September 10, 2014
Texas Tech University’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) student chapter will receive for the eighth year a gold-level award for the 2014 HFES Student Chapter Awards. Gold-level status is the highest level possible for the chapter awards.
Members of this organization are primarily undergraduate and graduate students majoring in either Industrial Engineering or Human Factors Psychology. The Texas Tech HFES chapter focuses on creating networking opportunities with those in the human factors community and educating their members and others about relevant topics in human factors.
Co-presidents Trevor McIntyre and Brittany Neilson said receiving this award is a huge accomplishment.
“No one wants to be the first president to drop the ball, or to get a bronze-level award after eight years,” said McIntyre, who currently is on internship at Google[x] in Mountain View, California. “I am proud that we are keeping up our standards. We set really high standards every year and we work hard to maintain or exceed them.”
Applications were judged on the number and quality of activities engaged in across several categories. Gold-level status requires activity in at least eight HFES categories while demonstrating excellence in at least five of those categories. Also, at least 50 percent of student members must be HFES student affiliate members. Activity categories include recruitment, guest speakers, collaboration, information dissemination, field trips, service to HFES and more. To apply for their desired status, HFES chapters submitted their own application. This year, Texas Tech’s application was 40 pages in length.
Examples of activities that helped the Texas Tech chapter reach gold-level status include participating in Texas Tech’s engineering fair, hosting multiple socials and a field trip to Denver, Colorado where members visited Covidien, Ricoh, Alion, the University of Colorado and the United States Air Force Academy. Members also attended the Southwest Region HFES Symposium and redesigned its chapter website and newsletter. This year, guest speakers included Christopher Wickens, Timothy Ballew, Raja Parasuraman and Matthew Risser.
The official presentation of the award will take place from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 28) at the 2014 HFES international annual meeting in Chicago.
The society was founded in 1957 and has 23 technical groups and numerous student chapters. Those interested in joining the Texas Tech chapter should attend the next meeting or contact any executive council member. All majors are welcome.
The next meeting will take place 4 p.m. Thursday (Sep. 11) in room 152 in the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, located off Boston Ave.
For more information on the Texas Tech chapter visit http://www.texastechhumanfactors.com/.
The department includes an undergraduate opportunity in psychology, doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology, and masters and doctoral programs in social psychology, cognitive/applied cognitive psychology and human factors.