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Gillingham Award: Peter Hancock

July 01, 2022

Gillingham Award: Peter Hancock

This award was established and sponsored by the AMST Group of Companies in Austria and the United Kingdom to honor the memory of Kent K. Gillingham, M.D., Ph.D. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution in the field of spatial disorientation and situational awareness related to flight.

A white man with light reddish brown hair is shown in a black shirt and white tie against a background of books.Peter A. Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D., was the 2022 recipient of the Kent K. Gilllingham Award. Dr Peter Hancock has made numerous core contributions concerning the science of situation awareness. For empirical explorations thereof, with theoretical and practical explanations concerning the way which situation awareness impacts safety and performance of differing member constituencies of the aviation community. For examining the critical links between situation awareness, adaptability, and resilience in pilots responses to rare, unusual, and critical in-flight events. And, for using such insights to improve the design and operational effectiveness of all aviation and aerospace systems.
   Prof. Hancock is Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training, as well as at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida (UCF). At UCF in 2009 he was created the 16th ever University Pegasus Professor (the Institution’s highest honor) and in 2012 was named 6th ever University Trustee Chair. He directs the MIT2 Research Laboratories. Prior to his current position he founded and was the Director of the Human Factors Research Laboratory (HFRL) at the University of Minnesota where he held appointments as Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and Kinesiology, as well as being a member of the Cognitive Science Center and the Center on Aging Research. He continues to hold an appointment as a Clinical Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Minnesota. He is also an affiliated Scientist of the Humans and Automation Laboratory at Duke University, a Research Associate of the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute, and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, Florida. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hawaii Academy.
   Prof. Hancock attended Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, receiving his Certificate of in 1975, his B.Ed. (Honors) in Anatomy and Physiology in 1976, his M.Sc. in Human Biology in 1978, and his D.Sc. in Human-Machine Systems in 2001. He also received a Ph.D. in Human Performance from University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, in 1983. He is the author of over 1000 refereed scientific articles and publications and has written and edited numerous books including Human Performance and Ergonomics in the Handbook of Perception and Cognition series; Stress, Workload, and Fatigue; and Performance Under Stress.
   Prof. Hancock has received countless awards and recognition including the Sir Frederic Bartlett Medal of the Ergonomics Society of Great Britain for lifetime scientific achievement; the Franklin V. Taylor Award of the American Psychological Association; the Liberty Mutual Prize for Occupational Safety and Ergonomics from the International Ergonomics Association. In association with his colleagues Raja Parasuraman and Anthony Masalonis, he was the winner of the Jerome Hirsch Ely Award of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for 2001, the same year in which he was elected a Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association. In 2007 he was the recipient of the John C. Flanagan Award for of the Society of Military Psychologists of the American Psychological Association for lifetime achievement and he was also the 2007 recipient of the A.R. Lauer Award of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for lifetime contributions to safety.
   A Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, in 2008, Prof. Hancock was the recipient of the AsMA Raymond F. Longacre Award for outstanding accomplishments in the psychological and psychiatric aspects of aerospace medicine. He is also the recipient of the Aerospace Human Factors Association’s Henry L. Taylor Award Founders Award and William E. Collins Award. He also won the Admiral Leland Kollmorgen Spirit of Innovation Award of the Augmented Cognition Society. In 2015 he was presented with the William Floyd Award of the Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors of Great Britain in which he is a Chartered Fellow and most recently he was made Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society of Great Britain.
   Prof. Hancock is a multiple-term Member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council’s Committee on Human Factors, and in that capacity has served as Chair and Organizer for a number of sub-committees. He is a Fellow and past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and a Fellow of the Aer ospace Medical Association. Further information can be accessed through his personal website: www.peterhancock.ucf.edu.