Current Officers

Grace Waldfogle is the President of the UCF HFES Student Chapter. Her research interests include training for vigilance as well as how individual differences contribute to variations in performance. When Grace is not working in the lab, you find her laying on the nearest couch binge watching Netflix and looking at the WeRateDogs (@Dog_Rates) twitter.

Allison Garibaldi is a 3rd year student in the Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology PhD program. She works with Dr. James Szalma in the Performance Research Lab, investigating the effects of the social environment on vigilance. She is also known as the Mother of Cats, Queen of the Slightly Extroverted Introverts, and Defender of the Real Housewives of New York.

Briana Sobel is the Treasurer of the HFES Student Chapter. Her research interests include anthropomorphism of computer interfaces and perceptions of media affordances. Her personal interests include dogs, puns, and contemplating the inevitable heat death of the universe.

Gabby is the secretary for the HFES Student Chapter and a student in the Modeling and Simulation Ph.D. program. Her research interests are in augmented cognition, system transparency, and human-robot/ human-automation teams. When she’s not in the lab, you can find her snuggling with her cats whist contemplating her life choices and head-butting dogs (not all at the same time).  She also holds the (personal) record of consuming an entire burrito bowl from Chipotle in 4 minutes.

Natalie Paquette is the outreach chair of the student chapter. She is a cognitive neuroscience junkie and usability enthusiast. She spends her free time clinging to the side of cliffs or playing with the brain.

Steven Ford is a first-year doctoral student in the Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology program at UCF.  He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida in Tampa.  His primary research interests focus on the impact of motivation and selection history on visual attention.  He is currently examining the effects of reward and base-rate manipulations in categorical visual search.  Outside of the lab, his interests include playing guitar, meditation, and spending time with his wife, daughter, cat, and two dogs.

Fernando Montalvo masters the Web and Social Media for the HFES student chapter. Additionally, he creates the chapter newsletter, the Monthly Affordance. He is a 4th year student in the Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology PhD program. Fernando has a B.S. in Aeronautical Science, a B.A. in Anthropology, and a B.S. in Psychology. His primary research interests include human-robot interaction in the context of loneliness and the metascience of human factors, focusing on the implementation of qualitative data and the quality of online studies. Currently, Fernando is examining embodiment’s influence on third-order social presence, as well as the production of novelty in robotics. When not in the lab, Fernando is being hunted by alligators in some river in Florida.