Human Factors 
Potomac Chapter

HFES Potomac Chapter Meeting featuring a talk by Bonnie Novak on human factors at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

  • 11 Jul 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Old Ebbitt Grill at 675 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005

The schedule is:

5:30: executive board meeting
6:00: networking
6:30: dinner
7:15: speaker

This presentation will provide a description of human factors at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Human factors studies and research at CPSC focus on consumer product related injuries, including evaluations of product design, signs and symbols, instructions, and other measures intended to address the human component of injury prevention. This includes usability, safety features, choking hazards, and evaluation of potential misuse of a product that could lead to injury or death.

Ms. Novak has a Master’s Degree in Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology. Since 2000, she has worked as a Human Factors Engineer in the federal government. Her experience spans behavioral science applications at NASA, acquisition systems support to the DoD, systems engineering in ship design at the U.S. Coast Guard, human performance research program management at DHS, and most recently she joined the Consumer Product Safety Commission as the Director of Human Factors.

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