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!


Tour at Sony PlayStation

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Tour of Sony PlayStation’s user research labs led by SJSU Human Factors & Ergonomics alumnus Russell Williams.

Sony Computer Entertainment of America
2207 Bridgepointe Pkwy
San Mateo, CA 94404

Monday, March 28th 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Please show up at least 15 min. in advance. Attendees will need to sign an NDA to enter.

First come, first served with priority going to paid members! Limited to 15 people. Selected attendees will signed up through Google Forms will receive an e-mail confirming their attendance. Officers will be at the event to collect membership dues from those who have not already paid.

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Tour at Google

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Visitors Tour
You will get a tour from an official Googler tour guide, see the Visitor’s Center, the Android Statue Garden, and visit the Google store!

Presentation/Panel + Q/A

Attendees will be given swag!

Google Visitor Center
1911 Landings Drive
Mountain View, CA 94043

Friday, March 18th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Please show up at least 15 min. in advance.

First come, first served with priority going to paid members! Limited to 30 people. Selected attendees will signed up through Google Forms (http://goo.gl/forms/1yv8RFc47J) will receive an e-mail confirming their attendance. Officers will be at the event to collect membership dues from those who have not already paid.

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San Jose State University Ranked 6th in the “Top 50 Best Value UX Design Graduate Programs of 2016” by Value Colleges!


  “Top 50 Best Value UX Design Graduate Programs of 2016”

Based on information gathered from early career pay on Payscale, rankings on U.S. News and World Report, and the cost of tuition, Value College determined the best ROI and ranked UX graduate programs around the nation.

Why was San Jose State University ranked 6th in the Top 50 Best Value UX Design Graduate Program of 2016?

According to Value College, San Jose State University has….

  • The most graduates hired in Silicon Valley than any other university
  • Top computer science programs in the world
  • Top ranking computer engineering school in the U.S. News and World Report
  • A Human Factors and Ergonomics Master’s program that is “flexible, interdisciplinary, exploratory and allows students to customize according to their interest”
  • An affordable tuition with a great ROI


SJSU HFES Alumni, Professors, Students, and Friends Dinner

2015 HFES Conference

All SJSU HFES alumni, professors, students, and friends are invited to a dinner at Yardhouse by the JW Marriott hotel where the 2015 International HFES conference is being held in Los Angeles at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, October 27.

Get Tickets Here

When: Where: Yard House – 800 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015 – View Map

The menu we have selected (see below) includes a shared appetizer, an entree, gardein (vegetarian) options, assorted iced teas, soda, or coffee.

Due to the large size of our party, all guests must order from the menu below at $20 per person. Payment will be collected in cash during the event.

We will need a final head count by the end of Friday, October 23rd. If you need to cancel your ticket, please do so through EventBrite or e-mail us at sjsuhfes1@gmail.com.

If you would like to make a donation to our organization, please make checks out to SJSU HFES Student Chapter.

Hope to see you there!

Tiffany Y., Tiffany M., Samantha, Gowa, Mike, Mark, and Tiffany W.

SJSU HFES Fall 2015 Social Events Calendar

The Human Factors & Ergonomics Society at SJSU has planned several social events for members during the Fall 2015 semester! Read below to see what we’re doing and when, and be sure to check out the SJSU HFES Facebook for additional details and updates.

Members of both SJSU HFES and UXA are welcome to join in on the fun!

Dates and times are subject to change.

Pub Quiz
Where: San Pedro Square Market Bar
When: Monday, September 21 at 4:00 PM

Happy hour is from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Pub Quiz begins at 7:00 PM

Dave & Buster’s Half-Price Game Night
Where: Dave & Buster’s at The Great Mall
When: Wednesday, October 7 at 5:00 PM

Happy hour is from 4:30 – 7:00 PM, 10:00 PM – Close

Bowling Night
Where: 4th Street Bowl
When: Thursday, November 12 at 5:00 PM

HFES Mid-Finals Happy Hour
Where: San Pedro Square
When: Friday, December 11 at 4:00 PM

Happy hours:
Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub, 3:00 – 7:00 PM
O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
The Old Wagon Saloon & Grill, 3:00 – 7:00 PM
San Pedro Square Market Bar, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

– Tiffany Y., Tiffany M., Samantha, Gowa, Michael, & Mark

​SJSU HFES 2015 Mentorship Program

The SJSU Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is launching a new mentorship program this school year! This professional support program is designed to match students with an experienced mentor who has similar interests.

The mentorship program will last 3 months (the length of the fall semester until Friday, December 18th).

We ask that mentors meet with their mentees at least once every two weeks for about an hour. This can be in-person, online, virtual, or whatever works best for each. Once mentors and mentees are paired, they can set their own meeting and communication cadences.

This can be as casual or as formal as you decide with your mentee!

Suggested topics of discussion include:

  • What classes to take and when
  • Experiences within the HFE program
  • Encouragement
  • Graduate school life
  • Campus resources
  • Ways to navigate through the field
  • Resume/portfolio development
  • Interview feedback
  • Lessons learned
  • Guidance on the culture
  • Professional expectations of the field

The application deadline is Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM.


To become a mentor, one must either be:

  • a current student that has been in the program for at least a year OR
  • an alumnus of the human factors & ergonomics program OR
  • a professional working in a related field

That’s it! If you are interested in becoming a MENTOR, please apply here.


To become a mentee, one must be:

  • a current student at SJSU
  • a paid member of HFES
    (Membership is $10 per school year and can be paid to any member of the HFES Council)

If you’d like to apply to become a MENTEE, please apply here.


Tiffany Y., Tiffany M., Gowa, Samantha, Michael, & Mark

HFES Council

Update on Symposium Speakers!


We are excited to announce our speakers for this year’s SJSU HF/E Alumni Symposium being held this Sunday, April 14, 2013.

To ensure enough food for everyone, please RSVP at http://sjsuhfes.eventbrite.com/


steveSteve Portigal
, Founder of Portigal Consulting
Steve Portigal is the founder of Portigal Consulting, a bite-sized San Francisco firm that helps clients to discover and act on new insights about themselves and their customers. In the past 15 years, Steve has interviewed hundreds of people, including families eating breakfast, hotel maintenance staff, architects, rock musicians, home-automation enthusiasts, credit-default swap traders, and radiologists. His work has informed the development of mobile devices, medical information systems, music gear, wine packaging, financial services, corporate intranets, videoconferencing systems, and iPod accessories. An in-demand conference speaker and contributor to publications like interactions, Core77 and Johnny Holland, Steve is the author of Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights, a Rosenfeld Media book.


kristenKirsten Peters, Sr. User Experience Specialist @ Gfk User Centric
Kirsten’s methodical approach is perfectly suited for developing intriguing research projects, analyzing data, and designing unparalleled solutions. Equipped with core engineering credentials and an intuitive passion for problem solving, Kirsten’s enthusiasm for research spans from usability testing to information architecture. Harnessing her exceptional analytical flair, Kirsten’s strengths lie in facilitating, organizing and leading one-on-one usability studies and online surveys.

Kirsten has a diverse history of projects in areas ranging from e-commerce and consumer facing websites, to skincare products and handheld devices. Above all, Kirsten enjoys tackling UX challenges related to healthcare and health information technology, particularly projects that directly impact both patients and healthcare providers. Her healthcare endeavors include user experience research for personal health records and electronic health records and usability testing of various medical devices.

RogerRoger Santos
, Usability Engineer @ IBM
After graduating from the Human Factors program in 2009, Roger Santos was hired full time at IBM after being a co-op for about a year. As a co-op, Roger worked with Senior Usability Engineers running usability sessions and prototyping special projects. Once hired to full-time, he worked within the InfoSphere portfolio to improve the usability of the products in that suite. Roger recently moved to Oracle where he’s working on improving the experience of desktop and mobile applications within the Procurement domain.


BenBen Carroll
, User Experience Research Assistant @ Google [X] 
Ben Carroll measures how humans interact with technology. In order to fold the dreams of science fiction into our everyday lives he spars daily with Occam’s razor. He is currently a UX research assistant at Google [X] where he primarily works on Google Glass. He interned at Oracle, UE Group and was a graduate assistant at the Team Performance Lab at the University of Central Florida.

jasonwiseJason Wise
, Lead Human Factors Engineer @ GE Healthcare
Since graduating in 2007, Jason has worked as a Human Factors Engineer in the Medical Device domain at GE Healthcare – Surgery located in his home state of Utah. In this role he leads a small team of Human Factors Engineers in the quest to develop safe, effective and enjoyable user interfaces for mobile fluoroscopic imaging systems. Key responsibilities for the team include discovery of user needs, specifications authoring, interface design, interface testing, device validation, and surveillance of the dynamic body of regulations for Usability in Medical Devices.

In addition to his degree from the San Jose State University Human Factors and Ergonomics program, he holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah (2002).

Jason lives with his family (Wife: Jenal, 4 ¾ y.o. Daughter: Eliza, and 10 m.o. Son: Graham) just outside of Salt Lake City. He enjoys spending time in the yard with the family, tinkering in the garage, and getting into the mountains of Northern Utah.

markwehnerMark Wehner
, Lead User Experience Researcher @ Ebay
Mark has worked in UX research for the past 12 years focusing on developing products that connect people to their local businesses and neighbors. Mark is passionate about exploring new and diverse research techniques to investigate our rapidly evolving product experiences. He has presented on techniques such as utilizing comics to inspire design and transforming large product teams into ethnographers. He currently resides at eBay.


Parking & Location Information

Guest parking is available at the 10th St Garage on 10th & San Fernando, marked “A” on the map. The Engineering Building is boxed in blue. The Auditorium (ENG 189) is located at the southwestern end of the building.



Industry Professionals Discussion Panel

Are you interested in learning more about the UX industry? Do you have career questions that you want answered?

The SJSU HFES is pleased to announce our first Industry Professionals Discussion Panel! Our diverse set of panelists include senior researchers and designers from various companies and organizations who will be on campus to share their experience and insights. Leave your questions for them here or email contactsjsuhfes@gmail.com. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, too!

Date: Monday, February 4th, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: SJSU Campus, Engineering Building, Room 285


joanaee_photoJoanne Locascio
Senior Researcher, Yahoo!

Dr. Locascio has held previous research positions at Adobe, Cisco and Ooyala. She obtained a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Human Factors from San Jose State University.



marquez1smallJessica Marquez
Human Systems Engineer, NASA Ames

Dr. Marquez’s expertise is in space human factors and HCI. Her projects have focused on developing software tools for International Space Station flight controllers and training simulators, developing a path planning aid for astronauts conducting extra-vehicular activities, and design and assessment displays for unmanned air vehicle operations and lunar lander cockpit. Originally from Lima, Peru, she moved to the U.S. to complete her undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University.  She has a Masters and Ph.D. from MIT in the Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics.



27ac276Amaya Becvar Weddle
Senior UX Researcher, Immersion Corporation
Dr. Weddle is a UX researcher and designer, with expertise in ethnographic methods, embodied cognition, and multimodal interaction.  She is currently a Senior UX Researcher at Immersion Corporation, where she works on an innovation team creating the next generation of haptic technologies. Amaya has a Ph.D. from UC San Diego in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction and has worked in industry as a UX professional for over 10 years.




Dhvani Patel-Smith
Staff User Experience Researcher, Google

Dr. Patel-Smith is a Staff UX Researcher at Google [x], where she is currently working Project Glass. In the past, Dhvani worked as a User Experience Researcher at Microsoft, and she received her M.A. and PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University.


23b0748Mac Smith
Staff User Experience Researcher, Google

Dr. Smith is a Staff User Experience Researcher at Google [x], where he works on Project Glass and a variety of other super secret projects. Prior to working at Google, Mac spent a few years as a user researcher in Microsoft Games Studio. Mac completed his masters and PhD in Applied Experimental Psychology at George Mason University.


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