The 57th Annual Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair

As is tradition, we sent judges to this year’s San Diego Science & Engineering Fair at the Balboa Park Activity Center. This year, we implemented a two-step selection process. First, seven nominators browsed through over 850 project abstracts to find suitable projects. For judges attended the fair to visit the nominated projects, to read the posters/project materials, and to interview the students.

Each of the four project winners had a sound technical approach, contained human performance implications, were enthusiastic, and thoughtfully fielded the judges’ questions.

The awards ceremonies were structured to fit student preferences and schedules.

One winner was honored at school at a flag ceremony, with parents, teachers, and fellow students in attendance. • Other winners were honored at an SD-HFES Science & Engineering Fair Recognition Day. This event consisted of: an introduction to Human Factors & Ergonomics, a hands-on demonstration of software prototypes and eye-tracking software, and an informal discussion of their projects in front of SD-HFES membership.

Overall, the event was a great opportunity to serve the community and to provide outreach for HFES. Thanks to the nominators and judges for their service: Teresa Alley, Joe Cohen, Nancy Heacox, John Gwynne, Frank Lacson, Mike Quinn, George Seymour, Alicia Wolf, and Marina Zielinski.

Science Fair Photos

Past Events

Regular SD-HFES Meetings

Happy Hour at Rock Bottom Brewery (Mon. Jan. 11, 2010) - 2010 Planning Meeting.

Happy Hour at Cozymel's Mexican Grill (Wed. Feb. 10, 2010).

Happy Hour at Seau's (Thurs. Mar. 25, 2010).

Happy Hour at Rockin’ Baja Lobster – Old Town location (Wed. Sep. 22, 2010) - Presentation by Dr. Joe Cohen of Error Analysis on HF forensic case studies; Discussion of our next chapter project: group research project on ice cream truck warning signage and related communication

Chapter Project Meeting - Ice cream truck warning signage and related communication (Mon. Nov. 22, 2010).


Volunteering at San Diego Food Bank

Pacific Science & Engineering has combined efforts with SD-HFES to help San Diego Food Bank provide food to those in need. Every other month since April 2008, and sometimes every month during time of need, a team of 10-15 members has gone to the San Diego Food Bank to sort and package food. Besides helping people in need, this has been a great team building exercise as well.

If you are interested in volunteering at San Diego Food Bank, please email us and we will add you to the invitation list.

San Diego Food Bank Poster
Pacific Science & Engineering and SD-HFES volunteering at San Diego Food Bank


North City Water Reclamation Plant Tour

IThirteen members and guests of SD-HFES toured the North City Water Reclamation Plant on 8 July, 2010. This was a fine adjunct to our Greywater Project that started with World Usability Day in November 2009 and culminated with a display at the EarthFair in April 2010.

On the tour, we observed Control Stations as well as Pumping and Holding Stations. We learned about primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment. We discovered ‘how the water flows’ from the Colorado River into San Diego, through various treatment and usage venues, until it is released from the Pt Loma facility into the ocean.

North City Water Reclamation Plant Tour
North City Water Reclamation Plant Tour Group Shot


56th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair - Student Awards Ceremony

The 56th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair was held on March 23 - 28, 2010 at the Balboa Park Activity Center. SD-HFES sent four representatives as Professional Societies judges. The judges examined 25 junior high and 6 senior high projects that had human factors and ergonomics themes. After interviewing selected finalists, the judges selected two winners and two honorable mentions.

The students were invited to an awards ceremony and had the opportunity to present their projects and findings to the HFES community. This year’s winners were:

56 Annual Science Fair (2010) - SD-HFES Judges
56th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (2010) - Judging Day

56 Annual Science Fair (2010) - Student Awards Ceremony
56th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (2010) - Student Awards Ceremony


San Diego EarthFair 2010

SD-HFES participated in San Diego EarthFair 2010 at Balboa Park showcasing information on our Graywater Recycling chapter project. We had great success in educating and spreading awareness of conserving and recycling our water resources. To learn more about Graywater, please visit the Chapter Projects page.

SD-HFES Graywater Booth at San Diego EarthFair 2010
SD-HFES's Graywater Booth at San Diego EarthFair 2010


Social Mixer with SandCHI

A social mixer with SandCHI was held at La Jolla Brew House in La Jolla. The event was very successful, a great networking opportunity and tons of fun


Long Beach HFES Student Chapter 5th Annual Conference

Three representatives from SD-HFES traveled up to Long Beach, CA to attend the 5th annual Regional Human Factors Conference hosted by the Student Chapter of HFES at California State University, Long Beach. Three speakers presented: Lawrence Najjar, Ph.D. (Principal Experience Architect, TandemSeven); Vernol Battiste, M.A. (Research Psychologist, NASA Ames Research Center); and Panadda Marayong, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach). Eleven posters were on display by representatives from California State University, Long Beach and Northridge campuses. All this excitement was concluded with a career and internship panel with three speakers including our very own SD-HFES president Nancy Heacox, Ph.D. The HFES Bulletin (Vol 53, #4) featured an article on the Long Beach State conference.


Graywater Recycling Project

SD-HFES participated in World Usability Day by promoting the recycling of graywater. For more information, please see Chapter Projects page.


55th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair

The 55th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair was held on March 31 - April 5, 2009 at the Balboa Park Activity Center. SD-HFES sent seven representatives as Professional Societies judges. The judges examined 26 junior high and 12 senior high projects that had human factors and ergonomics themes. After interviewing selected finalists, the judges selected two winners and three honorable mentions. The students were invited to an awards ceremony and had the opportunity to present their projects and findings to the HFES community.

55 Annual Science Fair (2009) - SD-HFES Judges
55th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (2009) - Judging Day

55 Annual Science Fair (2009) - Student Awards Ceremony
55th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (2009) - Student Awards Ceremony


Control Tower Tour

SD-HFES went on a tour to see the air tower of Montgomery Field, which is a private airport in San Diego for general aviation (GA) and corporate airplanes. The tour was held Tuesday July 15th and Thursday July 17th, 2008.


Intuit Usability Tour

On April 29th 2008, SD-HFES went to see Inuit's state of the art usability lab. The various usability and observatory rooms were visited and the use of their Tobii eye tracking system was introduced. Usability testing of Inuit’s software was also explained.