I conducted 45 years of applied research and development concerning human cognitive performance and fatigue. I focused mainly on the measurement and analysis of human physical and cognitive performance in military and civil aviation; highway, rail and maritime transportation; and night and shift work. Operator fatigue was at the center of my interests after my days as an Air Force pilot in the C-130E Hercules tactical transport in Vietnam. I'm also the author of "Fatigue" in McGraw-Hill's Controlling Pilot Error series (2001), and the ASIS CRISP report "Fatigue Effects and Countermeasures in 24/7 Security Operations" (2010). Since January 2018 I have been teaching Physiology as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Life Sciences, Texas &M University-Corpus Christi.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries. The process used by detectives in collecting clues (data), forming and testing hypotheses and finding the best answers to questions aligns with my interest in the scientific method. Also, local history. When I visit a new area, I enjoy reading about how it developed and the personalities involved.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I have over 250 books on my keyboard Kindle. I also do NY Times crossword puzzles on it. I use it at home and it travels with me.
This book is the most comprehensive reference work available concerning (1) the genesis and history of maritime watchstanding and (2) more than a half-century of research concerning different watchstanding plans. Includes assessments of more than 35 watchstanding plans that have been observed in civilian or military operations and/or studied in laboratories, and 331 technical references.
How do you know whether human fatigue was a factor in causing an accident? The fatigue scorecard, scoring procedures and basic information about sleep, circadian rhythms and fatigue described here will help you decide. Seven fatigue indicators explained that raise “red flags” with respect to the likelihood that human performance may have been impaired by fatigue at the time of a mishap.
This book is for shiftwork schedulers and for teams involved in fatigue risk management systems (FRMS) for 24/7 operations. The book covers shift lengths from four to 24 hours, and numbers of crews from one to five. Shift plan examples include 4-, 6-, 8- 12- and 24-hour shift lengths, split-crew plans, a plan for part-time workers, and eight-plus-twelve-hour shift length combination plans.
This book is an annotated bibliography with more than 680 references. The primary purpose of the book was to gather relevant literature from databases with comprehensive coverage. The references cited herein address the design of shiftwork schedules and the effects of shiftwork on safety, health and human performance in many work environments
One of the aeromedical research groups at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, focused on human cognitive performance. This historical review summarizes the work of that group from its founding through its closing, including biographies of scientists who influenced the group, the devices and techniques used by the group, and the group’s scientific contributions.