“Mentoring students has been a significant and meaningful part of my career, In working with students, my main priority is helping them to achieve their own life, academic and career goals,” says Ann Bisantz.
Industrial engineering professor Ann Bisantz has been recognized with the HFE WOMAN Mentor of the Year, a prestigious award that acknowledges her dedication and impact as a mentor in the human factors and ergonomics field.
The annual award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) recognizes the outstanding contributions of a mid-to-late career individual with an extended history of mentoring, sponsoring and/or otherwise advancing women professionals and students in the field of human factors.
Bisantz, who is a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the University at Buffalo dean of undergraduate education, has supervised 38 PhD and/or MS students, 18 of whom are women.
“I am pleased that Dean Bisantz was recognized with this national honor for her research, education and leadership in the field, and for the many women and men who have successful careers as human factors professionals due to her exceptional mentorship," says Victor Paquet, professor and chair, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Bisantz, a University at Buffalo alumna (BS ’89, MS ’91 industrial engineering) returned to UB as a faculty member in 1997, after earning her PhD at Georgia Tech.
She was the chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering from 2012 to 2018, when she assumed the role as dean of undergraduate education. As dean, Bisantz oversees academic policies and curricula, as well as stewards the strategic vision for UB’s 21st century general education program, the UB Curriculum, the Office of Experiential Learning and Research, the Center for Excellence in Writing and the University Honors College.
Among her many previous accomplishments are an NSF CAREER award and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2015.
Her research focuses on supporting human performance in complex systems, including information visualizations and decision-aids. She has worked extensively in the fields of military command-and-control and health care, most recently in the area of supporting the work of nurses and physicians in emergency medicine.
She has been a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) since 1990. Her participation over the years has included chairing technical groups, serving as a member-at-large of the Executive Council, and working as associate editor of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. She was elected Fellow of the Society in 2013, and received the Paul M. Fitts Education Award in 2017.