Public Policy

Science Policy Fellowship Program

Learn to Advocate for HF/E by Becoming an HFES Science Policy Fellow

The HFES Science Policy Fellowship (SPF) program provides a valuable opportunity for HFES members to learn how to successfully advocate for human factors and ergonomics on the national stage. Science Policy Fellows will receive extensive training in public affairs, advocacy and outreach to be provided by Lewis-Burke Associates and the HFES Government Relations Committee during the HFES Annual Meeting. They will also participate in an annual spring Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC, including a "Hill visit" training session and a policy-related speaker prior to the visit day. Science Policy Fellows will be invited to attend monthly teleconferences with Lewis-Burke and the HFES Government Relations Committee to review ongoing legislative and related activities and opportunities for HFES to engage in national policy decisions.

Following an initial one-year term in the SPF program, each Fellow will commit to two years of service in an outreach capacity. They will create a customized plan that may include continued participation in the Capitol Hill day and interactions with policy makers, work at the local/state level, service on the Government Relations Committee, and other forms of outreach developed by each participant.  Science Policy Fellows and recent past Fellows will form the basis of a future brain trust with expertise in outreach creating a pipeline of politically engaged and knowledgeable members within HFES.

Please direct questions to Mica Endsley, HFES Government Relations Chair.

2019 - 2020 Science Policy Fellows:

  • Michael Clamman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Highway Safety Research Center
  • Jessica Howe, MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare
  • Sarah Parker, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Center for Simulation, Research and Patient Safety
  • Kelly Steelman, Michigan Technological University
  • Neal Wiggermann, Hill-Rom

  • The Science Policy Fellows for 2020-2021 are: 
  • Michael Byrne, Rice University
  • Neil Ganey, Northrop Grumman
  • Cindy Miller, Harley-Davidson