Nancy J. Cooke is a professor and the Graduate Program Chair in Human Systems Engineering at the Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. She also directs ASU’s Center for Human, AI, and Robot Teaming, as well as the Advanced Distributed Learning DOD Partnership Lab, and is the Science Director of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, AZ. She received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from New Mexico State University in 1987. Dr. Cooke is a Past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the recent past chair of the Board on Human Systems Integration at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She also recently chaired a study panel for the National Academies on the Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. Dr. Cooke was a member of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory board from 2008-2012, and in 2014, she received the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Arnold M. Small President’s Distinguished Service Award.
Paul M. Salmon is a professor in Human Factors and is the creator and director of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Paul has almost 20 years’ experience of applied Human Factors research in areas such as road and rail safety, aviation, defence, sport and outdoor recreation, healthcare, workplace safety, and cybersecurity. His research has focused on understanding and optimizing human, team, organisational and system performance through the application of Human Factors theory and methods. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries journal, and has co-authored 21 books, over 240 peer reviewed journal articles, and numerous book chapters and conference contributions. Paul’s work has been recognized through various accolades, including the Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factor’s 2019 William Floyd award and 2008 Presidents Medal, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Australia’s 2017 Cumming memorial medal, and the International Ergonomics Association’s 2018 research impacting practice award. In 2020, the Australian newspaper named Professor Salmon as the top Australian researcher in the field of quality and reliability based on an analysis of league of scholars data and Google Scholar publications and citations.
McDermott is currently the Deputy Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) at Stevens Institute of Technology. He works in multiple technology fields but focuses both his research and teachings in systems engineering areas, including the importance of leadership in engineering. His current research includes "innovation models, strategic foresight techniques, system data analytics, and modeling and simulation of policy implications in current and future complex systems," and he aims to continue his research by looking into developing technology to aid in more rapid systems development and learning. In 2002, McDermott joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute's Electronic Systems Laboratory, where he assumed control of their largest contract, the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP). In 2006, McDermott was promoted to Director of the Electronic Systems Laboratory. While at Georgia Tech, McDermott was involved in the creation of a new professional master's degree program in systems engineering, a collaboration between GTRI and the College of Engineering. He taught short courses on topics including electronic warfare principles, systems engineering team leadership, and earned value principles. In September 2007, McDermott was named Deputy Director and Director of Research of GTRI, where he oversaw GTRI's research agenda, its seven research labs, field offices, and new operations in Athlone, Ireland. He held both positions through August 2013, during which time he was Interim Director of GTRI between Stephen E. Cross's start as Executive Vice President for Research on May 1, 2010 and the placement of former GTRI director Robert McGrath on February 1, 2011. McDermott attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1982, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1984. While at Georgia Tech, he played drums in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band.