Human Factors Engineering: Why Smart People do Dumb Things -- Presented by Dr. Paris Stringfellow

Date Published: 
October 17, 2013

Seminar Title: Human Factors Engineering: Why Smart People do Dumb Things

Speaker: Dr. Paris Stringfellow, Ph.D., Human Factors Engineer, Areva

Abstract: Have you ever misplaced your keys? Turned the windshield wipers on instead of your turn signal? Shown up to work with two different colored socks? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you may find this discussion useful. Humans are not perfect, but when seemly simple mistakes take place in a control room or while operating complex equipment these errors can have dire consequences. Join us as we consider just how the ‘human component’ can fail and what we can do from an engineering design perspective to help users succeed in their tasks. We will discuss good methods for human factors design and as well as causes of human error.


Paris Stringfellow received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University in 2007. Stringfellow currently works at AREVA as a human factors engineer in nuclear power plant main control room design. Prior to AREVA, Stringfellow worked with Fortune 500 companies to reduce human error. She also has significant experience using virtual reality to facilitate training in aviation maintenance.


For questions about the Industrial & Technology Management Seminar please contact Dr. Ertunga C. Ozelkan ( Director and Associate Professor of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Program.