Resume of Moinur “Moin” Rahman
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• Principal Scientist (Human Factors Psychologist) at Motorola. Research human cognition and decisionmaking in mission critical domains (e.g., police, fire, etc.) and design communication solutions for emergency responders. A recent product from my research was the discovery of a new human factors paradigm named “high velocity human factors,” which provides the cognitive underpinnings to specifically study human behavior and performance in mission critical domains (police, fire, military, etc.) in nonequilibrium conditions. Corporate Ergonomist at Aeroquip-Vickers. Designed, planned, and directed a corporate-wide human factors/ergonomics program at domestic and international facilities. Tasked with the mission of improving human performance in human-machine systems by integrating human factors in process and product design (software and hardware). Human Factors Specialist at BCAM International, Inc., Melville, N.Y. Work activities encompassed usability review of consumer products, design and execution of empirical studies related to usability testing, and ergonomic evaluation and redesign of work places. Early career experience includes stints in manufacturing, quality control and shop floor ergonomics at Titan Watches (India) and Varta Batteries (Singapore). Highest qualification: M.S. Degree (Human Factors psychology and Ergonomics) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Published scientific articles in peer-reviewed and refereed scientific journals and conferences, including technical reports. Published several Op-Ed pieces in the Sun-Sentinel to enhance the public understanding of science and to provide insights and provoke critical thinking on policy, strategy and tactics. Other interests, include geopolitics, design of military systems (land, air and sea), warfare, game theory, neuroeconomics, neurosciences, physics of complex systems, evolutionary sciences, politics of policy and history; competitive tennis (USTA League); energy conservation practices and technologies.
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Education M.S. degree (Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics) from the State University of New York at Buffalo (September ‘1995). Master's Thesis: Ergonomic design of consumer product controls for the elderly and the impaired populations: A seminal study on design criterion for push-button switches on consumer products to increase the independence of people with age-related disabilities.
B.S. degree (Mechanical Engineering) from P.S.G. college of Technology, Coimbatore, India (May ‘1987). Professional Experience August ‘1999 – Present Principal Scientist (Human Factors Psychologist), Design Integration-Human Factors, Motorola, Plantation, FL Current research encompasses the study of human behavior in mission critical domains, cockpit engineering of the police car and technologies for law enforcement. Specific topics for research include emotional modulation of cognition, high velocity human factors (study of human behavior & performance in mission critical domains such as fire fighting, law enforcement, combat, etc.), application of Gibsonian ecological psychology to design “technology that’s second nature,” and design of human-machine interfaces (e.g., portable police radios, police car cockpits, etc.) for mission critical domains. Other human factors work includes the study of human-computer interaction to inform and guide the design of wireless communication devices used for consumer and commercial markets. Application of human factors principles and cognitive engineering in product design; design and conduct experimental studies to evaluate usability of products (software and hardware) in the laboratory and field settings. Mentor junior staff and impart human factors knowledge to engineers and provide strategic human factors insights to senior thinkers and leaders in the organization. June ‘1996 to June ‘1999 Corporate Ergonomist, Aeroquip-Vickers, Inc. Maumee, OH. Designed, marketed, and developed a corporate-wide human factors and ergonomics program for Aeroquip-Vickers. Provided ergonomic design input in the design of man-machine systems, industrial, and medical products. Performed usability testing and heuristic evaluation for hand-held products and software interfaces in the areas of desktop applications and computer-based manufacturing systems. September ‘1995 to June ‘1996 Human Factors Specialist, BCAM International, Inc., Melville, N.Y. Performed ergonomic design of products and user-interfaces. Examples: Conducted empirical studies and\or heuristic reviews of industrial hand tools, business class airline seats, and .22 caliber rifles. Designed experiments to systematically analyze user-product interaction, collect objective and subjective measures, and perform statistical analyses. January ‘1994 to August ‘1995 Research Project Assistant at the Center for Assistive Technology (CAT), State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, N.Y. Worked on alpha type prototypes of newly invented products in the domain of Assistive Technology. This involved human factors evaluations based on ergonomic principles, usability testing through consumer product trials, analysis of similar competing products to convert it into a
beta type prototype and subsequently introduce it in the market. Some typical examples are slip resistant mechanisms for canes, Electric beds, speech augumentating electronic device etc. Developed human factors related design guidelines for the Electronic Industries Association (EIA), pertaining to electronic controls like membrane switches, joy sticks etc. This will form the basis for future electronic consumer products to obtain the seal of accessibility. 1991-1993 Engineering Assistant at Varta Batteries PTE LTD., Singapore. Member of production support team, to address chronic problems in cell assembly and cell charging. To increase productivity by improving the assembly methods, and preventive maintenance procedures. Optimize man-machine ratio on transfer lines. 1987-1991 Manufacturing Engineer at Titan Watches Ltd., Hosur, India. Member of a team that successfully transferred watch making technology from France Ebauche, France to [Tata’s] Titan Watches in India. Under went training at France Ebauche (France) and Vibreurs Application (Switzerland) on precision manufacturing methods, inspection procedures for micro-sized components, and ergonomic assembly methods. Set up manufacturing lines, assembly shops and trained technicians. Applied advanced manufacturing techniques to improve efficiency. Membership in Societies • Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Santa Monica, CA. • Member of the HFES technical groups: cognitive engineering and decision making, consumer products and computer systems.
Publications Rahman, M.M., Sprigle, S., and Sharit, J. (1998). Desired force–travel combinations of consumer products’ push-button switches for an aging population. Applied Ergonomics Vol. 29, No. 2, 93-100 Rahman, M.M., and Sprigle, S. (1997). Design and selection guidelines for accessible consumer product controls. Assistive Technology Vol. 9, No. 1, 3-14 Philips, B.H., Rahman, M.M., & Jarvinen, J. (2001). Building a human factors “knowledge shelf” as a collaborative information tool for designers. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems. Seattle, Washington, United States Rahman, M. (2002 – Present): Several Op-Ed pieces in the Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) on variety of topics, including science, geopolitics and defense. Rahman, M. (2005). Can ergonomics help to investigate human performance in government? The Ergonomist. U.K.
Rahman, M. (2006). Affective factors: A model of cognition under emotional states. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting (pp. 472-476). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Rahman, M.M. (2006). Why do Wars Produce My Lai's and Haditha's? Seminar on Human Decision Making. Plantation, FL: Motorola, Design Integration-Human Factors. Rahman, M.M. (2007). A Discourse on Law Enforcement Psychobehaviors: Informing Design from Displays in Ethology to High Velocity Human Factors. (Technical Report No: DI-HF-KFM-1). Plantation, FL: Motorola, Design Integration-Human Factors. Rahman, M. (2007). High Velocity Human Factors: Human factors in mission critical domains in Nonequilibrium. In Proceedings of the Human factors and Ergonomics 51st Annual Meeting (pp.273-277). Santa Monica CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Rahman, M. & Jhangiani, I. (2008). Ecological Aesthetics Design: Presenting a Framework for Product Aesthetics. In Proceedings of the Human factors and Ergonomics 52nd Annual Meeting (pp.1655 -1659). Santa Monica CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Rahman, M. (2009). Officer performance in high stress situations: Considerations for technology design. The Police Chief. Vol. LXXVI, No. 8., 122-124. Rahman, M. (2009). Understanding naturalistic decision making under life threatening conditions. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (pp. 121-128). Swindon, U.K.: The British Computer Society.