Christopher Nemeth, PhD, CHFP, is a Principal Scientist III with Applied Research Associates, a 1400-member national science and engineering consulting firm. His recent research interests include technical work in complex high stakes settings, research methods in individual and distributed cognition, and understanding how information technology erodes or enhances system resilience. He has served as a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences, is widely published in technical journals, and his books include Human Factors Methods for Design (Taylor and Francis/CRC Press), as well as Ashgate Publishing texts Improving Healthcare Team Communication, and Resilience Engineering Perspectives Series Volume One-Remaining Sensitive to the Possibility of Failure and Volume Two-Preparation and Restoration, and the Ashgate Resilience Engineering in Practice text Becoming Resilient.
Dr. Nemeth earned his PhD in human factors and ergonomics from the Union Institute and University in 2003, and an MS in product design from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1984. His design and human factors consulting practice and his corporate career have encompassed a variety of application areas, including health care, transportation and manufacturing. As a consultant, he has performed human factors analysis and product development, and served as an expert witness in litigation related to human performance. His 26-year academic career has included seven years in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and adjunct positions with Northwestern University’s McCormick College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Associate Professor), and Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Design Research Society, a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and has served 8 years as a member of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society Board of Governors. He retired from the Navy in 2001 at the rank of Captain after a 30-year active duty and reserve career.