Dr. Kenneth R. Boff, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Chief Scientist, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for the technical direction of a broad, multi-disciplinary research and development portfolio encompassing individual and organizational behavior, training, protection, and the bio and human-engineering of complex systems. Dr. Boff also serves as the Senior Executive Champion with oversight for the AFRL Collaborative International Program encompassing nearly 200 research and development agreements with 39 nations.
Dr. Boff is best known for his work on understanding and remediating problems in the transition of research to applications in the design, acquisition, and deployment of systems and the value-centered management of R&D organizations. Dr. Boff holds a patent for rapid communication display technology and is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and technical papers. He is co-editor of "Organizational Simulation" (2005) and "System Design" (1987), senior editor of the two-volume "Handbook of Perception and Human Performance" (1986), and the four-volume "Engineering Data Compendium: Human Perception and Performance" (1988).
Dr. Boff actively consults and provides technical liaison with government agencies, international working groups, universities and professional societies. He is founder and technical director of the Department of Defense Human-System Information Analysis Center. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the International Ergonomics Association.
1969 Bachelor of Arts degree in general psychology, Hunter College of the City University of New York
1972 Master of Arts degree in experimental psychology, Hunter College of the City University of New York
1975 Master of Philosophy degree in experimental psychology, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
1978 Doctor of Philosophy in experimental psychology, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
1. 1977 - 1980, engineering research psychologist, Advanced Systems Division, Human Resources Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. 1980 - 1987, engineering research psychologist, Visual Display Systems Branch, Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. 1987 - 1991, Director of Design Technology, Technology Integration Office, Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. 1991 - 1997, Chief, Fitts Human Engineering Division, Armstrong Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. 1997 - present, Chief Scientist, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
1972 - 1976 Columbia University Graduate Fellowship
1984 Rank Prize Travel Grant, Cambridge University, England
1985 Meritorious award for program management
1988 Best Paper Award, Human Factors Society
1989 - 1995, Sustained superior performance awards
1989 Scientific and Engineering Technical Achievement Award, Air Force Systems Command
1989 U.S. patent: Rapid Communication Display Technology
1991 Director's Award, Armstrong Laboratory
1993 Technology Transfer Award, Department of Defense
1996 Certificate of Merit, Joint Logistics Commanders, Department of Defense
2002 NATO RTO/HFM Panel Excellence Award
2002 - 2004 Edenfield Executive in Residence; Georgia Institute of Technology
2003 NATO Scientific Achievement Award
2004 IEEE Senior Member
2007 Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
1999 - 2000 Technical Committee, Joint meeting Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction and ASEAN Ergonomics Society
1999 - 2000 Organizing Committee, International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aeronautics (HCI-Aero 2000), Toulouse, France
1999 - 2002 Editorial Board, Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2000 Chair, RTO Symposium on Usability of Information in Battle Management
Operations, Oslo, Norway
2000 - 2002 Member, NATO Technical Group on Battle Space Visualization
2001 - 2002 Organizing Committee, International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aeronautics (HCI-Aero 2002)
2002 Co-chair, RTO Symposium on the Role of Humans in Automated Systems, Warsaw, Poland
2002 -2003 Steering Committee, HCI International 2003, Crete, Greece
2002 - 2003 Steering Committee, International Symposium of Aviation Psychology, Dayton, Ohio
2003 - 2004 Steering Committee, International Conference on Work with Computing Systems, Sarawak, Malaysia
2003 - 2005 Editorial Board, Handbook of Human Factors, Wiley & Sons
2004 Associate Editor, Information-Knowledge-Systems Management Journal
2004 - 2005 Steering Committee, HCI International 2005, Las Vegas, Nev.
2005 - 2006 Steering Committee, International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aeronautics (HCI-Aero 2006), Seattle, Wash.
2006 - 2007 Steering Committee, HCI International 2007, Beijing, China
2006 - 2007 Steering Committee, International Federation of Automatic Control
Seoul, South Korea
(Current as of October 2007)