HF/E Professional Organizations

Most of these organizations offer very inexpensive Student membership dues. You usually get a publication or so, discounts on annual conferences, and it’s a great way to network with others who share your professional interests!

American Psychological Association (APA) – The main APA site.

APA Division 19 – APA’s division for Military Psychology

APA Division 21 – APA’s division for Engineering Psychology

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) – This is the main organization that our Student Chapter belongs to.

Human Performance in Extreme Environments (HPEE) – An interdisciplinary forum for researchers, scientists, and professionals with expertise in the area of human performance and behavior in complex and high-stress environments.

ACM – The Association for Computing Machinery

SIG CHI – A Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) , which focuses on Computer Human Interaction.

Society for Technical Communication (STC) – This is for technical writers/communicators, focusing on making documents and instructions more user-friendly.

Usability Professionals Association (UPA) – Promotes user-centered design.

Companies that hire HF/E positions

CHI Systems – “CHI Systems is a leading-edge research, development, and engineering company that focuses on creating solutions that “humanize” advanced technologies.”

IDEO – “IDEO helps companies innovate. We design products, services, environments, and interactions.”

Micro Analysis and Design – ” Micro Analysis & Design is a consulting services and software products company located in Boulder , Colorado, Orlando, Florida, and Washington D.C.  providing expertise in the following areas: human-systems integration , human factors engineering , computer simulation and modeling , and custom software development .”

HF/E -related Publications

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from Ideo, America’s Leading Design Firm – Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman, Tom Peters

The Design of Everyday Things – Donald Norman

Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things – Donald Norman

Extra Spatial – IDEO , Colin Burns , Fred Dust

Set Phasers on Stun (accidents that could have been avoided by using HF/E) – Steven Casey

The Atomic Chef: And Other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error – Steven Casey