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Childcare Services Now Available at the Annual HFES Meeting

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Attendees who wish to obtain the services of childcare professionals during the Annual Meeting may contact Your Other Hands, a service recommended by the Philadelphia Marriott, our headquarters hotel.

Nannies are available at $20/hour for one child and $2.50/hour for each additional child, plus $10/day for transportation. There is a three-hour minimum. All nannies are bonded and covered under the company’s Traveler’s Liability Insurance.

Nannies supply a complete first aid kit and yoga mats for children to rest or sit on. Service can be provided in the attendee’s hotel room or elsewhere in the hotel.

HFES suggests that reservations be made by September 10, which may qualify Annual Meeting attendees for a discounted rate.

Cancellation no later than 45 days prior to the meeting incurs no penalty.

For further details and to reserve childcare services, call 215-790-0990.

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Mark Your Calendars!

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The HFE WOMAN group is pleased to announce several upcoming events at HFES 2018!

1. Creating Amazing Leaders Workshop

Presented by: Haydee Cuevas, Kadie Mullins, Baron Summers, and Gaby Hancock

Description: Three elements for creating amazing leaders are passion to effect change, mentorship, and opportunity. The objective of this alternative format session is to promote the development of future leaders in human factors/ergonomics. Attendees will meet in small groups and engage in interactive exercises targeting each of the three elements and gain knowledge they can use to develop and apply their leadership skills.

2. Women’s Leadership in HF/E: Past, Present, and Future Panel

Presented by: Gaby Hancock, Kim Stowers, Ellen Bass, Nancy Cooke, Haydee Cuevas, Valerie Gawron, and Nancy Larson

Description: The objective of this panel is to discuss professionalism and leadership in human factors/ergonomics as they pertain to women in the field. Hancock and will introduce the panel and its role in the HF/E Women’s Organization for Mentoring and Networking’s larger campaign to foster professional development for future leaders. Audience members are encouraged to come prepared with questions.

3. Mentors, Mentees, and Building a Board of Directors: The Big Questions in Personal and Career Development Through Mentorship

Presented by: Kadie Mullins and Haydee Cuevas

Description: Whether you are aiming for career advancement, academic accomplishments, or a more engaged or balanced personal life, a team of quality mentors can help you achieve your goals. Research tells us having more than one mentor, which we refer to as a “personal board of directors,” yields greater long-term outcomes. This alternative-format session addresses what effective mentor- and mentee-ship relationships look like, how to identify potential mentors, and how to be a mentor to others.

4. Women and Power: Claim It and Aim It (A Talk for All Humans)

Presented by: Laura Steffen

Description: A strategic goal of HFES is to increase diversity across the Society, including membership, participation in conference and publications, and leadership. In support of that goal, the Education Division is pleased to announce a special session aimed at fostering awareness, increasing understanding, and sparking discussion about women and power. Many women relate to power as negative or destructive, even avoiding the use of the word when speaking or writing. In this compelling, interactive talk, Steffen leads attendees in examining power with a sense of curiosity and offers tools to reframe our relationships to power. Attendees will explore types of power that are available to people and how they can use power to more equitably and effectively lead, influence, and do good in our work and in the world.

5. The Annual HFE WOMAN Luncheon

Register to attend the 3rd HFE WOMAN networking luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, October 4th, 2018, from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia. All are welcome!

Interested in expanding your network of female colleagues? Do you enjoy trading career stories, learning from other women, and making new friends? We expect a mix of HF/E professionals who work in academia, industry, and government, alongside students from Ph.D. and Master’s degree programs.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $15 for students or $20 for professionals (includes processing fees). Reserve and purchase your ticket here.



Once all times, dates, and locations are finalized, we will update this blog post. For questions or comments related to this post, please reach out to Lexi Neigel at

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Success in HF/E through Quality Mentorship

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The first HFE WOMAN blog post features Dr. Haydee Cuevas whose passion for human factors and mentorship is unparalleled.

Dr. Cuevas earned her B.A. in Psychology and her Ph.D. in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Haydee is currently an Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Haydee has chaired and served on numerous doctoral defenses and has mentored many undergraduate researchers.

Haydee’s passion for mentorship was influential in the development of many human factors-based networking opportunities, such as the Mentor-Mentee Luncheon, the Mentoring Game, the Student Roommate Matching Service, National Ergonomics Month, and the Mentorship Committee, which are all part of each Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).

Throughout her career, Haydee has encouraged young professionals to pursue their own unique research interests and utilize that excitement as a catalyst for expanding their professional network. Collaborating with others on shared research ideas and projects is an effective way to increase the access to strong mentorship.

Based on our discussion on mentorship and leadership, Haydee and I propose that strong mentors demonstrate the following qualities:

  1. Strong mentors provide knowledgeable advice and information to mentees.

    Quality mentors should guide mentees with honest feedback and guidance that supports mentees’ goals as HFE scientists. Mentors have an open and continuous flow of dialogue with their mentees. Strong mentors are not absent from the lives of their mentees, but are also not demanding or overbearing.

  2. Strong mentors understand mentees’ goals and help facilitate their realization.

    Quality mentors openly and thoughtfully discuss the short-term and long-term goals of their mentees. Strong mentors should seek to support these goals to the best extent that they can. This can include linking mentees with other researchers or organizations in the field to expand the mentee’s professional network, spawn new ideas that ultimately push the discipline of HFE forward, and developing empowered mentees.

  3. Strong mentors have compassion for their mentees.

    Quality mentors have both a passion for mentoring, and it is naturally enjoyable for them. Strong mentors are committed to the development of their mentees as future scientists, leaders, and mentors.

While it is not necessarily a requisite that mentors demonstrate each of these qualities, we propose that at least one of these qualities should be reflected in a mentor. If a particular mentor lacks these qualities, the mentee may need to seek out additional mentors to supplement their needs for mentorship (a follow-up blog post on developing a “Board of Directors” is in the works- stay tuned!). Having multiple mentors can provide useful guidance for a young scientist in HFE from multiple perspectives. For example, a senior career professional (the mentor) may connect a graduate researcher (the mentee) to opportunities within the field (e.g., internship opportunities, research laboratory exchanges, open job positions, etc.). While another mid-level career mentor may connect the mentee to new research ideas, analytic techniques, and novel research projects.

Students and early-career professionals need quality mentors who aid in their personal and professional development. If quality sources of mentorship are unavailable, it may be in the mentee’s best interest to expand their network and seek out multiple mentors. This way, the mentee receives a holistic mentoring experience, which bolsters their personal and professional life, and ultimately promotes success in the field of HFE at large.

The HFE WOMAN group recognizes that it can be challenging to develop this “Board of Mentors,” which is why one major campaign within this organization is to promote and provide networking opportunities for its members. For example, this blog, the HFE WOMAN Facebook page, and HFES Mentor-Mentee Luncheon are opportunities to improve the mentorship experience for individuals and ultimately facilitate quality mentor-mentee connections.

This post was written by Dr. Alexis R. Neigel and Dr. Haydee M. Cuevas. Correspondence regarding this post can be directed to Dr. Alexis Neigel at