Semester Kick Off Party

Reminder: Come join us at the Semester Kick Off Party tomorrow evening at 6:00PM!. You can meet current HFE graduate students and alumni members!
We are meeting up at the Garage Bar in San Pedro Market Square. The parking garage is free with validation and since there will also be another event there, carpooling is encouraged.
Hope to see you all there!


HFES Mentor-Mentee Program

Hello! It’s that time of year again, school is starting and so is the second annual HFES Mentor-Mentee Program! This is a great chance for those in industry or in the later years of the SJSU HFE program to help and influence current students in their academic and career development. The Mentor-Mentee Program allows new students to get a head start on school and their careers and gives senior students a chance to get more in depth mentorship with established individuals in the industry. The Mentor-Mentee Program lasts for 3 months and we suggest that you meet once every two weeks for an hour, which can be virtual, in person, or as casual or formal as you decide.

Mentors: You have been in the program for at least a year, are an alumnus, or someone who works currently working in a field related to human factors and ergonomics (HFE).

Mentees: You are a current student in the Human Factors and Ergonomics program at SJSU and a paid member of HFES.

Sign up by Monday September 12th to participate, the earlier you sign up the better we’ll be able to match you with a mentor or mentee that meets your interests.

First Link – Mentor Application

Second Link – Mentee Application

2016-2017 SJSU HFES Council

It’s been a busy year, but we’re happy to finally announce and congratulate the newest HFES Council for 2016-2017!

President: Tiffany Wong
Vice President: Jenna Garafalo
Treasurer: Michael Chambers
Secretary: Chia-Wei Tu
Director of Marketing: Keerthika Ramakrishnan
Director of Events: Alexander Scott
We wish them the best as they ramp up their plans for the coming year!

CHI Conference – CHI 4 Good + Volunteering

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 7.05.04 PMThe top conference for Human-Computer Interaction.
WHEN: May 7 – 12th
WHERE: San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W San Carlos St. San Jose, CA 95113
More info.:

“For those who are finding out about CHI – pronounced kai – for the first time, CHI is a place to see, discuss and learn about the future of how people interact with technology. At any minute you might experience a new gesture interface for tablets, learn how developing countries use mobile phones for maternal health, play soccer against someone 3000 miles away, or debate the future of online education. You’ll meet with top researchers from universities, corporations and startups from across the world, as well as the brightest student scientists, designers, and researchers. It’s a place to find your community, to talk about your toughest problems, and to find your next job.

For those who have been to CHI before, we think there will be much for you to get excited about. With careful consultation from the community, we have enhanced
the CHI conference experience from submission and review processes, to more participation possibilities at the conference. Peer reviewed papers have more space for references and will receive a wider range of better-matched reviews.
There are more curated venues and more input into the selection of keynote speakers. We’ve even added an optional day of service before the conference – #chi4good. Bring your design ideas, innovative research, HCI teaching and more as we see how HCI tools and methods can be used to help the under-served, under-resourced, and under-represented.

Join us in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose, California for this important conference, and gathering of the world-wide HCI community.”

Elections for 2016-2017 HFES Council

It’s that time of year again: Elections for the new 2016-2017 SJSU HFES Council has begun!

We have some great candidates lined up to lead HFES next year, so please take a few minutes to help decide!

Voting will be accepted by paid HFES members. The voting period is open until Friday, April 15 at 5:00 PM. All votes will be kept strictly confidential.

Vote here!



SJSU HFES is proud to host the first FemEng event with Tau Beta Phi with the support of the SJSU College of Engineering on Saturday, April 9th from 10 am – 3 pm.

What is FemEng?

FemEng is an interactive day of workshops and demonstrations for high school girls who are interested and wish to explore opportunities in STEM, especially engineering, at San Jose State University! Any high school aged girl can attend. Sign up here!

UC Berkeley’s Ergonomics Lab is helping out and coming to run the Human Factors Engineering workshop for the girls. Navaneeta Dorbala, UX Researcher/volunteer, and Dr. Carisa Harris-Adamson, director of the UCSF/UCB Ergonomics lab will be the workshop instructors.

Wanna help out?

Help promote science and engineering to the next generation of female scientists! We need awesome volunteers like you to help us run a smooth operation which includes set-up, guiding the girls between rooms, helping out with lunch, and clean-up. If you’re interested, please sign up here! Volunteers will get a free lunch for helping out.

FemEng - General Flyer1

SJSU HFES 2016 Healthcare Symposium

This year’s HFES Healthcare Symposium is in San Diego from Wednesday, April 13th-Saturday April 16th. Early registration ends March 30th.

SJSU HFES is organizing a get together at the conference on Thursday, April 14th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm for lunch in the Banquet Hall for alumni, students, professors, and friends. Please join us and sign up here to save your seat.

Professor David Schuster Receives NSF CAREER Award

SJSU Assistant Professor David Schuster (Department of Psychology, College of Social Sciences and Human Factors & Ergonomics program faculty member) has received the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his proposal “CAREER: RUI: Understanding Human Cognition in Computer Network Defense.”

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Learn more about Dr. Schuster here:

Congratulations Professor Schuster!