Enchantment Meeting Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Bolstad - Human Systems Integration and Its Role in Systems Engineering

Ann Hodges
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Abstract: This talk will provide an overview of human physical, perceptual, and cognitive capabilities how they can be addressed and integrated within systems.  Embedding human systems integration within Systems Engineering ensures more efficient and effective systems, tools and machines by matching the system to the known human abilities and limitations.  More specifically, the following questions will be addressed:  What is human systems integration?  What is human centered-design? And what considerations should a system’s engineer take to ensure the human has been adequately addressed across a projects lifecycle?

Biography: Dr. Cheryl Bolstad is a Principal Systems Research and Analysis Engineer for the Applied Cognitive Science department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.  Dr. Bolstad is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and has a Ph.D. in Psychology specializing in cognition and human factors from North Carolina State University. Dr. Bolstad has over 30 years of experience working with the Department of Defense and the commercial sector as a human factors engineer. She has worked extensively in situation awareness (SA) research, human automation integration, user interface design, team training and performance. During her career Dr. Bolstad has worked on projects for military weapons programs, military and commercial aviation, US Center for Disease Control, emergency medical response operations, military health services, regional power companies, commercial automakers and several large computer and technology corporations.  Currently, Dr. Bolstad is on the Enchantment Chapter board of directors and is the National Membership Committee Chair for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.  Dr. Bolstad has authored over 100 publications, is a member of multiple professional organizations and serves as a professional reviewer for many international journals.


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