Nancy Cooke

Nancy Cooke, professor in the Polytechnic School, will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society annual meeting in Chicago on Oct. 28, 2014.

Nancy Cooke — one of 28 women Fellows in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society — will become the second woman to ever receive the Arnold M. Small President’s Distinguished Award for a career of making change, big change. The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society will present the award on October 28, 2014, during their meeting in Chicago.

Cooke is a professor in the Polytechnic School, and program chair for the school’s Human Systems Engineering unit. She holds a doctorate degree in cognitive psychology from New Mexico State University.

Today, she is the first female chair of the National Research Council’s Board on Human-Systems Integration, first female editor in chief of the Society’s flagship journal, Human Factors, and founder of a nonprofit aimed to develop and promote human factors. During her tenure as editor, Cooke virtually doubled the journal’s Impact Factor, which hit a high of over 1.5, the highest it was been before or since.

She continues to make contributions in the areas of team cognition in synthetic task environments as well as human factors of unmanned aerial systems.

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of information concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds. The Society considers the assignment of appropriate functions for humans and machines—whether people serve as operators, maintainers, or users in the system—and advocates systematic use of such knowledge to achieve compatibility in the design of interactive systems of people, machines, and environments to ensure their effectiveness, safety, and ease of performance.

Read the full article: Making Change in the HFES bulletin.

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