We'd like to thank all who support the HFES Student Chapter at Texas Tech. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we've had a incredible fall semester! We'll see you in the Spring!
Name: Eleanor Foster
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Year in program: 4th year
Research Interest: I am interested in cybersecurity and more specifically, phishing. The number of successful phishing attacks each year, and the extent of the associated losses, are both shocking statistics. I’m interested in the human component of this cyber problem – how users interact with phishing emails and security systems, and how these interactions affect a user’s likelihood of being phished. I participate in research exploring how users perceive and appraise phishing emails, interact with security systems, and decide how to deal with cyber threats. Hopefully this research could be used to identify users who may be more vulnerable to phishing, and to improve the design of phishing prevention/security systems.
Career Aspirations: After I graduate, I would like to be part of a creative and impactful research team in industry or government. If I could be part of a team applying HF principles and methods to improve the safety, usability/UX of a complex system or product, I would be happy as a clam.
Fun Fact: I took a clay pottery class this year and can now make ceramic mugs. Although, I’m not sure I’d pour hot coffee into one just yet.
Advice to younger students: Manage your time well and be okay with saying “no” to opportunities that don’t align with your priorities. Also, make time for your family, friends, and hobbies.
We want to give a special thank you to TTU Alumnus Liz Schmidlin, and her colleagues Kevin Keeker, Alexis Raushel, and Laurie Pham of PlayStation for speaking to the chapter. Their conversation centered around their experiences as games user researchers at PlayStation. They also spoke about the methodologies they use to conduct research, their experiences working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the kinds of skills young researchers can develop to improve their research process.
We want to give a special thank you to Dr. Ron Boring of Idaho National Labs for speaking to the chapter. Dr. Boring’s webinar centered around his experiences conducting research investigating errors in safety critical systems. Overall, it was a tremendous learning experience for our chapter members as they gained a better understanding of how human factors and ergonomics research is conducted outside of Texas Tech.
On Thursday, several chapter members volunteered at the SPFB Apple Orchard. While volunteering, our members were tasked with picking apples to be donated to the local food bank. We’d like to thank chapter members Eleanor Foster, McKenna Tornblad, Daniel Leibman, Ema Bidiwala, and Sean O’Bryan for volunteering!
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