I am, by training, a psychologist who designs products, solutions, and services so that they will be easy to use. Currently I am an independent consultant, speaker/presenter and educator in Human Factors, Ergonomics, User Experience, Learning, Leadership, Career Development and Human Resources.
I have worked as a human factors professional, manager, and corporate coordinator at IBM. My IBM positions have also included managing technical learning and new employee orientation world wide. I have also managed IBM's external employee education program in the USA and career coaching in North Carolina. Two of my learning programs, one of which I managed (new employee orientation) and one of which I designed (Blue Opportunities) have won major awards (ASTD Excellence in Practice Award and SHRM Innovative Business Solution Award).
My Education By Entertainment program content is applicable on the job, at home and at school. The programs are also a ton of fun (more than many parties)!!!
President of the Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology Division of APA which focuses on understanding human behavior so that systems, products and processes can be designed for optimum safety, efficiency and enjoyability. As president I grew the division membership, increased interaction among members, and instituted/grew outreach programs.
Elected to Fellow of APA in recognition of my unusual and outstanding contributions and performance in the field of psychology which have had a national impact.
Elected to Fellow of HFES to recognize my outstanding achievement, consistently superior professional performance, exceptional contributions, personal service to the Society, and other meritorious accomplishments.
One of the first professionals to be certified by BCPE to recognize my competence to practice in the field of Human Factors/Ergonomics. Today over 1,500 individuals have been certified.
In recognition of my leadership as a Graduate Student at Ohio State University.
HFES is an organization of about 4,500 professionals. As Secretary-Treasurer I led the not-for-profit organization to having a balanced budget, membership growth, achieving a significant goal in funding the contingency fund, and I initiated the conversion to electronic voting.
Elected to the Honor Society of Sigma Xi in recognition of my accomplishments as a scientist and graduate student.
As a graduate student, elected to Phi Kappa Phi in recognition of my academic performance.
Elected to Fellow in EPA in recognition of my contributions as a scientist to the field of Psychology.
Awarded to me in recognition of establishing National Ergonomics Month (NEM), serving as the first chair of the NEM committee, and other outstanding service to the Society.
Biography in numerous editions of Marquis volumes including Whose Who In America, Whose Who In The East, Whose Who in the World, Whose Who in Science and Engineering....
Ron's workshop on Games to Explain Human Factors is full of interactive demonstrations. The audience is engaged and entertained while learning about findings in psychology and human factors. Games is always well attended and enjoyed by all.
Your piece at the conference was really fun, engaging and full of information. I'm always looking for ways to make learning fun for my students and you certainly nailed it!
I learned a lot not only from the games you played but also from the way you carried them out. You had tricks for us to watch (blindfolded volunteers) and tricks for the whole class to participate in (such as the misspelt poem). Each trick was sequenced to take us farther and get us to think in a different manner. I was captivate wondering what would happen next and constantly wondering how I would do if it was me behind the blindfold. It was an excellent experience to feel the games from the audience perspective so when I do several of these exercises with my class I can anticipate what they feel. THANK YOU!
Learn about human capabilities and limitations to design and improve the safety, efficiency, enjoyability and profitability of products and processes. The program is highly interactive and FUN!!! Audience members will all participate in lots of activities... some will be lucky enough to be selected to come up on stage (smile). There is also an opportunity to win nice prizes.
A great program for people moving to a new situation such as high school or a new job. The program shows participants that they are awesome, very capable, but on the other hand they have some limitations (like everyone else does). It helps people develop strategies to deal with these limitations. The program has a serious message, but is also a ton of fun!!!
A program designed just for psychology majors and potential psychology majors to help them put their academic program into perspective so that they will be prepared for the job market upon graduation. The program is informative and fun. The content is extremely valuable. Every psychology major and potential psychology major who does not plan on a PhD in clinical or counseling psychology should attend. Useful for potential clinical and counseling PhD's also.
A great program to help the new leader or potential leader prepare for their new role as a leader rather than an individual contributor. Engaging and fun!!!
Just as the title suggests, this program is designed to help people to be better prepared for the job market or to be better prepared to advance in their career at their company. The advice given is practical, the learning is extremely valuable, the program is fun. Lots of activities, prizes, fun... but more important... people will leave with a better focus on their career preparation and an outline of a resume that will ROAR (Results Oriented And Relevant).