The late Dr. Raja Parasuraman is the well deserved but, sadly, posthumous, recipient of the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award for 2015. Dr. Parasuraman passed away in early 2015, and the field and Society are greatly diminished by this loss. Dr. Parasuraman's vision, creativity, and work both extended and diversified the field of human factors/ergonomics. He linked the fields of neuroscience and ergonomics, creating the emerging field of neuroergonomics to enhance the understanding of brain function and behavior. This resulted in newly created departments and programs in neuroergonomics at universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia. We can only imagine what other innovations Dr. Parasuraman would have achieved had his life not been so tragically cut short. His work represents not only the best in the criteria set forth in the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award, but indeed, he was one of the most brilliant researchers we in the field and the Society have known.
November 14, 2015