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Dr. Kenneth R. Boff:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Dr. Kenneth R. Boff, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is chief scientist of the Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Boff served as chief of the Fitts Human Engineering Division of Armstrong Laboratory prior to assuming his current position. He directed a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers concerned with enhancing the operability and affordability of Air Force human systems. He is internationally known for his research on understanding and remediating problems in the transition of ergonomic data and models to applications in the design of complex human-operated systems. Boff holds a patent for rapid communication display technology and is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and technical papers. He is co-editor of "System Design" (1987), senior editor of the two-volume "Handbook of Perception and Human Performance" (1986), and the four-volume "Engineering Data Compendium: Human Perception and Performance" (1988). He is cited in Who's Who in the USA and Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology.
Boff actively consults and provides technical liaison with government agencies, international working groups, universities and professional societies. He is founder and technical director of the Department of Defense Human-System Information Analysis Center. Internationally, he coordinates the human factors and medicine technology area for the NATO Research and Technology Organization.
EDUCATION
1969 Bachelor of arts degree in general psychology, Hunter College of the City University of New York
1972 Master of arts degree in experimental psychology, Hunter College of the City University of New York
1975 Master of philosophy degree in experimental psychology, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
1978 Doctor of philosophy in experimental psychology, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1977 - 1980, engineering research psychologist, Advanced Systems Division, Human Resources Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2. 1980 - 1987, engineering research psychologist, Visual Display Systems Branch, Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
3. 1987 - 1991, director of design technology, Technology Integration Office, Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
4. 1991 - 1997, chief, Fitts Human Engineering Division, Armstrong Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
5. 1997 - present, chief scientist, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
1972 - 1976 Columbia University Graduate Fellowship
1982 Outstanding performance rating with quality step increase
1981 - 1983 Sustained Superior Performance Award
1984 Rank Prize Travel Grant, Cambridge University, England
1984 Nominee, Harry G. Armstrong Award for Scientific Excellence
1985 Meritorious award for program management
1985 Adviser, Research Associate Program, National Research Council
1986 Invention/Patent Award
1987 Human Systems Division nominee, Air Force Systems Command Civilian of the Year
1987 and 1988 Nominee, Harry G. Armstrong Award for Scientific Excellence
1988 Best Paper Award, Human Factors Society
1989 - 1995, Sustained superior performance awards
1989 Scientific and Engineering Technical Achievement Award, Air Force Systems Command
1989 U.S. patent: Rapid Communication Display Technology
1991 Director's Award, Armstrong Laboratory
1993 Technology Transfer Award, Department of Defense
1996 Certificate of Merit, Joint Logistics Commanders, Department of Defense
1997 Fellow, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
2000 Fellow, International Ergonomics Association
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Consultant and critical program reviewer for NASA, Federal Aviation Administration, Army Research Institute, Army Manprint Office, Aeronautical Systems Center
Peer Reviewer Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Applied Vision Association
Project officer, Air Standardization Coordinating Committee Working part 61 - Project 113, Aeromedical Aspects of Vision and Visual Enhancement
Chairman, Tri-Service Human Factors Technology Advisory Group's Human Engineering Guidelines Committee and Design Support Systems Committee
Review board member, U.S. Air Force Air Safety Mishap Panel
Visual Simulation Committee of the Tri-Service Simulation Technology Advisory Group
Panel on Human Factors Specialist Utilization and Education, National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences
Executive Policy Board for Information Analysis Centers, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense and Defense Logistics Agency
National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences' Sponsor Committee on Human Factors
Peer reviewer and member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society
Chair, Steering Committee for Crew Systems Ergonomics, Information Analysis Center
Panel 8, RSG on Human Error, NATO Defense Research Group
1990 Steering Committee, International Conference on Human Factors in Design for Manufacturability and Process Planning, Honolulu, Hawaii
1990 Scientific Task Planning Group for Development of Aviation Human Factors National Plan, Federal Aviation Administration
Chair, Human Factors Committee, NATO AGARD, Aerospace Medical Panel
Consultant, National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council's Panel on Human Error
Technical Coordination Program Action Group 13: Human Systems Integration
Chair, NATO AGARD Working Group 20 on 3-D Surface Anthropometry
Chair, Joint Directors of Labs Ad Hoc Human Systems Interface Panel
Chair, Department of Defense Human Systems Interface Panel
Editorial board, Handbook of Human Factors
1994 HCI chair, Department of Defense Infrastructure Review
1995 External reviewer, Regional Strategic Plan, Wright State University
Editorial board member, International Journal of Cognitive Ergonomics
1996 Steering Committee, Establishment of Ohio Regional Center for Information Technology
1996 Session chair, Annual Conference on Cognitive Quality in Advanced Crew Systems Concepts, Ergonomics Society, England
1996 Editorial board member, Handbook of Applied and Engineering Psychology
1996 Organizing Committee, IEEE Computer Society Symposium on Human Interaction with Complex Systems, Dayton, Ohio
1997 Program board member, IEEE International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
1997 Steering Committee, IEEE Visualization, Phoenix, Ariz.
Chair, National Membership Committee, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
1997 U.S. national coordinator, NATO AGARD Aerospace Medicine Panel
1997 Steering Committee, 2nd Conference on IE Applications and Practices
1997 Technical adviser, IEEE Science, Engineering & Technology Congressional Visits Day
1997 Advisory Committee, ASEAN Ergonomics, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
U.S. Air Force principal member, Human-Centered Systems Committee, National Science and Technology Council
1997 Organizing Committee, IEEE Computer Society Symposium on Human Interaction with Complex Systems '98, Dayton, Ohio
1998 Organizing Committee, Computer Society Symposium on Human Interaction with Complex Systems '00, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
1998 Steering Committee, 8th Computer Generated Forces Conference, Orlando, Fla.
1998 Director, Putting Technology To Work Workshop, Sinclair College
Steering Committee, HCI - Aero '98, Montreal, Calif.
1998 Steering Committee, IEEE Info Visualization
1998 Chair, Organizing Committee, NATO AGARD Symposium on Crew Collaboration
1999 Steering Committee, HCI International
U.S. national coordinator, Medicine and Human Factors Panel, NATO Research and Technology Organization
2000 Steering Committee, HCI International
2000 Chair, RTO Symposium on Usability of Information in Battle Management Operations, Oslo, Norway
Organizing Committee, International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aeronautics, Toulouse, France

 

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