Human Factors 
Potomac Chapter

Recent and Past Events

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Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair (March, 2016)

This year, we once again participated as organization judges for the FCPS Science and Engineering Fair.  As expected, the projects were outstanding in all aspects, creative, clever and well presented.  A hearty congratulations to all the students who participate this year!

First Place (Tie): Testing-Based Stress on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate in Students: Liv Morka, Ceili Peake, Brook Solderich, and Environmental Triggers on Relapse of Alcohol Addiction in Fruit Flies: Yunzhu Pan, Emily Lu

Second Place: The Human Brain in Different Environments: Chris Good

Honorable Mentions: Kyle Nicgorski for The Effect of Visual Acuity on Humans, Julian Vallyeason for Role of Sensory Signals in Dominance Heirarchies in Crayfish, and Rini Gupta and Shalini Shah for The Effect of Binaural Beats on Memory Test Scores

Usabilathon DC Event (4/11/15)

On Saturday, April 11th students from the George Mason University Human Factors program participated in the first ever Usabilathon, co-sponsored by the HFES Potomac Chapter.  Teams of students competed to deliver the best possible usability analysis.

The Outstanding Team Performance Award went to the “Green Team” for their innovative and thorough incorporation of human factors and usability principles into the redesign of an employee on-boarding system.

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Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair (3/20/15)

Friday, March 20th, some of our outstanding members volunteered as judges for the FCPS Science and Engineering Fair.  The students presenting were outstandingly clever and creative and it was an intensely difficult decision to decide winners.  However, the winners and honorable mentions given out by the HFES Potomac Chapter are below.  Congratulations to the all who participated!  Please see the Event Slideshow for some pictures of the event.

First Place: Sarah Stashower for a Model of Drug-Free Treatment of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Second Place: Rahul Mani for the Effect of Team Record on Loyalty in the NFL

Third Place: Aimee Toner for The Effect of Multiple Intelligences on the Perception of Art

Honorable Mentions: Allison Brown for The Effect of the Order in Which Several Components are Listed on the Overall Desirability of the List as a Whole, Arden Titus for the Effect of Key and Tempo on Song Popularity, Annie Abraham for Neural Correlates of Gesture Comprehension in Natural Communication and Pooja Chandrashekar for Towards Rapid Diagnosis of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

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