Human Factors 
Potomac Chapter



As many of you may have heard, Raja Parasuraman passed away this past Sunday evening, March 22, 2015.  The field of human factors and ergonomics lost a brilliant champion and the world lost a caring mentor, a great friend and a wonderful person.  Raja is survived by his wife, Carryl Baldwin, and his two children, Shanta and Rachna.




The commemoration will begin Wednesday evening, April 1st and continue on Thursday, April 2nd.

Schedule of events is as follows:

Viewing Wednesday (4/1) evening starting at 5PM.

(There will be a private viewing for the family from 4-5PM) that will last until 9PM.


The address:

Murphy Funeral Homes

1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046



Here is a link to the memorial information of the Murphy funeral home website. The site will be updated as the date draws closer:


Thursday morning (4/2), services will be held at the same location (Murphy) from 11-12PM. There will be a small reception immediately following the memorial service at the funeral home.

Parking is available at the funeral home (very small lot) and in the strip mall next to the funeral home.


At 1:30p, there will be a celebration of Raja’s life at Ireland Four Provinces pub (about a mile from Murphy Funeral home). Here is the address:


Ireland's Four Provinces

105 W Broad St

Falls Church, VA 22046

Parking is available in a two story parking garage behind the restaurant.


All events are open. 


For those that wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers a small list of charities (oriented towards educational efforts for women in underdeveloped countries and music) will be provided. 


Condolences and notices of memorial donations may be sent to: 


Dr. Carryl Baldwin

George Mason University

Department of Psychology, MS: 3F5

4400 University Dr.

Fairfax, VA 22030


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Ergonomics / Human Factors included in Eight Emerging Careers for 2013

By Larry Buhl, Monster Contributing Writer



“Each year, the Occupational Information Network, or O*Net, an occupational information source developed for the US Department of Labor, recognizes ‘bright-outlook occupations.’ Based on the July 2012 O*Net update," ergonomics was included in "emerging careers with bright outlooks in terms of immediate demand and pay. Ergonomists create products and procedures designed to lessen physical strain and injury. ‘The field is strong due to the aging of the population, which creates demand for products and workplaces that are less physically demanding, and from businesses’ demand for greater efficiency that can be built into work procedures,’ [Laurence] Shatkin [author of Best Jobs for the 21st Century, 6th ed.] tells The median annual ergonomist salary was just over $77,000 in 2011, according to the BLS. These specialists are also called human factors engineers.”  (Posted - December 9, 2012)


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22 Apr 2015 7:00 PM • 2072 David King Hall, George Mason UniversityFairfax, VA 22153

From the President
Welcome to the web site for the Potomac Chapter (POC) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). We are one of the largest local chapters of human factors and ergonomics professionals within the national organization. Our current membership is composed of nearly 100 people in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our Home Page is a means of improving communications with our members and those who would like to know more about the field of human factors. Please feel free to explore the links below and to provide us with any feedback you have.

Thank you for your interest,
Eugene St. Clair
President, POC

Research & Publishing Opportunities
Office Ergonomics Research Committee
A research consortium interested in advancing the field of knowledge regarding office ergonomics has established a number of research priorities.

Human Factors: The Journal of the Human 
Factors & Ergonomics Society
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Ergonomics in Design
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