Aerospace Human Factors Association Awards

July 24, 2014

Aerospace Human Factors Association Awards

The Aerospace Human Factors Association (AsHFA) Awards were presented during their luncheon at AsMA's 85th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Stanley N. Roscoe Award
   Torin K. Clark, Ph.D., was awarded the 2014 Stanley Roscoe Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of aerospace human factors. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008 and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2010 and 2013, respectively. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled “Human Perception and Control of Vehicle Roll Tilt in Hyper-Gravity.” He is currently a National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) First Award Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jenks Vestibular Physiology Laboratory at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, part of Harvard Medical School. He is interested in the challenges humans encounter during space exploration missions. This includes bioastronautics, space human factors, and all things related to the vestibular system. His current research focuses on understanding individual differences in ability to adapt to altered gravity environments.

William E. Collins Award
   Peter Hancock, Ph.D., received the 2014 William E. Collins Award for his paper, “In search of vigilance: the problem of iatrogenically created psychological phenomena,” published in American Psychologist, Feb-Mar 2013, Vol. 68 (issue 2), pp. 97-109. Peter Hancock is Provost Distinguished Research Professor, Pegasus Professor, and Trustee Chair in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida. He has been continuously funded by extramural sources for every year of his 30-year professional career, including support from NSF, NASA, NIH, NIA, FAA, FHWA, each of the major U.S. military forces, and numerous state and industrial agencies. In 2000, he was awarded the Sir Frederic Bartlett Award of the Ergonomics Society of Great Britain for lifetime achievement. In 2001, he won the Franklin Taylor Award from the American Psychological Association, and in 2003 he received the Liberty Mutual Medal of the International Ergonomics Association. He also holds the Jastrzebowski Medal of the Polish Ergonomics Society for the contributions to world ergonomics. Additional information concerning Dr. Hancock and his research program, especially his most recent work on human-robot trust relationships, can be found at

Henry L. Taylor Founder’s Award
   Anthony P. Tvaryanas, M.D., D.Sc., was the winner of the 2014 Taylor Award. He has been active in Aerospace and  Occupational Medicine for 16 years. He entered the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in 1993  following a year of work in industry as a research chemist. He was designated an Air Force Flight Surgeon in 1998 and completed his Residency in Aerospace Medicine in 2003 and Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2004. He served as a Squadron Medical Element flight surgeon with a KC-135 squadron during the air campaign over Kosovo and Serbia.
   Dr. Tvaryanas has been  active in human systems integration (HSI) and human performance research since his residency training and completed a Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation in 2010 with a dissertation on HSI. A longstanding research interest over the past decade has been unmanned aircraft systems, including human-machine interface design, personnel selection, safety, and shiftwork and fatigue. He is presently involved in the development and fielding of a system to allow one pilot to control multiple MQ-9 unmanned aircraft during the transit phase of the mission. Other current work has focused on application of HSI to health information technology and process re-engineering of Air Force flight medicine workflows. He co-authored and is the first program manager for the Air Force Medical Service’s (AFMS) Human Performance CONOPS, which outlines the health systems for understanding and sustaining the health and performance of subpopulations served by the AFMS. He also continues a small research portfolio exploring big data approaches to examine AFMS health outcomes.