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Notes from first meeting

Message from Angela, our president:

Hi, All –

Thanks to everyone who made it to our first monthly meeting, and we’re sorry to have missed the people who couldn’t make it. A summary of the most important points are below. We covered a lot of topics so please bear with me.

Membership and Dues

We welcome both undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline and anyone who has an interest in human factors and design. We would love to hang out with more HCI folks, engineers, and designers! You can join HFES-GT at the following levels

  • White – Free Membership Level
    • Benefits – receive emails, attend meetings and eat pizza
    • Requirements – none
  • Blue – $20 Membership Level
    • Benefits – lower level benefits plus attend subsidized social events except large EOY social, participate in industry project
    • Requirements – serve as officer or make 4-5 contributions* minimum throughout the year
  • Gold – $40 Membership Level
    • Benefits – lower level benefits plus receive funding for HFES Annual Meeting and attend subsidized EOY event
    • Requirements – serve as officer or make 2-3 contributions* minimum throughout the year

*Contributions include participation in outreach events, helping to organize or develop outreach materials, writing a blog post, facilitating a meeting activity, serving as Bad Design judge, etc.

Please pay dues (cash or check payable to HFES-GT) by the next meeting on October 3. You can bring your dues with you that day, or feel free to email me ( to make other arrangements.


HFES International Annual Meeting in Austin, TX

Important: please email Carolyn (see officer’s page for contact info) to place your name on the list if you plan on staying in the hotel rooms provided by the Engineering Psychology faculty as soon as possible!

Watch for your invite to the Alumni Dinner on Wednesday night during the week of the conference. Tex Mex – yum!

Bad Design Atlanta

Here’s your first opportunity to make a contribution – yay! Every year, HFES sponsors a competition, during which participants submit a 2-page description and a picture of a product/system/space that is so poorly designed that it is unusable or barely so. If you know someone who loves to complain about the bad roads and civil engineering job in Atlanta, this is the contest for him/her! Local industry professionals, faculty, and HFES members judge entries and award prizes of $75, $50 and $25. To make this happen, we need your help. Please volunteer to help with Bad Design. Email Angela (see officer’s page for contact info) for the link.

Ideas for the Year

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and suggestions about speakers, field trips, meeting content, socials, etc. for this academic year. Email Angela for the link (see officer’s page for contact info).


As a reminder, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society at GT is the student chapter of the larger national professional organization that focuses on the research and application of user-centered design principles. Throughout the year, we participate in professional development, industry projects, outreach activities, networking events, and socials.  Our monthly meetings are on the first Tuesdays at noon in Coon 161, but we have other events and activities scheduled at other times on other days.

Whew, that was a lot! Thanks, and see you in October!


Angela Yoo

Engineering Psychology Graduate Student

HFES-GT President