Annual Student Conference 

The 10th Annual CSULB HFES Student Chapter Conference

  • Date: Saturday, March 7st, 2015
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: California State University, Long Beach
  • Venue: University Student Union (USU), room 205 (parking map)

Conference Registration is Closed. Guests can still register on the date of the event from 8am to 9:15am.

Online Registration will be available until Thursday, March 5th. Register early for complimentary parking!

About the Conference

The CSULB HFES Regional Conference is a local forum for the exchange of ideas in all areas of human factors as well as an opportunity to meet students in the MS Human Factors Psychology Program at Cal State Long Beach and surrounding schools.

Invited speakers address a wide range of human factors issues of interest to practitioners, researchers, and students and in the field of human factors. A speaker breakout session will provide attendees the opportunity for small group discussion with our speakers.

Alexandra Holloway, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Alexandra designs interactive user experiences for space missions, and their evaluations, leading user-centered investigations into current and future practices and interactions about how scientists and engineers make efficient decisions. She is also a terminal-year PhD candidate in computer science at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is studying user- and human-centered design methods and evaluation techniques. Previously to JPL, Alexandra taught human-computer interaction at Mills College and computer architecture at UCSC.

Ana Bakker and Amanda Kirsch, Dynamic Research Inc.
Ana is a busy mother of twin boys, student, and full time employee at Dynamic Research Inc. (DRI); a small engineering firm in Torrance CA. She has been conducting Automotive Human Factors research at DRI for nearly a decade. Besides assisting with the development of lane change warning detection technology, Ana has participated in developing a number of human factors studies involving driver behavior, attentional workload, and driver/vehicle interaction. Her research has included evaluating driver use of various in-vehicle driver-assist devices and human-machine interfaces (HMIs), studies of driver attentional workload, investigating driver perception issues, evaluation of a prototype motorcycle rider training simulator, measurement and modeling of operator anthropometric characteristics, and studies of operator behavior in off-road vehicles. Ana graduated with her Master’s Degree in Human Factors and Experimental Psychology from the California State University Northridge (CSUN) in 2005 and has since been taking courses on User Experience Design at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a hobby and because she enjoys being a student. She is a southern California native, but really enjoyed living in The Netherlands for three years of her life and hopes to go back one day.

Amanda has an Industrial Engineering degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She currently works as a Human Factors Engineer at a small engineering consulting firm in Torrance, CA where she runs and develops driving studies for both OEMs and after-market companies. She loves knitting and the Kings and can’t wait to teach her kids to snowboard.

Jeff Hallett, Elekta Medical Systems
"Human factors in Medical Systems: It's about more than comfy couches."
Jeff has been in software engineering and senior management for medical device product development for over 20 years at leading companies such as GE Medical System, Philips Healthcare, and Elekta. He has been an advocate of customer delight and user-centered design principles in every product development team of which he's been a part, and has won industry awards and holds several patents for innovative approaches in operator interaction and console interfaces. He currently oversees global product creation transformation programs aimed at improving quality, time-to-market, and adoption of methods for including enterprise architecture, systems-thinking, and user-centered design in Elekta's global product creation processes.

A poster session will provide students and professionals an opportunity to present research and human factors projects. Those who wish to participate may submit posters which will be on display during the poster session. Students are encouraged to submit. Poster submission will be available until Wednesday February 25th.


Interested in joining us? Register here.

Conference registration will be available until Thursday March 5th. Registration for the poster session will be available until Wednesday February 25th. You may also register the day of the conference at the reception desk between 8:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.


Complimentary parking permits will be available to those who register on or before Wednesday, March 4th. Parking permits are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. They will be distributed at the intersection of Beach Drive and West Campus Drive (see map for details). 


If you have any question regarding the conference, please email us at We look forward to see you this year!