Institute professor and researcher adds "Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award" to growing list of honors

Psychology professor Peter Hancock recently added another award to a growing list of honors. The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society announced that Hancock will receive the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award in recognition of his "exceptional and innovative efforts to extend theory and application of Human Factors principles and methods...."

The award honors a person for significant efforts to extend or diversity the application of human factors principles and methods to new areas of endeavor.

Hancock recently was awarded Fellow status by the American Psychological Society. The title is awarded to APS Members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application.

Dr. Hancock is a Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and with the Institute for Simulation and Training. He is the principal investigator of a team attempting to understand and alleviate some of the stressors encountered by modern day infantry. The project, which operates under a DoD research grant, is working with the Army Research Lab, Army Research Institute, Army Research Office and other affiliated research labs maintained by DoD.

Hancock earned B.Ed, M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees at Loughborough University, England, and was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Illinois, Champaign for his work on human motor performance. He joined the UCF faculty in 2001.

Dr. Hancock conceived and operates Minds in Technology/Machines in Thought (MIT2), a lab affiliated with transportation and human factors labs at both UCF and other universities, including the University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, Catholic University of America and Florida Institute of Technology, among others.

Fellow status is typically awarded for one's scientific contributions; however, Fellow status may also be awarded for exceptional contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings. A select committee of the APS normally considers a candidate for the award only after they have shown 10-15 years of postdoctoral contribution.

See what Dr. Hancock's labs are doing at www.mit.ucf.edu.