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2018 Annual Business Meeting
November 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Making Human Factors a Painless Part of the
November 15th (Thursday) 5:30 pm Annual Business Meeting
Clayton Library Center at 5300 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004
The Houston Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this meeting. There is a no fee parking lot next to the library. The meeting will be in the carriage house across the parking lot from the main library building.
IEEE Houston Consultant Network members, IEEE Members, interested parties, students and guests are all welcome! Please RSVP to
We will have an election for (2) IEEE HCN board member positions. I will send the biographical information on the nominees from the nominating committee next week. Please let me know if you might want to volunteer to be on the board and I will forward it to the nominating committee.
5:30 PM – Networking
5:45 PM – Brief announcements, Board Elections and introduction of speaker
6:00 PM – Presentation followed by Q and A
7:15 PM – Adjourn and exit the building
Cynthia Rando, CHFP
Founder and CEO, Sophic Synergistics, LLC
Cynthia will present a process for incorporating human factors into the design and development process.
The process starts at the concept stage and continues through the development cycles. This process
results in a user friendly product that will make it successful in the market place.
Cynthia Rando is the Founder/CEO of Sophic Synergistics, LLC, a
consulting firm that is focused on optimizing human performance and
experience in any environment, Building Better Businesses by Design™.
Introducing the SOPHIC Conceptual model to the field, a model that utilizes
human centered design as a business model and profitable strategy.
She has spent 15+ years in the field of Human Centered Design including
12 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. During this time,
she provided extensive leadership to the organization addressing several
critical areas in Human Factors and Human Centered design including: user
interface design, ergonomics, safety and risk mitigation strategies, usability
and user experience, accident investigation and root cause analysis
activities. Additionally, she was instrumental in implementing several culture
change initiatives and innovative solutions for the agency including: the U.S.
Governments’ first use of crowdsourcing as a disruptive business model and
the development of the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation
and the NASA Human Health and Performance Center.
Cynthia is a Certified Human Factors Professional and a Director on the
Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Human Factors
Engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from Northeastern University. She has served as an
associate professor at University of Houston Clearlake providing instruction in Human Factors and
Ergonomics course material. Currently, she provides Human Centered Design/Human Factors consultation to
the Texas Medical Center Innovation Incubator’s medical device startup cohorts and The Texas Committee on