglas A. Wiegmann
Associate Professor
Industrial and System Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Madison
3214 Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1572

Phone: (608)890-1932


Dr. Wiegmann is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, having completed a fellowship as an NIH Roadmap Scholar and director of the Human Factors and Patient Safety Research Program within the Department of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in aufust of 2007.

He Received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1992 from Texas Christian University and a postdoctoral master's degree in Biomedical Science from the College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in 2007. Prior the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Wiegmann was an associate professor of human factors at the University of Illinois (where he intereacted with Christ Wickens). He also formaly served as an assident investigator for both the National Transportation Board and the United State Navy. Dr. Wiegmann has offically consulted on many major accident investigaions of national significance, including the crash of TWA Flight 800, the Columia Space Shuttle accident, and the August 2003 east coast blackout. He also recently served on an independent review board chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker to evaluate the process safety culture at British Petroleum's North American refineries, as a result of the March 2005 explosion at BP's Texas City refinery that killed 15 workers.

Dr. Wiegmann has published extensively on the topics of human factors and system safety, including a best selling book entitles "A Human Error Approach to Aviation Accident Analysis: The Human Factors Analysis and Classification System."

He has twice received the Williams E. Collins Award for outtanding publications in the field of human factors that is conferred by the Aerospace Human Facotrs Associatio, of which he is past president. Other major awards include the Flight Safety Foundation's Admiral Louis de Florez Award and the Aerospace Medical Association's Harry G. Moseley Award, both for significant contributions to aviation safety. He has also received the American Psychological Association's prestigious Earl A. Alluisi Award for early career achievement in the field of Applied Experimental and Engineering psychology.

Dr. Wiegmann is married to his graduate school sweetheart, Natalie, and together they have four daughters ranging from 2.5 to 13 years of afe as well as a newborn.

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