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Laura J. Wood is a teaching assistant in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Laura was a Graduate Research Assistant within the School of Medicine & Public Health at UW-Madison. Formerly, she was a Research Specialist Senior in the Center for Truck and Bus Safety's Behavioral Analysis and Applications department within the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Laura received her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2013. She also received a M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering with a specialization in Human Factors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017, and a graduate certificate in Patient Safety from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. Laura has published and presented on topics within human factors and systems safety and is passionate about understanding how to leverage human factors principles to increase patient safety within the healthcare field. Laura is a member of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society and Alpha Pi Mu, the Industrial & Systems Engineering National Honor Society. Laura has served as the Vice President and as a founding member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International: Southwest Chapter and as the Student & Affairs Awards Officer within the Cognitive Engineering & Decision-Making (CEDM) Technical Group of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society. Additionally, she served as President of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chapter, Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, and the team she led recently won the National HFES Gold Award for their contributions to the Human Factors community.