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The HFE Women’s Group is seeking volunteers for various board positions ( Bios for candidates can be found below:


Committee chair

This role requires attendance at regular meetings, coordinating with subcommittee chairs, and ensuring a functional infrastructure for the group and its overall operations. This position requires working with HFE national, as this is a primary source of support for the group financially and socially. This person works with the group to complete and submit reports to HF national, estimate budgetary needs, assist in creating HFES conference events, and identifying needs both within the group as well as external to the group, balancing resources (including time). This person also leads meetings among the subcommittee chairs.


Ranjana Mehta

I am Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University and the director of the NeuroErgonomics Laboratory. My research on understanding mind-motor-machine interactions to understand, quantify, and augment human performance when interacting with emerging technologies (unmanned, collaborative, and wearable systems) in safety-critical environments has been funded by the NIH, NSF, NIOSH, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and several industries and awarded by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, and the American Public Health Association. I am the current Chair of the Occupational Ergonomics Technical Group in HFES and have served as the Program Chair for the Aging Technical Group. I also pretend to have refined the art of negotiating work-life priorities as I wade through raising two very loud human children! To that end, I would like to request your support of my candidacy for the HFE WOMAN Chair position. Equity advocacy and engagement and strong women mentorship by my dear friends have supported, consoled, and motivated me throughout my personal and professional endeavors and I would like to contribute to the movement by serving you by continuing to strengthen the mission of the HFE WOMAN’s group through professional development activities, mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as enabling equitable research through our sciences!

Heather C. Lum

Dr. Heather Lum is an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She earned her Ph.D. in applied experimental and human factors psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2011. Her primary research interests focus on perceptions of technology, specifically the ways in which technology is impacting the way we interact with each other as humans. Other areas of interest include the use of psycho-physiological measures such as eye tracking and vocal analyses to better determine and study the critical applied cognitive and experimental topics of interest such as spatial cognition, human-human and human-robot team interactions. She has also turned her attention to the use of games for training and educational purposes. In addition to her research pursuits, Dr. Lum is a faculty advisor for the local chapter of Psi Chi, is Chair for the HFES Cognitive Engineering & Decision Making Technical Group, and secretary-treasurer for APA Division 21 Experimental Psychology. She is excited about the opportunity to advance the ideals of the HFES Women’s Group and continue with the great work that has been started here.


Web content chair

This person manages internet and media, including social media outreach, blog development, web content management, and media storage and development. Additionally, this person manages the online ticket sales for the annual women’s luncheon.


Vickie Nguyen

Vickie Nguyen is a UX Researcher and Biomedical Informatician who would love the chance to help create and manage information with the HFE Women’s Group Web Content team. She has been an avid member of HFES since 2006 and has served as an HFES Student Volunteer Chair, UX Day Challenge Organizer, HCTG Webmaster, HCTG Reviewer, HFE Women’s Group Volunteer Coordinator, and Student Mobile App Competition Reviewer. Vickie is also an active member in HF related subgroups for the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). As the Web Content Chair, she hopes to help increase the visibility of the HFE Women’s Group efforts and achievements.

Nadia Doutcheva 

Nadia Doutcheva is a 4th year PhD student at UW-Madison. Nadia loves the internet and has already founded a successful online presence for her lab. WernerLabUW has become ubiquitous on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now LinkedIn with human factors and related content. Nadia would love the opportunity to do the same for HFE Woman for empowering and engaging women and allies in the human factors field and beyond.